7 Of Our Favorite Moments From STLFW
In case you missed anything, here are a few of our top moments from St. Louis’ week of fashion:
1/ Iris. Just Iris.
She came, she shopped, she accessorized. She also admitted that she was “half-cocked” during her honoree speech at the Gala, making her pretty much the most amazing person on the planet.
2/ Wear It: Fashion Challenge
What happens when 10 local designers are challenged to create a look that is inspired by a piece of iconic or contemporary art? Magic. Nasheli Ortiz was the big winner, but each designer came with their A-game, proving that St. Louis fashion is here to stay.
3/ Caleres Emerging Designer Award presented by Saint Louis Fashion Fund
A runway show in Union Station is always a “wow” factor and this season was no exception. With the highest roster of emerging designers–and the highest prize of $25K to date—all eyes were on STL when Katharine Polk of Houghton was awarded the big prize.
4/ Shopping, Shopping, Shopping
STL fashionistas very literally shopped ’til they dropped on Saturday at Skif (we were all very tired!), snagging up deals from a handful of local designers including A.J. Thouvenot, Paulie Gibson, Rungolee and Belthshazzar Jewels.
5/ All Is Fair In Art and Fashion
Fantich & Young impressed the masses at their opening on Friday at projects+gallery, making their US debut show, “Apex Predator/Darwinian Voodoo,” one of our favorites of the year.
Back for the third year in a row, fashion’s famous Fern Mallis has become an honorary member of the St. Louis fashion community, connecting with local designers, sharing valuable advice and attending events throughout the area. Fans who couldn’t meet her at fashion week even had the opportunity to hobnob with her at The Vault by WCE, where she signed copies of her book, “Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis.”
7/ STL On My Mind
When—during his speech at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Gala—Gary Wassner admitted that although there are a number of cities that are vying for a secure place in fashion, “there’s just something about St. Louis that’s different,” everyone in the room took notice. When the Fund announced its plan to sign a lease at Art Lofts for the new incubator space, everyone in the room cheered. And when Iris Apfel said, “People always talk about LA and New York and they forget about this big space in the middle. You all are doing great things here,” everyone knew we were on the right track.