Fashion Month in New Orleans

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NOLA Fashion Week
NOLA Fashion Week
NOLA Fashion Week

We've all heard of fashion week in New York, Paris and Milan, but fashion week New Orleans? Well get ready, we've got three coming our way and they are all happening in about a one month time span. Three completely different production groups are hosting separate events all just a few weeks apart from each other. Hold onto your clutches ladies, we've got a long, fashionable month ahead of us. Bourbon Park kicks off the festivities from February 23rd-26th, followed by Fashion Week New Orleans March 16th-18th and NOLA Fashion Week March 21st-26th. Confused? So are most people, but each group offers something slightly different than the other to entice interested bystanders in attending each one.

The Big Easy has always been a hub for musicians, artists, and foodies, but the fashion scene has lately been on the radar. Sure we've got some stylish people residing within our beloved city, but New Orleanians often eschew trends and follow the beat of their own congo drum. However, there has slowly been a rise in New Orleans based fashion designers getting local and national attention, with events such as the Worn Again Fashion Show, LA-SPCA Alegria Fashion Show, and the Righteous Fur movement. Now the question is will there be an audience big enough to support and sustain this not yet growing industry? According to Bourbon Park, New Orleans Fashion Week and FFF fashion week there is only one way to find out.

Bourbon Park put on its first New Orleans International Fashion Week last year, and this go 'round they've moved into the Contemporary Arts Center for their three days of presentations. Local designers as well as boutiques will be featured including John Delgadillo, the founder of the Alegria Fashion Show. Tickets are $10 at the door and will be a shopping social from 1-4pm before the runway shows at 8pm.

New Orleans Fashion Week is scheduling their events at the Sugar Mill from March 16th-18th and is spreading out their shows over three days as well. Mallory Domingue who is working with New Orleans Fashion Week tells us that one thing her group is doing to entice designers is offering a unique design competition. The winner will receive two trunk shows and their line will be carried at Hemline in New Orleans for 90 days. There are also silent auctions benefitting FINO (Fashion Institute of New Orleans), The Firefighter Foundation, and the NO AIDS Task Force each night of the show. In addition to fashion shows from designers and boutiques alike there will be a style lounge where patrons can buy items immediately that they've seen on the runway. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

NOLA Fashion Week has the longest run with events spread out from March 21st-26th at the Ogden Museum and will offer activities for both spectators and industry insiders alike. There will be workshops catering to budding designers, fashion blogger panels and of course, runway shows. Local favorites Jolie & Elizabeth, Ottilie Brodmann, Cocodri, and Architecture are a few of the labels that will be sent down the catwalk. Ticket prices vary depending on the event from $10-$45. Andi Eaton, cofounder of NOLA Fashion Week says that #LAisthenewLA decided to put on their fashion week as a way to connect local talent and industry insiders. The talent is here, it's a matter of creating a venue to showcase it" she states. "So many southern-based artists stay true to their roots and work so hard to perfect their craft in their own communities. Without a network to bridge the gap between them and the media, buyers, bloggers and influencers skilled and visionary southern designers remain a well-kept secret."

Not a secret any longer, fashion appears to be gaining momentum in New Orleans and it will be interesting to see what comes out of each week. Hopefully patrons and party goers will focus on the talent residing in this city and start their own movement with the help of a few individuals looking to raise the bar. Who knows, maybe by next year we can deem March NOLA Fashion Month.

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