After three years and seven seasons, New Orleans Fashion Week (NOLAFW) has ended its run. It is replaced by Southern Design Week, which takes place Nov. 3-9, 2014. Founded by designer, blogger and author Andi Eaton (who was a co-creator of NOLAFW), Southern Design Week is part of Eaton's new company, the Southern Coalition of Fashion and Design (SCFD).
While Southern Design Week differs from its predecessor in some ways (most notably with its name, which sets it apart from other local and regional fashion weeks), its focus will remain the same.
"Eaton's NOLAFW events held a focus on independent designers, and that won't change," says Leonela Guzman, communications director for the SCFD. "However, the company's intention is to primarily focus on the designer, the process of garment creation, and to build a network of resources around the design community. ... The end goal of SCFD is to support Southern makers and the design community in growing sustainable roots."
SCFD is a member organization open to anyone affiliated with the Southern design industry. Though Southern Design Week will take place in New Orleans, Eaton plans to target fashion industry professionals from across the region.
"SCFD will host quarterly education, networking and market events to facilitate industry growth," Guzman says. "Events of this nature will aim to entice designers and industry professionals into New Orleans as a headquarter to their operations."
James Michalopoulos’ Old New Orleans Rum Distillery (2815 Frenchmen St.) hosts the majority of Southern Design Week's runway shows of spring/summer 2015 collections. There will be events and presentations at venues citywide.
SCFD membership passes are on sale at the SCFD blog.