New Orleans Fashion Week Welcomes Fall with High Fashion Premier Events

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New Orleans Fashion Week Welcomes Fall with High Fashion Premier Events

Season 9 features diverse programs culminating with weekend of runway shows

NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 4, 2019) – Today, New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) officially announces its 2019 fall schedule of events. The exclusive affair is slated to deliver its audience an exciting program with authentic New Orleans flairthat artistically connects fashion, culture and more.

Throughout the years, NOFW has seamlessly elevated the brands of Gulf Coast designers with runway shows, special presentations and exclusive features infused with local culture. In its ninth year, the event will continue to deliver world-class couture and impress attendees with fashion-forward designs, while paying homage to a city renowned and celebrated for itseclectic style. The weeklong schedule will showcase the region’s fashion elite and continue to establish a strong awareness oflocal designers, runway models and beauty artisans, whileincreasing economic growth by creating a sustainable fashion community. 

New Orleans Fashion Week founder Tracee Dundas said, “Each year, we aim to add more dimension to the legacy of Fashion Week, which complements the rich character of our unique city. As with so many other worldwide traditions and industries, fashion is deeply woven into the fabric of New Orleans and I’m extremely proud to give fashion leaders and aspiring talent along the Gulf Coast a platform to shine and continue evolving.” 

In addition to bringing attention to the Southern fashion community, Fashion Week serves as the catalyst of brand exposure and industry leadership by bridging the gap between international style and local culture. This year, guests will be treated to a featured event in collaboration with New Orleans’ sister city, Orléans, France. International fashion will take center stage at the historic Degas House with Orléans couture presented by renowned designer, and the Honorary OrléansFrench Fashion Ambassador, Tina Blanche. The city of Orléanshas expressed excitement for this special partnership intended to showcase the French fashion identity to a city with similar influences. 

Béatrice Odunlami, Deputy Mayor of Orléans, France said,“This is a great opportunity that reflects the cultural commitment of the sister cities agreement while promoting the links and love of fashion between our two countries and the world of fashion aficionados.”

NOFW has consistently grown since its inception in 2011 by establishing a high standard for regional fashion and designers. For the first time ever, NOFW is moving it’s show from spring to fall, ushering in style along the Gulf Coast. The renowned event will continue to unite fashion professionals with a series of runway shows, presentations, networking opportunities and social experiences. A complete schedule of events can be found below:

New Orleans Fashion Week Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 22: Model Moves

Sunday, September 22: NOFW Kick-Off Party

Monday, September 23: Grand Glam: The Artistry of Carnival in Fashion

Tuesday, September 24: ShoesDay Tuesday Sip and Shop

Wednesday, September 25: Orléans originale X Orleansnouvelle

Thursday, September 26 – Saturday, September 28: New Orleans Fashion Week Runway Shows

More information about NOFW can be found on www.neworleansfashionweek.com.

About New Orleans Fashion Week

New Orleans Fashion Week launched in 2011 with the objective of providing a platform for Louisiana and Southern-based designers to showcase their fashion to global tastemakers. Over the years, the Southern Region’s fashion and apparel industry has consistently received national exposure and sustainable growth. New Orleans Fashion Week has provided a viable platform for more than 250 members of the fashion industry, and even more impressive is the continuum of retailers that have acknowledged the talents of the New Orleans design community by including such brands in their store inventory strategies.

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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