The Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge, which was held at the Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft, previewed Spring/Summer 2018 collections from 8 independent accessories & beauty brands ranging from scarves to jewelry, handbags to shoes, and lipstick to eye cream, including several ethical and sustainable brands. I was lucky enough to meet these fabulous designers and understand more about what drives them, their inspiration, and goals. 

This season welcomed returning beauty brand ECRU New York (hair products & cosmetics including lipstick & mascara), and debuting brands Neubyrne (women’s art inspired footwear) and All Black (women’s fashion footwear),  SHOLDIT (innovative travel scarves), Cheryl Eve Acosta (fine art jewelry), Gallery Indonesia (jewelry, handbags, and other accessories from Indonesian artisans), Virginia Stone (luxury skincare), and TRADE by Gina La Morte (handbags for a cause). TRADE by Gina La Morte are on a mission to end the enslavement and human trafficking of women & children. A portion of all proceeds go towards organizations and initiatives that support this incredible cause.

Furthermore, Trade sells amazing Italian leather bags with a story of survivors turning into butterflies. Their designs focused on the cocoon phase of survivors, and their next stage – the butterfly, giving a beautiful variety of blues, tans, nudes, and embellishments. This really struck a cord with me and made me fall in love with the brand, I absolutely love helping and empowering women in any way possible, and Trade is accomplishing this! Another favorite was the All Black women’s footwear, with gorgeous, trendy designs including pom poms, caged heels, embellished flats, and fringe. 

Many of these designers also walked at the Nolcha Shows at Industria Studios. Stay tuned, and keep returning to for my review on the SS18 Nolcha runway shows!

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Indonesian Diversity S/S18 Runway Show Collection

The Indonesian Diversity SS18 Runway Show was held at the Gallery at Dream Downtown. Furthermore, the Indonesian Show included Barli Asmara, Catherine Njoo, Dian Pelangi, Doris Dorothea, Melia Wijaya, and Vivi Zubedi. The show gave viewers a chance to understand the Indonesian culture better, with gorgeous, intricate designs. The designers were a part of the NYFW First Stage, which included international designers.

Favorite Designers

My favorite looks are featured below for you from designers Barli Asmara and Catherine Njoo. Catherine Njoo used intricate gold embellishments, large crowns with a unique use of flowers. Catherine layers gold designs on top of black mesh garments. She also used checkered patterns, luxurious gold details, and kept to a gold/black/red palette. Because of the way the shapes fit the models, they transformed them into different people was magical to watch. Therefore, they delicately walked the runway as viewers photographed. Njoo also used caged dresses which created a modern, take on the dresses of the 1800’s. Personally, I love when designers take inspiration from older styles and make them glamorously new.

Barli Asmara used gorgeous white, floral designs for a clean and crisp spring collection. All of these designs were truly breath taking and such an honor to see walk down the runway, in person. Consequently, any of Asmara’s designs would be perfect for a wedding, or summer event. Let me know your favorite look in the comments!

The other designers held equally interesting designs, with use of the custom Indonesian head coverings. Other designers used a mix of plain prints with bold colors.

I cannot wait to visit more Fashion Week events! I loved the adventure in New York and feel truly blessed to be a part of this industry. Follow my Instagram for more frequent updates! For more of my personal show reviews on SS18 looks, visit and visit the NYFW First Stage website.

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