NOLA Fashion Week x 'Coats for Cajuns' Gives Back to Victims

20:41 November 09, 2016
By: Emil Flemmon

People work much better when they have a real sesne of responsibility. ~ Anna Wintour

Giving back is always a great "sense" of the due dilligence for those in need. The Fashion Awards Gala presented by New Orleans Fashion Week has partnered with Launch Louisiana to support the Coats for Cajuns initiative running November 1-14, 2016 with a special final drop off at the Gala on November 18, 2016.

Coats for Cajuns is an initiative that will help outfit individuals affected by the recent flooding in Southeaster​n​ Louisiana. Supporters can donate new and gently used coats and jackets at designated drop off locations.

“It’s always really important to New Orleans Fashion Week that we incorporate community outreach into our events.” Founder Tracee Dundas explains, “so when the opportunity presented itself to work with Coats for Cajuns we thought it was a perfect fit and a fashionable way to give back to those in need.”

Coats for Cajuns proudly partners with Tracee Dundas of New Orleans Fashion Week, Shanna Forestall of Louisiana Film Resources, the Cajun Relief Foundation and the Salon by Instyle at JCPenney.

In addition to the Fashion Awards Gala, drop off locations are conveniently located in cities all around Louisiana. Donors can also mail in donation or make a monetary donation at

Check out the drop off locations below:

NOLA Fashion Week x 'Coats for Cajuns'

Drop off locations are listed below:



The Salon by Instyle (inside JCPenney)

Lakeside Shopping Center

3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002


The Salon by Instyle (inside JCPenney)

Southland Mall

5953 West Park Avenue, Ste. 3000, Houma, LA


The Salon by Instyle (inside JCPenney)

Northshore Square

150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, LA 70460


The Salon by Instyle (inside JCPenney)

River Chase S/C

69340 Hwy 21, Covington, LA 70433


The Salon by Instyle (inside JCPenney)

Hammond Square

501 C M Fagan Drive, Hammond, LA


The Salon by Instyle (inside JCPenney)

Alexandria Mall

3541 Masonic Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301


Golden Meadow True Value Hardware

205 N. Bayou Drive, Golden Meadow, LA 70357

*Accepting coats until Saturday, Nov 12, 2016


Hampton Inn & Suites

826 N. Canal Boulevard, Thibodaux, LA 70301

*Accepting coats until Saturday, Nov 12, 2016


Accepting Coat Donations at the Fashion Awards Gala Harrah’s Casino Theater

November 18 | 6:30pm-10pm

For more information on the Coats for Cajuns campaign visit and for event and ticket information for Friday's Gala, please visit

The New Orleans Fashion Awards Gala will honor fashion industry professionals with success and contributions that have significantly impactedthe southern region. Now in it’s third year, the Fashion Awards Gala serves as a continual effort to bring awareness of the growing gulf coast fashion industry.

The Fashion Awards Gala themed “Fashion Fantasy Fête” will be a star-studded experience, taking place Friday, November 18 at The Theatre at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino. The event will highlight the following individuals and institutions in the following categories:

Fashion Icon | Carolyn Elder | Saks Fifth Avenue

Fashion Design | Suzanne Perron

Emerging Fashion Designer | Brik Allen

Trailblazer | Tammy Broussard

Fashion Styling | Missy Wilkinson | Gambit Cue

Accessory Design | Reagan Charleston

Hair Artistry | JKL Salon

Fashion Photography | David Leslie Anthony

Makeup Artistry | Susan Spaid

Model | Shairde Brown & Christian Suarez

Fashion Retailer | Kay Charbonnet | Kay’s

Institutional Leadership in Fashion | The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk

Past recipients of Fashion Awards include Mignon Faget, Yvonne Lafleur, Steven Forster, Ashley Porter, among others.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening will include a fantasy inspired fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and Pedram Couture, with makeup artist Midori Tajiri-Byrd. Miss Stormy Gayle, Queen of Burlesque 2015 and vocalist Cole Williams will perform. Shanna Forrestall, actress, film producer and Louisiana native, will serve as host. Guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion in their favorite fantasy couture or cocktail attire. They will enjoy specialty cocktails; gourmet fare, popup shopping and a charity wine pull to benefit flood relief through Launch Louisiana.

VIP tickets are available for $50 and general admission for $35.

About New Orleans Fashion Week:

Since it’s inaugural year, New Orleans Fashion Week has been recognized as the catalyst and driving force that unites fashion professionals by providing a unique platform for fashion designers, retailers, and beauty artisans to showcase their talents. Held annually in March; NOFW features over 40 runway shows, events, educational seminars and exhibitions. Fashion has quickly becoming an important contributor to the New Orleans culture and is celebrated in conjunction with the city’s legendary cuisine, music, art, and film industry.

NOLA Fashion Week x 'Coats for Cajuns'


NOLA Fashion Week x 'Coats for Cajuns'

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