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New Orleans Fashion Week – Schedule of Events

by Catie Ragusa on September 18, 2013


The countdown to New Orleans Fashions week has begun! Saturday, September 28 through Friday, October 4 will be filled with fashion shows, workshops and other social events, highlighting the upcoming seasons’ top trends. Here is a schedule of NOLAFW’s 2013 events!

Saturday, September 28:

10am – 12pmWorkshop: Basic Pattern Making
International House Hotel: Teutonia Cosmo Room, 221
Camp Street

10am – 4pm – Workshop: Fashion Photography with Greg Miles – Creating a Successful Editorial Story

1pm – 3pm – Workshop: Flats and Specs – Communicating Your Design
International House Hotel: Teutonia Cosmo Room, 221
Camp Street

1pm – 5pm – Shop Your City Day
Various Local Retailers

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“Live Original”

by Ainsley Beeman on September 10, 2013

Waterfowl, ducks in particular, have always been a topic of conversation in the bayous of Louisiana but now the verbiage has migrated from coast to coast! Thanks to Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family, bandanas and unruly facial hair has become a trend accepted in places as prestigious as the White House. Camouflage has indeed made a comeback, filling magazines and blogs everywhere as one of this year’s fall fashion necessities and a glass of tea is the hot new accessory for a red carpet event.


While most would say that the reality TV hype has something to do with it, I believe it’s a deeper longing within society to embrace what Sadie Robertson, daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson, so boldly displayed while walking the runway during NYC’s fashion week as she and many other accomplished young women modeled the “Sadie Robertson Live Original Collection” by Sherri Hill.

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It doesn’t take long watching Sadie on TV to realize she truly embodies what it means to “Live Original.” Yes, her natural beauty and eye-catching smile, including dimples to die for, are enough to make any designer desire to have Sadie sport their latest fashions. Certainly there are many beautiful young women in this world but what makes Sadie different? Perhaps it’s all found in the upper right hand corner of her fashion line logo…her heart.


You see, one can dress up pretty any day, believing that everyday is a fashion show, but at some point the heart will be revealed. In reality, when you combine pretty and a heart of gold… you get stunning… you get authentic beauty….you get Sadie Robertson.


So congrats Sherri Hill in finding a gem…. Sadie Rob, you were absolutely beautiful and your sweet smile was a breath of fresh air… Thanks for living original! Believing the best is yet to come for you…

Sadie Robertson and Sherri Hill

Sherri Hill is an American fashion designer and businesswoman who specializes in formal eveningwear. Hill gained recognition in the world of pageantry when various Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Universe contestants won in gowns she had designed. Many of her dresses have been featured on red carpet events by members of young Hollywood and continue to fill the dreams of young women everywhere as their dream prom dress. The “Sadie Robertson Live Original Collection” by Sherri Hill features a line of modest ball gowns and formal wear with a sophisticated retro flair.

Watch Sadie walk in NYC’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for a glimpse inside the “Sadie Robertson Live Original Collection” by Sherri Hill.

And be sure to check out Sadie’s new “I Am Different” YouTube show airing on Monday nights.


Inspired by the true story of a White House butler named Eugene Allen, Lee Daniels’ The Butler is backed by a star-studded cast. Allen served eight US presidents over the course of more than thirty years.

Among the film’s cast members are Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carrey and Robin Williams. The clip above offers a glimpse into the cast’s preparation for their sensitive roles, and what the Civil Rights Movement means to them personally.

The stars admit that some of their inspiration came from fictional sources, but much of the inspiration for their roles came from true events, portraying real people during the Civil Rights Movement. A man who witnessed US history firsthand, Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) represents someone who experienced real historical events from both inside and outside the White House. Filmed in New Orleans, Lee Daniels’ The Butler hits theaters tomorrow night.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Los Angeles Film Festival 2012 Winners

by Morgan Charlesworth on June 28, 2012

Film Independent is the non-profit arts organization that presents the Los Angeles Film Festival and Spirit Awards.  This year’s festival ran from June 14-June 24. The winners were announced this past Sunday.

