New York Fashion Week is right around the corner, and about mid-way through the festivities, a slew of emerging designers will show off their wares as part of Nolcha Shows and the Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge.
Back in 2007, to help get talented young designers the attention they deserve from buyers, press and other important industry figures, Kerry Bannigan, alongside her co-founder Arthur Mandel, launched Nolcha Shows, a growing platform that helps independent designers showcase their collections during NYFW.
Now almost a decade later, Nolcha Shows is one of the top platforms in NYC for emerging brands.
"The Nolcha Shows were born of out of the idea and need for independent fashion designers to have a reputable platform to showcase their collections during New York Fashion Week. We aim to provide a 360-degree, turnkey solution for fashion designers, offering support in hair and makeup stylists, models, public relations, production, marketing and overall business growth around the event," Bannigan told us earlier this summer.
"I have always been a big supporter of the underdog and providing resources toward their growth. I am a small town girl who dreamed of making it in the city, and I know what can be achieved by surrounding yourself with guidance and the right resources. This is the same of what the Nolcha Shows aims to provide independent fashion designers and support them to achieve their professional goals," she added.
This year's Nolcha Shows lineup is a diverse one full of unique and inspiring brands, and before the participating designers send their spring/summer 2017 collections down NYFW runway, we wanted to share with you the inspiration behind some of these creative collections.
"We are thrilled to welcome ACID NYC and Rohitava Banerjee back again to our runway and newcomers Jody Bell and Olivia B as international Ones to Watch brands. Our Fashion Lounge will showcase accessory designers including returning brands Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, Taylord Blu and El Voyage, with Oysby, Dela Eva, Riley Versa, Marshelly's Jewelry and James Carleton as new brands to our roster. We are so grateful to the support of our returning official sponsors NeoGrid for Fashion and Citibank," Bannigan said.
Click through the slide show above for a sneak peek at Nolcha Shows' upcoming NYFW SS17 events.