NOLA Fashion Week 2012: Background & Schedule from Invade NOLA


photo from Kelli Cooper’s Loretta Jane clothing line

Bold, ballsy, and unapologetically eclectic, New Orleans’ swag-steeped fashion scene is finally getting the attention it deserves. Fashion Week New Orleans and NOLA Fashion Week each held their consecutive inaugural events in March of 2011, garnering some serious press and appreciation for their unique celebrations of Louisiana style and culture. With a focus on regional retailers and a runway open to an unusual spectrum of models (including children and fire-fighters), Fashion Week New Orleans set a precent for holding a less traditional affair. NOLA Fashion Week, on the other hand, followed in the footsteps of more established fashion weeks with invitation-only runway shows and a heavier focus on educational workshops. Despite their distinct approaches, both successfully raised the profiles of local designers, retailers and models, as well as contributing to charitable organizations such as Japanese Earthquake Relief.


This year, InvadeNOLA will be hosting a Street Style Brunch as a part of NOLA Fashion Week, which runs from March 3rd through March 10th. The lineup of events for this year looks pretty damn awesome, including Fashion Markets held at the French Market, music mashup runway shows, and workshops taught by industry professionals on topics ranging from fashion photography to professional makeup techniques to branding strategies. With this first week of fashion right around the corner, I’ve arranged a schedule for all you fashion-forward Invaders, with all my top picks marked (>>INVADER PICK). Each event is linked to its RSVP page with further details, and the full schedule can be viewed here.

Runways and Presentations

*For the frugal fashionista: Tickets for a single show range from $20 – $40; plan accordingly.

Tuesday, March 6th

Libellule Presentation

by Smith Presentation

Loretta Jane Presentation


Wednesday, March 7th

 >>INVADER PICK: VitaminWater presents MASHUP: Where Fashion Meets Music

Featuring Jolie & Elizabeth ft. Royal Teeth, blackout. by Ashlie Ming ft. Big History, and dope. ft. Baby Bee


Thursday, March 8th

Fashion in the Arts District featuring: 

Matthew Arthur

>>INVADER PICK: Cavortress (swimwear show, just in time for the looming spring and summer heat wave!)

Andrea Loest

Amanda DeLeon


Saturday, March 10th

>>INVADER PICK: AVEDA’s Eco-Fashion Day

ft. Time Warp Vintage, H.I.P. Vintage, Noelie Harmon and more


Educational Workshops

Sunday, March 4th

Fashion Illustration Workshop by Briana Burgau

Monday, March 5th

The Life Cycle of a Style with Lisa Iocono

>>INVADER PICK: Organizing Your Life Fashionably with Skye Truax (I’m a total organizing dweeb – could this make me cooler?)

Kids Fashion Day

Tuesday, March 6th

What 7th Ave. Taught Me That I Did Not Learn in School with Suzanne Perron

Friday, March 9th

>>INVADER PICK: Make Me Up: Makeup Tips From an Industry Pro (tips and tricks from an industry pro! BYOM bring your own makeup)

Branding with Julie Wheat of Cavortress

Fashion Market

The Fashion Market will feature emerging independent Southern based and born designer collections, as well as local artisan brands displayed in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th at the French Market.

Brunches, Parties and More

Saturday, March 3rd

Suzanne Perron Book Launch: “Designing in Ivory and White” (private event)

The Elizabeth Chronicles Launch Party

Retail Shopping Day (Open to the public. No RSVP necessary.)


Sunday, March 4th

NOLAFC Advisory Board, Designer & Sponsor Brunch (private event)

>>INVADER PICK: Street Style Brunch Hosted by InvadeNOLA (duh! Request access here.)

>>INVADER PICK: Goorin Bros. Presents a Pop-Up Salon to benefit the New Orleans Musicians Clinic ($30 for a haircut and cocktail. All proceeds benefit the Clinic.)


Tuesday, March 6th

Material Girl Lounge Hosted by New Orleans Tidbits (see bottom of poster image for details)


Wednesday, March 7th

Material Girl Lounge Hosted by Chanel Craves, Studio Swag and A Pinch of Lovely

Thursday, March 8th

Material Girl Lounge Hosted by


Friday, March 9th

AVEDA’s Green Gala at Eiffel Society

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