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 Welcomes NOLAFW
If you played along in our little insta-game and guessed that this UHH-MAZZZING venue is the Marigny Opera House…you were CORRECT!
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!
We cant wait to see you there!
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)
REPORT TO THE SCENE
JOIN THE SCENESTER CIRCLE (STUDENT ACCESS)
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.
Fall In Line for NOLAFW '14
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.
Amanda DeLeon Makes Landfall at New York Fashion Week
Please excuse us… we cannot contain our excitement!
NOLAFW’s very own, Amanda DeLeon, has been named one of New York Fashion Week’s Top 10 Designers to Watch! And you better believe… We will be watching!
As Amanda takes a piece of the Big Easy for her BIG debut in the Big Apple (it’s kind of a BIG deal!), here are a few of our favorite things!
Her winter collection, entitled “LaNouvelle-Orleans,” features 10 (T - E - N!) New Orleans inspired looks.
Inspired by New Orleans, you say?!
Donning the colors of red, black, and gray, DeLeon’s models will be flaunting pieces that are representative of a traditional jazz funeral, with an underlining theme paralleling the stages of grief.
Tell me more, you say?!
DeLeon also found inspiration for her garments embedded in the lyrics of “At the Foot of Canal Street,” a song by John Boutte and Paul Sanchez, which is featured in the New Orleans based HBO Series, Treme.
From the imprint of the Greenwood Cemetery in her fabric, to the implementation of oysters (yes, oysters!) into her garments, DeLeon’s play on the Crescent City has made her the one to watch at NYFW!
We wish Amanda the best of luck, and we’ll be seeing you soon… at the foot of Canal Street!
Season Seven: Let's Do This
Time to dust off your sequins and coated leather skinnies and start planning your outfits, darling. NOLA Fashion Week’s seventh season is less than two months away and your social calendar will be bursting come March 14-22. There are tons of new things in the works and we are so excited to share some good news with you!
First, NOLA Fashion Council is transforming! NOLAFC will be growing into a company called The Southern Coalition of Fashion and Design. SCFD is going to be even more hands-on in the New Orleans community, becoming more accessible to designers and continuing to make an impact on the fashion industry in New Orleans.
Also, we’re working to relaunch our website! We hope you will find it cleaner and easier to navigate, as well as a bustling hub offering more information about NOLA Fashion Week and who we are as a team.
For any aspiring models reading, the open calls dates have been finalized. They will be held at Paris Parker Salons and Spas on Prytania in New Orleans on Feb. 12 and 20, as well as Paris Parker on Jefferson in Baton Rouge on Feb. 17 and 28. Come one come all, we’re looking for all sizes this season!
If you have any questions, feel free to email email@example.com.
You can also find more information on our Facebook page.
Also, be sure to follow us (@nolafw and @nolafwprgirl) on Instagram and keep an eye out for the website relaunch!
NOLAFW PR Girl
HOW TO PERFECT THE SELFIE
Come out of your dark little cave of denial. You like taking selfies. Chin lowered. Eyes wide. Pursed lips (but ever so slightly, avoid duck lips at all costs). 19 takes later you are finally confident enough to send a Snapchat to your entire address book with the caption “Out tonight?!” As NOLAFW quickly approaches, take a few tips from the pros- because there’s no question you’ll be Instagramming the ish out this week.
1. Wear clothes. Good clothes.
What’s the point of a decent selfie if you can’t show off what you have on? It’s really a simple equation. The better you look, the more likes you get. (Narcissistic or not, we can’t lie to ourselves. We live for the #doubletaps.)
2. The face is it.
Everyone knows your face is your moneymaker. Red lip? Nude lip? Kissy lips? You do what you gotta do. And work it. What’s the point of pretending the phone with the flipped camera isn’t your boyfriend that you don’t have, if you don’t actually believe it?
3. No nudie (or half-nudie) selfies.
No. Just no. Please and thanks.
4. Under no circumstances may you take yourself seriously in a selfie.
Newsflash chick – YOU’RE HOLDING YOUR OWN CAMERA. C’mon. Giggle a little. It’s even better if you can pull off the not-so-natural “natural” laughing selfie.
5. Add a friend. And a filter.
Not only can you look like you have friends, but it adds a whole new dynamic to a selfie. One friend, two friends, your dog, a cat (if you must). And don’t forget your pal Hudson, Nashville or Toaster.
6. Own it.
There’s nothing we love more than a killer #selfie in the afternoon or the knock-off Celine, #celfie. If the peeps out there don’t like it – let them dwell in their own self-misery. You love life, your selfies, and probably your earrings… and that’s why your insta-ing them.
Clothing Swap Benefitting NOLAFC!
For those of you who haven’t seen it on our Facebook page, we are having our first ever Clothing Swap to benefit NOLA Fashion Council! It is hosted by Think Twice Style and NOLAFC and will take place on May 11th!
Get excited and bring as many items as possible. Anything from high-end to chic steals— someone will love it!
Tickets are: $20 in advance/$25 at the door/best friend passes $30 for two
Tickets available on Evenbrite.
The fun doesn’t stop there - special door prizes from local boutique favorites will go to a few lucky shoppers that evening!
Not only will this be an enjoyable night for you and your friends, filled with shopping and cocktails, it’s also for a good, fashionable cause. A portion of the proceeds go to the NOLA Fashion Council. NOLAFC is the leading organization supporting designers in the South and produces NOLA Fashion Week twice yearly.
All left over garments will be donated to Dress for Success and other chairtable organizations.
Swap til’ you Drop!