The regal colors of Mardi Gras. The splendor of sequin-decked queens. The drama of feathers, sumptuous fabrics and bold design. Welcome to a season of royal, epic proportions. The carnivale has begun.

Fashion coordinators Amanda Bedgood and Robin Hebert
Photos by Robin May
Shot on location at Jefferson Island
Makeup by be. Salon
Head dresses courtesy of Krewe of Carnivale en Rio

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Shaquana Lewis in a Harold Clarke couture gown created for IND Monthly


Navy Blue
Nandi Lindscombe in a navy one shoulder dress from Ballins LTD. Each year Josephine rules Bonaparte in a navy dress.

The krewe of Victoria celebrates its 20th anniversary with a gold year. Megan Martinez in an accordion pleat strapless Jessica Simpson dress from Knotting Hill.

Red and Black
The ladies of Xanadu are traveling to Paris this year with a theme of black, red and gold. Katherine Gordon in a body hugging dress from Charisma.


Royal Blue
Triton’s royalty is going true blue this year, and Alison Howard pays homage in a sweeping cobalt dress from Charisma.

Each year Gabriel’s queen in a regal white dress steals the show. Shaquana Lewis shimmers in a white dress from Belle Amie.

Space Age
A sleek silver dress pays homage to Rio’s space theme for its Brazilian fête. Emily Babineaux in a hugging dress from Hemline.

The most colorful krewe of all — Apollo — promises to be wild with its jungle theme. Robin Hebert wears a sparkling multi-color dress from Charisma.


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