Runway Recap: Saint Louis Fashion Week's 'Industry Night'

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Last night was the final runway show for Saint Louis Fashion Week’s fall season with “Industry Night,” an evening focused on exposing emerging designers to industry professionals. The evening got started on the seventh floor of Windows on Washington with a presentation by local emerging designers Paulie Gibson, Bluebird Apparel, Suzanne Lay and Dipped & Dyed. Guests were invited to view the collection while sipping on cocktails by Pinnacle Vodka and Skinny Girl Wines. Attendees were then ushered to the eighth floor to enjoy a runway show featuring the latest collections by local designers Wai Ming and Laura Kathleen as well as national designers Jennifer Chun, Samantha Pleet and Eva Franco. Whether you missed the show or need a refresher before you hit the trunk shows this Saturday for Fashion’s Day Out, we’ve rounded up the top looks from each designer.

Wai Ming

Industry Night Designer Recap

Photo by Mark Schwigen

Local designer Emily Koplar showed off her spring collection, Wai Ming. The collection’s inspiration derives from architecture, which is found in her strong lines and structured fabrication. Pieces from the Wai Ming collection will be available at Ivy Hill in Ladue on Saturday from 10am-5pm.

Laura Kathleen

Industry Night Designer Recap

Photo by Mark Schwigen

Laura Kathleen showed her namesake collection that was a beautiful mix of glam, feminine dresses and tailored separates. Her combinations of leather and neoprene intermingled with animal prints silks made for a confident woman who deserves to be the center of attention. Laura Kathleen’s line can be shopped at Ivy Hill Central West End this Saturday from 10am-5pm.

Jennifer Chun

Industry Night Designer Recap

Photo by Mark Schwigen

New York-based designer Jennifer Chun’s spring collection is flirty, sporty and styled expertly. Her line of mix-and-match separates channels every girl’s inner tomboy. Shop Jennifer Chun’s line at 10Denza this Saturday from 10am-8pm.

Samantha Pleet

Industry Night Designer Recap

Photo by Mark Schwigen

Brooklyn-based designer Samantha Pleet’s collection is a whimsical play on feminine and masculine. Her flowing dresses cut-out at the waist add softness to her starched collars and military-inspired jackets. Her prints have an eclectic, tropical vibe that attracts musicians and creatives to her namesake line.

Eva Franco

Industry Night Designer Recap

Photo by Mark Schwigen

Eva Franco’s collection of tea dresses danced between flirty and sultry. Her models were equipped with wigs, parasols and refreshing smiles (something rarely seen on the modern runway). Shop Eva Franco’s line this Saturday at Femme Boutique in Maplewood from 10am-5pm.

Stay tuned to Style Notes for full designer recaps and coverage on the remaining STLFW events.

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