Nolcha hosts Pop-Up Showroom and Beauty Retreat

The ninth season of Nolcha Fashion Week: New York hosted the Nolcha Fashion Lounge, a pop-up showroom exhibiting independent fashion designers at the Empire Hotel Rooftop; the Lounge also included complimentary pampering for fashion week attendees and an industry networking party.

The Nolcha Fashion Lounge, featured 19 independent designers of womens, accessory and eco/sustainable brands 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, Vivienne Pash, and The Art of EMJ.

Two collections really stood out to me – Abreu Rios, a luxury label based in New York which is founded, owned and operated by Iris Abreu and Irene Rios, two life-long New Yorkers who draw inspiration from their own lives to design gorgeous pieces for confident, vibrant, creative and bold woman

and Adolfo Sanchez, another designer who designs for the strong woman. His collections consist of influences from different experiences and inspirations he has encountered – he says he’s inspired by everything – people, places, music, etc.

I have actually featured Adolfo Sanchez on my blog before, in September 2008, I wrote about the MyIt Things Designer Contest and Adolfo Sanchez was one of the three finalists (ANTM’s Jaslene Gozalez actually walked his show).

After getting a tour of the other designers, I took a break to enjoy the Nolcha Lounge’s The Beauty Oasis, particularly the Nails and Lashes applications offered by Kiss. I was really surprised by the Kiss Nails – they lasted more than seven days and no one knew they were glued-on nails. The Kiss Perfect Application Eyelashes are so easy to put on with the attached application strings. Although more dramatic than my own looked very natural and really brought out my eyes. Both the Kiss Perfect Application Premium Eyelashes – $3.99 and Kiss Everlasting French Nails – $5.99 are available at all Walmarts and Walgreens.

MyItThings Designer Contest

Welcome to Thursdasy or as some people call it the day after Hump Day; for me it’s just another day with events to go to.

First it “The My ItThings Designer” Contest. It’s sort of like Project Runway without the tv. You probably are wondering what exactly is My It Things, well, it is an online magazine, a pretty great one actually and they cover everything fashion, beauty, etc. and it was created by Yuli Ziv.

This event pited three designers against each other for the grand prize of $5,000. The final three were given $1,500 to create their own line. You can find out more information about it here. Below are the three designers – Nora Del Busto, Wakana Koike and Adolfo Sanchez.

I had plenty of time to waste so I decided to go early (I was meeting D1 and Kim at the event) but shock of my life, I arrived at 6:05 pm (the event started at 6pm) to find a line almost to the event of the block

D1 was running late and Kim arrived while I was on line. We entered to see this crowd




As usual, wine was served. I usually drink white unless there is a nice semi-sweet red available but there wasn’t. Once the white wine was done, it was Hint water for me.

Anyway, back to the show. Below are photos of the designers with their work. They are shown in order of their fashion shows



My favorite outfit of the night was this design by Wakana Koike

and of course she won. YEA!!!! Anyway, I’ve also added some photos of some celebs that attended. Jaslene Gonzalez walked in the show for designer Adolfo Sanchez, and Kevin Christiana and Malan Breton (both from Project Runway) were judges.



Finally, here is the gift bag for the event