Oops! It’s been a month since I’ve updated. Sorry y’all. Life tends to get in the way of blogging. I’ve had some major life changes, all of which have been positive but I’ve been distracted, to say the least. Propaganda New Orleans has been keeping my inbox nice and full, but I was able to take time out to attend NOLA Fashion Week earlier this month. Our Creative Director Donovan Fannon took gorgeous photos of the Amanda deLeon show, and there are more on our Facebook page, with pictures still being added. There’s plenty of coverage on my personal Instagram account and the NOLA Prop Instagram as well, but here are some of my favorites.
|Team Propaganda- me, Lissy, and Leslie. photo c/o Lissy|
|Lissy, Meg, and I, minus my NOLA Prop wifey Leslie|
|Dorothy Wins, always|
Are you an aspiring fashion designer looking for a platform to share your creations? Fashion Week New Orleans is looking for applicants for their Top Design Competition. 10 designers will compete and showcase their collections to a panel of judges in March.
|2012 Top Design Competition winner Stephanie Young.
Photo c/o Fashion Week New Orleans
2012 winner Stephanie Young received a prize package including a Brother sewing machine courtesy of AllBrands.com, a fashion spread in Amelie G Magazine, a professional photo shoot from John Charles Photograhy, a manufacturing package from NOLA Sewn, and her collection is carried by Vernon Clothing.
Interested designers can apply here but hurry! Applications are accepted only through December 15th.
by Meghan Wright
My favorite part of New Orleans Fashion week is getting to see first hand the local talent we have and the creativity of our local designers. It isn’t just about New York and Paris, all of those people had to come from somewhere and I’m convinced some of our locals will one day be there. I was very excited to check out Construct Jewelry and Amanda deLeon’s presentations, and was definitely not disappointed.
(Click on the photos to make them larger and see more detail)
So I might be a bit of a nerd for all things local, and I am certainly a lover of all things vintage. Construct Jewelry is a wonderful combination of those two elements. Designer Lauren Eckstein takes those beautiful, rare vintage pieces I love and revamps them to give them a more modern feel, but without losing their classic touch.
The presentation itself was an interesting one. A lovely room at the soon-to-be art gallery, restaurant and music venue Cellar Door was decorated with Lauren’s pieces and very patient models wearing them. They sat posed, like breathing mannequins while we made our way around the room viewing the pieces. I like the way it was presented, we all got to see how the pieces could be worn, and how they actually looked on a person rather than laid out delicately on a table. They weren’t flying by in a runway setting demanding a second look.
Amanda deLeon is not one to lose focus on detail. Her presentation was small, but it was extravagant. When one thinks of fringe, they typically think of the flapper style of the ’20s or the boho style of the ’60s and ’70s. Amanda took fringe and made some fantastic pieces that one would not expect. The fringe pants had me drooling, until during the show a box was opened and out came a be-fringed (new word y’all) ballerina. Thinking of the work that went into those pieces made my lazy brain start to ache.
It was all so delicate, there was creme wool and purple silk adorned with intricately placed sequins. It was not as dark as Amanda’s usual fair, but still took classic pieces and materials and sent them away on an acid trip. The glitter-coated riding caps showed exactly how she adds fantastic madness to polished pieces. As I’ve said a thousand times, I cannot wait for her next collection.
|Here’s some detail on those amazing pants|
|Image c/o Lizzie Ford-Madrid Photography|
Blouse, skirt, and Saint Claude necklace via Hattie Sparks
(for detail shots go to our Facebook album)
|Amanda deLeon tunic
Banana Republic leggings
Nine West booties via Buffalo Exchange
|Andrea Loest + Amanda deLeon in their own designs|
|Leslie Almeida + Lindsey Strong|
|NOLA Fashion Week Creative Director Andi Eaton + jewelry designer Douriean Fletcher|
|Charle’ Washington + Dorothy Young|
NOLA Fashion Week is back for their fourth season and with an array of seminars, fashion shows, and parties it’s going to be a jam packed week of things to do. Along with Meghan Wright I will be covering some of the shows and events, spanning October 13-20. Get the full NOLA Fashion Week schedule here, or check out our own special selection of events below.
|Izavel Varela look|
|Image c/o my friend Chanel Craves, standing in between Baton Rouge blogger Pinch of Lovely and myself|
I was supposed to be road tripping to Austin this past weekend but Hurricane Isaac screwed up my plans. Gotta fix the moldy ceiling before having fun, right? Since I was stuck in New Orleans, I made last minute plans to attend Fashion’s Night Out at the Shops At Canal Place. I went last year as a featured blogger for Saks Fifth Avenue and I have to say, I was really impressed how much this event has grown. Fashion Week New Orleans and Amelie G hosted a runway show and a stylist challenge while the shops stayed open late. I ran into a lot of familiar faces and met some new friends as well. Any event that’s meant to strengthen the community is a good one. Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to snap any pictures, but my friend Chanel has several on her blog and Invade NOLA’s photos if you want a more in depth recap of the night.
1. What was your experience with NOLA Fashion Week like?
2. What was your main reason for participating? What were you hoping to gain, and was it a success?
3. Given the amount of press of more established brands (Billy Reid, Alabama Chanin) where do you think the future of Southern fashion designers lies?
4. If you could define the quintessential Southern aesthetic and attitude, what would it be?
5. What’s the Talluah girl like? Where would she wear a dress, for example? And can you describe the inspiration behind the two collections?
Much thanks to Meghan for covering most of fashion week while I was out of town. She took a ton of photos, check them out on the Slow Southern Style Facebook page.
Let me just start by saying, as a first time NOLA Fashion Week-er, that it was fantastic. It’s great to see so much local talent, and witness the best of New Orleans’ fashion scene. I was able to attend 7 of the presentations, and have a little recap of each.
Andrea Loest – Andrea Loest definitely let her creative side take over with her newest collection. The colors were classic pinks, black, and nudes. The construction was the main feature with allover stitching and patchwork fabrics.
Amanda deLeon – Amanda deLeon drew inspiration from the darker side of New Orleans culture. Blood red leather and studs, giant mausoleum prints, and plenty of crosses made up the gorgeously dark collection.
Matthew Arthur – Matthew Arthur’s collection was all about modern simplicity and texture. There were muted shades of black, grey and white. All of the pieces were classic pieces, somewhat re-imagined.
Cavortress – We can’t forget about swimwear and Julie Wheat certainly has not. The entire collection was fun, as swimwear should be. The colors were bright and the prints were perfect. There were also some pleated cover-ups reminiscent of those popular in the ’70s.
All photos and text by Meghan Wright
Forget fashion week, March is truly fashion month in New Orleans. If you missed NOLA Fashion Week this past week, Fashion Week New Orleans is coming up on March 21st. Also, I challenge you to construct a paragraph using the words fashion, week, and New Orleans more than I did.
While their goals are the same, each organization puts their own spin on showcasing designers and retailers to the fashion community. A launch party at Twist Cocktail bar kicks things off, followed by three days worth of runway shows and Project Runway style designer competitions at The Sugar Mill. A bridal expo caps off the week at The Westin. For more info on the events and how to purchase tickets, go to the Fashion Week NOLA website. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of time left to figure out what you are going to wear.