Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye to all that — AAU’s Duffty, 2015 trends and more .

Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle

Fashion designer and punk rock musician Keanan Duffty is seen on Monday, March 18, 2013.

By Tony Bravo and Carolyne Zinko

Keanan Duffty leaves AAU: Senior Director of Fashion Merchandising at the Academy of Art University School of Fashion Keanan Duffty announced his departure from the school after 3½ years. The U.K.-born Duffty is stepping down to move back to New York City, where he plans to devote more time to his own work as a fashion designer. “I will remember my time at the Academy of Art as one of the most important experiences of my professional career,” Duffty told Style. “I wish our students and alumni continued success in their journey to become the future stars of fashion.” Among Duffty’s proudest accomplishments at AAU was the opening of the school’s Shop657 on Sutter Street, where students not only worked the boutique but also sold alumni brands including Apartment 415, VoidTheBrand and SanFrancycle. Duffty launched his own eponymous label in 1999; created collections for Target in 2006 and 2007; and is known for a distinctly British design reference point, specifically drawing inspiration from the punk and glam rock music subcultures. Duffty is also a musician himself and can be heard covering Katy Perry and Lana del Rey on his most recent album “Total Dragon Pop.” See you at New York Fashion Week, Mr. Duffty — San Francisco will miss you!

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