The number 7 usually means a dynamic perfection, security, safety, and rest. I could not agree more with this definition because Nolcha Fashion Lounge featured seven figures from six brands that push the envelope. The brands are Adora, Charles & Ron, Syd & Pia, Haute House (whose owner completes this septad), Rajé, and Zayver Designs.
Each collection has its unique prevailing taste and twist! Each piece, whether handbag, clothing, or jewelry, is made excellently at affordable prices. To all my fashion lovers out there, we can’t ask for more.
The Adora handbag is one that everyone should own and here is why. First of all, each bag is handcrafted, included the pouch it comes with. Very impressive, don’t you say so? From the minor details (meaning the stitching and sewing) to the whole bag itself, it is flawless and made to perfection. Secondly, their philosophy is to bring their best Italian-crafted products directly to the consumers right here in the United States. Adora’s representative mentioned how the Adora handbag is the best quality you can get: it is full-grain calfskin leather and you get the quality and production of a Gucci or a Prada for a much more affordable price. The nice part of their philosophy, he says, is that they cut out all the bridges, the barriers, the middlemen; you can score an Adora bag for $280 online at adorabags.com. One thing I highly favored about the Adora handbags is that they are very versatile. The Adora handbag can be worn everyday and you can still manage to look stylish and fashionable. The way people have a signature look, you can have your signature handbag. I recommend the Adora handbag to anybody.
CHARLES & RON
I got the privilege to interview Ron van Maarschalkerweerd himself, one-half of Charles & Ron. I found it very interesting that the Malta-based duo’s inspiration for their Spring 2016 Collection clothing line is based on the luzzu, a Maltese fishing boat. Be aware that luzzu prints are presented in the actual garments themselves. Ron gave me some history about the boats; he explained during our interview that all of the boats have eyes on them in order to ward off evil spirits from the fishermen; in their designs you can actually see said eyes. Every detail of the Maltese fishing boat is seen in their garments. The luzzu is traditionally painted in bright colors; that is why a sunshine yellow hue factors heavily in their Spring 2016 collection. (Charles & Ron appear in Pantone’s SS16 Fashion Color Report; buttercup, another shade of yellow, is among Pantone’s featured colors for that season!) Their spring clothing collection can be best described as creative, bold, and breathable. I love the fact that their brand illustrates the luzzu. Charles and Ron’s identity is imprinted in their clothing and accessory line. What better way to express yourself than designing a piece that tells a story about your native land?
For Spring 2016 we can also look forward to Charles & Ron’s high-quality handbags. Their one-of-a-kind handbags are all leather and handmade. Each of these bags also comes with a pouch, so you get two bags in one. Prices are anywhere from €250-300 for a small handbag to €300-400 for a large one. Quality is better than quantity. Charles & Ron’s handbags are very stylish and exquisite, and the bags’ colors are again inspired by the luzzu. They are attractive, they are simple, and they can be worn on any occasion. Who wouldn’t want to own a bag that is fashionable with just the right amount of elegance?
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SYD & PIA
Syd & Pia jewelry is all about statement pieces. I interviewed the designer herself, Fernanda Medina, and she explained that her jewelry collection is inspired by ancient architecture with a Caribbean twist. I must say, what a great combination! By observation anyone can take notice that her craftsmanship is shown in each individual piece of jewelry. I found it amazing that her pieces are all handmade by who else but Fernanda herself, which demonstrates how skillful she is when it comes to her designs. Syd & Pia pieces are all made from brass and plated with 14k gold. Prices are anywhere from $100 to $1,000. Whether you are one who wears jewelry every day (like myself) or not, you could still appreciate the artwork, creativity, and culture behind the inspiration of Syd & Pia.
THE HAUTE HOUSE (owner Taneshia Camilo Sheffey)
Taneshia Camilo-Sheffey is the owner of the Boston-based The Haute House studio and online retail company. It was a privilege to interview her at the Nolcha Fashion Lounge at BoConncept. Being the owner of The Haute House, she is equally important to me to interview because she works with some amazing designers. One of them is Rufus Dixon, whom I interviewed after Taneshia. She explained to me that Rufus is all about leather and his pieces are made very well and are high-fashion. She also mentioned Meghan Dolliver (maybe she’s the seventh designer!), whom I unfortunately did not get to meet, but I did get to see some of her work. Taneshia describes Meghan’s line as very pinup-y and 1950’s-styled, ready to go, wearable pieces. I guess like Rachel On The Go, Taneshia also emphasizes that they make custom designs as well. Hey, maybe I will get something custom-made by one of The Haute House’s designers.
THE HAUTE HOUSE (designer Rufus Dixon) Rufus Dixon is a designer with The Haute House. Also based in Boston, he is an international designer. His designs are all about the leather! His medium is leather pieces that could be described as edgy, trendy, and flattering. This is not your typical motorcycle leather gear. Rufus took it up a notch. In his designs you can see how he gives leather his own flavor and twist that I feel people in the fashion industry need to see and watch out for. Rufus really shows in his designs how leather can be used in fashion to make one look sexy and elegant with the right amount of edge. His price range depends on the quality of the leather he uses for a piece. His starting prices are anywhere from $200-300 and custom pieces are more expensive. One thing I could say about designer Rufus Dixon is he is bringing sexy back in leather.
Randy Luna is the owner of Rajé. His jewelry line is all about one-of-a-kind pieces. Rajé’s products use antique brass, leather, and recycleable items. The Rajé collection was unique in my eyes but that is what I found to be interesting. I saw his originality all over his jewelry. It can always be appreciated when you find people in fashion who are very creative and want to make statement pieces. Randy also mentioned to me that he was always into the color of antique brass as oppose to 14k or 18k gold because he feels it gives you that vintage quality. His inspiration behind his collection is musical instruments. He made a one-of-a-kind piece called the “Skelton of Addiction,” inspired by his wardrobe as well. The “Skeleton of Addiction” is actually made out of the shoulder rest of a violin. Musical instruments are, as he said, one inspiration; he is also inspired by addictions, positive and negative, because he believes that all humans are addicted to something. The “Skeleton of Addiction” showed his artistic side as a jewelry designer.
Bela Thacker is the owner of Zayver Designs based in Houston. I had the opportunity to interview her about her jewelry collection. Bela explained that she is very fashionable and that is what Zayver Designs is all about. Zayver Designs can best be described as elegant and glamorous, for the Audrey Hepburns of the world. She explained how she loves color and in her pieces she uses crystals, gold-plated brass, leather, and natural stones. Prices for her products range from $80 to $600. On the contrary, I do not view Zayver Designs as statement pieces, I view them, as she said herself, for the person that is very fashionable.
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, Fashion Week NYC: my Nolcha Fashion Lounge Top 7! I also got the privilege to meet Celebrity Stylist DEREK WARBURTON, Photographer CHRISTOPHER LOGAN, Celebrity Stylist, designer, NFL Creative Style Director of women apparel and television personality PHILLIP BLOCH. Thank you to all the designers, host BoConcept, Nolcha Events, LAPALME Magazine, AMP3 PR, to the photographer that took Nolcha Shows sets (Any Photos that are not watermark copyright belongs to Nolcha Shows) and to photographer Asa Williams. Till next time…Rachel Ulloa is on the go