Fashion Week debuts in BR

Catwalks in Baton Rouge are scheduled to light up this week as the Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week makes its debut.

According to OBRFW founder Brandon D. Campbell, the week will promote the up-and-coming fashion community by networking designers, models, buyers and community leaders, all to assist in helping raise money for charity.

“We want to open doors for more opportunity for people in the fashion industry to take notice of Baton Rouge,” said Campbell.

In a news release, Campell is identified as a fashion, entertainment and live events producer and founder of Little Rock Fashion Week.

Erin Rolfs is to receive the OBRFW Fashion Icon Award at Saturday’s Big Night event.

“She’s a trendsetter,” Campbell said about Rolfs, who founded the Uncommon Threads wearable art show in 2008.

Plus-size model Chenese Lewis is slated to host the main event.

A portion of the proceeds from OBRFW’s Big Night ticket sales will go to the Louisiana Museum Foundation, the non-profit organization that runs the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St. Funds are to be used to conserve a rare War of 1812 military uniform, set to be highlighted in an exhibit later this year.

OBRFW events are:

  • A mix and mingle — 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Restaurant IPO, 421 Third St. The event is free and open to the public.
  • The For Kids by Kids fashion show — 7 p.m. Friday, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.

The event will feature clothes from popular children stores Oh Baby! and B Kids. Advance tickets are $15; at the door $20. Proceeds will benefit the LSU Museum of Art.

  • Big Night at Capitol Park Museum — Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Fashions by JuJu’s Baton Rouge, Christopher Youngstar (Dallas), iME (Little Rock, Ark.), Love R.O.C.S. (Conway, Ark), Ms Smitty (Maumelle, Ark.) and 10 current and recent fashion design graduates from LSU. Advance tickets are $40 and include a VIP bag, appetizer and complimentary drink at the black-and-white attire gala.

Tickets for all events are available at batonrougefashionweek.com; JuJu’s Baton Rouge Boutique and Capitol Park Museum.

OBRFW sponsors and partners include Capitol Park Museum, Oneofakind Talent, LSU Museum of Art, Visit Baton Rouge, Southern Flair and the LSU Department of Textile, Apparel & Merchandising.