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Czech Republic Consulate to Host Nolcha Fashion Week: New York Designer Runway Shows

Nolcha, an organization that supports, promotes and educates emerging and independent fashion talent from around the globe, partners with Czech Republic Consulate General to host Nolcha Fashion Week: New York September 2009.

New York, NY, July 31, 2009 --( Nolcha Fashion Week: New York September 14 - 18 2009 held simultaneously with New York Fashion Week will be hosted at the iconic Bohemian National Hall in association with Czech Republic Consulate General, which includes more than 32,000 square feet of space. The landmark building will house runway shows in the magnificent ballroom, an accessory exhibition in the spacious delegate conference room, cocktail parties at the upscale bar as well fashion business seminars in the 70-seat state-of-the-art theater.

The buildings refined combination of the classic and the modern with its preserved landmark façade will welcome guests into an environment of tasteful opulent décor as well as hi-tech equipment and surroundings. The building itself was often described as " the Waldorf -Astoria of the Upper East Side," and now with more than $45 million dollars invested in its refurbishment and renovation it is now in glorious shape to serve as a cultural hotspot to New York audiences.

“I am excited about our partnership with Nolcha Fashion Week to host international fashion talent during New York fashion week, “says Tomas Hart, Commercial Consul of the Czech Republic in New York. “The Bohemian National Hall serves to showcase the best of what Czech Republic has to offer and is available for wide variety of culture, business and social gathering with or without Czech presence. We welcome all guests to enjoy the building and believe that not only Czech but other designers presented by Nolcha will find the place inspiring and supporting in reaching their goals.”

Fashion designer Šárka Šišková is proudly representing the Czech Republic at Nolcha Fashion Week: New York and will showcase her collection ‘Planets” on September 15th 2009. Šárka Šišková is the only Czech fashion designer whose models have entered into permanent collection of the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In her designs, Šárka Šišková follows her intuition and expresses her artistic feelings, her models are timeless and created to be worn mostly on special occasions.

“Applications from all over the world came flooding in once we revealed the beautiful Bohemian National Hall venue,” comments Lynn Furge, Nolcha Creative Director. “Nolcha Fashion week is going to be an eclectic mix of fabrics, shapes and styles representing some of the most fashion forward cities on the globe. The interesting part is that there seems to be a youthful exuberance of color and movement from designers whether they are creating eveningwear, ready-to-wear or even swim.”

Over 50 designers will showcase during Nolcha Fashion Week: New York and guests will enjoy an array of runway shows, presentations, exhibitions, cocktail parties, industry networking and more. Nolcha continues to gain support from major sponsors including Aveda, Clarins, Paul Mitchell, EDUN Live, Carlton Hotel, Don Q Rum, Riazul Tequila and Coca-Cola.

About Nolcha Fashion Week: New York
Award Winning Nolcha Fashion Week held simultaneously with New York Fashion Week consists of runway shows featuring emerging and independent designers, accessory exhibition, industry networking events and fashion business seminars held by reputable New York fashion business industry figures.

About Nolcha
Nolcha is an award winning multi-faceted media and events platform, offering opportunities in the New York fashion business market, and operates an online fashion network, a print publication, and major annual events for the independent fashion industry and related retail businesses. Nolcha offers cost effective resources to aspiring and veteran fashion professionals; initiatives include Nolcha online, Nolcha Fashion Week: New York, London Fashion Week partner events, Independent Retail Week and Dress the Band competition.

About The Bohemian National Hall
The Bohemian National Hall, designed by William C. Frohne in the Renaissance Revival style and built in 1896, has been an important center for Czech and Slovak culture in New York City for more than one hundred years. It is a rare survivor of the social halls built in the nineteenth century for New York City's immigrant and ethnic communities, and a significant reminder of a major working-class ethnic enclave which once flourished in Yorkville; thus becoming a very visible representative of an important aspect of immigrant history in New York City and the United States. Since the beginning, the Hall has served as a focal point for its community, offering ethnic food, Czech language courses, Czech history classes and spaces for its large community’ meetings and various events. In 2001, ownership of the Bohemian National Hall was transferred from the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association (BBLA) to the government of the Czech Republic which reconstructed the building completely in the following years.

The building now hosts Consulate General of the Czech Republic and promoter of Czech culture, government agency Czech Center New York. The BBLA has retained the entire third floor and is still gladly considered as an integral part of the whole building. After the grand re-opening in October 2008, the Bohemian National Hall has truly become a common space for organizing events and presenting not only Czech culture, trade and tourism to the Czechs living in the U.S. and the Americans but also it has become available for renting outside the Czech community for a variety of events ranging from cultural events and business meetings to movie screenings and private events.

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