Saint Louis Fashion Week Industry Night Brings National Influencers To The City

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

It’s no surprise that the buzz surrounding New York Fashion Week has us eager to begin our very own city’s Fashion Week festivities. One of the (many) highlights of the upcoming 10 days of Saint Louis Fashion Week will be the Oct. 3 Industry Night. Hosted by Fern Mallis, creator of NYFW, the first-time STLFW event developed as an effort to bridge the gap between local designers and industry leaders. The part runway show, part fashion presentation introduces top-notch local talent to national designers, buyers, bloggers and media.

The event will take place Downtown at Windows on Washington and will begin with presentations from four St. Louis area designers that have built their brands locally from the ground up. Anna Friss, Genevieve Cortinovis, Paulie Gibson and Suzanne Lay will feature pieces from their newest collections, giving attendees an up-close-and-personal view of the clothing in an art exhibition format.

There will also be 40+ fashion bloggers in attendance, many of whom are traveling from NYC and other markets. Fashion blogger Keiko Lynn will host the cocktail reception, during which guests will sip on cocktails while networking with local and national influencers in the fashion industry.

Blue Bird Apparel at STLFW

Blue Bird Apparel by Anna Friss is fun, trendy and youthful—with an edge. Photo by Braxton Klavins.

Dipped & Dyed

Dipped and Dyed by Genevieve Cortinovis is created with the help of artisan organizations from around the world. Photo courtesy of the designer.

Paulie Gibson at STLFW

Paulie Gibson’s unconventional approach to menswear targets the fashion forward male eager to stand out from the crowd. Photo by Joshua Kennon.

Suzanne Lay STLFW

Suzanne Lay’s self-titled clothing line represents the bold and beautiful lifestyle of the modern woman with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll. Photo by Chip Kennedy.

Following the local designer presentations, attendees will move up to the eighth floor to enjoy a runway show by visiting designers Samantha Pleet, Jennifer Chun, Eva Franco, Wai Ming and Laura Kathleen. While Wai Ming and Laura Kathleen are STL vets, guests will be introduced to the three additional designers who are new to the STLFW runway.

Samantha Pleet NYFW

New York’s Samantha Pleet creates vintage inspired frocks that are fun and playful. Her line can be found at Anthropologie and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as boutiques all across the country. Photo courtesy of samanthapleet.com.

Jennifer Chun, STLFW

Jennifer Chun’s classic silhouettes are feminine with a European inspired flair. She is also a NYFW vet and has been featured in major publications across the globe. Photo courtesy of jennifer-chun.com

Eva Franco

Los Angeles-based designer Eva Franco celebrates the female form by providing flirty looks in her signature sophisticated prints. Her line is carried in over 800 stores and made in LA. Photo courtesy of evafranco.com

Wai Ming STLFW

Contemporary designer Wai Ming combines uptown refinement with a downtown edge. The St. Louis native uses luxe fabrics from Italy, Japan and China to give her line a sophisticated touch. Photo courtesy of waimingstudio.com.

Laura Kathleen STLFW

Project Runway “All Stars” alum, Laura Kathleen specializes in glam sophistication for the modern woman. Photo courtesy of laurakathleen.com

Industry Night is definitely one STLFW event not to miss. Snag your tickets now, plan your outfit later. For more information visit the official Saint Louis Fashion Week website.

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