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Fashion: From the runways of Oneofakind BR fashion Week

Baton Rouge Fashion Week has made its mark on fashion once again.

Founder Brandon Campbell pulled out all of the stops for this year’s Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week. With three nights of shows from local designers there was truly something for everyone’s taste.

The fi rst two nights of fashion shows were held on the third fl oor of the LSU Museum of Art inside of the Turner Gallery with the fi rst night with “For Kids, By Kids” fashion show featuring only children’s collections. The child models ranged from toddlers to tweens and walked down the runway wearing clothing provided by Abigail’s Best, Refi nery Kids Consignment, Gap Kids and B Kids.

Many of the children in the show strutted with a level of confi dence some adults wish they had.

For night two of Fashion Week, the show turned to the adults for “Bare” night. The night requested a dress code of cocktail attire. With the dress code, the atmosphere already gave the audience the feeling that they will be watching a show diff erent than the previous night. The night started on a strange note with the fi rst “Bare” fashion show.

The fi rst show featured models wearing outfi ts made of plastic Kroger Grocery store bags. The entire audience seemed a little baffl  ed by the display until the night’s host, WBRZ Reporter Ambria Washington explained that the purpose of “Bare” night was to exhibit natural fashions and models with no makeup.

First up for the night was the label iMe, a line created by Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week Founder Brandon Campbell, featuring t-shirt designs with sayings such as “Bullying is Lame.”

Campbell’s show was followed by designs from Francesca’s, Chokolat Crème of Baton Rouge, Mona Rico, HD Bling of Port Allen, Impeccable Pig and Antoinette Couture of Ponchatoula.

To go with the bare theme for the night, all of the labels displayed outfi ts in black, white, cream and earth tones such as green and brown in sexy silhouettes. The shows also featured models of all sizes, shapes and heights.

The fi nal night of Baton Rouge Fashion week was “The Big Night” at the Capitol City Museum.

And a big night it was.

Every year, Baton Rouge Fashion Week’s “Big Night” has a theme color. This year’s theme was based on the Panton Colors of the year, Serenity and Rose Quartz.

The large crowd was a sea of blue and pink, two perfect colors to help bring in the spring.

The theme was seen throughout from the decorations and even the food provided before the show.

The runway was set up outside of the museum with the Louisiana State Capitol Building serving as a beautiful backdrop for the show.

A show packed with designers from the night before as well as a few new additions started with the talents of Balloonatics from Shereveport.

Models walked the runway in amazing works of art completely made of balloons. The couture creations had the crowd in awe. Even the models looked like they had fun wearing the creations including two small models who didn’t want to leave the end of the runway.

Balloonatics were followed by Antoinette Couture who displayed an entirely different collection than previously shown the night before. This collection feature outfi ts with a purple, teal and peach theme just in time for spring.

Campbell’s iMe label made an appearance with more from his line of t-shirts.

The runway shows took a break to honor the Baton Rouge Fashion Week Fashion Icon Award Recipient, Laurie Aronson, President and CEO of Haspel and Lipsey’s, and her family who are known for creating the famed Searsucker Suit.

The Fashion Icon Award was followed by a recap of “For Kids, By Kids” night and collections from HD Bling and Chokolat Creme.

The finale of the night was works from the students of LSU’s Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising.

During a time where the state has been cutting funding to higher education, it was beautiful reminder that it is important for our colleges to be able to continue developing this talent.

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