Fashion Week New Orleans 2013 Schedule and Locations:

March 20, 2013                                Retail Therapy  ( Participating Retail Boutiques)

March 20, 2013                                Launch Party   (W Hotel Poydras)

March 21 – 23, 2013                      Runway Shows and TDC Competition   (The Sugar Mill)

March 22, 2013                                Fashion Industry Career Day   (The St. Christopher Hotel)

March 24, 2013                                Bridal Runway Showcase  (The Sugar Mill)


Our  2012 October Business Spotlight gears up for the big show this month.

Grab your stilettos and get ready to experience Southern fashion as its best; Fashion Week New Orleans returns for its third season to rock the runway March 20th-24th at the Sugar Mill! Fashion Week New Orleans (FWNOLA), recognizes the common thread between designers and boutiques and has become the catalyst and driving force that unites fashion professionals in a series of high-end runway shows, pop-up boutiques, networking opportunities and chic parties bringing a new level of creative consciousness to the regional industry.  Fashion is quickly becoming an important contributor to the New Orleans culture and must be celebrated in conjunction with the city’s legendary cuisine, music, art, and film.



[quote_right] “As the Gulf Coast’s film, tourism and entrepreneurial sectors have achieved new heights; it stands to reason that the fashion industry can and should do the same” said Tracee Dundas, FW NOLA’s Founder & Creative Director. “The growing strength of our regional fashion industry is becoming more evident and I’m thrilled Fashion Week New Orleans is a staple of what the industry has to offer!” [/quote_right]

Fashion Week New Orleans mission is to increase awareness for Gulf Coast and Southern designers, building a synergy between designers and retailers.  The event raises attention and encourages economic growth by combining fashion and beauty on the runway and fusing it with the creative spirit of New Orleans. Through its signature event – Top Design Competition, a Fashion Industry Career Day, and support of local nonprofits, FWNOLA promotes awareness, creates opportunities, and gives back to the Gulf Coast in style.  To date, 40% of participating designers increased local retail presence following FWNOLA. Nonprofit partners this year are NO AIDS Task Force, Dress for Success & Creative Alliance of New Orleans.


FWNOLA 2013 will advance the career of one promising designer with the Top Design Competition. The Top Designer will receive prize package valued over $2500 including retail presence at Hemline Metairie, a manufacturing package from NOLA Sewn, a Brother Sewing Machine compliments of AllBrands.com,a gift certificate from Promenade Fabrics, a professional photo shoot with Photographer Gustavo Escanelle, business mentoring/consultation with IDEA Village, and Featured Designer placement at FWNOLA 2014. Since its inception in 2011, FWNOLA has had a number of designer success stories, including 2011 Top Design competitor Anthony Ryan Auld, who went on to compete in Project Runway Season 9, followed by his recent win on Project Runway All-Stars!

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This year FWNOLA introduces the “Model Walk-Off,” a competition for the runway models that will advance the careers of two promising models with a scouting trip to Los Angeles, compliments of John Robert Powers New Orleans.  After seeing so many outstanding models grace FWNOLA’s runway last season,Craig Magleby, agent and owner of JRP NOLA, contacted FWNOLA about one of the models (Taylor Hamric) who is now signed with Wilhelmina Agency in New York.  Craig recognize fashion week as an opportunity to help discovery and launch a local models career.





Other events during FWNOLA include: Fashion Industry Career Day, a special day that offers university level fashion students a look into today’s fashion careers from industry professionals, and Bourbon & Bowties, a man friendly fashion area in which guys can relax with a glass of Bulleit Bourbon and learn how to style a bowtie with the help of Brinkman’s Menswear.

Entering its highly anticipated third year, FWNOLA is the most impressive and comprehensive fashion event on the Gulf Coast.  Embraced by fashion professionals, enthusiasts, and the media alike, FWNOLA receives coverage from internationally recognized media outlets, including Women’s Wear Daily, Elle Magazine Quebec, and the Oxygen Network.

Find more information and purchase tickets at www.fashionweeknola.com