The Fashion Force

Renowned designers Yigal Azroul, Tess Giberson and Timo Weiland bring their critically acclaimed collections to the runway of Saint Louis Fashion Week.

 

 

Timo Weiland

The recent CFDA incubator graduates of team Timo Weiland are experts at showcasing their signature flair for cool femininity. Describing their aesthetic as “prep meets street,” Weiland and company consistently showcase cool, fashion-forward clothes that are both unpretentious and attainable. Taking it to the country—but ultimately remaining rock ‘n’ roll—Wieland’s Fall 2014 collection showcases a wide range of trends that appeal to a variety of fashion followers. Feminine frills juxtaposed with graphic prints keep the looks fresh and one step ahead of the pack. The styling, which has read inevitably grunge in some areas, now reads sophisticated and upscale when paired with painterly polka dot prints. For Spring 2015, the collection to be shown at STLFW, Weiland and team garnered their inspiration from “backyards in LA,” showcasing dramatic summer gear that is both wearable and attainable.

 

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Yigal Azrou•À_l

Yigal AzrouÌÇl defines his creative panache with high-level construction skills that he has evolved throughout his 13-year design career. An expert draper, his precise attention to detail carries his modern take on runway basics seamlessly from season to season, adding an extra “oomph” to even the simplest of silhouettes. In the past several seasons, AzrouÌÇl has moved far beyond his signature jersey dresses into a new era of high-fashion tailoring. For fall, suit style wool coats were shown with knitted sleeves and details aplenty. Most notably chic, his resort 2015 collection highlights the woman with a professional edge with cutouts that are asymmetrical and spliced in unexpected places to draw attention to areas where the eye doesn’t normally rest. Each look is a fresh take on AzrouÌÇl’s glamorous feminine staples, a specialty that has taken the Yigal AzrouÌÇl brand from must-watch to must-have.

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Meet the Designer

Rhode Island School of Design grad Tess Giberson has built her brand with the help of sound industry experience from some of the best in the biz. In a series of events described by Giberson as “perfect timing,” she landed her first job in the industry at Calvin Klein in the ‰Û÷90s, where she quickly rose within the ranks to become a knitwear designer for the men’s collection. After several years in that rigorous environment, Giberson launched her eponymous label in 2001 to the tune of feminine minimalism. Presently, Giberson and her team have developed the brand from conceptual fashion to wearable fashion, quickly becoming an on-the-rack regular at major retailers including Barney’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, and making regular appearances in publications including WWD, Vogue and Elle and on the runway at New York Fashion Week

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Tess Giberson

If there is one thing Tess Giberson and her team have mastered, it’s sleek minimalism with a creative twist. Her take on crafting an instantly wearable collection has ensured its position as a fashionista’s favorite. For Fall 2014, the designer took a stab at the mundane, creating an implied drama of relatability and humility by featuring sportswear that included billowing shirt dresses, puffers with jagged hems, phenomenal hand-knits and narrow trousers. Giberson’s Spring 2015 collection, which will be shown on the runway of STLFW, will present more of a tropical vibe, which she describes as “a Palm Springs-inspired, artificial man-made collection,” in which the designer focuses on the juxtaposition of both synthetic and organic fabrications. “The launch of this collection has definitely been a highlight of my career,” says Giberson. “I really enjoyed seeing its growth and development. We all really have a passion for what we are building.”

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Meet the Designer

Rhode Island School of Design grad Tess Giberson has built her brand with the help of sound industry experience from some of the best in the biz. In a series of events described by Giberson as “perfect timing,” she landed her first job in the industry at Calvin Klein in the ‰Û÷90s, where she quickly rose within the ranks to become a knitwear designer for the men’s collection. After several years in that rigorous environment, Giberson launched her eponymous label in 2001 to the tune of feminine minimalism. Presently, Giberson and her team have developed the brand from conceptual fashion to wearable fashion, quickly becoming an on-the-rack regular at major retailers including Barney’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, and making regular appearances in publications including WWD, Vogue and Elle and on the runway at New York Fashion Week

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Meet the Designer

Timo Weiland, along with Fashion Institute of Technology graduates Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang, have taken a brave launch into the world of design. The trio has proven to be a fashion force to be reckoned with since the label’s inception, quickly making the cut on Style Caster’s list of Top 10 breakout designers. Since then, the trio has taken New York (and beyond) by storm, most recently nabbing the Ecco Domini Fashion Fund Award presented by the prestigious CFDA. Presently, the Timo Weiland brand consists of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and a small capsule collection of accessory items. Although available at more than 150 retailers nationwide, Weiland credits his five-year retail partnership with Barney’s as the brand’s brightest expansion opportunity.

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