Nolcha Fashion Week — Ones to Watch

Nolcha is a season fave of mine! The “Ones to Watch” series always showcases amazing, indie designers. Back at Pier 59, Nolcha certainly didn’t disappoint this fashion week season. Here are the 5 designers encompassing “Ones to Watch”.

Anya Liesnik


Anya Liesnik is a Ukrainian-born fashion designer based in Germany. Her collections have been shown in United Kingdom, USA, Germany, Ukraine and the Netherlands with great success. She has been featured in the British Vogue, and Italian Collezioni Donna, British ELLE, Regard Magazine and many others.

I was super impressed by Anya’s work here. Each look had such an eye-catching detail, and of course, superior shimmer and shine!


Anya is fascinated by the magic of how a dress can create a new personality for a woman. Her signature style is feminine and iconic looks, using only high quality materials. The brand is influenced by silver screen divas and all strong women with their own signature style. Anya Liesnik is about contemporary fashion combined with the fascination for the charismatic style of iconic women, whose beauty was perfectly underlined through the dresses they wear.


Charles & Ron


The Maltese design duo for Spring/Summer 2016 had a “Mediterranean Love Affair.” I’m such a fan of their work, always such stunning RTW apparel for ladies. This collection is a vibrant and colorful, one of graphic prints inspired by the traditional Maltese fishing boat called “Luzzu“.


The show featured Sky Blue and Buttercup Yellow in color block patterns and stripes, silk satin and viscose crepe dresses in super feminine cuts, all paired with Charles & Ron hand-crafted leather bags as accessories.


As always, I’m in love with these pieces, such bold prints, bright pops of color, love it!


Planet Zero Motorsports

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Founded in 2009, Planet Zero Motorsports, LLC (PZM) is a New York City based company that focuses on innovative motorsports equipment and apparel. And this was their major debut at Nolcha Fashion Week, coming in a true, kick-ass style. The company was born from the love for riding racing motorcycles. Leather work, jackets, pants, gloves, and racing full body suits are the signature styles of Planet Zero Motorsports.

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Designer Kenya Smith shares; “Planet Zero Motorsports is very excited about being in the Nolcha Shows as it represents the next level in high fashion exposure for our brand and we are honored to be selected for this curated runway show.”

Planet Zero Motorsports’ vision is to blend high fashion with motorcycle apparel and to bend the line between safety and Haute Couture.  The mission of the brand is to assure that everyone who participates in motorsports consistently wears the apparel needed for maximum protection whilst being stylish.


Global Citizen


GC is a movement to end world poverty, which empowers everyday people to take action and see real impact. At Nolcha, Global Citizen unveiled its 2015 festival line, that will be available online and at the annual festival in Central Park on September 26th featuring headliners Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay. The show also premiered a limited edition Global Citizen x Aviator Nation collection and the “Beyoncé” shirt (one of four limited-edition single artist tees), all also available as of September 26th. All items benefit The Global Poverty Project, a nonprofit that is building a worldwide movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. Four campaign managers from the GPP walked in the show (in lieu of traditional models).

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It was a great moment to keep in line with fashion and fashion week, but also to present fashion for a good cause.


JUNGWON featuring CAT Footwear

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Huge fan of JUNGWON NY. I had the pleasure of doing a feature on the brand earlier this year. I was able to meet with the designer and visit their shop in Tribeca. What I enjoyed most from this fashion week presentation was seeing, new, intriguing looks from the dynamic outwear brand. It was great to see the menswear aspect on the runway as well.

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Official sponsors — Citibank, Don Q Rums, Luma Rx, Sparkling Ice, Dr. Gary Levine, Bo Concept, & Lyft

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Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2016

DESIGUAL’s Spring 2016 collection explored the modern day women who is free-spirited, bold and fun, celebrating the ever-changing face of women! Women, like the many cities we travel to and live in, are ever-changing and endlessly alluring; gleaming in the morning and glowing in the evening. Inspired by the city of Barcelona, BCN, La Ciudad Condal, the charming Mediterranean port town that’s always been home for DESIGUAL, this collection encapsulates the many styles of women.

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The brand collaborated with stylist Misha Janette, who used her eclectic style to showcase the daring, fearless, and irreverent woman according to DESIGUAL. Lauro Samblas’, an artist from Barcelona, used colorful pop-inspired collages tapping into his boundless creative freedom to create the backdrop for the collection.

Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2016

Cosmopolitan and cool, the collection featured layered looks, unusual combinations and left an urban, sophisticated and bold mark: Shirts worn as skirts, hand painted brush stroke prints on oversize blouses, jumpers worn as turbans, A-line midi-skirts with patchwork embroidery, jackets that combine denim, military fabric and embroidery, palazzo pants and ankle grazers, embellished jeans with delicate embroidery and long shirts worn as evening dresses.

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Desigual is designed for many types of women with their lust for life, eye for beauty, and passion for self-expression. I am such a fan of not only the looks, but the show itself. Desigual is always a super fun, empowered show to witness firsthand. The energy in the room is undeniable. But the looks too are marvelous and I loved this collection! It’s Desigual thru & thru!

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Guests included actresses Laverne Cox; supermodel Karolina Kurkova; 94 year old fashion icon Iris Apfel; fashion photographer and TV personality Nigel Barker and Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe with fiancé Shawn Booth.

PR — Deborah Hughes Inc.

Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2016

Leanne Marshall


Black silk organza dress with silk mesh draping; Black silk twill dress with layered cutouts; Black silk organza dress


Navy gown with layered silk twill cutout bodice and printed chiffon skirt; Navy silk organza dress with frayed denim and printed chiffon details; Navy short sleeved silk organza dress with frayed denim and printed chiffon details


Sheer light blue silk organza dress with silk chiffon overlay details; Light blue silk chiffon and silk charmeuse spaghetti strap gown with belt detail; & Light blue to ivory ombre silk organza gown with paneled skirt


Ivory textured silk organza gown with silk organza and thread details; Ivory silk gazaar gown with hand painted organza embellishment and foliage belt; Ivory silk gazaar gown with slits and foliage


Kelly green silk twill gown with cutouts & textured silk organza detail & Two-piece gown with silk twill bodice tiered silk organza skirt with silk organza and floral embellishments

So just as Leanne did last season, she took her audience on a narrative fashion journey, this year, underlying themes being Mother Nature. The inspiration for her collection: ‘A dark disconnected world, plagued by excess is wiped out when another Nature takes back what is hers. There is a slow, gradual return to the ease and magic of being alive.” 4 different beauty looks to bring her concept to life.

Section 1, Darkworld

Section 2: Water/Air

Section 3: Earth

Section 4, Nature ReClaims

Such a gorgeous collection. There are not enough words to describe how much I adore these pieces and I am just in awe!

Show credits —

Makeup lead — Janell Geason, Aveda

Hair lead — Jon Reyman for Spoke & Weal


Ivory silk gazaar gown with seafoam bodice details and silk organza draping; Ivory silk gazaar draped bustier with seafoam silk organza skirt; Seafoam silk organza gown with green lace and thread detailing; & Kelly green silk organza gown with flutter sleeve and hand embroidered detail

Nail Design — Patricia Yankee

Shoes — Faryl Robin & Joe South


Royal silk organza gown with full skirt and pleated silk mesh and organza details; Royal silk organza dress with silk organza draping; Royal silk gown with deep V bodice; & Royal blue gown with silk charmeuse Deep V bodice and silk mesh skirt

Floral work — Sachi Rose

Gift Bag Sponsors — BRYK Brand, Castefy, Chapstick, Chloe Wine, Keshima Beauty, Pixie Mood, & Sinful Colors

Music — Dino Moran Dino Moran


Light blue silk organza gown with deep V an draped bodice with spaghetti strap; Multicolored ombre silk organza draped tank dress; Multicolored ombre silk organza dress with of shoulder sleeve detail; & Multicolored ombre silk organza short-sleeved dress with asymmetrical drape

Production — LDJ Productions

PR — Riviere Agency


Black silk organza dress with pleated silk organza detailing; black, white, gray silk organza dress; black short sleevve silk twill dress with black, gray, and white silk organza printed drapes; & black silk twill beaded crop tank with navy and black silk organza and satin faced silk organza skirt

Launch — Design Whisperer


The Designer Whisperer strives to create a platform where artists can receive the recognition they
deserve by bringing more awareness to the creative individuals who are building the future of fashion at no cost. The hope is to bridge the gap between mainstream luxury fashion and independent brands by providing insight into the industry with trade coverage, designer profiles and industry news.


Sponsors: Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, H2-Melon and The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen


Photography — Garvin of Revenge Fashion Magazine