January 31, 2017


The Nolcha Shows New York Fashion Week have announced its first official style ambassador for February’s Fall/Winter 2017 events.   Celebrity Stylist and Creative Director of Lapalme Magazine, Derek Warburton, will serve as a Nolcha Ambassador for this season’s collective of runway shows and fashion accessories brands.


Now in its ninth year, and held during New York Fashion Week, the Nolcha Shows are the city’s leading platform for global independent fashion designers.



“We’re proud to partner with Derek Warburton as our first official ambassador as we launch our lineup of independent designers during New York Fashion Week” says CEO of Nolcha, Kerry Bannigan, “Derek has always been an advocate for indie brands and a huge supporter from our front row from season to season.”


“In my work as a celebrity stylist and in my creative direction of Lapalme Magazine, I love to feature and support rising brands,” says Derek Warburton of the partnership, “Nolcha offers independent visionaries the opportunity to showcase their work on a global stage during Fashion Week, giving those of us in the industry the chance to discover hot new talent first.”


The Nolcha Shows will take place at Artbeam Studios on February 13th, including the much anticipated “Ones To Watch” show at 1pm which features a range of emerging brands including: Son Collection, Mariana Valentina, Just In Case, Chèlbè and Stevenson University. At 4:30pm, ACID NYC, Samantha Leibowitz and newcomer Lavanya Coodly will participate in the main runway show. The closing show will be a solo presentation by Prom Girl Prom Guy, a brand dedicated to bringing special occasion fashions for teens to a new level of choice and sophistication.


The Nolcha Fashion Media Lounge will take place at Bryant Park Hotel on February 15th from 12pm-4pm, featuring collections from 6 independent accessories brands ranging from scarves to jewelry and handbags to shoes including James Carletons, EL VOYAGE, CoFi Leathers, Wren & Roch, Blackbird Dillinger, Gena Myint and Andraab.


Official Sponsors include: Citi Bank, L’Oreal Professionnel, Bai, and Cookie Pop.


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About Derek Warburton

Derek Warburton is an International media personality, celebrity stylist and the owner and Creative Director of LAPALME Magazine. He has developed a loyal following of celebrities, fortune 500 brands and the TV viewing public across America. Through his style expertise he empowers lives. Whether on television, getting a celebrity to walk the red carpet or prepping a photo shoot, Derek believes that looking good is feeling good.


About Nolcha Shows

The Nolcha Shows, co-founded by Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel, are a leading award-winning event held during New York Fashion Week. Over the past nine years the Nolcha Shows have become established as a platform for discovery; promoting cutting edge innovative fashion designers. The Nolcha Shows have built an acclaimed reputation as a hot incubator of fashion design talent and are officially listed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase designers’ recognition and develop their businesses. The successful showcase consistently receives positive media coverage including features in ADWEEK, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, INC, US WEEKLY, Lucky, NBC, MTV and Forbes; and has been supported by brands including Citibank, Coca-Cola, Rusk, Otterbox, Vitamin Water, American Airlines, Don Q Rums and Landrover. | | @nolchashows #nolcha #nolchashows