New Orleans Fashion Week Featuring Stevie Boi, Kids Runway Spotlight, and The Evolution of Fashion 300 Tricentennial Event

Today, New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) announces its 2018 schedule of events. The exclusive affair is slated to deliver its audience an exciting program with authentic New Orleans flair that artistically connects fashion, culture, art, history and more.

Since its inception in 2011, NOFW has been setting the stage for style along the Gulf Coast by ushering in the Southern region’s premier fashion tastemakers. The weeklong event aims to establish a strong awareness of local designers, models and beauty artisans, as well as to increase economic growth by creating a sustainable fashion community. This year, as the city celebrates its Tricentennial, NOFW will add an element of history to its body of work by presenting “300 Years of Fashion in New Orleans,” an event dedicated to highlighting the evolution of fashion in the region.

“In New Orleans we take great pride in our diverse culture and heritage, and that plays such a big part in the fashion scene,” said NOFW founder Tracee Dundas. “The fashion industry is inspired and motivated by the unique cultural attributes of our city. We are so excited to incorporate select iconic traditions that lend to the evolution of fashion, not only in New Orleans, but around the world.”

Each year, NOFW strives to bring attention to the Southern fashion community using this event as the catalyst of brand exposure, industry education, and resource sharing. NOFW attendees can expect to see a diverse range of fashion from local and internationally known designers including the accomplished talent, Stevie Boi.
New Orleans Fashion Week Schedule of Events:
Sunday, March 18: Let’s Talk Fashion
Monday, March 19: Beauty and the Ritz ft. Stevie Boi
Tuesday, March 20: The Evolution of Fashion, an official NOLA 300 Tricentennial event
Wednesday, March 21: Kids Runway Spotlight
Thursday, March 22 – Saturday, March 24: New Orleans Fashion Week Runway Shows
Friday, March 23: Career Day at the New Orleans Museum of Art

Mimi Holaday, Designer and Milliner at Halo Mimi said, “New Orleans Fashion Week is a great networking experience and tool for anyone in the fashion and beauty world. The event is the culmination of emerging and existing Southern talent – from designers of all types and hair and makeup artists to amazing photographers and young aspiring models.”

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This year, New Orleans Fashion Week is partnering with New Orleans Entrepreneur Week to add a fashion pitch component to the Top Design Competition. “Fashion designers are creative individuals with a natural entrepreneurial spirit,” said Dundas. “The ten Top Design Competition finalists will have the opportunity to compete their collections on the NOFW runway, as well as further their business goals by taking their concept from the runway to retail.”

NOFW has seamlessly elevated the brands of Gulf Coast designers with runway shows, presentations, and events infused with New Orleans culture. In its eighth year, NOFW promises to deliver world-class couture, connect designers with opportunities and impress event attendees with fashion-forward designs, while paying homage to a city renowned and celebrated for its unique, eclectic style.

More information about NOFW can be found on

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 fashions 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.

Beyonce wears ADRIENNE LANDAU and Formation World Tour

Beyonce wearing ADRIENNE LANDAU by SAULO VILLELA custom floor-length fur coat on May 7th, 2016 during her performance of Daddy Lessons in Houston, TX for the FORMATION WORLD TOUR.

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Above: Beyonce performs Daddy Lessons in Houston, TX, wearing ADRIENNE LANDAU by SAULO VILLELA custom floor-length fur coat (Photo clip from YOUTUBE)

Below: Beyonce headed to stage holding on to ADRIENNE LANDAU by SAULO VILLELA custom floor-length fur coat (Photo Credit: Robin Harper/

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Sketch by Saulo Villela for Adrienne Landau/ Beyonce‘s Formation World Tour

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  Adrienne Landau knit fur coat available at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

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SOGAA Youth Fashion Show and Designer Interviews

SOGAA Presents

A Youth Empowerment Fashion Event

When:  Saturday, August 29, 2015

Time:  6 pm – 8 pm

Visit: for tickets and information

Producers:  Jacob Pierce, Ken Moore and Caprese Garrett Jackson, owner of Bonneau Incorporated.

How:  Students learning how to produce a fashion show.  Baltimore youth ages 15-19 – there will be workshops and shadowing of related areas in the fashion industry.

The Featured Designer Interviews:



Stylehouse Accessories

*  How long have you been in the fashion industry and how did you get started?  I started working in fashion in 2011 and launched my company in 2013.

*  Describe your collection and inspiration for your designs – My collection is very playful and chic, its has many influences from African/Indian cultures as well as inspiration from notorious designer Alexander McQueen.

*  What is the best piece of advice you can give to Baltimore City youth?  Have a plan, focus, get a mentor, and never give up.

* How can people contact you?


Siobahn Peay

* How long have you been in the fashion industry and how did you get started? I am an Emerging Designer and starting in May 2016 will be considered my sophomore year in this industry! So far, so good!

*  Describe your collection and inspiration for your designs – My collection is ready-to-wear, very fun and vibrant. I love color, and try to incorporate it in my designs. I find my inspiration from everyday life; for example a girl at the mall or local store.  I like to create items that women can wear in their everyday lives. Women of all sizes, preferably curvy!

*  What is the best piece of advice you can give to Baltimore City youth? I’d like for the youth of Baltimore City to stop waiting for validation, I want them to be their own inspiration! I want them to live life and know how awesome they are.

