Meet the Designers of Saint Louis Fashion Week's Finale Show

By Samantha Page
In Style

Fashion lovers, mark your calendars for Friday, April 25 for the Saint Louis Fashion Week Designer Showcase. Held in the newly renovated Union Station, the event is not to be missed, highlighting the work of  both nationally recognized designers and local talents.

Without further adieu, meet the designers of the STLFW finale show:

Victor Luna Collection Photo by Mark Schwigen

Victor Luna Collection
Photo by Mark Schwigen

The must-see lineup includes Viktor Luna, whose elegantly daring line consists of looks that evoke a sophisticated feel with a punk-edge finish.  The eponymous label has gained tremendous momentum since Luna’s appearance on the hit show “Project Runway,” boasting publication appearances in the likes of Elle Mexico, French Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

 Photo courtesy Skif International

Photo courtesy Skif International

No stranger to STLFW, Skif International will also be presenting its artfully woven designs. St. Louis’ own beloved and nationally acclaimed Nina Ganci of SKIF International is back to present yet another beautiful presentation of her classic deconstructed and naturally fabricated knitwear. With a presence in over 100 boutiques in the US and Canada, SKIF has remained a national knitwear staple while staying true to its hometown roots.

Novis

Novis

Jordana Warmflash, the Washington University grad behind Novis, has discovered the perfect recipe for whimsical elegance. Playing with unconventional textures and off-kilter prints in classic silhouettes, the emerging designer garnered enough recognition to land her the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award in 2014.

Photo courtesy Harbison

Photo courtesy Harbison

Since the brand’s inception last year, Charles Elliot Harbison of Harbison has already been recognized as a designer to watch by two of the industry’s leading voices—Vogue and the New York Times. Using a “foundation of contradictions,” Harbison blurs the lines between femininity and androgyny to produce beautifully constructed collections with refined artistry.

The evening also includes a pre-runway show fashion presentation highlighting a lineup of several gifted St. Louis fashion designers:

Photo courtesy Blue Bird

Photo courtesy of Blue Bird

Blue Bird Apparel is a St. Louis-based, young, contemporary apparel brand, owned and designed by Anna Friss. The Isreali-born Friss, a former commercial designer out of California and Chicago, now creates street style inspired collections for the fashion adventurous.

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Photo courtesy of Dipped & Dyed

Dipped & Dyed designer Genevieve Cortinovis believes fashion can be one of the best tools for preserving cultural traditions and fostering sustainable economic growth. Merging contemporary design and traditional production, each piece in Dipped & Dyed’s collection is unique, and represents a culmination of artistry and artisanship.

Michael Drummond Collection Photo by Mark Schwigen

Michael Drummond Collection
Photo by Mark Schwigen

St. Louis native and “Project Runway” veteran Michael Drummond is a Saint Louis Fashion Week staple, having shown in two previous seasons and wowing attendees at both shows. His Exquisite Corpse collections tell an eerie love story between texture and silhouette.

Photo courtesy Devil CIty

Photo courtesy Devil CIty

Devil City has always offered shoppers an original store experience, but now the fashion house is doing so through its own designs. Owner Deborah Fink has designed a modern line of vintage and pin-up inspired dresses, sets and bathing suits, which are available for purchase in her University City showroom. Devil City pays tribute to the craftsmanship of years prior mixing old concepts with current lifestyles. In collaboration with her husband Brad Fink, Deborah also offers a children’s line.

Purchase tickets here for the STLFW Designer Showcase.

And, don’t forget to stop by the STLFW Designer Pop Up Shop on Saturday, April 26 to purchase your favorite runway looks!

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