Posted on: September 26, 2023 Posted by: Dr. Courtney A Hammonds Comments: 0

The runway at New Orleans Fashion Week was a stage for creativity to flourish. Adorned with dazzling lights, the city’s fashion elite gathered under the mesmerizing spotlight to celebrate a decade of fashion innovation. The event celebrated New Orleans’ unique blend of cultures and traditions and took place on the tenth anniversary of the event.

A Decade of Trendsetting: Exploring the Iconic Designs Showcased at NOLA Fashion Week
NOLA Fashion Week has gained a reputation for being a trendsetting event in the fashion industry. Over the past decade, this annual extravaganza has brought together talented designers, fashion enthusiasts, and industry professionals from all over the world.

Tracee Dundas, President and CEO of NOLA Fashion Week

The creative director/founder of New Orleans Fashion Week, Trace Dundas, expressed her excitement for this year’s ten-year anniversary, noting that in addition to fashion, NOLA FW focuses on empowerment and inspiration. The well-known designers, models, photographers, volunteers and fashion enthusiasts serve as examples for the creative community, showing them that anything is possible with hard work and perseverance. They serve as proof that dreams can come true.

Embracing Sustainable Fashion: Sustainable Fashion: Redefining Style with Environmental Consciousness

In recent years, NOLA Fashion Week has embraced the movement towards sustainable fashion. Designers have showcased their innovative use of eco-friendly materials, such as organic cotton, recycled fabrics, and upcycled materials. These designs not only make a fashion statement but also contribute to a greener and more conscious future.

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusivity: Fashion for All: Embracing Diversity on the Runway

NOLA Fashion Week has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the fashion industry. Designers have celebrated models of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and backgrounds, breaking traditional beauty norms. By promoting diversity, NOLA Fashion Week has become a trailblazer, inspiring other fashion events to follow suit.

Paying Tribute to New Orleans Culture: The Spirit of New Orleans: Infusing Local Flavors in Fashion

NOLA Fashion Week celebrates the vibrant culture of New Orleans, incorporating local influences into its designs. From Mardi Gras-inspired outfits to jazz-infused ensembles, designers pay homage to the city’s rich heritage. By promoting New Orleans culture, NOLA Fashion Week has become an embodiment of the city’s spirit.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the iconic designs showcased at NOLA Fashion Week, which have left a lasting impression on the fashion landscape.

Featured Designer DéAndre Beverly Photo courtesy of Derix Dugan II @depictedimages.
Featured Designer Reggie Hammonds Photo courtesy of Derix Dugan II @depictedimages.


Featured Designer Adriana Moore Photo courtesy of Derix Dugan II @depictedimages.


Featured Willie Austin Photo courtesy of Derix Dugan II @depictedimages.


Featured Designer VanShawn Branch Photo courtesy of Derix Dugan II @depictedimages.

Featured Designer Sophie Omoro proprietor of odAOMO | video courtesy of Derix Dugan II @depictedimages.

One of the major highlights from my trip to NOLA last week was the amazing luxe boutique hotel I stayed in, The Virgin Hotel. I got my heart set on staying at the luxury boutique hotel back when I started planning the trip, and luckily, my friends kindly indulged me. Look at the website though…can you blame me?

In summary, I would highly recommend staying at the Virgin Hotels when visiting New Orleans. The Virgin Hotels offered an exceptional lodging experience that surpassed all expectations, with its rich historical details and irresistible charm. The exquisitely themed and furnished rooms, along with the exceptional service provided by the staff, ensured an unforgettable stay. The presence of the in-house restaurant and bar, Common Grounds, added a delightful touch to the overall experience.

Over the past decade, NOLA Fashion Week has established itself as a platform for trendsetting designs and innovative fashion. From haute couture to sustainable fashion, diversity to streetwear, and local influences to global inspirations, this event continues to captivate fashion enthusiasts worldwide. As we eagerly anticipate the next neworleansfashionweek, we can be sure that it will continue to push the boundaries of style and showcase the most iconic designs the fashion world has to offer.

Can’t wait until next year’s festivities!

Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds

Image Credit: Derix Dugan II @depictedimages.

Cover photo: odAOMO designs