Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week is back for a fifth time, bringing emerging designers, new models and entertainment to the capital city.
New this year is the setting for the Big Night, Fashion Week's fashion show finale, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The event will be staged on the River Terrace of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Doors open at 7 p.m.
“This year marks a very special moment in fashion history in Baton Rouge. It’s our hope that many fashion lovers, models, designers and government officials from across this culturally diverse and vibrant community join in the celebration,” says Brandon D. Campbell, Fashion Week's founder and executive producer. “Each year, we’ve produced some spectacular fashion presentations. I think this year will be remembered as the very best one yet."
A kickoff celebration is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown, 400 North Blvd., where attendees can meet models, designers, staff and sponsors. Tickets are $15.
On Friday, Feb. 23, Fashion Week holds a For Kids By Kids fashion show in the Turner Gallery at the LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.
The Big Night show on Feb. 24 will feature fashion from area designers, as well as Campbell's iME Clothing line, based in Little Rock, Arkansas. There will be food, drinks and a VIP swag bag. Tickets are $55.
Joe Hodge, of JustJoe, will debut his '60-inspired spring line.
“Baton Rouge fashion is 'boho Paris,'" Hodge says. "People here wear what makes them feel good, and don’t always align with the fashion trend. Baton Rouge is not behind when it comes to fashion, it’s eclectic and adventurous."
Other featured designers include a signature label from 12-year-old designer Alexandra Bujan, of Biloxi; handmade men’s and women’s clothing line Altrage by Kelby Bell, of Baton Rouge, and HD Bling, an independently owned crystal clothing design by Dana Ayo, of Port Allen.
Presentations also will be made by Macy's, Meghan's Closet and online boutique Your Mother’s Closet Vintage.
Since its first presentation in 2014, Fashion Week has featured about 30 independent designers and 300 local and regional models, and offered training to LSU, Southern University and Southeastern Louisiana University students who aspire to careers in fashion, entertainment and media, according to a news release. Fashion Week also has donated money to Louisiana museums and 2016 flood victims, the release says.
For more information and tickets to all events, visit batonrougefashionweek.com.