I don’t know if it’s the lights, the runway or the thrill of seeing what’s new this season, but I’ve been bit by the Fashion Week bug and I absolutely love it! This September into October I have been knee deep in local and New York fashion, which is taking my #FashionFriday posts from social media to the reality of events for all to enjoy.
It’s a Saturday morning and I check my watch to see how I’m doing on time. I grab my bagel and mom and I head down to the corner of Park Avenue to ride the bus into Manhattan for a day of exploring. I loved growing up in North New Jersey as New York City was at my figure tips for everything; shows, food, and people watching. My favorite though was fashion! I honestly don’t think I looked at it as “fashion” really, it seemed more like just having access to amazing shopping and seeing people who weren’t afraid to express themselves through style. I for one, never really liked wearing what everyone else wanted to wear anyway so it was just my norm. I remember going to the fashion district and the cozy fabric shops that seemed to have millions of yards of options in such a small space. There was always a buzz in those few blocks and it’s a homey feeling for me.
Although I’m not in Jersey anymore, those experiences I take with me as they make up B Carroll Events’ brand, which cultivates unique experiences and encourages expression through fashion. It’s why we do our #FashionFridays on Facebook & Instagram. It’s also why we had to partner with SB Magazine for SB Fashion Week this year for a mixer! The Fashion Friday Mixer was our free event on September 27th that showcased two local stylists and three designers in a tableaux scene using luxury lounges and thrones provided by co-host Epic Events & Rentals. The live models showcased each creatives’ work allowing guest to interact with the fashion as well as walk the red carpet themselves. Three Dons, the restaurant at LeBossier Event Center, set the perfect atmosphere with a live jazz duet, crafted cocktails and delicious small plates for guests to enjoy.
The Fashion Friday Mixer was such a success and was held the Friday before the Main Stage Fashion Show. LeBossier Event Center was a stunning backdrop to the mixer and Main Stage events as its recent remodel is a must see for local and out of town event goers. This was the second annual SB Fashion Week and I absolutely love that proceeds for their events went towards Dress for Success! Dress for Success is a non-profit that does more than just provide professional attire for women transitioning into the workforce, they also equip and support them through some of life’s most challenging moments to build their confidence and allow them opportunities to provide for themselves and their families. Simply amazing!
Oh, but wait… there is more!
This Friday, October 4th is Prize Fest and with it comes the must needed addition of Fashion Prize! The Fashion Prize is a collaboration between the Agora Borealis, a local artist marketplace and art gallery, and the nationally recognized Louisiana Film Prize. Prize Fest, going on this week is a huge festival week in Northwest Louisiana, right here in Shreveport Bossier and I am thrilled to see the finalists battle it out for their respective titles. On the runway Cookie Dubois, Donna Strebeck and James Osborne will showcase their pieces in hopes of winning the all accommodations paid trip to New York to meet with fashion mentor Mandy Kordal, Founder and Creative Director of Kordal Studio. Fashion Friday continues!!
I’m overjoyed that so many are supporting the beauty of all things fashion this season. Special thank you to all who have worked toward making this possible. It truly adds to the culture and vibrant climate in Shreveport-Bossier City. To all my fashion lovers, Dress for Success recipients and supporters I’ll leave you with this…
I hope YOU are clothed with strength & dignity & YOU laugh without fear of the future.
Be you, be fashionable… Happy Fashion Friday!