Designer Recap: STLFW 'Industry Night' Presentations

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

The highly anticipated “Industry Night” event for Saint Louis Fashion Week did not disappoint as fashion professionals, fans and advocates viewed top-notch local and national designer collections at Windows on Washington. One of the highlights of the evening was the cocktail hour that featured presentations by four St. Louis-based clothing lines in an effort to spread their reach and give industry professionals and STLFW attendees a closer look. Buyers, bloggers and retail and fashion professionals—including  New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis—were invited for a private viewing, followed by a public reception on the 7th floor of the venue. Each designer brought something unique and interesting to the table; here’s a closer look.

Suzanne Lay

Photo by Mark Schwigen.

Photo by Mark Schwigen.

Sunzanne Lay’s simple and chic collection targets women of all ages, boasting flattering silhouettes with stylistic ruching, feminine fabrics and a touch of whimsy.

Paulie Gibson

Photo by Mark Schwigen.

Photo by Mark Schwigen.

Local menswear favorite, Paulie Gibson, stayed true to his aesthetic of unconventional with his mix-and-match collection of prints and tailored wardrobe staples, ensuring the wearer never gets lost in the crowd.

Dipped & Dyed

Photo by Mark Schwigen.

Photo by Mark Schwigen.

Genevieve Cortinovis’ fair-trade fashion line, Dipped & Dyed, had us wishing we were on a fabulous beach resort. Fun, flirty and unique, her aesthetic and vow to assist struggling artisans around the world would make anyone feel good about snagging a piece from this collection.

Blue Bird Apparel

Photo by Mark Schwigen.

Photo by Mark Schwigen.

Blue Bird Apparel designer Anna Friss created not only a fun and fashionable collection, but an adorable piece of performance art. Her “alien-birds” rocked pieces from her spring 2014 line showcasing youthful cuts and styles for the girl who sets trends.

—including  New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis­—

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