New Orleans gets ready to hit the catwalk

New Orleans gets ready to hit the catwalk

(WVUE) - New York is not the only U-S city that can claim credit for a big event dedicated to fashion. Right now New Orleans is getting ready for the annual New Orleans Fashion week which was inspired by Fashion Week New York.

It's a week dedicated to showcasing the talents and collections of established and emerging fashion designers, brand houses, boutiques and retailers in a series of runway shows, fashion events & exhibitions.

"New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are recognized globally for the authentic cuisine, musical talent, budding film and celebrity presence, and distinctive culture. It is only fitting that the unique talents of fashion designers, boutique owners, make-up artists, hair stylists, models, and fashion enthusiasts are included in the regions repertoire of artistic talent, " said Tracee Dundas, Founder and Creative Director of New Orleans Fashion Week.

Dundas says main runway shows will feature designers and select boutiques from the southern region.

The event started as "Fashion Week New Orleans" in 2011. This is the first year the event will be under the name "New Orleans Fashion Week." Dundas will lead the charge. She has been a fashion pioneer since receiving her degree in Apparel Design/Fashion Merchandising from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She owned and operated, ABOUTFACES Model & Talent Management one of the largest modeling agencies in Louisiana with an office in New Orleans and Lafayette. Now her focus is to help develop and build a viable fashion industry in the Gulf Coast region.

"The signature event is the Top Design Competition, where 10 emerging designers show on the runway to compete for a fabulous prize package which includes a 90 day retail placement in Hemline Metairie Rd., Brother's Sewing Machine from ALLBRANDS.COM, a fashion photo shoot with Gustavo Escanelle, a consultation with the NOLA Sewn and World Trade Center on resourcing," said Dundas. " Returning this year is the "Model Walk-off" in which one model will receive a trip to Los Angeles, sponsored by local agent JRP. This will give one lucky model the opportunity to meet with modeling agencies in the hopes of launching his/her modeling career." added Dundas.

The show has also led to even bigger fashion opportunities for former participants.

"Designers that have shown with New Orleans Fashion Week have gone on to Project Runway, where Anthony Ryan Auld was named Project Runway All-Star winner. Models have been invited to walk at NYC Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week, as well as have gone on to America's Next Top Model," said Dundas.

The event runs March 21st to March 28th:Event times vary and a complete schedule and ticket information is available at