Nestled amidst the opulent surroundings of Bel Air, an unexpected cultural experience unfolded at the residence of the Consulate General of Finland.
Guests gathered at the luxurious Standard Hotel in the East village on Sept. 19 to experience the bold and beautiful sips of Basil Hayden, which expanded its award-winning whiskey portfolio with the launch of a new permanent expression, Basil Hayden Malted Rye.
Whisky aficionados and art enthusiasts gathered at Rolling Greens on Mateo, a lush urban oasis nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, for an unforgettable evening of sensory delights.
The Ned Nomad’s weekly comedy show for members and guests featured a surprise appearance by SNL’s Leslie Jones.
Maui recently experienced catastrophic loss caused by wildfires, leaving thousands displaced and in dire need of support. Jessica Stam, who is a resident of the island, WME Fashion partnered with Stam to host an event at Spring Place to benefit the People’s Fund of Maui.
Last night, Katie Cassidy continued to Raise the Bar, at Rhonda’s Kiss Charity Helping Cancer Patients in Need with the Second Annual Legacy of Love Gala in New York City at TAO Downtown.
The fundraising event held at TAO Downtown was held to benefit the Maimonides Cancer Center Patient Care Program in partnership with Rhonda’s Kiss .
Rhonda’s Kiss (RhondasKiss.org) is a national non-profit created to help cancer patients in need by donating to the non-medical expenses associated with cancer. The organization is passionate about giving patients and their families a fighting chance to recover. Through fundraising and annual events, the organization has worked to help raise awareness and funding towards cancer programs that are led by forward-thinking doctors at hospitals that support the charity’s overall mission.
Guests sipped on El Cristiano Tequila, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Mercer+Prince Whisky, and Maison No, 9 Rose.
In the dazzling realm of fashion, where trends often come and go like fleeting stars, one designer stands as a beacon of enduring elegance. Detroit-born and renowned fashion virtuoso Kevan Hall did just that with his Spring Summer 2024 Collection, aptly named “Cote d’Azur.” A show that transported us to a bygone era of refinement and sophistication.
“Excellence” is the first word that comes to my mind when describing this collection. On September 12, 2023, in the heart of New York, Kevan Hall took us on a mesmerizing journey through time, paying homage to the enchanting fashion era of 1930s Deauville, France.
Deauville is a seaside haven that once served as the canvas for leading designers to showcase their creations along the promenade. It was when fashion was elevated to an art form, where models strolled leisurely in the epitome of style. And it wasn’t just about the clothes; high jewelry adorned wealthy socialites with an effortless casualness that added to the allure.
But Kevan Hall’s vision extends beyond Deauville; it reaches 1,335 kilometers southeast to the iconic Cannes, synonymous with red carpets and European glamour. The rich legacies of Deauville and the Cannes Film Festival have melded together to shape Hall’s signature aesthetic, evident in every detail of his Spring 2024 Collection.
“Our journey begins with a look to a refined and elegant time in Deauville,” Hall explains. “Deauville and Cannes’ rich legacy created by artists, designers, and the film industry is the inspiration for the Cote d’Azur collection.”
All the shoes featured in the show were from Nina Shoes, adding a final flourish of style and sophistication to the collection.
But the allure of this season’s collection doesn’t end there. Kevan Hall’s collaborative partnership with Chatham, a luxury brand renowned for laboratory-grown gemstones and diamond jewelry, adds an extra layer of fascination. Chatham’s innovative approach to replicating natural gem-growing conditions has resulted in a classic and contemporary collection.
In a world where fashion trends can be as ephemeral as the morning mist, Kevan Hall’s Cote d’Azur reminds us of the enduring allure of classic elegance. It’s a journey back in time that leaves us yearning for more—an unforgettable masterpiece in the tapestry of fashion.
On September 10, 2023, The Nolcha Shows celebrated 15 years of experiential programming by unveiling a groundbreaking take on New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Taking place at the iconic Mercedes-Benz Manhattan, the event showcased the intersection of fashion and technology as a multi-faceted fashion tech experience.
The evening’s runway show featured remarkable designers:
- Fite Fashion: Spring Summer 2024 Collection.
- Oh Polly: Spring Summer 2024 Collection.
- Francesca Cottone: Spring Summer 2024 Collection.
The runway was a celebration of fashion’s diversity and dynamism. Fite Fashion, Oh Polly, and Francesca Cottone each brought their distinct perspectives and design philosophies to the forefront, demonstrating that fashion is a boundless canvas for creativity.
Mercedes-Benz displayed its all-new, all-electric vehicle portfolio, demonstrating the seamless integration of beloved design and intuitive technology into the automotive world.
