From The Editor: Inside The October Issue
When the Food Channel pegged the Midwestern Food Movement as the No. 1 culinary trend of the year, we knew the talented chefs and restaurateurs in St. Louis would be on the forefront of the trend. And after some delicious digging, it turns out we were right. After all, who else did the Food Channel choose to quote in its annual trend forecast than our very own Gerard Craft? Many of the defining characteristics of the movement made St. Louis’ role in the trend a given. After all, it’s simply the way we eat. However, for other regions of the country, our farm-focused ingredients, home-style cooking and traditions in hospitality are just starting to get the attention they deserve. Special thanks goes to Winslow’s Home Executive Chef Wil Fernandez-Cruz and his team for preparing the quintessential Midwestern spread—sourced directly from the restaurant’s farm—for our opening photo. I can’t think of a better establishment to depict the trend than a restaurant that is at the very heart of what the movement is all about.
But the trend of Midwestern-style food isn’t the only movement taking root in STL. The local fashion scene is gaining some serious momentum, which you’ll be able to see firsthand Oct. 9-18 during Saint Louis Fashion Week. The expansion of STLFW—combined with the launch of community-building organizations like the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, the success of our local designers and the draw that initiatives like the Fund’s Emerging Designer Competition, presented by Brown Shoe Company, have created for talent across the country—all add up to a very exciting time for fashion in St. Louis.
Think of this issue as your all-access pass to the fashion happenings of the season. Not only do we have the exclusive Saint Louis Fashion Week Magazine, where you’ll find the full rundown of the events, the designers and the special guests you won’t want to miss, but we also snagged exclusive interviews with New York Fashion Week creator and STLFW special guest Fern Mallis, renowned designers Yigal Azrouël, Tess Giberson and Timo Weiland, and, last but certainly not least, supermodel Karlie Kloss and editor extraordinaire Derek Blasberg. Blasberg will be in town representing the pair, who are the honorees of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund’s inaugural gala on Oct. 17, which gave us the perfect opportunity to catch up with the fashion stars and get a glimpse into their crazy-fabulous lives. If you’ve ever wondered what it would like to be a fly on the wall during a conversation with the fashion besties, then now is your chance: Their tell-all answers to the same rapid-fire questions made for a creative take on our traditional cover interview. And although their answers differed to questions like “What three words best describe you?” and “What do you love and hate about the fashion industry?”, there was one thing they agreed on wholeheartedly: their love for St. Louis. What could be better than two hometown-talents-turned-big-time who heart STL as much as we do?