Leslie Rivas for Houston Chronicle’s Luxe Life Magazine

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A magical gumbo saturated with life, art, music and good times, New Orleans never fails to leave an impression. In ‘Big Easy Does It’ for Houston Chronicle’s Luxe Life, styled by FiftyTwo45’s Leslie Rivas-Kelly, the city stretches a colorful canvas – from the graceful live oaks of Audubon Park and the leafy expanse of Esplanade Avenue to quirky Creole cottages and French Quarter voodoo shops – for saucy style, too. Is this season’s go-to look charming Southern belle or edgy free spirit? It’s a mix of both, actually, like New Orleans itself.

Photographed by Collin Kelly, ‘Big Easy Does It’ stars Denya Altevers of Next Miami and features hair & makeup by Wendy Karcher.

Photography: Collin Kelly

Styling: Leslie Rivas-Kelly

Model: Denya Altevers at Next Miami

Hair/Makeup: Wendy Karcher

Assistant Stylists: Chloe and Misha Nguyen

Editor: Jody Schmal


Clothing Credits:

AUDUBON PARK: Dress by Stella McCartney, $3,400, and Marmont pump by Gucci, $950, both at Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans. Iris sunglasses by Krewe, $295, at krewe.com. Krewe is available in Houston at Smith’s Opticians, Kuhl-Linscomb, Saint Cloud and Neiman Marcus.

REV ZOMBIE’S VOODOO SHOP: Valentino dress, $7,900, at Tootsies. “One Drop” Rope Necklace by Neon Zinn, $240, at neonzinn.com. Neon Zinn also is sold at Freda, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art shop in New Orleans.

ESPLANADE AVENUE: Top, leggings, jacket and visor all by MaxMara. MaxMara has a boutique in the Galleria.

KERMIT’S TREME MOTHER IN LAW LOUNGE: Alice & Olivia Tarot Card top, $295, at Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans. Pleated metallic skirt by Stella McCartney, $2,053, at Stella McCartney, River Oaks District. Prada handbag, $2,710, at Joseph. Gucci sunglasses, $760, and metallic leather loafers, $695, both at Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans.

CREOLE COTTAGE IN THE MARIGNY: Sonia Rykiel floral blazer, $1,080, and pants, $600, both at Tootsies. Saint Laurent bag, $2,190, and rainbow platform shoes, $995, both at Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans.

HISTORIC ST. ROCH CEMETERY: Floral sheer blouse by Gabriela Hearst, $1,895, and checkered bra top by Tome, $525, both at Forty Five Ten, River Oaks District. Marc Jacobs denim jacket, $895, and jeans, $695, both at Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans. Sunglasses by Le Specs, $125, at Tootsies.

AT HOME IN THE FRENCH QUARTER: Carolina K top and skirt, $138 and $143, and Folk Fortune earrings, $38, all at Saint Claude Social Club, New Orleans.

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