From The Editor: Inside The March Issue

 In Culture

MarchCoverLargeThere’s nothing like a little spring fashion to pull you out of your winter woes. And even though we in St. Louis still have a little ways to go before warmer weather officially kicks in, it’s the perfect time to gear up for the season with all of your favorite local designers and shops.

Fashion Editor Sarah Stallmann hit the streets in search of the top trends for our Spring Fashion Issue, which boasts 20 packed pages of the looks we’re loving now—from local designer finds by Grace Kubilius and Paulie Gibson to top boutique picks from across St. Louis. Be sure to check out the 2015 Runway Report for a rundown of the must-have trends and where to find them in STL. And our Jimi Hendrix-inspired fashion editorial, “Purple Haze,” is not to be missed. Special thanks goes to Saks Fifth Avenue Marketing Director Tania Beasley-Jolly for serving as contributing creative director on the unforgettable shoot. (Rock ’n’ roll vintage, designer duds and model Alanna Arrington’s crazy-fabulous mane paired with the show-stopping backdrop of The Fox…need I say more?)

We’re continuing our tribute to spring shopping this month with a brand-new event highlighting local makers and their unique wares. “Saint Louis Made: A Makers’ Pop-Up” debuts Downtown on March 12, featuring a wide selection of local makers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Be sure to follow our Style Notes blog for updates on participating vendors.

Another STL shopping mainstay was the inspiration behind this month’s cover. When we heard that Left Bank Books was hosting famed fashion photographer and reality TV star Nigel Barker for an exclusive signing of his latest book, we knew an interview was a must. And, true to the Nigel Barker you’ve seen on “America’s Next Top Model” and now his new Oxygen show, “The Face,” he’s as charming and down-to-earth as you’d expect. The fashion pro’s honest, tell-it-like-it-is approach to the industry is what he’s known for—and it’s easy to see why. His latest foray into the publishing world highlights 50 of the fashion world’s most influential models in a visual synopsis that examines their impact on the world of pop culture, allowing Barker to provide his no-nonsense take on several of his passions: modeling, photography and, now, writing. From the truth about reality TV life to the best career advice he’s ever received, we asked him just about everything. And, true to form, he gave it to us straight.

In Memoriam: A tribute to writer, actor, theater critic and ALIVE Contributing Editor Christopher Reilly, age 56. Words cannot express how saddened we are by the passing of our dear friend and colleague. Chris was an incredible human being and an amazing writer who gave so much to ALIVE, the St. Louis arts community and the city. The lives he touched, organizations and projects he supported and the friends he made along the way are too many to count. He will be forever loved and always a part of the ALIVE family. Farewell, Chris. Your heart and your quill will be forever missed in this town.

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