A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending Fashion Week Lake Charles, and acting as the media correspondent for the second year in a row. As always the 3-day event did not disappoint. Day one showcase consisted of emerging designers, day two featured seasoned designers, and day three highlighted swim and children’s couture. The event had an host of vendors from around the SouthEast region, a silent auction, and fantastic hor d’oeuvres and cocktails.
This year’s theme was centered around the Late-Great artist Prince. Elaborate fashions, big personalities, and hints of eloquent self-expression was seen all over the runway. The founder of Fashion Week Lake Charles (FWLC) Julie Brandon expressed she wanted to reflect everything Prince was (and truthfully still is) “I wanted to give a bigger and bolder presentation to the attendees for FWLC 2017, and since the first day of the event fell on the anniversary of his passing it just made sense.”
If I learned anything from participating in Fashion Week Lake Charles last year, is that it is unlike any traditional fashion show event I have ever attended. Instead of a traditional fashion show setting where beautiful models simply walk up and down the runway, the shows included such things as a Lake Charles-based dance squad as an opener to a freestyle runway segment that allowed the models to showcase their own personal style. FWLC 2017 Emerging Designer Competition winner was Jeanne-Claire Benton, a college student from Lafayette, LA. Her line was filled with vibrant and unique pieces that exemplified the theme of FWLC ’17. Tracee Dundas founder of Fashion Week New Orleans was this year’s honoree, her speech about breaking barriers within the fashion industry, while staying true to her roots was something I still replay in my mind. You could feel the essence of Prince being celebrated in every ounce of the event.
My most favorite thing about FWLC? It’s more than just a fun and fabulous time, the event benefits a good cause as well. A few years ago Julie Branden’s granddaughter was diagnosed with junior diabetes, and a portion of the proceeds from Fashion Week Lake Charles are donated to the Junior Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) to help further research to find a cure for the disease, and turn “Type One To Type None.”
FWLC 2017 was such an amazing event, and if you missed it you definitely missed out. It was full of glamour, eloquence, and purple reign. I am looking forward to what fabulousness Julie B. and her team come up with for 2018.
Be sure to view all of the amazement that FWLC 2017 was below, including bts footage as well.
Hope to see you all there next year!