Wearing: Polka Gingham Leap
wearing: blouse: H&M, gingham skirt: c/o Carrie Parry, tights: American Apparel, belt: Forever 21, pumps: Pema (Brooklyn), clutch: Forever 21, bow brooch: vintage, thrifted upstate, earrings: Forever 21, bracelets: vintage/thrift, pearls from China, H&M, Forever 21, nails: OPI (discontinued, similar to ‘the thrill of brazil’), makeup: Benefit ooh la lift and Smashbox fusion soft lights in ‘baked starlight.’
remember spirit week in high school? the obligatory 80’s and pyjama dressing days that were sort of awful and fun at the same time? i’d like to think of this leap year day as mix-and-match day, one that celebrates the good patterns in your closet all at the same time. not that once pulled together, this resembles anything insane, but it just makes dressing a bit more fun. anyways, i’m making no sense at this point so i’ll just move on.
headed to a fun pampering event tonight with my fellow Nolcha board members and i’m bringing a very special guest, the one and only internet sensation and one of my fav people sbz. there will be led light treatments, there will be enzyme masks, there will be organic wine…and i will be in heaven. xoxo.
photo credit: dinah a.
Fashion Dish: YBCouture
Want to Wear: YB Couture SS 13 as seen at last week’s Nolcha Fashion Week.
with a mix of roaring twenties and femme aristocrat in elegant pastels and fabrics, this was by far my favorite collection from the independent fashion show. don’t they just make you want to get invited to a fancy party, put on one of these and a bustier and obsessively powder your nose?
check out more of the pieces from the collection here. xoxo.
Want to Wear: Danilo Gabrielli F/W 12
in the midst of NYFW i attended Nolcha Fashion Week, which is a series of runway shows dedicated to showcasing independent designers. i was most excited to see Danilo Gabrielli’s F/W 2012 collection, as I so loved his S/S 2012 collection i saw at last season’s Nolcha. this time, the collection was so classic and accessible, leading with strong shapes and just the right amount of feminine frill.
among my favorites were these satin blouses in black and cream, with the most delicate tiers of sheer chiffon on the shoulders and a mock neck, plus a contrasting bow. i’ve never seen a mock turtleneck look so good. i could immediately imagine these being perfect with something as simple as boyfriend jeans and my patent Zara pumps, but the possibilities to dress up are seriously endless.
my favorite feminine dress as seen above, was the perfect black sparkly maxi, with its deep-v cut and sexy slit, juxtaposed against a cute-as-a-button high bow, making it sultry and sweet and perfect for a fancy event. now… without further adieu — the showstopper, seen up top, was this brocade and sequined mackintosh coat. now here’s the reason why I love this mac so so so much - i’ve yet to see a combination of this fabric and sequin implemented in anything other than something that ultimately looks quite teeny-bopper. not this, though, it’s simply stunning, classically cut and by far my favorite piece from the entire collection. check out the entire lineup here. xoxo.
The Indie Fashion Market Meant Business at Nolcha Fashion Week: New York
Twice a year New York Fashion Week takes place, giving designers from all around the world a place to display their upcoming collections. On February 13th, Nolcha, one of New York’s leading platforms for independent global fashion designers, held their Fall/Winter event at Pier 59.
Returning for a second consecutive season, the presenting sponsor RUSK, who’s philosophy is “Fashion + Culture + Attitude”- is a professional hair-care brand globally known for both product and approach. The creative drive of Rusk and innovation of Nolcha makes for a perfect partnership and led to another impressive day of runway shows.
Rusk was joined by Official Sponsors: smartwater, CLEAR, RealBeanz, DON Q Rums, FOCO Pure Coconut Water and American Airlines, WeConnectFashion, FashionStock, and ‘WichCraft. Aside from these branded sponsors, Monster Energy, Cavoda Vodka, and Esarsi Shoes, (who provided some of the shoes for the models to wear during the shows), were also in attendance.
The event featured 3 runway shows, and 13 global designers, based out of China, Sweden, The UK, Brazil and across the U.S.
The Michael Fenici show featured NYC’s most notable businessmen, making their catwalk debut to illustrate how Fenici’s bespoke suits are customized to different types & styles of men. Nolcha’s own President, Arthur Mandel, was even seen walking down the runway in the presentation.
A few other celebs arrived clad in clothing by the designers. Dawn Olivieri from House of Lies rocked a bold and beautiful Tess Johnson coat and was sending tweets to Tess about the “sick jacket” the night before the event. Kacie Boguskie, from The Bachelor, sported looks of designers Diana Simaan and Lilly Lorraine.
Earlier in the day, during the The Vanity Project’s 1:30 show, (which featured shoes by Cat Footwear), celebrities walking in that presentation included rock-band “Early Morning Rebel,” Tight-end for the Kansas City Chiefs, Steve Maneri and defensive-back for Atlanta Falcons, Robert McClain.
Some other familiar faces seen throughout Nolcha were Carrie Keagan of VH1, recording artist Masha, the female R&B group Allure, Style Network’s Glam Fairy, Briella Calafiore, Broadway star Krystal Joy Brown, recording artist Guinevere and James Anderson of the Carolina Panthers.
Nolcha attendees left with gift bags filled with trendy products from eatwhatever, Outburst Energy Bites, Rusk, Udderly SMooth® and Kusmi Tea US.
The following day, media and industry members were invited to celebrate the brands who made Nolcha Fashion Week happen at the Fashion Lounge + Media Brunch, held at Yotel. Guests mingled with the independent fashion brands in Yotel’s private club cabins. The afternoon consisted of bites prepared by award winning Chef Richard Sandoval and refreshments from RealBeanz and smartwater. RUSK also presented the event, pampering attendees by styling their hair and makeup, with help from AOFM.
Similar to how the Sundance Film Festival showcases independent films, Nolcha Fashion Week capitalizes on indie designers and their contribution to the fashion community. Alyson Roy, Partner/Publicist of amp3, organized the Fashion Lounge + Media Brunch, expressing the event following the shows was about the Sponsors’ involvement and support.
We look forward to seeing the designers and their collections in the future and imagine it won’t be long before they present at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Moda Mondays with Adolfo Sanchez
Taking You On A Journey of Fashion Freedom
Thanks to Global Fashion Brands I was introduced to the talented West Coast designer Adolfo Sanchez. #InspiredBuy, by his experiences in life, Sanchez dares women to be strong and different.
See our spotlight on them on FOX later this week :)
Lion’esque Style Approved !