It’s not often that the fashion industry is viewed as an inclusive community, but Tracee Dundas has made it her life’s work to change the power of style in New Orleans. Before founding New Orleans Fashion Week, Dundas counted modeling agent, designer, and stylist among the many (sartorially stylish) hats she’s worn throughout her career. “When people ask me what I do, I just say I work in fashion,” Dundas explained, laughing. The NOFW Founder and Creative Director sat down in the team’s headquarters for the week, a gutted gallery space on the edge of the French Quarter, during the final hours before the seventh season kicked off to share her experience in not only growing the fashion industry, but strengthening her community in the years following Hurricane Katrina.
The last few days have seen an increase in overcast cloudy skies and heavy winds clocking in above 30 mph in New Orleans — which some meteorologists believe is a small indicator of what is to come this storm season. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), record warm winters this year and above average temps in the Gulf of Mexico waters could mean "severe” storm activity this spring.
Fresh on the heels of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s projections that Louisiana will have a gender wage gap into the 22nd century, some good news was released this week for all the girl bosses and professional women in our city. A new study by SmartAsset ranked New Orleans as the fifth best city in the U.S. for “Women in Tech.”
Festival season is underway in New Orleans, but between Jazz Fest, Bayou Boogaloo, and French Quarter Festival (just to name a few), it's sometimes hard to keep track of all the acts taking the city in the coming weeks. Long-running alt rock and punk festival Vans Warped Tour – slated for Wednesday, June 28 – just dropped the lineup for their Louisiana show.
Like most New Orleanians, the NoDef team enjoys a good cocktail ... or two, or three. The great thing about living in the Big Easy is that we really don't need any excuses to drink, but that doesn't stop us from finding new reasons all the same. (Cue today's Bourbon Festival and this month's absinthe celebration, for instance.) This Friday (3.24) is National Cocktail Day, the holiest of days for all fans of being spirited away. Today, mix up all-star cocktails with these recipes culled from NoDef interviews with NOLA's finest bartenders from years past.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) responded to five crimes on Thursday (3.23). The Major Offense Log (MOL) records the NOPD as responding to a homicide, a shooting, and two incidents of sexual assault.
Looking for a night of mischief and magic? Break out your leather and lace, and take a trip back to the turn of the century at the first ever Edwardian Ball New Orleans on Saturday (3.25) at the glamorously refurbished Generations Hall. The Ball will honor the master of macabre, illustrator and writer Edward Gorey.
The first-ever Bourbon Festival start today, kicking off three booze-soaked days of New Orleanians sampling from over 50 spirits from around the world. Hollywood legend Robert Wagner will meet fans and discuss the famous women he's worked with and loved at Adler's. Chapter:SOUL will perform tracks from Kanye West's education trilogy, and Matisyahu will take the HOB stage. Varla Jean Merman will put on a show, made up of old favorites and new material. Marshall Ballard, famed journalist and chemist, died in New Orleans in 1953. Now more on this Friday.
A free panel tonight will attempt to broach the oft-taboo topic of drug addiction in New Orleans. “Breaking The Silence: Addiction” will host Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham, Executive & Medical Director of the Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD), and WBOK-AM radio host Oliver “OT” Thomas as they discuss the myths surrounding drug addicts and their addictions.
The NOPD is investigating a shooting that occurred early Thursday afternoon (3.23) on the 5000 block of Louisa Street. Initial reports on scene show a male victim of homicide, at around 1:48PM.
The New Orleans Police Department had their hands full on Wednesday (3.22). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to two rapes, two unclassified deaths, a failed carjacking, a mugging, and a shooting.
Good news bikers in the Big Easy. The City of New Orleans is teaming up with Social Bicycles (SoBi) to host community workshops around town to get feedback in anticipation of NOLA's bike share program, launching this fall.