ALIVE On The Scene: Saint Louis Fashion Fund's Inaugural Gala

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

On Friday night, civic leaders and St. Louis fashion advocates, professionals and designers joined forces and celebrated the bright future of our city’s fashion community at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund’s inaugural gala. The Fund, whose mission is to support emerging designer talent in the St. Louis region and beyond, introduced its primary mission of bringing a fashion incubator to Downtown St. Louis in the next two to three years.

The elite guest list included Fashion Fund gala honoree and influential editor Derek Blasberg, international fashion consultant and creator of NYFW Fern Mallis, former president of the CFDA and renowned fashion designer Stan Herman, fashion financier Gary Wassner, designer Timo Weiland, Mayor Francis Slay and more.

Here are just a few of the fabulous people we ran into during St. Louis fashion’s most glam night yet…

Photos by Mark Schwigen for ALIVE Magazine.

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Union Station’s grand ballroom made for the perfect backdrop for the celebration and launch of the new era of St. Louis fashion.
STLFW14_GALA_Schwigen-7832Looks from the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Emerging Designer Competition presented by Brown Shoe Company were on display in the center of the cocktail area and featured a look from competitors Collina Strada, Remi Canarie, Harbison, Daniella Kallmeyer, Wai Ming and Jessie Liu.

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The event’s co-chairs Anjali and Atul Kamra with Saint Louis Fashion Fund chair Susan Sherman and dinner chair Jan Goldstein.

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Music was provided by NYC’s DJ Nicole Rosé.

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Susan Sherman, Timo Weiland, Anjali Kamra, Cathy and Gary Wassner and Jan Goldstein.

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Nicole Rose Stillings, Timo Weiland, Cathy and Gary Wassner, Susan Sherman, Derek Blasberg, Fern Mallis and Stan Herman.

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Susan Sherman, Derek Blasberg and Fern Mallis

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Atul and Anjali Kamra, Mayor Francis Slay and Derek Blasberg

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Fern Mallis and Derek Blasberg

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Stan Herman, Elizabeth Tucker, Emerging Designer Competition winner Daniella Kallmeyer and Fern Mallis

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Tania Beasley-Jolly and Daniella Kallmeyer

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Michael Drummond, Laura Kathleen Baker and Sarah Stallmann

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New York fashion bloggers Megan Zietz (tfDiaries) and Lara Eurdolian (Pretty Connected) with Timo Weiland

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Helene Sayad, Jennifer Dulin Wiley, Jessie Miller

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Paulie Gibson and John Nicewaner

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SLAM curator Jason Busch with Neiman Marcus’ Cheresse Pentella and Allen Barber

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Susan Barrett and Kimberly Jackson

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Fern Mallis kicks off the evening’s festivities in honor of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund.

Susan Sherman and Derek Blasberg.

Susan Sherman and honoree Derek Blasberg.

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Fern Mallis accepts an honorary award for supermodel Karlie Kloss.

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Anjali Kamra introduces her fellow members of the St. Louis designer community.

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St. Louis designers Lori Coulter, Michael Drummond, Emily Koplar, Paulie Gibson, Andrea Robertson, Anna Friss, Fashion Fund chair Susan Sherman, Anjali Kamra, Richard Tao and Laura Kathleen Baker.

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