When we think about the different backgrounds of our esteemed designers themselves, who hail from such far-flung locales as China to Maine, as well as many places in between, the audience was duly impressed. Famous attendees included Ms. J Alexander, of America’s Next Top Model fame, and the well-regarded Sara Kozlowski, who directs the Education and Professional Development Program at CFDA. For a brief fifteen minutes on the runway, participants were asked to put in hours of training and practice, including workshops, formal coursework, work practicums, and unexpected changes in the schedule. Finally, the designers were given the chance to show off their ideas for the future in front of an audience made up of other designers, possible mentors, and the entire planet via streaming video.



Previously known as Academy of Art College, The Academy of Art University, located in San Francisco, was founded in 1929. As the largest independent art and design institute in America, it boasts a faculty of nearly three-hundred, with over a thousand staff members and just over twelve-thousand full-time students. It was founded by Mr. Richard S. Stephens. Its campus, on New Montgomery Street, is known to have one of the largest properties in the San Francisco area.



The university is owner of some two hundred vintage automobiles, and its collection includes the most valuable and rarely seen cars in the world. Forbes has in fact estimated that the collection is worth more than seventy million dollars.



The Urban Knights compete in the Pacific West Conference. In NCAA Division II, the Knights compete successfully in nine sports. Cross-country is especially well-regarded, with men earning second place during the 2014 to 2015 season, and women reaching fourth place, a record at the time. The university also shows strongly in track and field, with seven All-Americans and Jordan Edwards as an individual champion in 2015.


Fabletics is an amazing retailer, founded by the famous actress Kate Hudson. Fabletics is a retailer that has been in the headlines lately, for their unparalleled ability to keep up with Amazon, a renowned online retailer. Fabletics is increasingly looked up to for their foremost placement in the rapidly advancing fashion clothing genre, referred to as “activewear.”


Similar to retailing giant Amazon’s ascent, which has a 20% interest in the online retail market, Fabletics has blown up to a $250 million evaluation in three years. Fabletics uses a membership agreement to offer advantageous, high quality and cost effective assortments of retail clothing at their online retailer spots, as well as their physical ones.


2015 was the year in which Fabletics set out their physical chains, located in a group of malls inside the U.S.A. Within 12 short months, the renowned Forbes magazine came to the conclusion that almost 100 newly established physical retailers for Fabletics’s clothing line would be established in under 5 years time.


For quite some time, retail customers believed that obtaining an item at a very expensive price was a means of determining that the item was constructed with high quality.  A massive drop in the financial market led buyers to want items that had attained positive reviews from customers, rare items, and for merchants to find out if customers are actually content with their items, once purchased, regardless of the low prices.


The rapid disappearance of physical retailers has been due to the abundant amount of customers flocking to their locations not to buy, but to check out the items, and then go online to purchase those items from a completely different company, for a lesser price. Fabletics has not encountered such an occurrence of customer betrayal. In fact, Fabletics makes use of their membership based services to keep their customer base integrated and to encourage reviewing of their merchandise as not only being of worthy value, but also of a worthwhile and low price tag. The encouragement of customer reviews is critical to the sustaining of the physical store enterprises as it attracts current and potential customers to actually visit their physical locations.


Data is collected whenever a potential customer browses the items at a Fabletics online retailer location. This information is vital to maintain desired products are the physical store locations, throughout the U.S.A. This customer data is also great for alternating merchandise on the physical store shelves so that trends are kept current for the needs of the consumer’s interest.


Numerous reviews have attested that Fabletics items are superior, fun and an easy way to experience a variety of cuts, color assortments and a range of fashion styles. Fabletics’ “how to fit” guide is commended by customers as being the perfect aid to locate correctly fitting garments.