Meet the designers of the Neiman Marcus fashion chat and presentation at STLFW.
Fashion fans will have the chance to get up close and personal with accessories designer Lisa Freede, Frank & Eileen Creative Director Audrey McLoghlin and fashion designer Jonathan Simkhai when they descend upon Neiman Marcus on Oct. 9 for Saint Louis Fashion Week. Not only will attendees be privy to the latest looks on display at the fashion presentation (with ample shopping afterward), but they will also have an exclusive opportunity to hear firsthand accounts from the fashion pros, thanks to a lively chat session.
Neiman Marcus PR Manager Cheresse Pentella says the event, which will benefit the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), is one of many that will keep fashion top-of-mind in our community during STLFW. “We’re lucky to have such talented designers coming in for this show and we’re excited to welcome Audrey, Lisa and Jonathan to St. Louis,” Pentella says. “It will be a night filled with energy, art and style.”
Simkhai recently joined the ranks of fashion power players Isaac Mizrahi, Rebecca Minkoff, Yigal Azrouël and more when he was inducted into the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in July. Beginning his career at age 14 as an assistant buyer, Simkhai climbed the fashion ladder, launching his clothing line in 2010. His womenswear collections draw from the opposite gender and incorporate fabrics like cashmere and wool to create sleek, feminine, modern silhouettes. The STLFW event will mark the first time Simkhai will be shown in Neiman Marcus St. Louis (the line is not currently carried in any other major retailers or department stores in STL).
Fashion is something that comes naturally to Lisa Freede, the daughter of an interior designer and a professional model. The designer mixes luxury with affordability in her chic jewelry collections, which include Freede’s name-launching Huggie earrings and crystal motorcycle chain-link necklace. Before launching her eponymous line, Freede spent time as a fashion merchandising instructor at Brooks College, designed for television and film and held a career in wholesale and retail. Her ample recognition by publications has made Freede’s versatile and classic jewelry pieces favorites among celebrities like Lauren Conrad and Rihanna.
Intertwined in Frank & Eileen’s exquisite Italian-woven fabrics is the legacy story of their creative director, Audrey McLoghlin. After the recession hit in 2008, the engineer-turned-fashion-designer launched Frank & Eileen, which specializes in men’s and women’s shirts. Each shirt pays homage to McLoghlin’s family history and is manufactured domestically. “My parents worked so hard to get here and to be part of the American dream that I felt the collection had to be produced in the USA,” McLoghlin says. In May, McLoghlin opened her first flagship store—a “shirt pub” in Tokyo, complete with a working beer tap. In the US, Frank & Eileen is featured in boutiques and at Neiman Marcus stores around the nation.
To purchase tickets to this event, and for a complete Saint Louis Fashion Week schedule, visit stlfw.com.
Photos courtesty of Jonathan Simkhai.
Courtesy of Jonathan Simkhai