Nolcha Fashion Week: Part II
Return of the Indie Designers












Elizabeth Kosich kicked off the second set with an exciting swim show. The collection consisted of a variety of beautiful bikinis, graceful one-piece swimsuits, and elegant cover-ups. We were transported to the French Riviera in its heyday as we viewed the knit swimwear; which is not only water-friendly but ready to wear inland as well! The carefully implemented design details, like halter straps on a one-piece that twist into a rope down the length of the back and secure by wrapping around the waist and tying in a bow, made often-tricky to secure swimwear interesting, fresh, and functional. We also liked the subtle side cutout details in otherwise simple bathing suits, which achieve the look of the “mono-kini” in a much more flattering way. The collection were accented with turbans, bold statement necklaces, and hot red lips.












Amber Patton’s simply elegant ‘Good Luck Girl’ collection for spring revived our inner girl-next-door. The silk dresses and separates are perfect wardrobe staples for the girl who doesn’t have time for three outfits every day! Saturated kelly green, navy blue, and rich red popped against the fresh white basics in the line. Although the collection showed a penchant towards a freer, less structured style, it was not without attention to detail. We noticed gorgeous covered hems in a contrasting colored piping inside the suit jackets, a clever and elegant addition to finish garments. The collection was so relevant for professional women who desire clothing with equal doses of personality and wearability as we anticipate the coming spring - each piece practically made us feel cool just by looking at it! 













It was ‘back to the future’ for the Zula Studio show. As the winner of the GlobalFashionBrands.com sponsored runway show, we were already bursting with anticipation for what was in store from the Russian designer. Woven fabrics throughout the collection created a shredded look in the garments. Leather bodices in skins and metallic paired with silk and chiffon miniskirts gave softness to the collection that increased wearability beyond your neighborhood S&M night. Zula Studio’s mixture of textiles and liberal use of reptile inspired skins had us imaging the models as languid lizards slithering down the runway. The collection was styled with Maleku Jewelry, whose bold, natural gemstone designs made a statement of their own while augmenting Zula’s sci-fi vibe. 













Amelia Boland had been looking forward to Nolcha Fashion Week and the opportunity to show her designs in the States since her graduation. Showing an expanded collection from the iD Dunedin Fashion Week, her goal is to create fairytale--inspired streetwear that is luxurious but practical for every girl. Babydoll-goth comes to mind upon viewing her collection that is composed of whimsical, loose fitting dresses alongside heavier, black velvet outerwear and black mesh leggings. Worn over corsets and high-waisted hot pants, sheer dresses take on a multi-tone appearance and vamp up otherwise innocent looking designs. The real statement piece in the collection was the oversized bow at the neckline of a blousy, peasant-like dress. The satin and silk textiles in the line breathe opulent romanticism.













As the only lingerie line to show in Nolcha, all eyes were on Daisy & Elizabeth, the eco-friendly line by two of FIT’s own. Achieving a sexy innocence, the collection is reminiscent of your first training bra – the simple, classic shaped demi-cups are a fresh reminder that sometimes less is more (no pun intended) when it comes to undergarments. The collection began with darker, black lace sets and camisoles with beautiful, deep plum accents. A variety of intricate and imaginative lace details made the classic use of black for lingerie seem new and inspired again. The line then morphed into a bright, fun-loving showcase of nude pieces with contrasting colored trim. Bright orange elastic garter belts, suspenders, shoulder straps, and closures brought youth, daring, and comfort to the collection.