A Letter From the Editor

By Jennifer Dulin Wiley
In Culture
Photo by Wesley Law, shot on location at Lawrence Group.

Photo by Wesley Law, shot on location at Lawrence Group.

Moments of beauty can be found all over St. Louis: a walk through Forest Park amid the ponds and paddle boats, a stroll around the Central West End admiring the exquisite architecture and quaint shops, a trip down Cherokee Street, taking in the murals and eclectic collection of restaurants, coffee shops and antique hideaways. Fall is the perfect time to appreciate the beauty in life, which is why our September issue is consistently dedicated to fashion and arts, two of my favorite—and arguably most moving—points of daily inspiration.

As we put together the issue, we focused on highlighting all things art and fashion in St. Louis that infuse thrill and wonder into the everyday—with the hopes of inspiring ourselves and others to live a more beautiful life along the way. Our fashion spread, featuring model-of-the-moment, St. Louis native and cover girl Lindsay Lullman, speaks to the ultra-glam attitude of fall with the help of sleek leather, luxe fur and local and national designer pieces aplenty. Before freshening up your fall wardrobe, check out our Runway Report, where Fashion Editor Sarah Stallmann lays out exactly where to pick up the season’s hottest retro-inspired looks, as modeled on the runways in NYC, Paris and London earlier this year (Hint: Pair minimalist ’90s looks with autumn’s best berry pouts).

I’ll also be looking to our city’s young artists for a dose of inspiration on the regular, beginning with our “Works in Progress” feature. Managing + Arts Editor Krystin Arneson selected 20 artists under 40 who represent the incredible pool of talent in St. Louis and come from a multitude of disciplines that intersect with our lives on a daily basis. Art, after all, is a lifelong practice of making our city (and world) that much more beautiful every day, whether creating experiences like dance and theater, putting the last touches on a stunning painting or installation, or using a creative medium to spur discussions that make our society a more harmonious one to live in. We’re excited to present these young faces to you and hope you’ll be as inspired by them as we are.

One of the things I’m most looking forward to this month is St. Louis Design Week, Sept. 19-25, which showcases the best of the city’s makers, designers and artists who turn everyday objects into art. Be sure to join us for ALIVE’s own Well Crafted event, Sept. 22, returning for the second year (and now as part of Design Week) to celebrate local artisans. Find letterpress stationery for upcoming holiday thank-yous, handcrafted tables made from reclaimed wood that carry history into your home and room-transforming prints from local artists. Then, view the latest film from the Spotlight Series and learn about the age-old process of making bourbon. The event is an excellent reminder of how easy it is to incorporate beauty into the everyday acts of living—because that’s what makes life truly beautiful.

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