Meet The National Designers Of Saint Louis Fashion Week

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Saint Louis Fashion Week has served as a platform for national designers to reach their Midwest customers for the past several years and the event just keeps getting bigger.  This year, we are hosting a whole new crop of national designers who will be headlining the STLFW events this season and bringing their newest spring collections to our hometown runway.

Tess Giberson

Photo courtesy of Tess Giberson.

Photo courtesy of Tess Giberson.

About the designer: After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Tess Giberson moved to New York and began her career working at Calvin Klein as a sweater designer for the Men’s Collection.  After branching out on her own just two years later, she launched the TESS GIBERSON collection in 2001, quickly becoming known for her experimentation with traditional craft and detailed handwork, as well as continuous collaborations with musicians and artists.  In addition to support from within the fashion industry, she has been recognized by the design and art communities. In 2003 she was included in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Triennial and nominated for the 2003 National Design Award for clothing. Her collections have also been exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Taka Ishii Gallery in Tokyo. In 2011, Giberson was nominated by the London Design Museum for the Brit Insurance Design Awards.

At STLFW:  You can see Tess Giberson on Oct. 16 during her runway show with Yigal Azrouël and Timo Weiland. She is also slated to be a juror at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Emerging Designer Competition presented by Brown Shoe Company on Oct. 15.

Yigal Azrouël

Photo courtesy of Yigal Azrouel.

Photo courtesy of Yigal Azrouël.

About the designer: Yigal Azrouël launched his eponymous women’s wear label in New York in 1998 to critical acclaim and by 2000 began his participation in New York Fashion Week. Azrouël defines his aesthetic using high-quality fabrics to drape structured, ultra-feminine, modern silhouettes. His signature aesthetic, which can be found in his expert draping and construction, has evolved throughout the years through a myriad of forms and fabrics that are modern and fresh with a precise attention to detail. Born and raised in Israel of French-Moroccan descent and always traveling to locations both metropolitan and remote, Azrouël draws inspiration from everything and everywhere: Art, culture, architecture, nature and above all, his hometown, New York City.

At STLFW: Catch Yigal Azrouël on Oct. 16 during his runway show with Tess Giberson and Timo Weiland.

Timo Weiland

Photo courtesy of Timo Weiland.

Photo courtesy of Timo Weiland.

About the designer: Born in rural Nebraska and raised between New York City and Jacksonville, Florida, Timo Weiland’s influences reach from the urban to the pastoral. Training from his mother at an early age in sewing coupled with an understanding of fabric sparked Weiland’s early interest in fashion. Weiland always demonstrated an inclination toward the arts via ongoing sketching, painting and photography. Although, he majored in economics, Spanish literature and business management and minored in vocal performance at Vanderbilt University, he later returned to New York to pursue a career in fashion and to ultimately launch his namesake brand.

At STLFW:  Catch Timo Weiland with Tess Giberson and Yigal Azrouël at Union Station on Oct. 16.

Saint Rita Parlor by Neil Bardon

Illustration by Richard Hayes.

Illustration by Richard Hayes.

About the designer: St. Louis native Neil Bardon is an American fashion designer, creative director, and graphic designer. He’s the founder and lead designer for Saint Rita Parlor, a Los Angeles-based menswear and accessory brand. Bardon debuts his SS15 menswear collection, “funeral of ghosts,” exclusively in his hometown during St. Louis Fashion Week.

At STLFW: Neil Bardon will premiere his inaugural unisex collection for Saint Rita Parlor in a presentation-style format at STLFW on Oct. 16.

Lisa Freede

Photo courtesy of Lisa Freede.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Freede.

About the Designer: Lisa Freede is known for her celebrity following and special blend of simplicity, versatility, and classic jewelry pieces while always staying on trend.  After a retail wholesale career, as well as being a fashion merchandising instructor at Brooks College, Freed went on to to design clothing and accessories for films, TV and music videos.  During that time, Freede realized that there was a void in the markert as far as affordable “everyday” upscale trendy jewelry.  Tt was then that she launched her unique jewelry collection, designing her “perfect” Huggie Earring and Crystal Motorcycle Chain Link necklace in 2004. Lisa Freede jewelry can be found at Neiman Marcus Cusp.

At STLFW: You can catch Lisa Freede at the Neiman Marcus Plaza Frontenac panel discussion and fashion presentation on Oct. 9.

Jonathan Simkhai

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Simkhai.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Simkhai.

About the Designer: Jonathan Simkahi is a New York fashion designer and recent graduate from the CDFA Fashion Incubator program.  His collection indulges in ambiguity blurring the gender lines within fashion and sexuality. Charged by men’s fashion mores and drawing inspiration from beautiful fabrics like cashmere, wool, cotton, and silk that he utilizes, Simkhai’s collection brings forth classic codes translated into sexy, sporty and feminine silhouettes.

At STLFW: Joining Lisa Freede and Frank & Eileen, Jonathan Simkhai will be at Neiman Marcus Plaza Frontenac for the panel discussion and fashion presentation on Oct. 9.

Audrey McLoghlin for Frank & Eileen

Photo courtesy of Frank & Eileen.

Photo courtesy of Frank & Eileen.

About the designer: Audrey McLoghlin began her professional life with a degree in engineering, but when the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, she was inspired to head West and rethink her entire career.  She fell in love with an Italian men’s shirting mill, making the birth of Frank & Eileen, a company she named the created named after her grandparents, who were married in 1947.  One of the most important aspects of the business to McLoghlin was being able to manufacture the collection domestically.  Today, the fabric is still woven in the same Italian mill and produced in California.  Frank & Eileen is distributed in fine fashion boutiques across the country, and also in Neiman Marcus stores nationwide.  In May 2012, the company’s world-first flagship store, a “Shirt Pub,” complete with a working beer tap, opened in Tokyo.

At STLFW: You can catch Audrey McLoghlin alongside Lisa Freede and Jonathan Simkhai at Neiman Marcus Plaza Frontenac for the panel discussion and fashion presentation on Oct 9.

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