The Nolcha Shows at New York Fashion Week just wrapped its Spring/Summer 2016 season at Pier 59 Studios, featuring 8 designer runway shows.
The “Ones To Watch” show at 6pm featured Maltese women’s design duo Charles & Ron, “Made in NYC” outerwear brand Jungwon (which featured androgynous model Rain Dove walking in the show) and boots by Cat Footwear, German womenswear designer Anya Liesnik, sports apparel company Planet Zero Motorsports, and Global Citizen.
Global Citizen is a movement to end poverty, which empowers everyday people to take action and see real impact. At Nolcha, Global Citizen unveiled its 2015 festival line, that will be available online and at the annual festival in Central Park on September 26th featuring headliners Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay. The show also premiered a limited edition Global Citizen x Aviator Nation collection and the “Beyonce” shirt (one of four limited-edition single artist tees), all also available as of September 26th. All items benefit The Global Poverty Project, a nonprofit that is building a worldwide movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. Four campaign managers from the GPP walked in the show (in lieu of traditional models).
The Collective Show at 9pm featured women’s ready-to-wear brand Intrepid by A’OC, “Made in NYC” men’s & women’s apparel by Acid NYC, and haute couture by Danny Nguyen Couture.
On Thursday, September 10th, the Nolcha Shows hosted their semi-annual fashion lounge for New York Fashion Week at the Bo Concept store in Chelsea to spotlight the season’s hottest trends in apparel, accessories, and beauty.
The lounge showcased a range of independent brands including jewerly and accessories by Syd and Pia, Raje, and Zayver Designs, handbags by Adora and Charles & Ron, and apparel by Haute House as well as a sneak peek of the Charles & Ron collection which will hit the runway at the Nolcha Shows on Sunday. The lounge also featured beauty and wellness products and tips from LumaRX (the skin beauty system) and Dr. Gary Levine (women’s health expert).
On site, guests were treated to complimentary beverages courtesy of Coco Libre and Sparkling Ice, and celebrity stylist Derek Warburton was on hand signing copies of his Fall cover story in LAPALME Magazine.
The lounge was proudly sponsored by: Citi Bank, LumaRX, Sparkling Ice, Lyft, and Malta Tourism.
Nolcha’s official Spring/Summer 2016 runway shows will take place on Sunday, September 13th at Pier 59 Studios.
Earlier this December Paul Drish, a new men’s footwear and accessories brand, launched an Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. filling their intimate showroom space in Tribeca with notable menswear media and influencers.
It celebrated the launch of the brand and the debut of their first men’s footwear and accessories collection, complete with 26 shoe styles and 7 bag styles. Guests were able to view the collection in its entirety, try on their favorite styles, and even make purchases. Guests were also treated to cocktails courtesy of Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskey and Milano Green Vodka, as well as shoe shines from John Allan’s Premier Men’s Grooming Club.
Paul Drish co-founder Arveena Ahluwalia was on hand to walk guests through the collection and speak to the inspiration behind it.
“I wanted to not only create the most comfortable shoe, but also design them on par with other luxury fashion brands,” said Ahluwalia of the brand, “Growing up in India, I always admired the nation’s centuries of craft leatherworking. With the strong integrity in craftsmanship coupled with lower production costs due to a vertically integrated factory, we eliminate the third party and are able to produce high-end leather shoes and bags at competitive prices.”
The Paul Drish showroom, located at 50 Murray Street, is now open to the public for private appointments. Consumers will enjoy a fully pampered shopping experience from start to finish, whether they stop by the Tribeca loft to sip scotch and try on the shoes, or order via the e-commerce platform (which is available nationwide, with free shipping and free returns). All Paul Drish shoes feature the brand’s signature purple lining, are delivered in a durable drawer-style jute box, and are tucked inside an embroidered purple cotton dust bag. Each pair comes with a leather shoe horn and an extra padded leather insole for additional comfort.
Paul Drish is a division of Drish North America. For over 25 years, Drish has been manufacturing and exporting high-end leather footwear to Europe and Asia for luxury fashion brands. Paul Drish products are designed for men everywhere who aren’t satisfied with routine, who stop to admire everyday beauty and who travel the world extensively. Paul Drish is not just another brand of shoes and bags; it is a gateway to new experiences through which men will gain a fresh perspective on the world around them.
Earlier in the month, non-profit “Bridges of Understanding“, held their annual awards dinner at Lincoln Center in New York City. This year they honored fashion designer Reem Acra and AMP3 PR handled publicity for the evening. The award was presented by Steven Kolb, the CEO of the CFDA, and the event was co-chaired by philanthropists Cathie Black and Tom Harvey.
BOU is an organization aimed at bridging the cultural divide between Americans and the Arab world, by providing in-school education initiatives that pair high school classrooms in the US with their peers in the Middle East through a videoconferencing-based curriculum. The goal is to teach youth about their commonalities, to overcome the cultural divide, to shift negative perceptions, and to grow towards a more empathetic future among nations. Previously held in DC, this was the first Building Bridges award dinner in NYC, and it honors individuals who further the mission and ethos of the organization.
Lebanese fashion designer, Reem Acra, is a perfect example of an empowered woman from the Middle East who has taken the basic cultural tradition of sewing which she learned from her mother, and harnessed it to become an entrepreneur and one of the world’s top couture designers. She exemplifies the importance that the arts (and in this case fashion) have on building an understanding between peoples, especially during times of sociopolitical unrest. “The Council of Fashion Designers of America is proud to count Reem Acra among its prestigious membership of creative talent,” says Steven Kolb of the CFDA, “Fashion is a universal language of which Reem has a powerful voice. Her beautiful clothes empower women around the world and there is no better example that similarities of cultures are greater than their differences.”
Of the honor, Reem Acra said: “It is both an honor and a privilege to be standing here tonight, an honor to be recognized for my participation in our efforts to promote a better world. As you are aware, I spend the majority of my time in a world of magic and elegance; finding new ways to celebrate the woman’s inherent beauty and make life a more luxurious experience for everyone that I can touch. I am always conscious however, of the need that we all have to give back. When I became aware of “Bridges of Understanding,” I knew that it was a place where my humble efforts could add to those of others, and together we could achieve the kind of change we all know is possible.”
Notable guests included: Reem Acra, Steven Kolb (CFDA), Cathie Black & Tom Harvey (co-chairs), Dr Mehmet Oz & his wife Lisa Oz, Ariel Foxman (InStyle), Bobbie Thomas (Today Show), Bevy Smith (Fashion Queens, Bravo), Noah Levy (Gossip Table), David Bradley (Owner, Altantic Media Group), and Dayle Haddon (Model). Funds raised from the evening will in part allow Bridges of Understanding’s education programs to find a home in New York City.
In November of this year, a New York City public school in the Bronx will be the first school to bring “YouthTalk” to the area, and will later pilot a new middle school curriculum, “Bridges at School.” At AMP3 PR, we were honored to merge our love for Fashion PR with philanthropy, and were delighted to have our media contacts further support the cause with coverage in fashion publications like WWD, regional newspapers like The New York Observer, and digital fashion outlets like The Fashion Times. For more information about the cause, visit: www.bridgesofunderstanding.org.
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