Beyond the traditional runway shows and beautiful vehicles, the event spotlighted the imminent Web3 transformation poised to revolutionize the retail and e-commerce industries.
Attendees engaged with cutting-edge tech activations such as:
ARkivist: A web-based AR creative agency collaborated with MONTSERRAT New York and COCOREDOUX to present a range of WebAR experiences that engaged customers through immersive storytelling, all accessible via mobile web browsers.
LAVO: This next-gen community hub for creators introduced its invite-link-in-bio feature, simplifying the aggregation of social content and products for creators and brands.
NUMB3R xA: The digital art collective displayed on-chain AI-designed physical jewelry created by Nebulous, pioneering blockchain-verifiable luxury goods at the intersection of art, fashion, and luxury in the digital age.
ISG Metaverse and Convai: Their collaboration brought interactive and narrative-driven AI characters to life within immersive 3D environments, offering a glimpse into the future of e-commerce.
360Fashion Network: An AR 360Fashion Maze Game featuring runway brands and AR throughout the venue provided a gamified fashion experience.
New York Culture Club: An eight-piece collection embedded with microchips offered an immersive AR experience, allowing for self-expression and storytelling with a simple tap of a phone.
The DeMode Showcase: This alliance between Modernist and MetaBurnett explored the connection between digital and physical art pieces.
Leia: The showcase featured Lume Pad 2, the world’s first 3D•AI tablet equipped with embedded technology for fully immersive 3D calling without needing any eyewear.
The Nolcha Shows Spring 2024 NYFW event was a testament to the power of innovation, where fashion and technology converged to create a dynamic and immersive experience. I witnessed cutting-edge looks on the runway and experienced cutting-edge technology. It felt like a high-fashion arcade. This event has excited me about the future of technology and fashion fusion.
As The Nolcha Shows continue to evolve and connect communities, they solidify their role as a leading platform for discovering cutting-edge brands and shaping the future of fashion and tech-driven Web3.
On September 9th, 2023, Albright College triumphantly returned to the runway. After two years of unprecedented success, Albright College, renowned for its nationally ranked fashion design, merchandising, and costume design program, showcased the talents of five graduates and one current senior on the grand stage of NYFW.
The show started with Freddy Diaz’s collection, a fusion of floral elegance and playful polka dots that exuded charm. Inspired by his Dominican Republic heritage and New York City, Diaz’s designs featured various captivating pieces, including floral pleat neck tank tops, terra cotta pleated wide-leg trousers, and a timeless terra cotta wrap halter maxi dress.
Susie Benitez, known as “Susie Buttons,” followed with a collection that seamlessly blended contemporary elegance with timeless charm. Her vibrant pieces, such as a yellow jacquard floral blouse with a dirndl skirt and a striking blue floral jacquard camisole top with feather-trimmed cigarette pants, left the audience in awe.
Jasmin Burton, a Philadelphia native, radiated effortless style and creativity with versatile pieces, including a retro cut one-piece swimsuit layered under a lavender chiffon, ruffle-tiered negligée cover-up.
A returning designer, Nicholas Kedge, showcased an avant-garde collection of short dresses with cut-out details and unique pom-pom ornamentation, merging traditional patternmaking with hand-draped elements.
Queens native Victoria Aquino presented grace and creativity with unique touches like a high-collar trumpet-sleeve white lace wedding dress, radiating ethereal beauty.
Senior Zyaire Valentine closed the show with bold textures and styles, featuring standout pieces like a yellow skirted ball gown with a black hologram tuxedo overcoat and a black hologram plaid taffeta coat paired with a hot pink taffeta asymmetrical ballgown, showcasing Valentine’s bold approach to design.
This spectacular event underscored Albright College’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent and pushing the boundaries of fashion creativity. NYFW attendees were treated to a mesmerizing showcase of diverse perspectives, innovative designs, and groundbreaking concepts, solidifying Albright College’s pivotal role in shaping the fashion industry’s future.
President Jacquelyn Fetrow expressed, “At Albright College, we aim to harness the transformative power of education to unlock our students’ potential. Through initiatives like our NYFW fashion show, we empower our students and graduates to become innovative leaders in the industry.” Albright College’s presence at NYFW continues to cement its position as a fashion education powerhouse, where students are encouraged to explore their creative potential fully.
In celebration of the beloved and prestigious New York Fashion Week, The Knockturnal had the opportunity to attend NWFW’s THE TALKS program, where attendees learned all about how impactful travel is on fashion in the current day. The conversation reflected on From Destinations to Design: Travel’s Influence on Fashion, presented by Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.