Nolcha Fashion Week: New York 2012 Runway Shows

February 14, 2012

On Thursday, February 9, Nolcha hosted their 11th Season of Nolcha Fashion Week : New York at The Ailey Studios, just blocks from Lincoln Center on West 55th Street.  The day-long event featured 4 runway shows including two group shows at 12:30 and  3:30, and two solo shows at 6:30 and 9pm, respectively. Going on its sixth consecutive year, and held simultaneously with Mercedes-Benz Fashion week, Nolcha is one of New York’s leading platforms for independent fashion designers.   The brands who presented yesterday were global in scope including designers based out of Turkey, Greece, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, The Philippines, Italy, and the United States.

The 12:30pm show was a group presentation, featuring a mix of women’s couture, ready-to-wear and accessories courtesy of the Jetset Collective by Farasha, Megla M, Carlos Luna, Teresa Rosati, and Grecian designer, Vassilis Zoulias.  The 3:30pm show was also a group presentation, and featured: Antonia, Riza Manalo, Baruni, and Puerto-Rican designers Castro-Rojas and Rebeca Tiago.  The 6:30pm show featured Italian designer, Danilo Gabrielli, whose collection represented a unique mix of rustic Italian sensibility with classic American luxury. And the 9:00pm show featured Turkish designer, Seckin Ilker, who presented stunning formalwear and bridal.

Celebrity attendance included singer, actress and TV personality, Adrienne Bailon, who was there to support Latina designers Rebeca Tiago and Charlyn Castro-Rojas. She arrived wearing a gorgeous Rebeca Tiago dress.  LuAnn de Lesseps from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York was also out to support Nolcha Fashion Week designer, Danilo Gabrielli, and was seen front row filming a new episode. Other front row guests throughout the day included reality TV alums like Graham Bunn (The Bachelorette & Bachelor Pad), Kwame Jackson (The Apprentice), Jo Lance (Mexico’s Next Top Model), and recording artists including Prince Malik, Motown Records newest girl group “Jada”, and MBK recording artist Daisha, as well as Z100 radio personality, Trey Morgan. New York power women like Alexandra Fairweather, Heather Thomsen, Carol Radzeweill, and Aviva Drescher were also spotted in the front row.

Nolcha Fashion Week was sponsored by American Airlines, Ambe, Monster Energy, Fashion Monitor,, Don Q rums, Laser Cosmetica, Inglot, WeConnectFashion, House of Mikko, and YouTonics.

12:30pm shows:

Megla M:

Carlos Luna:

Teresa Rosati:

Vassilis Zoulias:

Jetset Collective by Farasha

3:30pm shows:



Riza Manalo:

Rebeca Tiago:


6:30pm show: Danilo Gabrielli:

9:00pm show: Seckin Ilker:

Candid Event shots + Celebrity Step & Repeat photos:

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 five 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 officially listed with Mercedes Benz as the two recognized Fashion Weeks by New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase designers recognition and develop their business. | | @nolchafashionwk #nolcha

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.