Walking across the street from Lincoln Center to the Empire Hotel I remember thinking,  ” Wow – it’s crazy cold and windy out here. ”  So it was very pleasant to be greeted with such a warm welcome at Nolcha’s Pop-Up Showroom at The Empire Hotel Rooftop on Thursday afternoon.

Almost 20 independent designers from a multitude of countries, both near and far, showcased their designs from everything from a cocktail dress and a bow-tie to heavy stone-encrusted breast-plates as this year’s Nolcha Fashion Week: New York, now in its ninth season, offered a one-stop-shop to the hottest in global indie fashion design.

So as not to be overwhelmed initially, I took a guided tour of the entire presentation penthouse with Nolcha’s resident Celebrity Stylist Jess Zaino of The Style Network, VH1 and Glamour.com.  I was very impressed by Jess’ knowledge of not only the items being showcased but of the designers as well.

The showroom, dubbed The Nolcha Fashion Lounge,  featured 18 independent designers from around the globe including: Abreu Rios, Adolfo Sanchez, Ailin, Alberto Parada, Bodyrock Sport, Chabahll, Courtesan Studio, Daniela Vlad, Eva Evanovich, Helicopter, Pitusa, Ricki L Designer Jewelry, Rey, Rudy Wolff, Room To Roam, Show Me Your Mumu, Tammam, and The Art of EMJ.

Womenswear and accessory brands were included in the mix.  Six of the 18 participating brands were eco/sustainable, keeping Nolcha Fashion Week ethical as always.  Care For Kenya joined the design roster in partnership with Show Me Your Mumu, a collection of modern mumus and totebags with proceeds giving back to the women of Kenya.

I, unfortunately, didn’t have time to partake in The Beauty Oasis, a retreat for fashion week-goers to pamper themselves with Hair and Makeup touch-ups by Paul Mitchell and Nails/Lashes by Kiss but those who did were truly lucky and, from the looks on their faces, very happy to have been treated to the delights that Nolcha had for them.

Check out the pictures taken of the signature item of each designer and if you like what you see you, make sure to read about them in more detail here:

ABREU RIOS | ADOLFO SANCHEZ | AILIN | ALBERTO PARADA | BODYROCK SPORT | CHABAHLL | COURTESAN STUDIO | DANIELA VLAD | EVA EVANOVICH | HELICOPTER | PITUSA | RICKI L DESIGNER JEWELRY | REY | RUDY WOLFF | ROOM TO ROAM | SHOW ME YOUR MUMU | TAMMAM | THE ART OF EMJ

– Mike J

Photo Credits:  Mike J