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Fashion designers stepping out at ‘New Orleans Fashion Week,’ March 18-24

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Food, check. Music, double check. People, plenty. Culture, please! Fashion…hmmmm fashion? Yes, New Orleans, do not sleep on the fashion!
For the seventh year, New Orleans is playing host to its own fashion week. That’s right, move on over New York and Paris and let New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) commence!
New Orleans Fashion Week is a series of high-end runway shows, presentations, pop-up boutiques, networking opportunities, and social experiences to showcase the talents and collections of the southern region’s established and emerging fashion designers and retailers,” explained NOFW founder Tracee Dundas. “The fashion celebration includes all genres of fashion presented with style, imagination and flair.”

NOFW aims to showcase as many up and coming local designers as possible, providing a platform for them to get their name and designs into the community. “We recognize that there is a significant number of emerging designers in the southern region that are not getting the exposure they deserve,” said Tracee. “The exposure they receive at NOFW can be priceless in helping kickstart an emerging designer’s career. NOFW has also been instrumental as a springboard for careers in fashion, including that of models, makeup artists, and hair stylists and allows us to bring a new level of creative consciousness to the regional industry.”
In addition to the more than fifty runway shows featured during the week, NOFW also holds a Top Design Competition (TDC) “that shines the spotlight on a new generation of emerging designers in an exciting fashion competition with a highly coveted prize package. It gives these talented individuals a platform to showcase their collection in front of an audience of buyers, media, and fashion professionals.”

"I especially love stalking out new designers," Tracee added. "I’ve discovered many amazing hidden gems throughout the region that for most, showing at NOFW was their first professional runway presentation.”
New Orleans Fashion Week starts off the week with a Kickoff Party at The W French Quarter (316 Chartres St.) on Saturday, March 18, followed by runway shows at the Civic Theater (510 O’Keefe Ave) from March 22-24. Other events include: a Retail Therapy Day at the W French Quarter Hotel; a Kids Runway Day at Fulton St. Square (228 Poydras St.); Up Close and Personal with Pedram Pasha Taheri of Pedram Couture at Cafe Adelaide at the Loews Hotel (300 Poydras St.); What She Said, a panel of female fashion entrepreneurs with Hattie Collins Moll of Hattie Sparks, actress Shanna Forrestall, and jewelry designer Reagan Charleston at the W French Quarter; and a Fashion Career Day for high school and college students at Lakeside Mall. (See all events here.)
Tracee concluded, “It’s been amazing to watch the fashion industry grow not only in New Orleans, but throughout the Gulf Coast region. I never imagined this would be the start of a southern fashion movement that has united a fragmented fashion community to create a strong regional platform, amplifying the voices of everyone in the our fashion industry. I often say that it is a labor of LOVE because I seem to live and breathe ‘it’ 24/7! I love it all!”

WHAT: New Orleans Fashion Week
WHEN: Saturday, March 18 - Friday, March 24


Last modified on Saturday, 18 March 2017
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