From The Editor: Inside The September Issue

By Jennifer Dulin Wiley
In Culture

 

SEP_Cover_Final_fixFashion Momentum in St. Louis is reaching a critical mass, gaining attention both locally and nationally, thanks to the work of our many talented designers and other fashion professionals who all believe St. Louis can be a major player in the industry. Whether it’s local designers like Emily Koplar being picked up by national luxury retailers; St. Louis’ own Brown Shoe celebrating 100 years on the New York Stock Exchange (and CEO Diane Sullivan being recognized as a business visionary by the prestigious Accessories Council); Refinery29 Editor-in-Chief Christene Barberich and New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis attending the upcoming season of Saint Louis Fashion Week; or the fact that industry power players like supermodel Karlie Kloss and fashion writer/editor Derek Blasberg call St. Louis home…Well, there’s no doubt our city is becoming one to watch on the fashion front.

The impetus is so great, in fact, that a growing number of fashion supporters and business leaders are coming together to prove that St. Louis can be a driving force on the national and international fashion scene. The Saint Louis Fashion Fund, a new nonprofit with a mission of cultivating top design talent to bring the business of fashion back to St. Louis, has formed—and it’s already moving full speed ahead on its biggest initiative: a St. Louis fashion incubator.

The Fund will hold its inaugural gala on Oct. 17 at Union Station during Saint Louis Fashion Week, following a full schedule of STLFW events that kick off this month with FABRIC: Featuring the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards on Sept. 26. (Visit STLFW.com to nominate and vote for your favorites through Sept. 19.) Bloggers, too, have played a role in promoting local fashion to a broader audience, and the awards—now in their second year—seek to honor the masters of the craft.

There’s no doubt our cover girl Devon Windsor is at the top of her fashion game. Fresh off the runways of Paris Couture Week and splashed across the pages of major fashion magazines, including Vogue Turkey, Harper’s Bazaar, Numero and more, the STL-raised model is fashion’s current “it” girl, but she’s far from forgetting her hometown roots. In her candid interview, Devon speaks openly about her climb to success (which started with STL’s West Model Management) and what it takes to be a high-fashion model. She sounds more like an industry vet than a 20-year-old rising star who, just two short years ago, was traveling to and from New York so she could still graduate from MICDS—further proof that St. Louis has that fashion “something.”

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