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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: 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’CAcid 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 Nolchaa 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.

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PHOTOS 

11am “Ones To Watch Show: 
Vitruvius: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/10d00u
Cute Like Mad: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/a7440m
Planet Zero Motorsports: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/44839h
Fine Art of Fashion: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/234afr
Minan Wong: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/d3ba4j

1pm Soufflesong: 
http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/f8011l

3pm Rohitava Banerjee: 
http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/ceea3q

6pm Main Runway Show: 
Intrepid by AO’C: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/2be15h
Acid NYC: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/65efcm
All Comes From Nothing: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/6b5c9m

8pm Di Yusupoff: 
http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/65d64w

Olivia Culpo Images: 
http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/32697h

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 NYCouterwear 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.

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

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.

 

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.

RECAP: Nolcha Fashion Week: New York Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Shows

Nolcha Fashion Week in New York City, has just finished the SS15 season at the Eyebeam Atelier in Manhattan; featuring twelve different designer runway shows.
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Johnny Wujek, Bella Throne, Nastia Liukin, Russell Westbrook, Rocsi Diaz

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).

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Katty Xiomara

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.

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Menswear

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.

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Charles & Ron

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.

For all runway images from each show, visit: http://nolchafashionweek.dphoto.com/#.
For more information, photos, or designer profiles, visit: www.nolchafashionweek.com.

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.

For more information, visit:
launchnyc.co
manufactureny.org

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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
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/116312685243660802502/albums/5977281364509542609
Photo Credit: Udor Photography

6pm Demi-Couture / Couture Runway Photos:
*Featuring Minnoji, Modu, Mimi New York
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/116312685243660802502/albums/5977321102868981409
Photo Credit: Udor Photography

General backstage and Step & Repeat Photos:
*More photos aggregating here throughout the day
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/116312685243660802502/albums/5977289186910426321