Coco Rocha, Christy Turlington, Kelly Rutherford, Jennie Garth, Melanie B and more attend Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented by RUSK

September 13, 2013

Heather Simmons - Vice President RUSK, Coco Rocha and Gerard Caruso - Artistic Director RUSK at Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented by RUSK SS14

Heather Simmons – Vice President RUSK, Coco Rocha and Gerard Caruso – Artistic Director RUSK at Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented by RUSK SS14

(Heather Simmons – Vice President RUSK, Coco Rocha and Gerard Caruso – Artistic Director RUSK)

Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented by RUSK has just wrapped its Spring/Summer 2014 season at Pier 59 Studios in Manhattan, featuring 19 designer runway shows and proving to be the independent fashion showcase’s most attention-grabbing season to date.

Trend-setting celebrities who were looking to take in some refreshing new talent this season, and came out to support independent fashion design included: Jennie Garth (90210), Christy Turlington (supermodel), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), Coco Rocha (supermodel), Melanie B (Spice Girls), Chloe Bridges (The Carrie Diaries), and Jeannie Mai (Style Network).

Shocking the audience, Jennie Garth walked in the 1:30pm runway show in support of Nolcha Fashion Week’s designer, Intrepid by AOC.   Meanwhile, Christy Turlington was front row center to support activewear designer, Oiselle.  Kelly Rutherford also came by to support UK womenswear brand, Claire Farwell London, and wore a dress by the designer.

SUBWAY® restaurants also mixed things up by challenging Nolcha Designers to create innovative garments made entirely out of SUBWAY® materials.  A panel of celebrity judges including: Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin, Project Runway alum from Season 6 and All-Stars, Althea Harper, Raina Seitel, media personality and star of Style Network’s City Girl Diaries, Mrs. Connecticut 2013, Lori Ann Marchese, Melanie B. of the Spice Girls, and Jared “The Subway Guy,” critiqued the looks by four Nolcha designers, and ultimately chose the winner: Danilo Gabrielli.

Coco Rocha and Jeannie Mai sat front row for the closing show of the evening: Danilo Gabrielli, with Coco wearing a dress by Gabrielli.  During the show, Danilo Gabrielli granted the 10,000th wish for Make-A-Wish Metro New York, for a 13-year-old girl with leukemia, named Katherine.  Her wish was to be a fashion designer, and after working alongside each other leading up to Fashion Week, Gabrielli sent two dresses designed by Katherine down the runway and her dream came true.

Other notable guests included: Moises de la Renta (Oscar de la Renta’s son), Mechad Brooks (True Blood, Necessary Roughness), Kelly Brady (Miss USA 2013), Kristen Ruhlin (Actress), Mario Winans (Songwriter/Producer), Madame Mayhem (Recording Artist), and Jena Sims (Model).

The Presenting Sponsor RUSK is joined by Official Sponsors: Homanz, Biovea, DonQ Rum, smartwater,  One E-Cigs, and My Fashion Database.

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About Nolcha Fashion Week: New York

Nolcha Fashion Week is a leading award winning event for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers. Over the past six years Nolcha Fashion Week has established itself as a platform of discovery promoting innovative fashion designers through runway shows and exhibition during New York Fashion Week. The event is an officially recognized New York Fashion Week platform by New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase designers recognition and develop their business.  The successful showcase consistently receives positive media coverage which has included: Forbes, Bravo TV, WWD, BBC, NBC, MTV, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Lucky, Financial Times, and many others. | | @nolchafashionwk #nolcha

About RUSK

Fashion + Culture + Attitude. RUSK is passionately dedicated to the art of hairdressing and represents unparalleled creative artistry and individuality in the professional haircare world. With a synergistic approach to cut, color and style and a complete range of high-performance products and tools, RUSK empowers professional stylists and their clients to achieve extraordinary results both in the salon and at home. From Deepshine™ Hair Color and RUSK Professional Engineering tools to iconic styling products like w8less, thickr and str8, RUSK products are available at fine salons around the world and at Cosmoprof and ULTA stores throughout the US. | | @ruskhaircare

Nolcha Fashion Week: New York, founded by Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel, is a leading award winning event held during New York Fashion Week hosting independent fashion designer runway shows.