On Thursday, March 22 watch these ten talented designers face off in a battle of the bespoke for the coveted title of #NOFW Top Designer.
High school student and New Orleans native, Amaya currently attends Warren Easton Charter School and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). Amaya discovered her love for fashion while sewing at the young age of eight. Amaya’s age never stopped her from striving to reach her goal of being a fashion designer. She is currently a member of the Fashion Institute of New Orleans (FINO), who afforded her the opportunity to present an original dress design in a student show during NOFW7. In the summer of 2017, Amaya designed several pieces to be featured in FINOs annual fashion show. Amaya has advanced her education by interning with numerous designers regionally. In August of 2017, she presented her African print collection in the GlamU Fashion show. All of Amaya’s accomplishments have pushed her to perfect her craft.
Candis loves beautiful and simple women’s clothing, with the goal of highlighting the women wearing the clothing kept in mind as she designs. She started her line a year ago, naming it Gerald Michelle to honor her parents. Candis draws inspiration from the decades. She combines the romance and waistlines of the 40’s with the glamour and silhouettes of the 80’s. One can find a splash of punk rock in her designs, as she always likes to retain a little individuality. When she is not designing, Candis can be found baking healthy treats, reading, or bartending.
Courtney fell in love with art and design since she was seven years old. In fourth grade, she got her first sewing machine and more sketchbooks to add to her collection. By the time Courtney was a sophomore in high school, she attended a fashion illustration seminar for a week, where she took weekly sewing classes. Currently, Courtney is a senior at LSU studying Apparel Design and is the president of the Fashion Association (FALSU). She also interned with TaxiClothing in Sydney, Australia. Courtney enjoys designing a wide range of clothing, but she especially loves ready-to-wear collections. She likes intricate shapes, seams, and pleats and to push the limits of casual comfort and couture techniques.
Jacob is currently a senior at Mississippi State pursuing a degree in apparel design. His designs have been featured in several runway shows at the University. This past summer he completed a fashion focused study tour in France and Italy. He toured several museums related to fashion including the Balenciaga and Ferragamo museums and was also able to attend a private lecture with French designer Alain Lalou. He has taken several design courses and would love the opportunity to push his technical skills by designing an entire collection. Recently he has been inspired by Korean street style and different musical artists including Red Velvet, Blackpink, and St. Vincent. With his designs he tries to visualize clothing that will enhance a women's figure and increase her confidence and self love. He feels a woman deserves to feel beautiful and sexy and he hopes to be able to share this vision of love and acceptance at New Orleans Fashion Week.
Jada Elizabeth Hunter
Jada is an 18 year old Couture and Ready-to-Wear designer and owner of YadhhaE. Emphasizing innovation and conception, each garment she creates truly is a piece of art. After graduating high school in 2016, Jada moved to Atlanta and studied Fashion Design briefly at Savannah College of Art and Design and has had the opportunity to work as a costume designer in various short films while there. In 2017 she returned home to New Orleans and began working as a seamstress in a bridal salon while working on branding herself as the owner of YadhhaE Clothing.
Jarithza Kassandra Carlson
Jarithza is a highly creative aspiring designer with more than seven years of sewing experience and illustration skills. She considers herself talented, driven, consistent, organized and goal oriented. Jarithza is a senior at LSU, working towards her bachelors in apparel design with a minor in business. She has participated in several design focused study abroad programs, including LSU's European Fashion Field Study and a fashion couture program at the Paris College of Art. She has also completed several internships, including a costume design internship with Tulane and a design internship with Vera Wang in New York. Jarithza’s inspiration and design esthetic for this year's collection comes from the european art that she has seen during her travels. She unexpectedly pairs simplistic techniques such as draping and bias cuts with dramatic lace sleeves and capes.
Jarred, a New Orleans native, is a self taught designer of monochromatic,minimalist men’s and women’s ready to wear clothing. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia after attending The Art Institute of Atlanta for 2 years learning the business of fashion and retail management. Jarred felt inspired by his limited ability to find interesting menswear and decided to fill that gap with his own designs. In his free time he loves to host fashion events around Atlanta. He is apart of The Atlanta Style Guide, which is a style and branding group.
Jeanne-Claire’s journey in Fashion design began at age 7 and began sewing at the age of 13. She designed and sewed both of her prom dresses for junior and senior year of high school at John Paul the Great Academy. She began her formal art studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. From there she began to participate in the Annual Collegiate Fashion Association Fashion shows at UL and dove further in competing in the Lake Charles Fashion Week design competition. She won the competition and was named designer of the year at Lake Charles. A few months later, she got the privilege to travel to Paris to study at ESMOD (The École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode) a top 10 fashion school in Paris, France. In Paris she studied fashion design and patternmaking and learned the mechanics of fashion business and couture.
Nadine is a Jamaican native who came to America to pursue the American dream. She creates uniquely fashionable designs for fashion forward individuals. The inspiration behind her clothing line, Dorcas Couture, is to honor her mother. Since inception, she has become a trensetter in formal and ready to wear apparel along the Mississippi Gulf coast. Dorcas Couture began as a hobby in January 2015, creating African inspired garments for everyone. Since then the brand has moved to make custom prom and evening wear.
Victoria Elizabeth Henley
In addition to placing Top 5 on ANTM and modeling in major fashion weeks/editorial spreads across the globe, Victoria Henley is designer of the Victoria Henley Collection, which has been featured previously at NY, LA & New Orleans Fashion Week and in numerous magazine layouts. Henley's prior collection was inspired by iconic feminists & trailblazing women in history & the upcoming collection, "She Can Do Both" is a celebration of the coexistence of power and femininity in women. The collection will be complemented by diamonds, precious color stones, gold & more by Jewelry Television, a network for whom Henley hosts which reaches 90 million homes.