Day two of New Orleans Fashion Week was held in the same location in The Saratoga with two more designers that evening. We had the pleasure of viewing the collections of Mesdress and Loretta Jane, both feminine and wearable for working and playing in New Orleans.
LSU alumna Molly Stackhouse showcased her line- Mesdress (mess-dress) down the runway first. I loved the play on architectural geometric shapes and color-blocking. My two favorite pieces from the collection were the “Crystal” maxi dress and “Diamond” maxi skirt. I loved the rich sky blue with white trim on the dress. The dress screamed Spring/Summer 2013, but I’d wear it any season; whether layered up or not, as Austin weather is not very ‘wintery’ right now, so it would be perfection! The skirt is just as lovely, with diamond shapes on the sides, which obviously pays homage to its name- “Diamond” maxi skirt. The rest of the collection was simple, clean and wearable for any climate. She has partnered with the folks at Nola Sewn and is keeping her line local. She plans to continue being successful in designing ready-to-wear and to grow her business outside Louisiana.
Side Note: Due to a heartbreaking error, I am unable to retrieve the photos of the Mesdress show. I was able to save my instagram photo of the finale, but that is all. Folks and Molly, I REALLY apologize for the error. Please see mesdress.com for additional information and you can find more pictures of the line on Google or Facebook.
The last brand to grace the runway was another local brand by the name of Loretta Jane. Loretta Jane was launched in 2009 by Kelli Cooper. In 2010, she moved to New Orleans from Nashville and continues to manufacture the line in NOLA. Since its launch, this flirty and ultra-feminine line has been a hit in the South (with all the breezy fabrics, I can see why). The collection exuded playful whimsy and ranged anywhere from chic separates to dresses that one would wear to brunch or even an event, dressed up with heels or down with flats. The collection also was very on-trend with today’s market, with pretty polka-dot blouses, shorts and rompers, mixing of prints, dainty shorts with scalloped edges and structured strapless dresses. Keep Loretta Jane in mind when you need something chic, effortless and made locally. Check out lorettajane.com for further details.
Stay tuned for day three, featuring four designers.
**Mesdress Spring/Summer 2013 photos are used with permission from Mesdress**