Indie Designers showcase collections during the Nolcha Shows at NYFW
The Nolcha Shows at New York Fashion Week just wrapped the Spring/Summer 2017 season at Artbeam Studios, featuring 13 runway shows.
September 12th kicked off with the “Ones To Watch” show spotlighting emerging brands including Jody Bell (UK), Olivia B (Cayman Islands), New York School of Design, Just in Case (China), Alice Yim and Minan Wong. All were showing for the first time at the Nolcha Shows except for returning designers Alice Yim and “Made in NYC” brand Minan Wong.
Much buzzed-about Chinese brand LU YANG by YANG LU struck a perfect balance between wearability and minimalism, function and comfort using architectural silhouettes with geometric prints.
Newcomer Samantha Leibowitz presented her collection of edgy women’s ready-to-wear. Returning brand ACID NYC showed a color mix of men’s and women’s looks inspired by the sea and returning brand Rohitava Banerjee, a Parsons student, followed up his debut show in February – where he was dubbed “the next Alexander McQueen” (Sourcing Journal) and “a 19-year-old wunderkind” (NY Post). Both returning brands are sustainable “Made in NYC” brands.
The China Moment collective included NIKISTAVIA (customizable haute couture), Syu Syu Han (high-end women’s ready-to-wear), and Cashmere Song (a collection of cream colored eco, raw cashmere from head to toe).
Celebrities came out in full support of these independent fashion designers, such as: Mischa Barton (“The OC”), Jessica Lowndes (“90210”), Teyana Taylor (singer and star of Kanye West’s new video “FADE”, who wore Nolcha designer Syu Syu Han) with husband Iman Shumpert (Cleveland Cavaliers and co-star in Kanye West’s new video), Fatima Ptacek (Teen Star of “Dora The Explorer” who wore LU YANG to the show), Tyler Hilton (“One Tree Hill,” “Walk The Line”), Olivia Caridi (“The Bachelor” and host of “Distractify” who wore LU YANG to the show), Derek Warburton (Celebrity Stylist), Lauren Rae Levy (Celebrity Stylist), Elliott Sailors (Model), Asaf Goren (“So You Think You Can Dance” who also walked in the ACID NYC show), Gianna Ferazi (Nickelodeon star) and Miss New York. America’s Next Top Model stars Mame Adjei and Hadassah Richardson walked in the shows.
Official Sponsors of the Nolcha Shows included Citi Bank, UPS, NeoGrid for Fashion, Red Cherry Lashes X Valley of the Dolls, BluePrint, and J.R. Ewing Bourbon.
Be sure to read our full coverage of the Nolcha Shows in The Industry Issue on October 6th, as we feature the entire designer lineup straight from the runway, spotlight the celebs on the red carpet and introduce each creative talent that showcased their wonderful brand at the highly-anticipated Fashion Media Lounge at Bryant Park Hotel. Subscribe today to be stylishly informed: CLICK HERE. You don’t want to miss it!
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