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Nolcha Fashion Week F/W 2014: the new NYFW platform for indie designers

Kat Graham & Co at Nolcha Fashion Week F/W 2014
Kat Graham & Co at Nolcha Fashion Week F/W 2014
Arthur Mandel

Nolcha Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014


Nolcha Fashion Week F/W 2014 heated up Pier 59 this past New York Fashion Week to present a wide array of emerging indie fashion designers. Nolcha Fashion Week separated itself from other fashion events by giving designers a platform to showcase their designs through presentations and with, The Nolcha Lounge, following the next day, which gave opportunity for attendees to purchase the collections straight off the runway! Designers via the lounge included: 3Seven&8, a luxurious italian handbag collection offering impeccable, bold handbags, among others and of course the debut designers for this season.

Model Connor Hicks with Designer, Christian Benner
Chioma Ozuzu

Nolcha Fashion Week presented by RUSK, sponsors included: Skinny Girl Sparklers (a refreshing merge between Arizona and Skinny Girl), Air Europa, Smart Water, Ono e-cigarettes, Don Q rum, and Fashion Advance, among others which kept attendees engaged and refreshed for the back to back presentations through out the day.

This year was no different from the previous seasons which included a mix of couture to edgy designers, however, the collections that made it's mark, included: Dany Tabet, Lebanon designer who presented breath taking elegant couture evening gowns ; Katty Xiomara, who showcased her feminine collection full of eclectic prints and neutral earth tones ; Christian Benner of Christian Benner Custom, who showcased custom spiked, distressed and very punk rock inspired leather jackets; JUNGWON, who took a minimalistic approach with her signature collection of wearable, breathable jackets or "that one jacket you'll need in NYC" ; Leka, who presented her unique architectural solutions to create her collection with models wearing avant-garde piece from Raje Jewelry ; Last, Gail Be, presented her collection full of custom delicate couture dresses.

Other designers included: Christina Yi, Gabrielle Arruda, L. Catherine London, Maison De Papillion, Marco Hall, Naveda, Nina Athansiou, and Riza Manalo.

Celeb appearances included:Kat Graham (Vampire Diaries), Derek J (Bravo's Fashion Queens), Kristen Taekman (Real Housewives of New York), Pia Pizza (Mob Wives), Jeremy Jackson (Baywatch), Frank Ferrer (Guns & Roses), Morgan O'Connor (model), Brittany Mason (model), LaToya London (American Idol), Krystle Joy Brown (Broadway's Motown), Katie Rose Clarke (Broadway's Wicked), and HRH Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark.

For more information regarding Nolcha Fashion Week, visit which contains designer information, the event recap and more.