While Melitta Baumeister is certainly one of Parsons The New School for Design's most hyped recent MFA grads, Beijing-born Jia Hua, and her brand HUAJIASTUDIO, is another name to know. After being nominated for H&M's third annual Design Award this year (the sole NYC-based designer bestowed with the honor, along with Devon Halfnight Leflufly of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and others), Hua showed her Spring/Summer 2015 collection in a NYFW exhibition and released the corresponding lookbook. Her S/S 2015 collection plays heavily on her strengths: the use of multiple techniques, including weaving, hand stitching, and bonding to create rich layers; the influence of athletic wear and Hua's ability to interpret it in a high fashion manner (with a focus on "easy and wearable" garments), and of course, her bold use of color.
The 26-year old is making strides with each collection; this is only her second, after all. The multi-tiered shift dresses and strong separates (think: the bomber jackets and sporty pencil skirts, in particular) will likely sell quite well. For the bolder sartorialists, full looks are nothing if not street style material. More to come on this promising young talent.