Inspired by Fashion Week New York and Louisiana’s richly diverse culture, Fashion Week New Orleans’ goal is to showcase the talents and collections of established and emerging fashion designers, brand houses, boutiques and retailers in a series of runway shows, fashion events & exhibitions. New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are recognized globally for the authentic cuisine, musical talent, budding film and celebrity presence & distinctive culture. It is only fitting that the unique talents of fashion designers, boutique owners, make-up artists, hair stylists, models, and fashion enthusiasts are included in the region’s repertoire of artistic talent.
Fashion Week New Orleans presents over 50 incredible runway shows featuring retailers, boutiques, established designers, and emerging designers who participate in a Project Runway style competition vying for the prize of “Top Designer.”
Fashion Week NOLA’s goal is to redefine what it means to be fashionable while giving back to the community through charitable partnerships, scholarships, and a Fashion Industry Career Day. Fashion Week NOLA’s 2012 charitable recipients include NO/AIDS Task Force, Dress for Success & The Fashion Institute of New Orleans.
In the last five years, regional fashion weeks have formed in places such as Charleston, Portland, St. Louis and Austin. Fashion Weeks in these markets have positively impacted their local economies, set new standards in their fashion communities, and established each city as a top destination for the fashion lovers and professionals. Slightly different from Fashion Week New York, Fashion Week NOLA’s task is to present a consumer driven showcase of prêt-a-porter fashion by local retailers and boutiques, while also giving emerging, established, and renowned regional fashion designers a platform to display their current collection.
The Shops at Canal Place, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard's, Dolce Cabo, Vernon, Kano Branon, Banana Republic, 2011 Top Designer Alicia Zenobia, and the 2012 Top Design Winning Collection by Stephanie Young.