Nolcha Fashion Lounge at NYFW : Spring/Summer 2016
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.
View the professional photos here.
For more information, visit: www.nolchashows.com.
The First Ever New York Fashion Week: Men’s Is An Instant Success
New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) took place for the first time last week, running from July 13th-16th, and proved to be a true fashion success story. This was the first time New York City has ever dedicated a fashion week solely to American men’s fashion, following in the foot steps of men’s weeks in the other fashion capitals of the world, including London, Paris and Milan.
NYFWM was a huge step forward for the American menswear community and a coup for the CFDA, who organized the week as a way to capitalize on the menswear buying season (which falls much earlier than womenswear, in June & July), and a way to let the menswear community shine (instead of being overshadowed as they often are in September).
For many of the bigger corporate brands that were able to afford to move their shows to Europe for Men’s Week in the past (i.e. Thom Browne, John Varvatos, Ralph Lauren, etc.), this was the first season back home on American soil in many years, and it held a great deal of significance through the newfound respect for American men’s fashion. With more then 40 menswear labels showing over the course of 4 days, ranging from new independent labels to big names, the week’s success proved that it deserves its spot on the global men’s fashion calendar.
With the majority of shows taking place within one downtown event space, Skylight Clarkson SQ (which will soon play host to the September womenswear shows), Men’s Week turned out to be one of the most civilized, painless, and frenzy free experiences most show goers have ever experienced. Additionally, because the menswear community is just that, a community, the week was filled with a general sense of camaraderie and excitement about the fashion on the runway.
While NYFWM was mainly about reestablishing menswear’s place in this country, it had the added bonus of drawing the eye of the international community. Editors from the international editions of publications like GQ, Esquire, and the Financial Times were present, as were buyers from British retailers like Harrods and Selfridges.
AMP3 PR was lucky enough to attend NYFWM and we couldn’t have been more impressed. We were especially excited to see our client Cat Footwear as the footwear partner for 2 presentations during the week. In the Kenneth Ning SS16 presentation, the designer explored the balance between subversive youth culture and clean tailoring, while being inspired by faraway desert lands. For this presentation the brand pulled two styles of Cat Footwear industrial boots, the Shelk and the Inherit. For the Gypsy Sport SS16 presentation, which Paper Magazine described as “post-apocalyptic athleisure”, the brand pulled the Streamline Composite Toe work shoe and the Interface Hi Steel Toe Work Boot.
With success though, comes the real work. Now it’s time for the American menswear community to buckle down and up it’s game for next season. It’s time to prove that American menswear deserves it’s newly earned reputation. The dates have been set for January 28th-31st and we’ll all be waiting with bated breath to see where things go from here.
Nolcha Fashion Week AW15 Hosts the Best of Emerging Independent Fashion Designs
Nolcha Fashion Week in New York City just wrapped up the AW15 season at Pier 59 Studios in Manhattan; featuring eight different designer runway shows.
Influential celebrities who came out to support pioneering fashion design this season included: Christina Milian (Singer / TV show on E!), Hana Nitsche (Model, Russell Simmon’s girlfriend), Jessica Pimentel (Orange is the New Black), Mimi Faust (VH1’s Love & Hip Hop), Sydney Thomas (Nellyville / Nelly’s niece), Tiffany Bias (WNBA), Crezdon Butler (NFL, Detroit Lions), Derek Warburton (Celebrity Stylist), Evette Holyfield (Influencer), JW Cortes (TV’s “Gotham”), Sharna Burgess (Dancing With The Stars), and Karrueche Tran (Chris Brown’s girlfriend).
The day kicked off with Nolcha’s “Ones To Watch” show which highlighted four trend-setting designers. Yvette Hass is a new emerging Swedish designer who has been featured in Elle Denmark as a “Scandinavian Designer to Watch”, and dressed celebrity Jessica Pimentel (Orange is The New Black) for the show. Charles & Ron are an award-winning Maltese design duo who presented womenswear and leather bags, and featured Russell Simmons’ girlfriend Hana Nitsche walking in their show. Mitsou Ly showed her collection of women’s separates, which mix feminine style with an edgy flair, and her line is proudly manufactureald in the USA. Haute Athletics is an NYC-based athletic wear company that featured real athletes walking in the show in lieu of traditional models including 2x Olympic Hockey Goalie, Brianne McLaughlin.
