STLFW: Spring 2014
What to expect on the runways of Saint Louis Fashion Weeks spring season.
FOLLOWING ITS MAJOR EXPANSION LAST FALL, Saint Louis Fashion Week is poised for an incredible Spring season happening April 23-25. A new home at Union Station, a headlining show by Rebecca Minkoff and a special appearance by “Project Runway All Star” Viktor Luna are just a few of the reasons to be sitting front row for the entire lineup of events. From the must-see designers and exclusive shopping opportunities to hot after parties and entertainment, here’s a look at what’s in store for STLFW’s Spring edition.
Home Sweet Home Union Station’s recent renovations— part of a $66.3 million planned makeover for the city landmark—made it the perfect venue for the STLFW Designer Showcase on April 25, featuring Luna, local design house Skif and a diverse set of fashion talent (follow #STLFW on Twitter and Facebook for the most recent updates, including newly announced designers). The 50,000-square-foot space, with its long line of windows and atrium feel, has been transformed from its original retail setup into an open venue that seems meant to hold a runway. The Designer Showcase will be the first of many runway events to be held at Union Station, thanks to a three-year partnership that will make the historic landmark STLFW’s home this fall and beyond. “We’re incredibly proud to call Union Station the new home of Saint Louis Fashion Week,” says ALIVE co-founder and STLFW Executive Producer Elizabeth Tucker. “Having a permanent space means we can focus more on the designers and enhancing the production. And the space itself is incredible—it’s as if it was built to be a fashion center.”
STLFW Gives Back Now in its eighth year, Saint Louis Fashion Week has donated more than $40,000 to charities, and the tradition continues this spring. The kickoff show, Spring into Fashion at the Saint Louis Galleria on April 23, starts off the week in true STLFW style. All proceeds from the runway show—featuring top spring trends from select Saint Louis Galleria stores—will be donated to Friends of Wings to help in its mission of providing support and services to children who have life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.
Destination Designer STLFW prides itself on showcasing local fashion design talent alongside nationally and internationally recognized designers, and the Spring edition is no exception. Headlining the April lineup is fashion trendsetter Rebecca Minkoff, whose show-stopping selection of handbags, jewelry and apparel have elevated her to fashion empire status. Minkoff will present her Spring/Summer 2014 collection, inspired by influential Latin American women throughout the decades, at an exclusive runway event at Saks Fifth Avenue on April 24. Following the show, Minkoff will mingle with guests as they shop the looks from the runway. All proceeds will benefit the St. Louis Fashion Fund, a newly created nonprofit dedicated to the development and advancement of local design talent. “Project Runway All Star” Viktor Luna returns to St. Louis as well to join local designer Nina Ganci and her Skif team, along with a cast of fashion talent for the Designer Showcase on April 25 at Union Station. Known for sophistication punctuated with dark sensuality and a punk-rock pulse, Luna will showcase his most recent work for St. Louis fans. In addition to his finalist status on Lifetime’s “Project Runway” and appearance on “Project Runway All Stars,” Luna has showed at New York Fashion Week and has been featured in ELLE Mexico Magazine, Elle.com, French VOGUE Magazine, the New York Times, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone and Nylon Mexico. Follow the conversation at #STLFW. Tickets and more info at saintlouisfashionweek.com.