*  How can people contact you? My social media outlets, siobahnpeay/Instagram, siobahnpeay/facebook, or


Original Crackage

*  How long have you been in the fashion industry and how did you get started?  I have been in the fashion industry since October of 2012. I went school at North Carolina Central University in the Fall of 2010 to pursue my degree in fashion. As a student, I starting thinking of ways to start my clothing line; as far as developing a name, concept, theme, ect. By October of 2012, I had everything ready to start selling my clothes on campus and other areas, and in March of 2014 I officially launched my brand website,


*  Describe your collection and inspiration for your designs – Original Crackage is a high-end, urban, fashion brand specializing in uniquely exclusive designs which include black&white, stripes, lines, abstract shapes, and hints of color blocking. All the designs are original and come from my imagination which stays consistent to the brands concept/theme. This goes along with the brand message, which is to be you, be original, and embrace whatever it is about yourself that people might not understand. This is the origin of the inspiration for the brand.


*  What is the best piece of advice you can give to Baltimore City youth?  To be yourself and don’t worry about what the crowd is doing. If you stay true to yourself, you will never have to question who you are. We all have different motives and aspirations. Just stay consistent with whatever you love and go all out. You only live once, and with this one shot would you rather be someone who made something of themselves, or some one who didn’t? Live your life with no regrets!
* How can people contact you? / 3017413847


 gamakache Black


* How long have you been in the fashion industry and how did you get started?  Since 2000 but I got serious about designing in 2012 I started sewing as a kid by watching my grand mother

*  Describe your collection and inspiration for your designs – My designs are based around the color black.  I wear this color daily, so I decided to create a collection that centered around black clothing.


*  What is the best piece of advice you can give to Baltimore City youth?  Stay focus on what you want to achieve because with hard work you will make it.  Never take NO for an answer.  IG Gamakache_black Facebook Gamakache Black Twitter and


  Khemistry by Trease


*  How long have you been in the fashion industry and how did you get started?  In my mind, I’ve always had a passion for fashion.  However I actually established my line in February 2014.  God guided me in the right direction and from there I learned to sew.

*  Describe your collection and inspiration for your designs – This current collection is glamorous and for the more risqué chic who doesn’t care what people say and wants to stand out in the crowd. She is confident and sexy.  I was inspired by our (upcoming) senior prom girls, seeking to stand out and leave their legacy with younger peers.

*  What is the best piece of advice you can give to Baltimore City youth?  My advice to our Baltimore City youth today is to take full advantage of free education. These are the years that mold our way of thinking and future.

*  How can people contact you?  Contact me on instagram @ k_khemistry88 or Facebook trease chemistry.  Business line is 443-885-9696.

Yvonne Fields

* How long have you been in the fashion industry and how did you get started?  I have been designing since I was in middle school but I officially  started my design company in 2013. I started by making clothes for my family and friends.

*  Describe your collection and inspiration for your designs – This collection (and other collections) was inspired by everyday women.  Those who want to find the perfect outfit to turns heads.  They want to transition from work to happy hour. Also, women that love colors in bold print no matter what season it is.

*  What is the best piece of advice you can give to Baltimore City youth?  You’re never too young to start working towards your dream.

*  How can people contact you?  Email: | Number: 301.433.1279 | Instagram/facebook: YvonneFieldsDesigns

Interview conducted by Jacob Pierce

Brett Johnson Pre – Fall 2015 Outerwear Collection at Neiman Marcus

On Saturday, fashion designer Brett Johnson showcased his Pre-Fall 2015 outerwear collection at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie in Washington, D.C. Throughout the day, various VIPs stopped in to view and purchase the Italian-made jackets, trench coats and bombers.

Guests included Renee Brown (Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, WNBA), menswear designer Everett Hall, attorney Mark Lefkowitz, WPGC/CBS Radio morning show producer Poet Taylor, Devon Pina (The Fashion Citizen), Cheylin Parker (Everything Girls Love), Harley Morgan (ROE: The Agency), Sheila Johnson (Founder/CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts) and Bob Johnson (Founder/Chairman, RLJ Companies). The trunk show was a success, garnering double the sales of last year’s event.




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ATLANTA: Brett Johnson is hosting a trunk show at Neiman Marcus/Lenox Mall on Saturday, June 20 from 10am – 5pm. RSVP at (invite attached)

For more information on the Brett Johnson Collection, visit Follow them at @BrettJohnsonCo.


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Brett Johnson and Mark Lefkowitz




Brett Johnson and Josh Sagman






Stevenson University hosted Fourth Annual Student Fashion Show: A Common Thread

Stevenson University hosted their Fourth Annual Student Fashion Show on Saturday, May 9, 2015.  The theme of this year’s show was A Common Thread.

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There were five scenes for the fashion show: Garment Construction Studio Class: Children’s Wear and Casual Looks, Flat Pattern II Class: Tailored Styles, Draping II Class: We are One In Fashion, and Senior Studio I and II Classes: Senior Collections.  Designers for the Senior Collection exhibited their year long project.

I am excited to share that my Sorority Mentee Jocelyn Williams assisted with the production of the fashion show.  Jocelyn is a senior student that has been accepted into The Savannah College of Art and Design; with an internship at Lee Anderson Apparel Company and Under Armour.  Jocelyn also designed her own collection titled: Bitsy Botanicals.


Additional supporters for the event where Baltimore Magazine, Baltimore Fashion Alliance, Gerber Technology, Mode Couture, Nordstrom, Under Armour, PLITZ Fashion Marketing, and The Baltimore Sun.  Overall, I enjoyed watching the show and seeing the eye-catching creativity and workmanship of the students!

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Paper Wedding Dress: Beautiful Haute Couture Design

I had to share this post with my readers!  The following photos were sent via my aunt Gloria from Bishop State Community College. Erica Hunter, Graphic Communications Technology Instructor, created and designed the beautiful dress seen below.  What makes this wedding dress so special is that it’s created with the use of PAPER!
She and her students worked to design the dress for an event called The Arts in Technical Education for Bishop State.  The dress is (now) on display in the lobby on the school campus.  How beautiful and creative was this design…Style + Life + Fashion approved!