South's Most Stylish Cities: New Orleans
In the Crescent City, old-school decorum gets respectfully challenged by a new wave of young artists, such as painter Rebecca Rebouché and fashion designer Lisa Iacono.
See and Be Seen
The Bywater and Faubourg Marigny neighborhoods claim the most young, artistic transplants, the heart of the city's grand renaissance. At Mimi's in the Marigny, a DJ spins old funk and disco for a crowd of pretty young things. Cocktail culture is alive and well in this drinking town. At the plush, candle-lit Loa bar in the International House, barmen accent tipples with fresh herbs. It's cool to be a carnivore here, and Donald Link is the Pied Piper of the movement with his Warehouse District joints Cochon and Cochon Butcher .
Dress Like a Local
In a town where humidity is a way of life, the look tends toward louche Southern bohemian in breathable fabrics. Think slouchy "off-duty artist" suits for guys and maxi dresses for ladies. Style blogger L. Kasimu Harris is the Bill Cunningham of the Crescent City. While The New York Times-street-style photographer is devoted to his uniform of blue work jackets, Kasimu embraces a dapper, bespoke style defined by accessories like bow ties and ascots.
Get the gauzy Pretty Baby-era experience at The Columns Hotel (rooms from $120) in the Garden District, replete with Victorian furniture.