"Visions of the Future." That’s what emerging designer Alex Engelhardt hopes to reflect with his debut collection, Xander. Seeking inspiration from futurism and architecture, Alex’s garments display unusual shapes, lines, and silhouettes. His overall vision is of an android or human robot and what he sees people wearing in the future. The structured garments will make a transition from a feminine view of an android to an intimidating, warrior-like vision. Alex studies apparel design student at Louisiana State University.
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Along with a new season of NOLAFW come a few new faces. We’re proud to announce the emerging designers who will be showcasing their F/W ’14 collections on the runway, some even for the first time! This year, the new talent has been given the opportunity to be mentored by Ella Rose – who was just in their shoes two seasons ago. Ella has been assisting them with planning their first shows and has been their go-to person for advice. Just consider her your Tim Gunn of NOLAFW!
American Prep Clothing Co. is an upscale sportswear brand based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Nikki Manuel (Founder, Designer and Creative Director) hails from Birmingham, Alabama and now resides in the capital city.
In 2010, she began to forge a path in fashion. Within the following years, she embarked upon a creative journey refining her vision. American Prep’s 2012 debut offered a luxe capsule collection inspired by classic, timeless pieces with modern silhouettes and impeccable details on luxurious fabrics.
The company has steadily gained national recognition since its October premiere on the NOLAFW stage, and retailers across the Southeast seek after its product. American Prep is thrilled to return and present a full F/W ‘14 collection this season!
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Find out how Bats on Tees founder Tiffany Napper incorporated PR to build a successful brand in less than six months!
In a fiercely competitive market, exposure and brand awareness are key for all businesses, not just big brands. As an emerging fashion designer or brand, an effective public relations and social media game plan should be two of your best friends. At this informative workshop, Tiffany will give up 10 PR secrets that every budding fashionista entrepreneur should know!
With years of experience in and around the fashion industry – writing and styling for several publications, running a fashion business, and working closely with New Orleans Fashion Week for the past 6 seasons - designing a collection was the clearest next step for Lana. Joined by her seamstress mother and architect sister, she created HUNT COLLECTIVE, a clothing brand combining each of the creative Hunts’ keenest talents. Only formerly trained in fashion design for a year, Lana is a lifelong understudy of her mother, Sherlyn. Together, armed with original artwork of Danielle, Lana’s sister, HUNT COLLECTIVE is proud to present its Sophomore collection, Kenesis, at New Orleans Fashion Week. Original prints and artwork define the collection, which showcases a fine balance of edge and class.
The Hunts three are from Zachary, Louisiana. The daughters have both tested the waters in other states, Lana in California and Danielle in New York, but ultimately they are a Louisiana family through and through.
NOLAFW is a week away. Take your time recovering from Mardi Gras and make sure to purchase a AW 2014 supporter pass before it’s too late! http://ow.ly/ulSXR
The Marigny Opera House, branded as the “neighborhood church of the arts”, hosts private gatherings, events, plays, artistic performances of all sorts… and this season… NOLA Fashion Week!
The Marigny Opera House is supported by the Marigny Opera House Foundation, which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the work of local performing artists.
This stunning architectural structure, formerly known as the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, is celebrated for its natural acoustics, tall windows, wide archways, and forty- foot high convex ceilings… swoon!
Sounds perfect to us! We can just imagine our models strutting their designer garments down the runway now…
Founders Scott King and Dave Hurlbert purchased the building in July of 2011, with plans to rejuvenate some of its most remarkable features. Their goal was to create an excellent resource to assist the arts community in its growth… and we must say, they’ve outdone themselves!
Roll Call: Paris Parker Jefferson (Baton Rouge)
Missed out yesterday? Don’t stress! There’s still a chance to walk NOLAFW. (Details: http://ow.ly/tKXyp)
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There are multiple ways for individuals to support the growth of New Orleans’ Fashion Industry all while getting access to NOLA Fashion Week! Supporter passes are available now for the F/W 2014 season.
NOLAFW is closing in. With so many events packed into your schedule this month, you might just forget a thing or two. Make sure your season pass isn’t one of them!
Access to every runway show and presentation
Access to all NOLAFW parties
Have your name recognized as a supporter of the Southern Fashion Industry
Receive a limited edition NOLAFW t-shirt
Single Season Pass (A/W 2014): $50 (must present student ID)
Stay ahead of the curve. Get your NOLAFW pass now!
Interested in getting involved in a bigger way? Check out our NOLAFW Involvement Opportunity Deck here and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A month, a week and a hop away, the New Orleans Fashion Week countdown has begun. With NYFW underway, we’re getting antsy just thinking about our turn. It’s never too early to plan your outfit, is it? So let’s consider this a pre-emptive plan of attack. Set aside a glass of wine, spin your favorite playlist and start rummaging through that closet. Where will you fall in line (oh, the puns) with your troops?
THE TAILORS - Think suits. Menswear. These guys are pressed to impress. Keep an eye out for the subtlety of pocket squares and polished footwear. This crowd is likely to have its tailor on speed dial and could refer you to “just the guy” if you know how to ask.
THE TUMBLRS - Hello, UO. Forever 21 and Nasty Gal galore. Look for bold patterns, cut-outs and cut-offs. A gang likely to have just unloaded a batch of inspo posts the night before, you’ll find yourself scrolling through graphic tees, long tail skirts, and see-through fabrics in every neon shade of the Black Milk Universe.
THE BELLES - Well bless our hearts, the classic Southern belle is ready to charm NOLAFW away. The ladies do it big. Staying classy and classic with stripes and brown leather, the belles master polka dots like it ain’t no thang.
THE BYWATERS - Street style supreme. You’re in constant time warp in this brigade. Spotted: a thrifted pair of moto boots with a denim and leather combo that’s weathered the likes of Kajun’s at 3 AM. Expect subtle hardware and vintage high-waisted trousers that have probably seen the sun rise one too many nights but still look killer with a statement heel.
THE OPS - Where would we be without the brains of the operation? From the chair to the runway to after party, you’re likely to catch these guys in an all black ensemble. Practicality is key when having to run around backstage, but don’t expect them to sacrifice much else for the sake of sensibility. Textured layers a-la-Rad Hourani are likely to keep the monochromatic interesting. And coffee is considered an accessory, right? Right.
July 30, 2012 NEW ORLEANS – Its newspaper business may be struggling, but New Orleans’ retail scene is thriving. The influx of national and independent stores is part of a post-Hurricane Katrina push that has publications from Forbes to Parenting … Continue reading