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NYFW FW16: Nolcha Shows Highlight Emerging Designers On The Runway

Feb 17, 2016 02:57 PM EST
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Soufflesong at Nolcha Shows (Courtesy/Nolcha Shows)

Nolcha Shows took over ArtBeam on Monday to stage runway shows for 11 emerging brands during NYFW.

The day kicked off with Nolcha's "Ones To Watch" show at 11 a.m. This runway event featured looks from five brands: Vitruvius, Cute Like Mad, Planet Zero Motorsports, Fine Art of Fashion and Minan Wong.

At 1 p.m., a solo show featuring Chinese brand Soufflesong was held. Designed by Fan Shumin and inspired by traditional Chinese Lolita fashion, the collection shown featured Victorian styles mixed with medieval inspirations.

Nineteen-year-old Rohitava Banerjee, who made his NYFW debut at Nolcha Shows on Monday, presented a Grecian-inspired collection during his solo show at 3 p.m.   

The main runway show, held at 6 p.m., highlighted three ready-to-wear brands: Intrepid by AO'C, Acid NYC and All Comes From Nothing.

Intrepid by AO'C showed a hybrid of minimalism and luxury womenswear; Acid NYC presented innovative pieces made with Thermaltech (a steel mesh inserted into garments that absorbs heat to warm the body); and All Comes From Nothing debuted an art-inspired contemporary collection.

This season of Nolcha Shows closed with a solo runway event featuring Di Yusupoff. Designed by Brooklyn-based Sabina Yusupova, the collection consisted of contemporary ready-to-wear and formal gowns. "Orange is the New Black" actress Jessica Pimentel and Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo attended the show in support of Yusupoff and independent fashion designers.  

"The fashion industry is a competitive sector requiring a lot of financial and networking support. Fresh talent and new businesses are beneficial for the economy and should be welcomed continuously into the fashion sector," Nolcha Shows CEO and co-founder Kerry Bannigan told us last year when asked why she thinks it's important to support young designers.

"We aim to showcase cutting edge global talent seeking to expand, launch or grow in the USA market that are sellable and have a business foundation," Bannigan said.

Click through the slideshow above to see images from the fall/winter 2016 Nolcha Shows.

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