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FEMINIST but FEMININE: Stella Nolasco

Feminine sparkle with a feminist mindset.  A modern view from Puerto Rican designer STELLA NOLASCO, who showed her fall 2018 collection during NYFW.  The message under all the sparkle and feathers is clear, as #girlsrule and #girlpower.

Stella Nolasco Fall Winter Fashion Show at Pier 59

“Fashion, feminism, and politics have always been heated territory. This year, amidst political upheaval, social strife, and natural devastation (globally, but also locally on the sunny Island of Puerto Rico) perhaps we can say that Mother Nature and Women have had it. For 2018, Stella Nolasco wishes to highlight the one positive movement which has been gaining much strength: the new wave of women’s rights. Stella’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection aims to give power to the phrase “FEMINIST BUT FEMININE.”

Stella Nolasco Fall Winter Fashion Show at Pier 59

“There is some black in this fall/winter collection, however, colors predominate. That is how life should be…” says Stella Nolasco. “When my home was flooded, all of the plants in my garden died. One plant survived, however – the “Red Kiss Rex Begonia,” whose leaves are red and heart shaped. This inspired the last group of the collection, which is composed of richly textured pieces in red tones.” – designer Stella Nolasco.

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Stella was working on her S/S 2018 collection before the hurricane hit the island, and her Spring fashion show was scheduled for the third week of October. Not only was her home flooded, many of her seamstresses lost everything and her studio in San Juan still to this day must run a power generator as they have no electricity. From what she was able to rescue, Stella has created a F/W 2018 collection which was presented during the runway show at NYFW at Pier 59 Studios and featured hair by Jorge Luis.

Stella Nolasco Fall Winter Fashion Show at Pier 59

Stella is collaborating with Foundation for Puerto Rico to spread the message of awareness as well as donating a significant part of the collection shown on Feb.8th, to be auctioned off at a later date benefiting the cause.


Hometown favorite Águeda López (wife of Luis Fonsis) also modeled in the show, carrying a sign emblazoned with “Equality is Sexy,” embodying the message with beauty and strength. Dayanara Torres closed the show, happily waving the Puerto Rico flag to a cheering crowd and a standing ovation.  Miss Jay Alexander and Manic Panic founders Tish and Snooky Bellomo came to view the sparkle and support P.R.!

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FEMINIST but FEMININE: Stella Nolasco fave moments + looks by brigitte segura.

photos: Erin Patrice O’Brien + Stella Nolasco.

Stella Nolasco Fall Winter Fashion Show at Pier 59


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Stella Nolasco Fall Winter Fashion Show at Pier 59