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Paulina Susana Romero Valdez

You’re the kind of person who likes to be ahead of the curve--whether it was last year’s toast trend or predicting fall’s fashion essentials.

Now, be the first to be in the know about fledgling local designers. Every year, top students and recent graduates of the Academy of Art University show their collections at New York Fashion Week--and the school live-streams these spectacles for all of us back home. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect.

If you like Vivienne Westwood and Dries van Noten Check out the design-and-textile collaboration between Emmanuelle Ciara Jones and Ghazaleh Khalifeh, which was inspired by hip-hop culture and the work of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

If you’re a fan of Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen Ozanhan Kayaoglu channels these icons in his designs. For his latest collection--inspired by the power and social order of Panopticon prison architecture--he used rusted metal to dye fabric.

If you like Céline and Viktor & Rolf Look to Christian Willman for wool and cotton constructions that explore the interplay between feminine and masculine through structured, minimalist looks.

And Paulina Susana Romero Valdez’s designs, with nods to her Mexican roots, evoke Etro-meets-Mary Katrantzou.

Just say you saw them here first.

February 14 at 4 p.m. (PST); academyart.edu 

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