CAREER DAY PRESENTERS
| Porter Lyons| Designer & Entrepreneur
The Porter Lyons collection is the brainchild of designer Ashley Porter, a San Francisco native who moved back to New Orleans to start her line after leaving behind a promising career in finance. After graduating with a degree in Fashion Design from FIDM in Los Angeles, and stints at Balenciaga and Ralph Lauren in New York, Ashley set out on her own to design and manage her own brand.
Ashley Porter derives her inspiration from cultures around the world. Ashley grew up in Northern California and is currently based in New Orleans where her family heritage dates back to the early 1860s. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master of Finance from Tulane University, and also has a graduate degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. After working for Balenciaga and Ralph Lauren in New York, she returned to New Orleans to further explore the culture. Ashley uses design to give back to the culture that inspired her first collection.
| Muses & Visionaries| Staff Writer
Former New Orleans Fashion Ambassador turned style guru, staff writer and blogger, Jonathan has found success as a writer and fashion enthusiast.
Jonothan spent a summer in Miami as an intern with the magazine Muses and Visionaries and has continued on with them as a staff writer. He also contributes as a style guru to the New Orleans based publication Felicity Nola.
He began his personal blogging endeavors in 2012, when he launched a Tumblr blog with a collection of fashion photos he curated from the internet. From there he grew it into what is now FurryFilthyFashion.com, a blog that covers music, fashion and lifestyle.
Kayla St. Blanc
| LAX ONLY| Designer & Entrepeneur
Established in 2014 by young designers, Kayla St. Blanc & Jermaine Cavalier, LAX ONLY combines Los Angeles street style, runway and couture elements bringing a new wave of luxury street wear to Louisiana. LAX ONLY’s first collection was debuted at New Orleans Fashion Week 2015 and has since created much buzz and success.
Kayla St. Blanc is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising with a degree in Merchandise Product Development with focuses in both design development and trend forecasting. She has spent time studying under various industry professionals and has interned with several companies such as New Orleans Fashion Week, Men’s Style Week LA, and LA Fashion Week. Kayla decided to start her brand LAX ONLY in New Orleans to bring a never before seen style to the city.
| Wildlife Reserve| Co-founder and Brand Consultant
Tabitha Bethune is cofounder of the Reserve a Fashion House and Brand Consultant. The Reserve works as a brand building house that works with entrepreneurs to help create successful brands. Newly located in Lower Garden District, The Wildlife Reserve offers a brand building team. At The Reserve they offer company support in consulting, branding , sourcing and logo and fashion design. One of the incubated brands Onyii & Co worked with the Reserve’s incubator and within one year later they are now featured in the March issue of Vogue as an emerging designer. Other brands such as Batu Collections and StayTooned will be showcased in New Orleans Fashion week 2016. The Reserve has won several awards and designed the wardrobe for the new airline Glo. The Reserve Consulting and Branding team aim to help fashion designers turn their ideas into a reality.
Steve Martin +Team
| Art +Design Magazine | Publisher, Editor, Photography
ART+ DESIGN is a cultural distillery of established and emerging talent: gritty and intelligent; locally attuned and worldwide. ART+ DESIGN is and archival medium to channel local perspectives of New Orleans’ vision to an international audience.
NETWORK WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ONE ON ONE
New Orleans Fashion Week also welcomes representatives from across the fashion industry for a networking session. The session will include professionals from publications, museums, high fashion retailers, designers and more with internship and employment opportunities.