The one thing I love about Nolcha Fashion week is that it feels amazingly creative. You have these independent designers that in a sense are fighting for their life. They are putting all they have into these collections and they want the world to notice. Each designer is unique and you find reasons to love something from each and everyone. This fall 2013 season was no different. It was presented by RUSK and it pulled out all of the stops.
I arrived at Pier 59 studios at Chelsea Piers a little bit before the show and grabbed a cocktail at the café with a friend. We then headed into the show because she had the savvy to check us in early so we wouldn’t have to worry about fighting through the crowd. The first room we entered was pre-gathering with various food, cocktail and clothing sponsors. We stopped for pictures at the step and repeat. We finally headed in and sat in our second row seats. The room was full of great dance music and the lights dimmed and came back up full throttle and the models began to hit the runway.
At Nolcha Fashion Week you have various designers presenting back to back. I will zero in on my absolute favorites. Studio 6th Sense was phenomenal. The combination of black and white with soft and hard was incredible. It was sexy, fun, edgy and it screamed “I am woman hear me roar.”I loved the light fabric with leather (which I hope is faux leather as I am Vegan. I love the designer and sadly I could not verify if it was). I hate to say this but I was surprised that the designer was a man. He truly understands a woman’s body and every design brought out the best in us.
Another one of my favorites was Andressa Leao. The collection was elegant and rich. I fell in love with a few pieces. My absolute favorite was completed beaded. You could tell it was heavy but it was stunning. It had a nice blend of blissful colors with subdued hues. She was a designer that wanted to make a woman feel like a million dollars and she did not fail in doing so.
Nolcha was also packed with celebrities that included Carrie Keagan (VH1), Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies) who was wearing Nolcha designer Tess Johnson, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola (Jersey Shore), Kacie Boguskie (The Bachelor) who wore looks by Nolcha’s designers Diana Simaan & Lilly Lorraine, Waka Flocka (rapper), Masha (recording artist), Allure (female R&B group), Briella Calafiore (Style Network’s Glam Fairy), Early Morning Rebel (rock band), Krystal Joy Brown (Broadway star, “Big Fish”), Guinevere (recording artist), Steve Maneri (Kansas City Chiefs), Robert McClain (Atlanta Falcons), and James Anderson (Carolina Panthers).
I could go on and on with so many great designers from Nolcha but it would take dozens of pages to take you with me into each dreamy or fiery collection. I left realizing that my style changes every day. I am edgy and elegant but tomorrow that may change!
What is your style and does it change often?
Bonnielee Cuevas is former NYC Fashion Stylist, and Journalist with a very successful portfolio. She left the fashion industry and is a Lifestyle, Holistic & Sustainable Expert, Humanitarian, and Mental Health Advocate. She has been a successful Entrepreneur for over 13 years. BonnieleeCuevas.Com is where you will find sprinkles of her personal adventures, encouragement through a sustainable, holistic, and positive approach to fill your body, mind, and spirit with pure JOY.
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