Designer X Designer Exchange

Tracee Dundas Fashion Editor @fashionablyyoursnola

It was an international connection of like-minded creatives as visiting student designers from École Duperré Paris network with New Orleans fashion community from designers, models, and the beauty industry. Duperré School trains young designers in the sectors of fashion, textile design, ceramics, as well as environmental and graphic design.

The Trés Chic Reception was made possible through a collaboration between New Orleans Fashion Week, The Mayor’s Office of Culture Economy and Attaché de coopération et d’action culturelle / Cultural Attaché; Consulate General of France in New Orleans. The artistic synergy could be felt across the picturesque backdrop of the City of New Orleans provided hosting venue, NOPSI’s Above the Grid.

There is a long history and relationship between France and New Orleans that continues to flourish to this day. The similarities between the two is reflective in the architecture, language, and the love of fashion and the arts. This French designer exchange was an opportunity to introduce and connect the visiting up-and-coming designers with the New Orleans fashion culture and community.

Guest, dignitaries and fashion influencers attending the event included Lisa Alexis, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, Alana Harris, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, Natacha Lallemand, Relations Internationales for Ecole Duperré, Gabi Grenier, Cultural Projects Officer with Consulate General of France in New Orleans, Dr. Lisa McRoberts, former LSU Fashion Design Professor, John Orgon with Material Institute, Erin Burgett and Maddy Plaisance with Paul Mitchell School of Cosmetology, Samantha Diane, PR and Brand Strategist, Rowena Kay, CEO Chic Nouvelle Model Management, Brylon Batiste with ABOUTFACES MTM and New Orleans Fashion Week Team.

This collaboration culminates with “Parade of Fashions” which will showcase the designs of the Parisian Designers as well as highlighting the talents of New Orleans designers in a fashion presentation.

Fashion Editor – Tracee Dundas | @fashionablyyoursnola Photographer: John Merrit| @johnmerritphotos Location: Above the Grid at NOPSI Hotel | @abovethegridnopsi

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