The polar vortex still had NY firmly in it’s grip but temperatures had risen to the balmy upper twenties when I headed out to the Nolcha shows. However, now it was snowing, of course I had to dress the ever fashionable fashionista blogger that I am, but I did refrain from suede boots (although I was wearing a suede dress) and chose to wear my Cole Haan knee-high studded black leather beauties instead and although they are reinforced with technology via Nike, they are not intended for increment weather, and I almost face planted on to the snow covered street stepping out of my Uber car, luckily I rallied and off I went.
I was grateful to step in to the warm dark corridors of Art Beam where the Nolcha Shows were being held and after a brief wait to sign in I was escorted to my seat where I waited along with the rest of the eager attendees for the show to begin. As I waited I scanned the crowd and people watched, and I watched one young woman take selfies with her lit up iPhone, yes she had one of those iPhone cover devices that lights up with a blast of light for the perfect selfie, first Uber, now this, what will they come with next? At one point I had to stifle a yawn, a yawn? Wait, there’s no yawing in fashion. Though there may be some passing out due to lack of sustenance. I was so busy running around from event to event and then heading home to work on the computer that I would forget to eat. No wonder everyone is so skinny in fashion—there is no time to eat. Yes it was all catching up with me, but all of that was quickly forgotten once the show started.
INTREPID BY AO’C
The event kicked off with Intrepid by AOC. With a minimalist approach and an eye on the luxury market, the collection was an effortless expression of an easy breezy take on upscale edgy pieces. Sportswear with an attitude is one way to describe this decidedly understated yet memorable lineup. From sheer button down blouses, to feather bottomed dropped waist dresses and PBX like track pants this is one collection that will translate with ease from the runway to the street.
Next up was ACID NYC, a husband and wife design duo based in Brooklyn and known for creating one of kind prints and striking structural garments. Structure, color and texture all come to mind when viewing ACID NYC pieces and the collection that walked the runway embraced these elements in a frenetic statement of deviance and innovation. You will find vividly hued prints that run the gamut from industrial to psychedelic, over-size knits in unexpected shapes, coats and bags that appear to be stapled together, technology driven fabrics and lots of body con silhouettes—the lineup for fall 2016 is a declaration of dualistic beauty and an homage to the art of the garment. And one of those bags has my name on it for sure!