First of all, I can't tell you all just how proud I am of The NOLA Fashion Week crew and support team for what they've accomplished this year with their inaugural show. Included in this feature are behind the scenes images from a fitting with New Orlean's own, design house Jolie & Elizabeth.

Seriously, I've heard Miami knows a bit about fashion, NYC, is well NYC, where good 'ole Mike continues to Bloombergify everything, and LA, the home of glamour. For me, it just doesn't get anymore authentic than the fashion movement happening here in NOLA. This is certainly for true with this week's NOLA Fashion week. Late last year when I read their resounding tagline "LAisthenewLA", I instantly thought it was bold and right to the point with a touch of clever confidence.

FWNOLA was founded by fashion producer and style director Andi Eaton, Rachael Laroche who is a personal style blogger and social web consultant, and Nicholas Landry founder of event planning and marketing company *NLE | Nicholas Landry Events. All involved are peaking just at the right time.

Here's a bit more about their mission :

"Over a typical part-business-part-friendly-catch-up lunch, three New Orleans entrepreneurs joked about throwing a real-deal Fashion Week in their fair city—a city that is in the midst of the biggest Cinderella story since, well, Cinderella herself.

A week later, they started working on the project under the collective name #LAisthenewLA, a twitter tag the trio came up with to note big positive changes in the scene of Louisiana.

With a team of like-minded, Louisiana-based, artistic and visionary professionals from the Marketing/PR, Beauty, Fashion, and Entertainment Industries, the inaugural NOLA Fashion Week (NOLAFW) will hit the scene in March of 2011."

Emphasis has been placed not only on the runway shows, but also with educational workshops, fashion bazars, and events like tonight's "NOLA Tidbits presents Creating a Compelling Voice: A conversation about national blogs and local fashion.".

Hosted at The Ogden Museum, the runway shows will span 2 days (Friday Mar. 25th + Saturday 26th) and are comprised of 12 local and national designers who will surely blow the minds of all the haters.

>> Click here for the complete listing of events... >> Also, click here to take a look at their full designer roster and runway schedule...

NOLA Fashion Week has put together a lineup offerings with swag, innovation and sophistication. The bottom line for those who are watching, this is NOLA and yes we can do fashion.