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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 Spring/Summer 2017 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.

The day kicked off with the “Ones To Watch” show at 11am 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.

The 2pm solo show featured buzzed-about Chinese brand LU YANG by YANG LU, who strikes a perfect balance between wearability and minimalism, function and comfort using architectural silhouettes with geometric prints.

The 5pm main show featured newcomer Samantha Leibowitz, and returning brands ACID NYC and Rohitava Banerjee. Leibowitz presented her collection of edgy women’s ready-to-wear, while ACID NYC showed a color mix of men’s and women’s looks inspired by the sea—both are sustainable “Made in NYC” brands.  For Banerjee, a Parsons student, this was the anticipated follow-up show to his debut show in February where he was dubbed “the next Alexander McQueen” (Sourcing Journal) and “a 19-year-old wunderkind” (NY Post).

The 8pm evening show closed with the China Moment collective, including 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 who came out to support independent fashion design included: 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 boyfriend 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.

For more information or designer profiles, visit: www.nolchashows.com.

PHOTOS 

Celebrity Red Carpet Images:  

https://goo.gl/photos/s9rEHfNLbWLHpmMi8

11am “Ones To Watch Show”: 

Jody Bell: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/0f1dap

Olivia B: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/70d55v

New York School of Design: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/59144v

Alice Yim: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/12d2fp

Just in Case: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/2a7ccl

Minan Wong: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/8bbefh

2pm LU YANG by YANG LU: 

http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/2aa30s

5pm Main Runway Show: 

Samantha Leibowitz: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/650f0q

ACID NYC: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/45ba7g

Rohitava Banerjee: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/8dc07m

8pm Collective Show:

NIKISTAVIA: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/5ee59g

Syu Syu Han: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/ff833x

Cashmere Song:  http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/2c8a4l

RECAP: Nolcha Shows at NYFW for Spring/Summer 2016

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.

All shows were live-streamed and the replay is available now at live.nolchashows.com.

Official Sponsors of the Nolcha Shows include: Citi Bank, Don Q Rums, LumaRX, Sparkling Ice, and Lyft.

For more information or designer profiles, visit: www.nolchashows.com.

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.