Feb 242012

(Image via NOLA Fashion Week)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Even though my career centers around fashion, I’ve never felt obligated to fall victim to every single fad that comes along. There’s a reason we cringe at old photos (although those combat boots and baby doll dresses I wore in the ‘90s are the thing now, but I digress).

Now, personal style? That is something else entirely, and so many New Orleanians have it. From the guy in the-three piece suit waiting to catch the street car on a Wednesday morning, to the girl who makes her own clothes, that’s what I’m interested in. Not what the magazines say are the hot new trend, not what the malls are churning out — I want to see the unique, highly individualized stuff.

With not one but two separate fashion weeks in March, New Orleans is starting to put itself on the map for fashion. Having both started in March of 2011, NOLA Fashion Week and Fashion Week New Orleans are working hard to expose the limitless creative energy of individuals who are making strides in the small yet growing New Orleans fashion scene. A slew of designers are working to not only establish a name for themselves but to create a vibrant and profitable fashion industry. In a time when couture fashion shows are ripped off and bastardized into cheap imitations sooner than the designer can take his or her final bow, it is refreshing to see so many individuals working to get their designs produced in Louisiana. People have been talking about the “slow food” movement for a year, but slow fashion is hot on its well-heeled footsteps. And New Orleans is the perfect place for it.

NOLA Fashion Week
When: March 3rd-8th
Where: Various locations

Fashion Week New Orleans
When: March 21st-24th
Where: Sugar Mill

Christy Lorio, a native New Orleanian, writes on fashion at slowsouthernstyle.com and is also a freelance writer whose work has been featured online and in print magazines both locally and nationally.

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