Nolcha, the award winning platform for Independent Fashion was back at NYFW this year with its new vintage of Indie brands. In its 9th year, it remains the go to downtown destination for discovering tomorrow’s inspirations and new designers. This year, Nolcha shows were held at ArtBeam studios.
The day kicked off with the “Ones To Watch” show at 1pm, spotlighting emerging brands including Mariana Valentina with stunning Arabian architecture-inspired statement dresses. One in a see through veil black fabric played a very fine line in seduction, trying to reveal as much of the body as possible without yet giving it all away.
Son Collection, a Vietnamese womenswear line gave a new tone to the popular see through evening gown. Its inspiration was Spring and its natural abundance. Revealing of women’s eternal natural beauty, it was alluring in its subtle construction and fluidity.
Just In Case featured men’s and women’s street wear from Taiwan. The collection was distinctive with its unexpected bold combinations such as this jacket with black straps crossing over the fabric and the contrasting turtleneck underneath.
Chèlbè who designs only for tall women 5ft 11+ had a striking tunic and pants set with an asymmetrical top dropping to the floor on one side while exposing a shoulder and enclosing the neck.
Stevenson University, a collective of students debuting their take on the little black dress had a one of the kind dress with a deep front V opening that was minimalist and sexy.
The 4:30pm Show featured two “Made in NYC” brands: The first one Samantha Leibowitz, specializing in men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, featured a striking black and white long sleeved top that was a clever twist on the popular bare shoulders trend with super long cuffed sleeves, totally bare shoulders and upper arms.
ACID NYC, a men’s and women’s line by husband & wife design duo, had a skinny jacket articulated over a long sleeve T-shirt with vents at the elbows, in a gothic like print that was very arresting.
I liked Lavanya Coodly‘s breezy pastel duo including a baggy jumpsuit and a cropped jacket. All materials are sourced in the USA and hand-embroidered in India.
The 8pm show closed with a special presentation by PromGirl and PromGuy. One of the designs particularly caught my eye with its fresh and demure appeal.
A live performance was given during the evening by rising Latin star, Sammi Sanchez. The evening show also featured Kalani Hilliker, Madeline Stuart (the first model with Down syndrome & an advocate for inclusiveness), a male ballet dancer from Brooklyn, a football player who trains Rescue K9s from Newport Beach, a teen who advocates for literacy from San Francisco and a budding entrepreneur from Chicago.
Some celebrities that were spotted in the audience included Danielle Savre (Actress “Too Close To Home”), Aubrie Sellers (Singer,) Yonee (Electronic Artist), Zeke Thomas (DJ/Producer), Kim Appelt (Celeb Stylist), Syd Wilder (Actress/Comedian), Lauren Rae Levy (Celebrity Stylist), and Derek Warburton (Celebrity Stylist & Nolcha Shows Style Ambassador).
The Nolcha Collection is always a lot of fun to watch. Every year it displays the great talent and boldness of its emerging designers. I look forward to this collection every year as it keeps a consistent mark of quality and novelty.
Official Sponsors of the Nolcha Shows included: Citibank, Bai Brands, Mido Watches, L’Oréal, Cookie Pop, AOFM PRO, Hackamore, Sin Piedad Mezcal, and Breather.
Photo Credit for all: Nolcha Shows at NYFW