Rohitava Banerjee Debuts Spring / Summer 2017 Collection at New York Fashion Week
On September 12th, luxury womenswear designer Rohitava Banerjee showcased his much anticipated Spring/Summer 2017 collection at The Nolcha Shows during New York Fashion Week. While viewing his SS17 collection, the audience got a taste of the designer’s love for story-telling and lost civilizations with a show inspired by the five most influential Sultans of the early Ottoman Empire. Through detailed narrative based embroidery, a signature of Banerjee’s, each section of the show told the story of the 5 Sultans and their most notable acts, with a focus on their dreams of expansion and empire building. The silhouettes within the collection displayed crisp, sharp lines which were inspired by the geometry of early Ottoman armor and weaponry, specifically the curved scimitar sword.
Rohitava Banerjee is a young NYC-based designer and student at Parson’s School of Design. This past February he showed at NYFW for the first time with his AW16 collection, inspired by Greece and the stories of the 5 Grecian rivers to the underworld. Following the show, the NY Post referred to him as a “19-year-old wunderkind” and Sourcing Journal referred to him as the “next Alexander McQueen”.
RECAP: Indie Designers showcase Fall/Winter 2016 collections at the Nolcha Shows during NYFW
The Nolcha Shows presented by NeoGrid at New York Fashion Week just wrapped their Fall/Winter 2016 season at Artbeam, featuring 11 runway shows.
The day kicked off with the “Ones To Watch” show at 11am spotlighting emerging brands including Vitruvius, Cute Like Mad, Planet Zero Motorsports Fine Art of Fashion, and Minan Wong. Both Cute Like Mad and Minan Wong are sustainable brands that are manufactured in NYC and the U.S. respectively. Vitruvius and Fine Art of Fashion showcased various works by fashion design students from Vancouver and Stevenson University in Maryland—giving them a platform to jumpstart their careers.
The 1pm solo show featured Chinese brand Soufflesong, designed by Fan Shumin and inspired by traditional Chinese Lolita fashion, mixing victorian styles with medieval times.
The 3pm solo show featured newcomer Rohitava Banerjee, a 19 year old New Yorker making his NYFW debut. His work reflects his eternal love for history, drawing parallels between the past and today’s contemporary world. The first collection was inspired by Greece: both it’s mythical past and the tumultuous economic times of the present.
The main runway show at 6pm spotlighted three ready-to-wear brands: Intrepid by AO’C, Acid NYC, and All Comes From Nothing. Intrepid by AO’C, designed by Aerin O’Connell, presented a hybrid of minimalism and luxury womenswear. Acid NYC, made by design duo Evelyn Luna and Scott Chester, introduced pieces using Thermaltech—a steel mesh inserted into their garments that absorbs heat to warm the body. All Comes From Nothing, founded in 2014 by Eva Yiwei Xu, debuted an art-inspired contemporary collection.
The evening closed with a solo show by Di Yusupoff Nolcha, a collection by Eastern European born Sabina Yusupova, who is now based in Brooklyn and designs contemporary ready-to-wear and formal gowns. Actress Jessica Pimentel (“Orange is the New Black”) and actress/model Olivia Culpo (Miss USA 2012) came out to support independent fashion design, with Culpo wearing an original Di Yusupoff design.
Official Sponsors of the Nolcha Shows included presenting sponsor Neogrid, along with Citi Bank, Ecru New York, DXV by American Standard, Thermaltech, Don Q Rum and Regulus.
For more information or designer profiles, visit: www.nolchashows.com.
11am “Ones To Watch Show:
Cute Like Mad: http://nolchashows.
Planet Zero Motorsports: http://
Fine Art of Fashion: http://nolchashows.
Minan Wong: http://nolchashows.
3pm Rohitava Banerjee:
6pm Main Runway Show:
Intrepid by AO’C: http://nolchashows.
Acid NYC: http://nolchashows.
All Comes From Nothing: http://nolchashows.
8pm Di Yusupoff:
Olivia Culpo Images:
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.
Nolcha Fashion Week: New York announces September S/S 2015 designer lineup and new, larger venue
Nolcha Fashion Week has announced the official New York City calendar of events for it’s September’s SS15 fashion week. This season’s events will run September 6th – 10th, 2014, and to accommodate the growing interest in independent fashion design, the runway shows will take place over the course of two days (September 8th & 9th) at a brand new, much larger venue this season: Eyebeam Atelier.
Continuing in their seventh consecutive year, and held during New York Fashion week, Nolcha is one of the city’s leading platforms for global independent fashion designers, showcasing over 20 designers this season.
