fashion

Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

  Most businesses grow successful over time as their owners find more efficient ways to make and market specific products. It would seem counter intuitive to open a business based on products that change constantly. And products you can't even imagine, that have to be re-invented up to three and four times a year, based on the season.

That's exactly what the fashion business is. Peter's guests on tis edition of Out to Lunch today have opened fashion houses in New Orleans that make and sell handmade clothes and accessories.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, along comes Lisa McKenzie and Oohla Bra, her New Orleans company that turns underwear into outerwear. Oohla Bra has over 65 designer bra straps — strings of pearls, beads and sparkling delights that switch places with the regular strap on your convertible or strapless bra, transforming your everyday bra strap into a work of art.

The Civic Theater

Welcome to 2014. While you’ve been making and breaking resolutions, I’ve been scouring the in and out lists to find out what’s hot and what’s not in New Orleans for the new year. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be caught wearing a mini instead of a midi, or high-top boots instead of wedgy sneakers. So 2013.

So let me share with you a few trending topics in areas important to New Orleanians. Like, well, drinking.

Practicing two disciplines can exhaust even the most regimented of us. Throw in a third pursuit and things feel like a juggling act that could splatter without the utmost attention.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin introduces us to Elizabeth Shannon, a New Orleans artist who's balanced sculpture, photography and fashion all the way from the Atchafalaya River to the catwalk.