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NOLA Fashion Week and Fashion Week New Orleans 2014 

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Now through March 22, two organizations hold fashion weeks highlighting the local apparel industry's autumn/winter 2014 collections. Both NOLA Fashion Week (NOLAFW) and Fashion Week New Orleans (FWNOLA) present runway shows, workshops, parties and other events.

  NOLAFW (www.nola-fashionweek.com) focuses on independent and emerging designers. Now in its seventh season, NOLAFW includes events like photography, styling and sewing workshops, public relations presentations and runway shows at an eclectic array of venues that includes the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, Marigny Opera House and Martine Chaisson Gallery.   

  "[NOLAFW] acts as a year-round resource for emerging and established designers and various professionals connected to the fashion industry," says founder Andi Eaton. "The week of shows is a celebration of the work those folks put in all year long."

  FWNOLA (www.fashionweeknola.com) kicks off Tuesday, March 18 with a party at The Saint Hotel. Focusing on local fashion retailers and designers, this organization spotlights local labels including Harold Clarke, Pedram Couture and Starr Hagenbring. FWNOLA takes place at the New Orleans Board of Trade and the Joy Theater. It includes a Top Design competition, a career day and many runway shows. New this year is the Fashion Awards Gala, which takes place at the Joy Theater at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

  "The Fashion Awards Gala will honor fashion industry professionals who have paved the way as well as help those who build the Southern fashion industry," says founder Tracee Dundas.— PAIGE RITA NULTY

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