By: Dominique Drakeford
Nolcha Fashion Week is a leading award winning event, held during New York Fashion Week, for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience.
Day One of the Spring/ Summer presentations kicked off with a glorious runway presentation by Katty Xiomara. Her elegant silhouettes were like watching a romantic novel of divine ingenuity.
Starting the collection off with a soft pinks and metallic golds, instantly set the mood for that of a virtuous fairytale. The models were primped with collars, strategically placed pockets and textured trimmings. Keeping the collection very soft with the blues and whites was expected per usual, but Xiomara infused bold reds and burgundys with eye gazing patterns just to keep us on our toes. The array of ensembles mixed with the sophisticated layers was an ideal collection for the refined woman.
The evening shows were a presentation of dignified designs with a mixed collective runway of hidden treasures.
Rinat Brodach immediately caught our attention with the first model walking out with a luminous sandy auburn fro strutting down the runway in a sassy hip-hugging black dress. Staying strong with a pallet of black, silver and charcoal, Brodach expressed inner sensuality that oozed confidence. The collection was sleek and effortlessly sexy. By utilizing drapery to tell a story, she kept us guessing ’til the end. But it wasn’t until the 4th to last look glided across the airstrip. A futuristic see through shoulderless shield with an oversize fish bowl neck made Rinat’s ability limitless.
Sofia Arana was the next designer whose pure collection immediately took us from mysteriously sexy to soft earth tones of the contemporary whimsical genre. Instantly loving the cuts, flares and details, Sagardia’s casual elegance made for a mouth watering collection. Staying on trend with jumpsuits, rompers and summer dress, her line was very simple with a hint of novelty.
Expecting, the next collection of jaw dropping woman’s wear, was completely dismantled by a bald stud in metallic tailored pants, sunglasses and a royal blue top. To my surprise, an assortment of men’s wear came full frontal by Schulyer 4 Alberto Pants, Carl Gross, Codice, and Haupt. The swag amongst the men varied from blazers and bowties to skateboard casual. All of the designs were well tailored with practical looks, but what stood out the most was the effortlessly diverse models and spot on props. Whether it be the less than stereotypical bearded hipster with an open cardigan or the gentleman wearing sandals and Dre beats, the mantra by far was “wear it proud”.
Mariana Valentina angelically alluring collection brought us right back to why we love Nolcha. From sequins and jewels to lace and sheer cutouts, Lira made onlookers feel classically chic and romantic. Showing for a 3rd year now, her designs took it up a notch with fluidity and sophistication. Playing with numerous sheer nude silhouettes, Mariana uniquely incorporated vine-like embellishments that can easily be a statement piece in any woman’s wardrobe.
Before the first model of the last collection showed her face, Mimi Tran enticed us with a soulful and upbeat Asian inspired soundtrack only to present the juxtaposition of formal gowns. What started out as a simple bridal wear dress, quickly transitioned into a whirlwind of majestic stallions parading the runway. Inﬂuenced and inspired by the combination of European luxury, Hollywood glamour and high fashion, her hand-crafted collection could easily be seen on the red carpet. The beadwork and sequin detail was beyond immaculate. With a surplus of geometric aggrandizements, streamline slits and manipulation of pattern placement, Tran ended the show with nothing short of astonishment.
About Dominique Drakeford
My name is Dominique Drakeford. As an ethical fashion mogul and community activist, I am an “Ambassador for Sustainable Style”. Upon completing my Masters Degree from NYU in Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Fashion, I have ventured into spearheading my own Sustainable Fashion PR Company called Drake Natural. Through my work I express how fashion is a meaningful medium of awareness that has potential to create “upstream” opportunities for intervention and prevention. I am engrossed in life’s journey and I’m infatuated with learning, growing, and having fun!