Namilia and The Academy of Arts NYFW SS17

From Academy to fetish, in New York Fashion Week, variety truly is the spice of life. Two of our favorite but completely different shows this year (though, it’s only the beginning) are Namilia and the Academy of Arts showcase. While some of the designers for the Academy of Arts looked like they were young enough to still play with toys, Namilia wanted all of us to know that we are all just toys.

Taking place at the Skylight Clarkson Square, Namilia designers, Nan Li and Emilia Pohl, emulated teenage fandom, sexual exploration and colorful grunge into the runway. Featuring masks, nudity, capes, distressed denim, biker chains, oversized flare pants and powerful heels, this might not have been one of the more practical shows this year, but it was one of the most captivating. The theme was “You’re just a toy,” and we’re ready to play.

Introducing the future of fashion, The Academy of Arts had their annual NYFW show at the Skylight at Moynihan Station, and the up-and-coming graduating designers were also down to play. Ranging from looks inspired by different heritages, the Fauvism oeuvre of French artist Andre Derain, dichotomy of appearance and expectations in the construction of clothing, western decorative patters, and everything in between.

We had a chance to go backstage and meet some of the designers, and it was humbling to see how young, excited and motivated they all were. Each of them inspired by different reasons and backgrounds, they share one thing in common, incredible talent. We’re sure to be seeing more from them in the future.



Jamie Valentino

Jamie Valentino is a Colombian-born writer based in New York City. His work has been published in Google's Art & Culture, W42ST Magazine, VULKAN, The Queer Review & STATOREC. He previously worked in the showroom at the Burberry U.S. Headquarters and freelanced in communications for Manhattan Renovations. He covers pop culture, entertainment, NYFW, premieres, events and interviews. Instagram: @Jamie_Valentino Jamievalentino26@gmail.com

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