STLFW: ALIVE On the Scene at the Yigal Azrouël, Tess Giberson + Timo Weiland Runway Shows
The longest runway in Saint Louis Fashion Week history saw incredible collections from national designers Yigal Azrouël, Tess Giberson and Timo Weiland last night. More than 1,000 of St. Louis’ most fashionable guests arrived at the event to witness some of the biggest talents to walk the runway yet at STLFW.
Inside, it was all lights and music as VIPs and attendees mingled at the pre-show cocktail party, sipping Pinnacle Cranapple vodka refreshers, Skinnygirl prosecco, Peroni Italian Lager and Redd’s Apple Ale, and taking in the debut of designer Neil Bardon’s Saint Rita Parlor menswear line during the pre-show presentation.
BUTIK market was also open, where guests gathered to browse top looks from Michael Drummond, Paulie Gibson and more than 20 other carefully curated vendors, including Jenny Walker Jewelry, Shirt Kong, Adam Foster Fine Art Jewelry, Hyper Haute, Willow and Shea, Devil City, Frad Bink, Richard Tao, Tess Jewelry, Gayle Eastman Jewelry and Beltshazzar Jewels.
The runway show started just after 8pm. Timo Weiland opened the show, featuring modern prints and on-point knits, followed by Tess Giberson’s collection with an intriguing tribal influence. Yigal Azrouël presented a strong finale with his feminine looks with edge, featuring show-stopping twists that were definite crowd-pleasers.
STLFW special guests New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis, Refinery29 Editor-in-Chief Christene Barberich, renowned designer and former CFDA president Stan Herman and fashion financier Gary Wassner once again graced the front row of the runway.
STLFW co-founder and executive producer Elizabeth Tucker recognized Saks Fifth Avenue’s Director of Marketing Tania Beasley-Jolly for her leadership and vision of the headlining STLFW show. (Many of the looks from the runway are available at Saks Fifth Avenue in Plaza Frontenac).
In between presentations, Saint Louis Fashion Fund chair Susan Sherman introduced the organization’s mission to support emerging design talent in the St. Louis region and beyond with the goal of launching a fashion incubator in Downtown St. Louis in the next two to three years. The Saint Louis Fashion Fund Emerging Designer Competition Winner, Daniella Kallmeyer, shared a few words about what the $15,000 award, presented by Brown Shoe Company, would do for her brand.
As the show wrapped, the after-party was already getting started upstairs as guests made their way up the Union Station Midway staircase to Grand Hall. Designer Weiland did double-duty as he stepped up to the DJ booth to spin beats as headlining DJ, sharing the stage with St. Louis favorites DJ TrashTalk, DJ Clockwork and DJ Billy Brown.