New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) is proud to announce its exciting lineup for its 8th year in production. The exclusive affair, which takes place from March 18 - 24, 2018, is recognized as one of the top fashion events along the Gulf Coast. This year, the schedule of events will feature elements of history, culture, art and more. And that's only the beginning!

This year's schedule speaks to the rich culture and diverse climate of the city. NOFW starts off by highlighting millennials with Beauty and the Ritz featuring Stevie Boi and then, the lineup showcases future generations at Kids Runway Spotlight. NOFW also dives deeper into the influence New Orleans has had on fashion with a special tribute celebrating the 300th anniversary of our city with The Evolution of Fashion, an Official NOLA 300 Tricentennial event.

For the first time ever, NOFW is partnering with New Orleans Entrepreneur Week to add a fashion pitch component to the Top Design Competition, where the top ten designers will compete their collections on the runway and take their concept from runway to retail.
New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) is pleased to share that Celebrity Stylist and America's Next Top Model judge, Law Roach, will be joining the line up at select events.

Roach is joining the robust schedule of events as a special guest for NOFW Career Day and putting on his judging hat for NOFW Top Design Competition. Partnering with Roach presents an opportunity for NOFW to continue to attract distinct fashion industry professionals to bring positive awareness to the local fashion community. Roach’s A-list celebrity clients, including Celine Dion, Zendaya, Jessie J., Skai Jackson, Ariana Grande, Ruby Rose and Willow Shields, continue to stimulate a myriad of trends that appear on blogs and magazines for winning “Who Wore It Better” and “Best Dressed Celebrities.” In 2016 he joined the panel of judges for the hit TV show America’s Next Top Model and was a recipient of the ESSENCE Magazine Style Disruptor award.


Kicking off Women’s History Month; ESSENCE turned the spotlight on four remarkable women, during Oscar week, with its popular “BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS,” held Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Returning to its traditional daytime luncheon, the ESSENCE “BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS” was hosted by actress Yvonne Orji. This year’s program honored actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish; actress Danai Gurira; Emmy-Award winning writer and director Lena Waithe and actress and activist Tessa Thompson.

Known as an exclusive and highly sought-after invite, this year’s luncheon was abuzz with the most gifted actresses, musicians, executives, beauty influencers and entertainers in the industry.   After the intimate cocktail reception, some of the biggest names in Hollywood mingled in the lavishly decorated ballroom among legendary actresses Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Margaret Avery, as well as Ava DuVernay; Gabourey Sidibe, Janelle Monae, Jay Ellis, Amanda Seales, Mike Colter, Yvette Nicole Brown, Amandla Stenberg, Rep. Maxine Waters, Jussie Smollett, Susan Kelechi Watson, Angela Rye, LaLa Anthony, Essence Atkins, Kym Whitley, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, DeWanda Wise, Ruth E. Carter, Nina Shaw and #MeToo activist Tarana Burke.

Also in attendance were 2018 Academy Award nominees for “Film of the Year” Daniel Kaluuya, Lil Rel Howery and Betty Gabriel from “Get Out” and Dee Rees, nominated for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay for “Mudbound.”

Highlights of the luncheon included:

Steven Spielberg sharing his love for Lena Waithe and her brilliant talent via highlight video Lena Waithe’s powerful speech about being true to herself regarding her sexuality, and the importance of speaking your own truth

Janelle Monae presenting to her dear friend Tessa Thompson after sharing a story about meeting at an audition for the same part years ago; which neither of them landed
Tessa Thompson delivered a powerful and empowered speech about equality pertinent to the #TimesUp movement

Presenter Lil Rel Howery presenting to his dear friend Tiffany Haddish as she reminisced about their humble beginnings in Hollywood. Haddish giving a heartfelt, intimate speech on remaining positive throughout all the highs and lows of life

Lupita Nyong’o presenting the award to the honoree, Danai Gurira who in turn surprised her friend by serenading her with an exceptional happy birthday and cupcakes on stage.

Angela Bassett and “Dear White People” director Justin Simien presenting Emmy Award-winning writer and director Lena Waithe with the first 2018 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Ford Vanguard Award

Ava DuVernay introduced an exceptional performance by pop stars Chloe X Halle, singing their song, “Warrior,” from the “A Wrinkle in Time” soundtrack.

For the fourth consecutive year, the ESSENCE “BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS” will air as a primetime special on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on March 3, 2018, at 10 pm ET/PT.

Donald Glover’s Award-Winning Half-Hour Returns for its Robbin' Season

Atlanta was one of the funniest shows on television last year. It instantly caught the attention of viewers with its masterful mixing surrealism and realism. Fans have been waiting months for the show to return with its new season. This season has been dubbed "Robbin' season." Robbin Season describes the period leading up to Christmas when there's a big spike in domestic robberies. Stephen Glover, one of the show's executive producer and writer, said "You might get your package stolen off your front porch. While we were there, my neighbor got her car stolen from her driveway. It’s a very tense and desperate time. Our characters are in a desperate transition from their old lives to where they’re headed now. And the robbin’ season is a metaphor for where we are now.

Early reviews of the first few episodes have critics saying Glover and company have done it again. I know I'll be watching I hope you will too.

‘Atlanta’ Robbin' Season Premieres: Tonight, 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX

This past week, emerging designer, Adriana Sahar showcased her "Global Warming" collection on the Style Fashion Week runway at Cipriani. The Los Angeles designer's models consisted of a careful selection of prominent social media influencers and America's Next Top Model alumni. 

Models including Sandra Shehab, Justine Mar Biticon, Sydney Carlson, Rhiyan Carreker, Liz Harlan, Coura Fall, made their way down the runway in sheer, fluid & faux fur designs, inspired by mother nature. Celebrities including Blackbear, YesJulz, and others came out to support the collection debut.

*All Photos by Eva-Maria Guggenberger*