Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented by RUSK wraps-up Spring/Summer 2014 runway presentations

September 17, 2013

Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented by RUSK SS14 wraps up

Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented by RUSK SS14 wraps up

On Wednesday, September 11, Nolcha Fashion Week: New York Spring/Summer 2014 presented by RUSK held their runway shows at Pier 59.  The day-long event featured 5 runway shows, and 17 designers.  Now in its sixth year, Nolcha is one of New York’s leading platforms for independent fashion designers, and this season’s designers were global in scope including designers based out of Portugal, Zimbabwe, Germany, Austria, The UK, and across the U.S.

The 11am show kicked off the day with a solo presentation by acclaimed Portuguese designer, Katty Xiomara.  Xiomara, who designs graphic womenswear, sent 50 looks down the runway.

The 1:30pm collective show featured: Karo Swimwear, Oiselle, The Vanity Project, Intrepid by AOC and Project SUBWAY®, which challenged four 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.

The 4:30pm collective show featured: Maita Marimo, Stacie May, Magdalena Adriane, Bela Criacao, Claire Farwell London and Tess Johnson.

The 7:30pm collective show featured: Nina Athanasiou, Studio Sixth Sense, Mariana Valentina, Leka and Lum by Lama Taher.

Finally, at 9:30pm, Danilo Gabrielli closed the day with a solo runway presentation. 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.

Celebrity attendance at the shows included: Jennie Garth (actress, who walked in the Intrepid by AOC runway show), Christy Turlington (supermodel, who came out to support Oiselle), Kelly Rutherford (actress, who wore CFL in support of Claire Farwell), Coco Rocha (supermodel, who wore a dress by Danilo Gabrielli), Melanie B (performer, who judged Project SUBWAY®), Chloe Bridges (actress, with hair by RUSK), and Jeannie Mai (of the Style Network).

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 (Singer/Songwriter/Producer), Madame Mayhem (Recording Artist), and Jena Sims (Model).

The presenting sponsor RUSK was joined by official sponsors: Homanz, Biovea, DonQ Rum, smartwater, Ono 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

Spring/Summer 2014 images:

11am – Runway Show

Katty Xiomara:

1:30pm – Collective Runway Show

Karo Swimwear:


The Vanity Project:

Intrepid by AOC:

Project SUBWAY®:

4:30pm – Collective Runway Show

Maita Marimo:

Stacie May:

Magdalena Adriane:

Bela Criacao:

Claire Farwell London:

Tess Johnson:

7:30pm – Collective Runway Show

Nina Anthanasiou:

Studio Sixth Sense:

Mariana Valentina:


Lum by Lama Taher:

9:30pm – Runway Show

Danilo Gabrielli:

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.