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Street style: A view from the rooftop pool fashion show at the W Hotel

Published: Monday, June 04, 2012, 12:00 PM     Updated: Monday, June 04, 2012, 1:44 PM

Fashion Week New Orleans and the W Hotel took a dip on Sunday with a poolside fashion show that proved at least one thing: New Orleans can pull of a cool attitude even in the June heat.

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Samantha Bean at the Strut & Swim Poolside Fashion Show at the W New Orleans on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

The show – featuring designs from Jolie & Elizabeth, Hemline boutique and Swim N Sport - was the first of a series of fashion presentations held waterside on the hotel’s rooftop.  Times-Picayune photographer Steven Forster was there capturing the scene. Click through his photo gallery, at left, for a few looks that caught his eye.

Looking ahead, the next shows in the series will be July 1, with looks by Leah Bauer, Michele Marcombe and Vernon boutique. On Aug. 5, designers Kano Branon, Alicia Zenobia and Elise Doran will be in the spotlight. The shows are free, but the crowds are fierce. Click here for more details. 


Take a Dip into Fashion

Take a stylish dip this summer with poolside  fashion shows at the W Hotel

Published: Thursday, May 31, 2012, 11:17 AM     Updated: Thursday, May 31, 2012, 2:28 PM

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Fashion Week New Orleans is now going year-round. Vernon boutique will provide looks for one of the Fashion Week New Orleans style shows this summer at the W Hotel.   


This summer, FWNO teams with the W Hotel to kick off a series of free style shows, with the W’s rooftop pool as a chic backdrop. The first show will be Sunday (June 3) night from 6 to 8, featuring sweet seersucker dresses by Jolie & Elizabeth, other summery styles from Hemline boutique and suits from Swim N Sport. Handling the beauty duties will be Niki Walker Salon.

Looking ahead, the July 1 event will feature the edgy-urban-bohemian designs by New Orleans native Leah Bauer, as well as swimwear by designer Michele Marcombe and looks from Vernon boutique. Glenn Michael Salon will take care of hair and makeup.

On Aug. 5, clothes by designers Kano Branon, Alicia Zenobia and Elise Doran will be in the spotlight, and Keith Noonan Salon will handle the brushes and blushes.

All of the shows will be held at the W, 333 Poydras St. No doubt the scene will be packed with the city’s stylsters, so word to the wise is to get there early. Space is limited. Click here for details.

Read past stories about Fashion Week New Orleans organizer Tracee Dundas here, and more about Kano Branon here


Fashion Week New Orleans Top Design Competition  

Are you the “Top Designer” of 2012?

Ladies and gentlemen, come one and tell all that Fashion Week New Orleans is almost here! With over 35 incredible runway shows featuring some of New Orleans’ top designers, Fashion Week NOLA will take place during the 21st-25th 0f March 2012. These runway shows feature retailers, boutiques, established designers, and emerging designers who can enter the “Top Designer Competition”. This competition is inspired by the hit series “Project Runway”. The competition goes on between ten designers who are given the opportunity to showcase their collections to a panel of judges in the hopes of winning a prize package. This package includes their collection receiving 90 days of in-store presence at a local retail boutique, the title of “Top Designer 2012″, and many other prizes. If you think you are fit to be the Top Designer in New Orleans of 2012, the applications will be available until January 15, 2012.


Here’s the link for applications!


And here’s the schedule for Fashion Week:

March 21, 2012                       Kickoff Party in the Twist lounge @ the Lafayette Hotel

March 22-24, 2012                  The Runway Shows and “Top Designer Competition” @ the Sugar Mill

March 25, 2012                       The Bridal Runway Showcase in the Westin @ Canal Place


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Top Design Competition Spotlights Growth of Local Fashion Industry

NEW ORLEANS, LA 12/19/11: Fashion Week New Orleans (FW NOLA) produces a series of runway shows featuring local designers and retailers. Incorporated into the five-day event, scheduled for March 21-25, is a Top Design Competition (TDC), in which 10 designers will showcase their collections to a panel of judges in hopes of winning a prize package including 90 days of in-store presence at a local retail boutique and many other great prizes! NOLA hopes to receive as many applications as possible to increase awareness of the recent growth of the local fashion industry and the FW NOLA TDC. The application process is open until Jan. 15, 2012.


Inspired by Fashion Week New York and Louisiana’s richly diverse culture, FW NOLA’s 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.


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 fashion lovers and professionals. FW 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. Committed to the local community, FW NOLA’s includes NO/AIDS Task Force, Dress for Success, & The Fashion Institute of New Orleans as charitable recipients.


Fashion Week New Orleans 2012 Schedule and Locations:


March 21, 2012                     Kick-Off Party                                    Twist Lounge

March 22 – 24, 2012             Runway Shows and TDC Competition         The Sugar Mill

March 25, 2012                     Bridal Runway Showcase                The Westin at Canal Place


Fashion Week NOLA hosts "Fashion Party" for children's cancer patients

It was a day of bonding, beauty, modeling and fashion. Through the efforts of Walgreen’s , Fashion Week New Orleans , and Designer Anthony Ryan Auld , a group of young Children’s Hospital patients were given a world of fashion experience.

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