The South’s premier fashion event, Southern Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 runs from November 3-9. Expanding out from New Orleans, founder Andi Eaton kicks off a new project to highlight the work of Southern-based designers and those influenced by the South.
To become a member of the Southern Coalition of Fashion & Design and to buy tickets for Southern Design Week, go to southerndesignweek.com. But before attending the shows, here’s a look at the designers.
Annie E. Apparel
Annie Etzel has grown up in the South. Her clothes are an expression, incorporating shapes and silhouettes to create eye-catching and unique garments. The inspiration is not from one source but many. The women she designs for are everything but common. Inspired by the Southern woman, the vision is complex, glamorous, and more than meets the eye. Each garment is as intricate and detailed as every woman.
Calle Del Mar
California native, Brooklyn-based designer Aza Ziegler had an early start. At age twelve she was featured in Women’s Wear Daily for her one-of-a-kind skirt line. Ten years later, Ziegler graduated from Pratt Institute and released her first collection. In 2014, she received a fellowship to join the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator as a Junior Fellow and Zeum Magazine just named her “one to watch.”
Graphic designer Courtney Marse blurs the lines between surface designer, apparel designer and textile designer. She explores the illustrated and abstracted narrative and its application to three-dimensional surfaces such as engineered prints for apparel.
Drawing inspiration from people and places, her process begins with developing non-traditional narratives and creating watercolor and pencil illustrations to depict the story. The illustration is cut into an abstraction, which is used as a module to create a larger print. Parts of the original illustration are combined with the print to create designs that express the narratives.
Hazel & Florange
Andi Eaton, named one of the most stylish people in the South by Southern Living Magazine, is the designer of Hazel & Florange, a women’s wear clothing line and celebration of Southern charm, inspired by the city of New Orleans. Her blog Oui We chronicles her personal style, travels, and the stories of the LA fashion community. She’s the founder of the Southern Coalition of Fashion & Design, an organization dedicated to building a resource network for independent Southern designers and those working in connected industries.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Noël Martin currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, and works as an independent designer running Noël Martin Collection. As a double major in Fashion and Accessory design at Savannah College of Art and Design, Noël transferred to Parsons the New School of Design in Manhattan and graduated in May of 2014.