Updated: Sep 14, 2021
Independent fashion continues to thrive at the Nolcha Shows at NYFW; the destination for discovering fresh designs during New York Fashion Week.
American culture seems to be a common thread at this year’s fashion week as the industry comes back to life. The Met Gala theme was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, 9/11 saw its 20th anniversary and the city honored it with grace, and the country came together over the weekend in a joyous display of unity thanks to the return of fashion week post-covid.
On September 12, 2021, Nolcha Shows at New York Fashion Week nodded to resounding themes of Americana emanating from New York City, with their VIP treatment of US military
spouses, appearances from Miss USA Asya Branch, Miss Universe Andrea Meza, and Miss World Alissa Anderegg.
The vibrant show took place at 608 Fifth Avenue and began with the national anthem
performance by Army spouse Deidra Lee Stubbs. Four designer brands were then featured on Nolcha’s runway for their Ones to Watch showcase, and cell phone shutters clicked
incessantly as the sprinkle of influencers in the crowd marveled at the innovative looks strutting down the runway. Joining us was a very deserving group of attendees for a VIP treatment; military spouses. They sat with Emmy-award winner Victoria Konefal, NFT artist FEWOCiOUS, actor London Brown from “Power Book III” and HBO hit series “Ballers”, among other notable guests.
Military spouses truly are the backbone of the United States military community. With long
deployments, demanding training schedules, and frequent moves, being a military spouse
requires a different kind of sacrifice than we know our service members make. These hardships impact employment, leading to a 38% unemployment rate for military spouses.
Their VIP experience started with hairstyling, led by award-winning and celebrated hairstylist Gerard Caruso, followed by a "glam session" by Monique Rinard with AOFM, jewelry provided by designer Randy Luna, and concluded with front row seats, backstage access, and catered dining by Chef Tova.
Nolcha Shows NYFW presents the following fashion brands:
KavenLiu DIMOR SS 2022
DIMOR designs seek to evoke a sense of belonging and freedom for women while weaving structure and architecture into its feminine elements. This collection in particular places an emphasis on the female form and waistline, ensuring a flattering silhouette complemented by comfortable materials such as silk, hemp, and cotton. The juxtaposition between KavenLiu DIMOR’s femininity and structured, angular elements make for a compelling yet wearable collection.
The 5th Season SS 2022
The 5th Season unconventionally found inspiration for their collection from that of a bird, an animal that represents much of what the brand seeks to convey: “freedom, elegance and rebirth”. The homage to the bird will be seen through the colors, textures, and silhouettes of the designs at The 5th Season.
KLOVA SS 2022
Masters of minimalism reside at Klova; the destination for illustrating the beauty and charm of women in Chinese culture. Woven together with lightness and naturalism, this collection seeks to encourage comfort and peace. The uniqueness at Klova is in the details. The carefully created collection came about through airy, light color and neutrals, and an
“elegant voluptuousness” that can seldom be duplicated.
KOREANO SS 2022
KOREANO is reimagining the modern woman’s wardrobe by creating one outfit for any
occasion. The brand expresses a commitment to utter self-expression and independence
through a curated uniqueness of femininity and strength.
Colorado-based Ashton Burridge carefully and artfully crafts her jewelry designs, inspired by her time spent in Italy. The pieces draw inspiration from art history, with elements of ancient themes and are rich in detail. Ashton Jewelry uses antique techniques like etching to illustrate an authentic expression of creativity. The process is tedious, and the jewelry
is made up of repurposed gold and silver and ethically sourced precious gems. Not a gram of material goes un-repurposed at Ashton Jewelry, making for a beautifully ethical brand.
Calista is a Mexican contemporary jewelry brand by sisters Laura and Regina Hernandez. Their collection is inspired by Egyptian mythology, and titled Bennu, after a mythological bird with a likeness to the mythological phoenix. Each creation at Calista is expertly created in 22K gold plated brass, lapis lazuli, and red coral. This collection will emphasize the idea
that “after dark, there will be light with the rising sun.”
In addition to the fashion on the runway, we featured Perfect Corp., the world’s leading global beauty tech solutions provider and developer of augmented reality (AR) and artificial
intelligence (AI)-powered virtual beauty try-on technologies, as they launched a new, ultra-
personalized beauty tech SaaS solution, YouCam Tutorial. By launching with makeup artists at The Nolcha Shows NYFW Runway Show, YouCam Tutorial supported the step-by-step process of educating backstage artists on the creative direction of their runway makeup looks. During the event, YouCam Makeup debuted its groundbreaking AI-powered solution, unveiling it to beauty lovers everywhere for the first time.
We were thrilled to bring our revolutionary educational AR & AI-powered virtual beauty
experience, YouCam Tutorial, to NYFW this year at The Nolcha Shows. “By enabling brands to showcase step-by-step animated beauty tutorials and educate makeup artists on the looks created for the runway, we’re helping to advance makeup artistry for the future and ultimately, connect customers and brands in a whole new way,” says Alice Chang, founder and CEO of Perfect Corp.
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About The Nolcha Shows:
The Nolcha Shows, now in its 14th year, is an award-winning event held during New York
Fashion Week to showcase independent and emerging fashion designers to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers. The Nolcha Shows have become renowned as an incubator of talent and a platform of discovery, promoting cutting-edge, innovative fashion designers through runway shows and exhibitions. The event is officially recognized by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, offering a range of cost-effective options to help independent fashion designers gain recognition and develop their businesses. The Nolcha Shows consistently receives positive media coverage including features in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, WWD, New York Magazine, Elle, Entrepreneur, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, CBS, NY1, US Weekly, NBC, and Inc. For more information, please visit www.nolchashows.com
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