Nolcha Fashion Week FW16, NYC

Nolcha Fashion Week FW16 | Photo: Will Miller for Average Socialite

Date: Monday, February 15, 2016


Deets: 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 includingVitruvius, 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, andAll Comes From Nothing. Intrepid by AO’C, designed by Aerin O’Connell, presented a hybrid of minimalism and luxury womenswear. Acid NYC, made by husband & wife superhero design team 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. 

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