The 6:30pm runway show featured Portuguese ready-to-wear designer Katty Xiomara who has dressed trend-setting celebs like Zendaya and Kat Graham. Here, she previewed her “RE-evolution” collection, a line that claims the right to be female, designed for women who are confident in themselves and their style choices. Christina Milian sat front row with her best friend and sister in tow, who co-star in her new E! TV series “Christina Milian Turned Up” (her sister, Elizabeth Flores, wore an exclusive Katty Xiomara design).
The evening collective show featured three designers. Prieston, an established Hungarian designer who has been covered in Cosmo, Marie Claire, InStyle and Glamour in her home country, kicked off the show (with Tiffany Bias of the WNBA wearing her collection). Already a staple in Budapest, she debuted at London Fashion Week in September, and now New York Fashion Week this season. Ann Himsel in an NYC-based designer and this was her debut collection which was completely inspired by menswear (in colors, style, fabrics, silhouettes), but tailored to fit women. Ann Himsel’s show featured men’s boots by Cat Footwear. Finally, Danny Nyugen Couture finished the evening with show-stopping embellished evening gowns.
Official Sponsors of Nolcha Fashion Week include: J.R. Ewing, Fogo de Chão, LightSpeed, DON Q Rums, Indie Hair, Vegan Therapy and SOLO Gel Nails.
For more information or designer profiles contact the AMP3 PR Agency or, visit: www.nolchafashionweek.com.
RECAP: Nolcha Fashion Week: New York Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Shows
Trend-setting celebrities who came out to support independent fashion design this season included: Kat Graham (Vampire Diaries), Bella Thorne (actress), Johnny Wujek (celebrity stylist), Nastia Liukin (Olympic Champion), Russel Westbrook (NBA), Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), Sammi Hanratty (actress), Kristen Ruhlin (actress), Skeery Jones (Z100), Shaun Ross (model), Soledad O’Brien (news anchor), Madeline Brewer (Orange is the New Black), Jessica Pimentel (Orange is The New Black), Mila J (singer/rapper), Mayer Hawthorne (recording artist) and Kristen Taekman (Real Housewives of New York).
The first solo show on September 8th featured Katty Xiomara, who was fresh off her July 2014 Pret-a-Porter Sketchcolors Project Award, and presented a collection inspired by the art form of a “chocolatier” which melted geometric shapes into organic forms. The finale dress was a collaboration with Nolcha’s sponsor, OtterBox, integrating the new “Alpha Glass,” a fortified glass screen protector for mobile phones. Actresses Kat Graham, Kristen Ruhlin, and Sammi Hanratty all attended the show wearing original Katty Xiomara designs.
The group show on September 8th featured designers: Rinat Brodach, Mariana Valentina, Sofia Arana, Mimi Tran, and a collective of menswear brands including: pants by Alberto, knitwear by Codice, shirts by Haupt, and sports jackets by Carl Gross. Celebrity friends & family came out to support model Andre King (brother of Swizz Beats and brother-in-law of Alicia Keys) as he walked in the menswear show.
The “Ones To Watch” collective show on September 9th featured emerging brands including: Monstruosite, B’VENAJ Designs, Gregory Apparel, Oiselle, JBurgos, and Charles & Ron. The collective ended with the second annual Project SUBWAY, which challenged up and coming designers to construct one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by vegetables found in a SUBWAY(R) restaurant. A celebrity panel critiqued the designs, including: Bella Thorne (actress), Johnny Wujek (celebrity stylist), Nastia Liukin (Olympic champion), and Russell Westbrook (pro basketball’s MVP of fashion and SUBWAY Famous Fan), and ultimately, they chose the onion-inspired dress by Veritee Hill as the winner.
Nolcha Fashion Week’s official sponsors include: Dasani, Franciacorta, DON Q Rums, Adrian London Skincare, OtterBox, SUBWAY, Defiant Whisky, Bella Forma Wines, and Neulook.