To kick off Essence Music Festival weekend, Carol’s Daughter hosts a “Cocktails and Curls” party from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, July 4 at Jax Brewery Bistro Bar (620 Decatur St.).
Festivalgoers looking for a little pre-party and some hair love before Prince’s performance at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome can attend the event. Carol’s Daughter will give out hair product samples, and one guest will win a $1,000 Target gift card.
If free hair samples aren’t exactly your cup of tea, don’t worry — there will be libations. Complimentary champagne and cocktails will get the party started, and a DJ will provide the beats. RSVP here.
Stephanie Beard, owner of the Austin, Texas-based clothing line Esby, examines a white button-down blouse. “Do we like the sheerness of this shirt?” she asks everyone in the room.
A clothing rack near the wall holds her second collection, still in its early stages of development: a menswear-inspired assortment of blouses, pullovers and trousers. I snap photos, engrossed by Beard’s first fitting with local garment studio Nola Sewn (2101 8th St., Harvey).
“Sheer is pretty in right now. I don’t see a problem with it,” says Nola Sewn director Lisa Iacono.
When it comes to not-so-pleasant aspects of being a woman, bra fittings fall somewhere between eyebrow waxes and Pap smears. However, Tulane University alumnus David Spector and his wife Heidi Zak have cofounded ThirdLove, an online lingerie company that makes it possible for women to get an accurate bra fit without leaving their homes. The expert fitter? A smartphone app.
“A woman can get fit and sized, all from her smartphone,” Zak says. “You put on a tight tank top, take two pictures in the mirror, and we are able to calculate the size of your body in relation to the phone itself.”
Developed by ThirdLove’s in-house team of computer engineers, the one-of-a-kind technology has seven patents, with four additional patents pending. To guarantee a perfect fit, ThirdLove offers half-cup sizes. “A lot of women are between an A and a B or a B and a C,” Zak says. “I am one of them. So I wear a half-cup and have a bra that fits me well for the first time in my life.”
Any job interview is a daunting prospect. But what if you're considering not one but more than 1,000 jobs offered by 70-plus companies? That will be the case for job seekers at the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk's job fair.
"We have management opportunities, janitorial, sales, food services, administrative positions and many more to fill," says on-site marking contact Carly Plotkin. "We're hoping for at least a few thousand [job seekers]."
Last week saw a spate of runway shows, cocktail parties and workshops as NOLA Fashion Week and Fashion Week New Orleans unfolded citywide. With venues ranging from the sleekly renovated Joy Theater to the weathered, atmospheric Pharmacy Museum, the stylish events were celebrations not only of fashion, but also of the eclectic, time-weathered spaces endemic to New Orleans.
One particularly noteworthy marriage was the by Smith show, hosted by the Marigny Opera House. The 19th-century cathedral's weathered brick served as a muted, textured counterpoint to a procession of vividly hued, classic garments. "I loved the space," says designer Smith Sinrod. "It was a great way to showcase the line because the clothes popped." Also complementing the designs were the musical stylings of Minos the Saint, a self-described "chamber folk" band.
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.
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