Nolcha Shows: Ones to Watch spring/summer 2017 collection catwalk show for NYFW
The Nolcha Shows for New York Fashion Week took place at AirBeam Studios, a very chic, dark space with exposed brick walls. For the past seven years these shows have become a platform of discovery, promoting independent, innovative fashion designers. They help incubate and nurture up-and-coming talent, and have been listed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation for offering a range of cost-effective options to increase fashion designers get their name out there and develop their business.
Six designers showed collections on 12th September at 11am. All designers had a unique point of view, making for a very interesting afternoon.
Alice Yim’s use of natural materials with vintage elements and fun fabric choices made for a fun show. The opening look was a folded pleat top in a splatter paint-printed material on a long-legged girl, who was wheeling a bedazzled bike down the runway.
While French music played through the speakers, models gracefully walked down the runway in colors of white, blue and touched of shimmer, sporting sunglasses. The collection had not only dresses but blazers, button downs and slacks for men.
The Jody Bell spring/summer 2017 collection was all blue and white, from solids to prints. As predicted, there will be many bell sleeves, lace jumpsuits and three-tier dresses. Her collection was easy to wear and perfect for warm weather. The accessories were a perfect addition to the collection and complemented the looks. There were hand-made hats on several models that would be perfect for a day at the beach.
The debut collection of Just in Case was a show stopper. There were heavy Asian influences with the material choices, and some Asian writing on the pieces. It was a mixture of Gothic, Asian and BDSM with a touch of punk anarchy. There were belts on shirts, unisex clothing, tied-up pants and a lot of black. Several models wore hats with a brightly coloured mohawk on top. Each piece was as extravagant as the next.
Minan Wong showed a sophisticated, functional collection with a colour scheme of pink, white and red. She incorporated lace with solids, slip dresses and off-the-shoulder looks. Each piece looked like it could be worn straight off of the runway and into the office, or out for drinks. The clothes looked incredible on each model, fitting them perfectly.
Three NY School of Design students presented their final looks as seniors on the runway. The first was edgy, raw and dark with materials such as waterproof vinyl all in earth tones and metal tones. The next collection was hot teal and hot pink, very 80s-inspired vibrant pieces and the last was lace and shimmery. Each designer had a different perspective and showed the utmost creativity.
Cayman Islands-native Olivia B showed a pink, orange and white collection that made everyone want to jump on the next plane to the Caribbean. Each look was either white or using a fun print with a tribal vibe. The wearer of each look seemed like they radiated positivity in the comfortable, ready-to-wear clothes for spring/summer 2017.
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