September 11th, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
Nolcha Fashion Week
: New York has just wrapped its Spring/Summer 2015 season at Eyebeam Atelier in Manhattan, featuring 12 designer runway shows.
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).
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.
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.
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.
By: Ashley Lutzker
September 2nd, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
Nolcha Fashion Week: New York has announced its’ official calendar of events for September’s Spring/Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week. This season’s events will run September 6th – 10th, 2014, and to accommodate the growing interest in independent fashion design, the runway shows will take place over the course of two days (September 8th & 9th) at a brand new, much larger venue this season: Artbeam (formerly Eyebeam Atelier).
Continuing in their seventh consecutive year, and held during New York Fashion week, Nolcha is one of the city’s leading platforms for global independent fashion designers, showcasing over 20 designers this season.
Presenting brands include: Katty Xiomara, Rinate Brodach, Mariana Valentina, Monstruosite, and MIMI Tran, including menswear with wearable tech. Nolcha’s “Ones To Watch” collective runway show will feature hot emerging brands including: Sofia Arana, B’VENAJ Designs, Gregory Apparel, Oiselle, JBurgos, and Charles & Ron.
“At Nolcha Fashion Week, the art of fashion is alive and well,” says CEO of Nolcha, Kerry Bannigan, “We’re honored to be at the forefront of emerging fashion, by providing designers with a destination where they can introduce their collections in a way that makes economic sense while giving them exposure to a global audience. We’ve felt the growth and increase in designer interest over the past few seasons, and we’re excited to produce the event in a bigger way this Fall.”
Artbeam is located at 540 West 21st Street between 10th & 11th avenues. Shows will take place at 6:00pm and 8:30pm on September 8th, and at 11:45am on September 9th.
Official Sponsors include: Franciacorta, DON Q Rums, Adrian London, Otter Box, Defiant Whisky and Bella forma Wines, Neulook and Sparkling Ice.
By: Ashley Lutzker
August 28th, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
Catbird, the shoebox size jewelry boutique on Bedford Avenue, has announced that they are opening another location a few blocks away on Driggs Avenue to cater to their booming wedding and bridal business. The new shop will offer an additional 200 square feet of space and is set to open on September 26th. The hope is that this additional square footage will cut down on some of the chaos in the original outpost by strictly catering to the engagement ring and wedding band crowd.
In the last year Catbird has seen their popularity skyrocket as they’ve been repeatedly featured in all the top magazines and worn by dozens of celebrities and tastemakers. As a marker of their popularity, consider that they currently have a collaboration for sale on pre-order with J.Crew online (who only choose to collaborate with the coolest brands).
Catbird has become known for their unique yet delicate pieces made from precious metals and stones. We would go so far as to say that right now, they are the epitome of cool when it comes to jewelry brands, especially with the current ring stacking trend which hits on one of their most signature pieces.
In addition to their in-house jewelry line, Catbird sells a range of carefully curated pieces from other designers.
The Catbird boutique is located at 219 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211 .
Check out a few of our favorite Catbird designs below!
Gillian Conroy Gold Safety Pin Earrings
1909 By Erica Weiner Diamond Arrow Earrings
Astrological Cuff By Julie Nolan
Catbird Stacking Rings
Catbird Alphabet Earrings
Catbird Maleficent Black Diamond Studs
By: Ashley Lutzker
August 25th, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
Awards season time is just about the only time that we write about something that has nothing to do with NYC. That said, last night was the 2014 MTV VMA’s and we can’t help ourselves but put together a round up of our best and worst dressed of the night.
Solange in H&M, she never misses a beat when it comes to making sartorial choices.
Joan Smalls in Balmain, this is how you do MTV edgy, the Balmain Army is at it again!
Nicki Minaj in Saint Laurent, I can’t get enough of this new stylish side of Nicki!
Miley Cyrus in Alexandre Vauthier, she’s finally figuring out how to to do high-end edgy without landing on trashy and we’re totally loving it.
Gwen Stefani in L.A.M.B., this woman can do no wrong.
Demi Lovato in Lanvin, she looks amazing and is totally hitting her style stride.
Jessie J in Vintage Halston, a real departure for her, the color and style look gorgeous.
Kesha in Johanna Johnson, we’re so happy to see her looking so beautiful and healthy and happy, she’s practically glowing.
Amber Rose in Laurel DeWitt, haven’t we already seen this look on the VMA red carpet? And I don’t remember liking it the first time. Amber, you can do better!
Katy Perry in Denim Versace, I get that this is a joking throwback to Britney & Justin, but is it really that funny? Meh.
Ariana Grande in Moschino, show me something new already Ariana, you sing like an angel but I’m so bored with this outdated look you keep coming back to.
Kim Kardashian in Balmain, this is a beautiful dress and Kim looks gorgeous, but the bionic boobs front in center detract rather then enhance this look.
By: Ashley Lutzker