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Emily P. Graham on Fashion

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From the fashion capitals of the world, Emily P. Graham gives us the world of couture. Her columns for iStudioi cover fashion wherever it is, and in all its forms. Emily spent some time in checking out the fashion scene in New Orleans and files this report from the Crescent City. 

Fashion in New Orleans

“The next generation of New Orleans cool is seen on the streets.”
Emily P. Graham

When talking about New Orleans fashion, it isn’t just about the clothes. New Orleans is a way of life, a spirit. There is a certain “joie de vivre” about the people and the city.

I recently attended the French Quarter Jazz Festival. It seems that every other week there is some kind of festival in New Orleans. Although on any given day, the people and atmosphere there are vibrant. The look can be described as “back-beat cool.” 

There are always street performers and artists on every block, painting, playing chess, strumming on a guitar, playing a saxophone, or miming.

Emily P. Graham

Emily P. Graham

Emily P. Graham with Richard Warren Rappaport introducing composer and pianist Richard Nanes at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival FLIFF Uncorked Gala

Emily P. Graham and Richard Warren Rappaport at the
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival

People in New Orleans express their love of eccentricity and tradition with their clothing. If there is one uniform in New Orleans, it’s the hat.  The hat of New Orleans is the fedora.  Jazz musicians wear fedoras as they play in dark smoky bars. Revelers wear them as they walk through the parades, and residents wear them while sitting on their front porch reading a newspaper.

And if you’re looking for a truly original hat, go to Fleur de Paris on Royal Street. This is couture French millinery, which specializes in marvelous hats worn by local society women and celebrities the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Madonna.

The next generation of New Orleans cool that is seen on the street continues the funky vibe by mixing and matching vintage. A treasure trove of unique pieces by young designers is the Decatur St. Exchange. The pieces here are all made by local designers and have a deconstructed multicolor look. You should definitely check this place out. 

Whatever you wear in New Orleans, it has to be worn with a party attitude. After all, Mardis Gras beads are available here year round. “Laissez le bon temps roulez!”

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