In the category of Best Performance in the Narrative Competition the award went to Wendell Pierce, Emory Cohen, E.J. Bonilla and Aja Naomi King for their performances in Joshua Sanchez’s Four. Wendell Pierce is a New Orleans native and has acted in countless television shows and starred in many films. Pierce will be starring as B.B. King in the 2012 drama B.B. King and I.

The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to Beasts of the Southern Wild directed by Benh Zeitlin. The film was filmed in New Orleans and starred Louisiana natives Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry. This past Monday, the film premiered in New Orleans with the assistance of Scene Magazine.

There were many awards given to well deserving films this year at the Los Angeles Film Festival and you can take a look at the rest of the list here.

Source: Deadline


Take a look at photos from the Beasts of the Southern Wild New Orleans premierePhotos by Kelli Binnings.

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‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ premieres in New Orleans

by Elizabeth Glauser on June 27, 2012

Benh Zeitlin and some of his young stars
photo by Kelli Binnings

Congratulations to Beasts of the Southern Wild for their successful New Orleans premiere. The Scene Team was very proud to be a part of Monday night’s premiere, which garnered tons of local and national press for the Southern fairy tale film.

Cast and crew, the majority of which were Louisiana natives, gathered at the historic Joy Theater, walking the red carpet for photographers and journalists from all over the nation. New York native and New Orleans transplant Benh Zeitlin directed the film, winning the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize earlier this year. After working long and hard filming his feature debut  just south of Houma, Zeitlin arrived to see his film up on the marquee and the enthusiastic faces of those who helped him bring the story to life.

Gracing the red carpet was an eclectic mix that included cast, crew, the film’s young star Quvenzhane Wallis, local actors, Zeitlin and the film’s co-writer Lucy Alibar. 500 guests watched the film, many of which helped make it and were seeing it for the first time. The film will open in limited release Friday. New Orleans residents can see the film in theaters beginning July 4th.

The red carpet event saw articles and photos published in national publications. Take a look at some of the coverage below.

CBS News
Washington Post
San Francisco Chronicle
Jakarta Post
The Associated Press


New clip from ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

by Morgan Charlesworth on June 18, 2012

Scene Magazine will be hosting the premiere for Beasts of the Southern Wild in New Orleans next week. ”Stay Right Here” is a clip from the film that was shot in Louisiana. It was directed by Benh Zeitlin and stars  Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly.  Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Hushpuppy, a six year old girl, who prepares for the end of the world while her father’s health is failing.



Editor’s Pick: Be Scene at Whiskey Blue

by Jillian Aubin on April 13, 2012

This Saturday, Scene will be celebrating French Quarter Fest at Whiskey Blue in the W Hotel New Orleans. Those looking to escape the madness of Bourbon Street will find Whiskey Blue’s posh and calm atmosphere a welcome change. Featuring musical performances by DJ G and Drummer Eric Rogers,  Be Scene at Whiskey Blue is the place to end the night.


OPEN CASTING CALL 2012 – Scene Magazine

by Elizabeth Glauser on February 13, 2012

WHO: Louisiana-based models. Men and women over 18 years old who would like to be considered for Scene’s upcoming photo shoots and events. No experience necessary. Physical fitness requested. All heights encouraged to submit. All ethnicities  desired. Please know your sizes. Current headshots and bodyshots may be submitted in advance to If you do not currently have a headshot or body shot, photos will be taken at the casting call. All applicants must appear in person to be considered. Disclaimer: Coming to this open casting call, does not guarantee you will  be cast.

WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 2012. 10am to 5:00pm.

WHERE: Scene Magazine Corporate Offices, Raleigh Studios at the Celtic Media Centre, 10000 Celtic Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

WHY: With a groundbreaking number of fashion events and editorial photo shoots planned for 2012, Scene Magazine is casting for the entire year at once.

Project Runway alum Anthony Ryan Auld will also be present, casting for a large fashion event to be announced shortly, presented by Scene Magazine.