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, 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:
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Intrepid by AO’C: http://nolchashows.
Acid NYC: http://nolchashows.
All Comes From Nothing: http://nolchashows.
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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.