Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Highlights from Fashion Week New Orleans' patron party at Harold Clarke's atelier

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Long before New Orleans became a Hollywood hotspot boasting two fashion weeks, Harold Clarke was designer to the stars. His sinuous yet sculptural couture gowns are favorites of celebrities ranging from Vivica Fox to Vanna White. Clarke is a pioneer of New Orleans' revitalized fashion industry, and fittingly, his collection will close out Fashion Week New Orleans' (FWNOLA) slate of runway shows. This is his first time presenting a collection in FWNOLA.

"He wanted to get some high fashion into the New Orleans community," says Imani Bass, Clarke's granddaughter. "I'm so glad to see him participate in Fashion Week."

Last night, Clarke hosted a party and trunk show for FWNOLA patrons, friends, clients and members of Fashion Group International's New Orleans chapter. Clarke shows his collection Friday, March 21 at the New Orleans Board of Trade. FWNOLA continues through March 22. For more information and tickets, visit its website.

Left to right: Harold Clarke with granddaughters Aimee Clarke Bass and Imani Bass
  • Left to right: Harold Clarke with granddaughters Aimee Clarke Bass and Imani Bass

Rubensteins general manager Kenny Rubenstein greeted guests at the door.
  • Rubensteins general manager Kenny Rubenstein greeted guests at the door.

A Harold Clarke original on display
  • A Harold Clarke original on display


Guests Chalone Branden (left), a style concierge, and Julie Branden of Vivid Image Consulting enjoy the festivities.
  • Guests Chalone Branden (left), a style concierge, and Julie Branden of Vivid Image Consulting enjoy the festivities.

A makeup artist preps a model for the trunk show.
  • A makeup artist preps a model for the trunk show.

Models promote Harold Clarkes signature perfume.
  • Models promote Harold Clarke's signature perfume.


Troy Powell (left) with Fashion Group International board member Wayne Phillips
  • Troy Powell (left) with Fashion Group International board member Wayne Phillips

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