Presenting brands include: Katty Xiomara, Rinate Brodach, Mariana Valentina, Monstruosite, and MIMI Tran, including menswear with wearable tech. Nolcha’s “Ones To Watch” collective runway show will feature hot emerging brands including: Sofia Arana, B’VENAJ Designs, Gregory Apparel, Oiselle, JBurgos, and Charles & Ron.
“At Nolcha Fashion Week, the art of fashion is alive and well,” says CEO of Nolcha, Kerry Bannigan, “We’re honored to be at the forefront of emerging fashion, by providing designers with a destination where they can introduce their collections in a way that makes economic sense while giving them exposure to a global audience. We’ve felt the growth and increase in designer interest over the past few seasons, and we’re excited to produce the event in a bigger way this Fall.”
Eyebeam Atelier is located at 540 West 21st Street between 10th & 11th avenues. Shows will take place at 6:00pm and 8:30pm on September 8th, and at 11:45am on September 9th.
Official Sponsors include: Franciacorta, DON Q Rums, Adrian London, Otter Box, Defiant Whisky and Bella forma Wines, Neulook and Sparkling Ice.
Individual biographies on each of the participating designer collections can be found at: www.nolchafashionweek.com/designers.
For a video recap of Nolcha Fashion Week: New York last season, February 2014, visit:http://vimeo.com/89741920/.
About Nolcha Fashion Week: New York
Nolcha Fashion Week is a leading award winning event for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers. Continuing into the seventh year, Nolcha Fashion Week has established itself as a platform of discovery promoting innovative fashion designers through individual and collective runway shows and exhibition during New York Fashion Week. The event is an officially recognized New York Fashion Week platform by New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase designers recognition and develop their business. The successful showcase consistently receives positive media coverage which has included: Forbes, Bravo TV, WWD, BBC, NBC, MTV, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Lucky, Financial Times, and many others.
RECAP: LAUNCH NYC presents: Manufacture New York Incubator Runway Shows Fall/Winter 2014
Yesterday, February 5th, 2014 served as the kick-off day for the inaugural LAUNCH NYC Fashion Week–a new 8-day Fashion Week that incorporates runway, retail & showroom into one seamless experience at a beautiful 5,000 square foot storefront space on West 17th Street.
The concept was ‘launched’ by Manufacture New York, a fashion incubator & factory for independent fashion designers, and was produced in partnership with photography retailer Adorama.
The first day of shows was split into two collectives, showcasing an array of talented members from MNY’s incubator. All presenting brands were produced locally; made in NYC.
The 2:00pm show was a Ready-To-Wear collective featuring Abacaxi, Vaunt & Sol, and Heart & Noble (a jewelry brand that does 3D laser-cutting designs).
The 6:00pm show was the Demi-Couture / Couture collective featuring Minnoji, Modu, and Mimi New York.
LAUNCH NYC runs February 5-12th, including upcoming runway presentations from Carrie Hammer, Laurel DeWitt, Tabii Just, Daniel Silverstein, Gita Omri, Laquan Smith, Namm Clothing and Luar Zepol.
MNY Mission Statement:
Our mission is to reawaken and rebuild America’s fashion industry, foster the next wave of businesses, and create a transparent, sustainable global supply chain. Manufacture New York is a hybrid fashion incubator and factory dedicated to providing independent fashion designers with the resources and skills to streamline their process, from concept to customer. We are driving the transformation of local manufacturing, so it can be the most affordable, innovative, and sustainable option for all.
About LAUNCH NYC:
LAUNCH NYC is an 8-day experience that takes NYFW to a whole new level. LAUNCH NYC combines a state-of-the-art runway with luxurious retail and showroom space. Designers can show their latest collection on the runway, and then host their samples in the adjacent showroom for private appointments with buyers and press, while selling from their current collection to New York’s fashion-loving public in the retail pop-up store. This is a model for the future that not only makes sense from a marketing and branding point of view, but also from an economic standpoint for independent designers. LAUNCH NYC is an innovative, integrated New York Fashion Week experience that is sustainable for designers and the fashion industry as a whole.
2pm Ready-To-Wear Runway Photos:
*Featuring Abacaxi, Vaunt & Sol, Heart & Noble
Photo Credit: Udor Photography
6pm Demi-Couture / Couture Runway Photos:
*Featuring Minnoji, Modu, Mimi New York
Photo Credit: Udor Photography
General backstage and Step & Repeat Photos:
*More photos aggregating here throughout the day