April 6th, 2011
If things have seemed a little slow lately ‘round these parts it is because I am still catching my breath from two back to back fashion weeks here in New Orleans. In order to cover both I got a little help from none other than Rebekah Apotre of 504 Stitches. Rebekah and I tag teamed NOLA Fashion Week to attend as many events as possible. You can read my notes from the fashion bloggers panel at the Southern Fashion Bloggers site if you are inclined. Below are her thoughts on the Friday runway shows.
I’m a girl who LOVES fashion. So much so, that instead of a boy fashion was my first love. Well that and the September Issue of Vogue. Every Autumn when that heavy, designer laden issue hits the newsstands I’m there, waiting to crack that spine and linger over the pages while fragrance fills the air from all those perfume ads.
I hope this helps you understand that I felt really lucky to sit in for Christy for NOLA Fashion Week. She got to go to the woods and I got to sit in a beautiful vaulted ceiling room and watch the fall collections from this year’s roster of designers.
For me, it’s all about mix n match designer, handmade, thrifted, indie designs and being able to wear a piece for several seasons so I lean towards great tailored jackets, pretty dresses, and unusual or statement jewlery to well, make a statement.
Here are my personal favorite picks from the shows I attended on Friday which I selected for three reasons:
– the pieces are either classic or statement pieces
– they will be wearable seasons from now
– they will mix into your current wardrobe
Bold but delicate gold peices made me rethink my preference for silver jewlery. Lots of darker metals and mixing of textures.
Nelson + Little
Of course anything from Cocodri can happily find its home in my closet and were one of the few designers that had something for men as well as women.
I’m a fan of a hard working bag that holds lots of stuff and still looks good. I feel Kay-LA ‘s bag will be able to handle my cross city bike trips and more elegant endeavours like girls night out..
Now on to the clothes…
Ottilie Broadman is the woman behind her New Orleans based luxury fashion label of the same name. She opened up Friday’s shows with her line of office wear- tailored & feminine with accents of fur – I kind of want to work in an office just so i can wear clothes like hers!
I love this jacket:
She also showed a number of short dresses which I think will look great over leggings which will make this little dress adorable for outside the office too.
I think these dresses from Nire are great on their own and I’m a fan of layering dresses over skinny jeans or leggings when it gets cooler.
The most incredible part of my day at NOLA Fashion week was meeting fellow bloggers, hanging out with friends & twitter friends who I’ve only “met” online. There is a wellspring of talent, ideas and creativity here in the city. I can’t wait to see what the next round of fashion weeks brings to the city and you can be sure that I’ll continue to fuel my love of fashion by continuing to watch the NOLA fashion scene as well as work on as many creative projects with local friends as possible!
Rebekah Apotre is a blogger, crafty sewing teacher and cheese lover currently crushing on all things NOLA. You can find out more about her here:
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