Fashion and Culture Collide At INSPIRE Fashion Show

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It all started with a bang. Drummers dressed in samurai costumes slayed a traditional Japanese beat while onlookers embraced the unexpected surprise. Is this a fashion show? Or is this some kind of grand cultural presentation?

Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

It was both.

INSPIRE, Monsanto’s second-annual fashion show to benefit the United Way of Greater St. Louis, pulled crowds from all over last Friday night to the Ameristar Casino to see some of the season’s hottest trends from local designers and retailers; The event invited attendees to wine and dine before the main event, bring fashion and culture together and then dance the night away. Once the tribal beats ended at the show’s opener, the runway portion of the show kicked off with gorgeous gowns and traditional pieces that repaid cultures across the globe, from India to Eritrea to Holland and beyond.

Photo by Victoria Lafferty/ALIVE Scene Team

Photo by Victoria Lafferty/ALIVE Scene Team

After a dose of culture, audiences saw some of the hottest fall styles for men and women grace the runway, including big-hitters such as Banana Republic and Saks Off Fifth and local designers such as Dimvaloo and J. Stocking. With a range of designs from basics to formal gowns and suits—not to mention a few killer athletic-wear pieces in the mix—INSPIRE gave audiences a taste of every kind of style.

Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

 

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