The Nolcha Shows are a hub for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists, and industry influencers during New York Fashion Week. This year, the event was held at ArtBeam in Chelsea, Manhattan, a district known for its creative galleries, photo studios, and individuals. InvitedNYC's fashion editor is going to give you an exclusive look inside the event with coverage on 7 amazing collections and what trends to expect for Spring/Summer 2017.
1) Lu Yang by Yang Lu
This season designers like Alice & Olivia, Rebecca Minkoff, and Libertine sent 60s inspired designs down the runway. Lu Yang by Yang Lu also showcased this era with an updated 60s collection featuring mod style dresses, bright primary colors, and neat geometric patterns. Other highlights included cateye sunglasses, and the return of white Go Go Boots in the form of hightop sneakers instead of a platform. So Retro! Looks like dresses and cool kicks will be sticking around until next season!
2) ACID NYC
ACID NYC showcased an array of vibrant colors and underwater themed prints like jellyfish and seaweed. Their collection featured swim cover ups as well as day-to-night wear including fun accent pieces like fish shaped purses and unique sea foam green harem pants. Some of their looks seemed to be inspired by the Disney classic "The Little Mermaid" with looks resembling Arielle, Prince Eric, and even Ursula! Check it out below!
3) Samantha Leibowitz
Her entire collection seemed to be inspired by athleisure wear from topknot to toe. Which is great news for those who live for pieces that are comfy yet functional enough to wear all day or all night. The color palette didn’t stray from solid black, white, and red, but she also featured a brush stroke print was fluent throughout the collection. If you are looking for leggings with detailed side panels, or great staple pieces to update your casual wear, then check out this stunning collection.
4) Rohitava Baneriee
Embroidery was a huge highlight from last seasons Fall/Winter season inspired by Chinoiserie patterns showcased from the runways of Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Erdem. This collection took this era to a whole new level with very formal, intricate detailing, and prominent structured panels added to the shoulders and waist. Every look was designed in rich tones of navy, red, gold, and silver. Rohitava Baneriee took formal wear to the next level! There were so many dimensions of drama in each look, check out some of my favorites from this collection below!
Once upon a time there was a collection fit for an Upper East Side princess. It was polished, frilly, and magically crafted with pastels mixed with vibrant colors. The runway was graced with dresses with flowy, draped detailing, and elegant prints straight out of a fairytale. Some pieces were chiffon and silky, while others were crafted out of tweeds giving the designs more structure. To top if all off, some models donned golden jeweled crowns that complimented their loosely tussled hairstyle.
6) Syu Syu Han
For those of you who are huge fans of the 90s grunge revival, then you’ll obsess over how this collection updates the era. Syu Syu Han only used a black and white palette to create her dynamic designs equipped with leather straps and grommet details. Structural elements were mixed with flowy pieces that made ascetic functional with an urban street-style twist. I am a huge fan of her blouses with bold sleeves and simple tees paired with dynamic skirts.
7) Cashmere Song
Totally the most cohesive yet eclectic collection of the day, Cashmere Song created a cozy winter wonderland on the runway. Her designs were more geared towards Fall/Winter 2016 with a variety of white knits in the form of sweaters, skirts, and dresses. Fur accents and cashmere pieces complimented the comfy, wearable pieces. I do love a good winter white, and her collection has some great options for the colder months. Most models wore knit hats with flower details with long braided pigtails cascading down their shoulders. Another kooky touch from the inquisitive designer was sending all of her models down the runway in thick ankle length socks, another snuggly touch to an already comfortable collection.
Photos by: Paul Newland (Fashionstock.com)
A special thanks to Megan from the Nolcha Shows for the invite!