Top 10 Moments From Saint Louis Fashion Week

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

It was the biggest Saint Louis Fashion Week season to date featuring high style, an elite roster of designers and special guests, and tons of priceless industry connections all wrapped into one giant bundle of awesomeness. In honor of St. Louis’ bright future in fashion, we have pulled together 10 of our (many) favorite moments from the event series that are sure to be remembered for years to come.

10/ The Fashion Chat with Jonathan Simkhai, Audrey McLoghlin and Lisa Freede: There is just something about hearing about a collection straight from the mouth of its creator that makes for a special experience, and that’s exactly what the guests of the Neiman Marcus Fashion Chat received on Thursday, Oct. 9. The first event of its kind during the fashion week season, guests were able to win prizes and hear about the designers’ inspiration and styling tips during the interactive runway show that featured items that could be purchased right off the runway.

Photo by Mark Schwigen.

Lisa Freede, Jonathan Simkhai, Audrey McLoghlin and host Chuck Steelman. Photo by Mark Schwigen.

9/ The After-Parties: From entertainment that included some of the best local DJs (Who, TrashTalk, Billy Brown and Clockwork), top St. Louis entertainment acts (Big Brother Thunder & The MasterBlasters, Tess Boyer), celeb hosts and emcees (Staci Static, Lux and Lara Eurdolian from Pretty Connected.com) and Designer/DJ Timo Weiland, the after-party circuit for STLFW was better then ever.

Lux, Timo Weiland, DJ Trash Talk and Lara Eurdolian. Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

Lux, Timo Weiland, DJ Trash Talk and Lara Eurdolian. Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

8/ The Street Style: No matter the occasion, St. Louis stepped out in style, showing off their most fashionable attire at the many events over the past week. Photographers Adrian Walker and David Vassalli captured several attendees rocking their gear outside the Union Station Midway.

Patricia and Wale Soluade. Photo by Adrian Walker.

Patricia and Wale Soluade. Photo by Adrian Walker.

7/ The Location: The beautiful backdrop of Union Station is a large part of the reason that the STLFW runway shows made such a huge impact. Thanks to the open space known as the Midway, St. Louisans are able to enjoy a fashion week series that packs just as much of a punch as New York.

Photo by Christopher Gibbons.

Wai Ming final walk. Photo by Christopher Gibbons.

6/ The Presentations: From locals that included fashion week favorites like Michael Drummond and Paulie Gibson, newbies Truly Alvarenga and Nasheli Ortiz, to the collection debut of St. Louis-native-turned-L.A.-transplant Neil Bardon’s Saint Rita Parlor, the presentation aspect allowed attendees to view designer collections up-close and personal.

Saint Rita Parlor, "Funeral of Ghosts" SS15. Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

Saint Rita Parlor, “Funeral of Ghosts” SS15. Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

5/ The Emerging Designers: Six of the country’s budding emerging designers made their way to St. Louis in an effort to win an impressive $15,000 prize awarded by the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and presented by Brown Show Company. Harbison, Jessie Liu, Collina Strada, Remi Canarie and St. Louis’ Wai Ming showcased their spring collections to the delight of the crowd with South African-born Daniella Kallmeyer walking away with the big prize.

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One of the top six Emerging Designer Competition candidates, Charles Harbison, with his collection at the William Shearburn Gallery. Photo by Mark Schwigen.

4/ The Midwest Fashion Conference: The first of its kind in St. Louis, the Midwest Fashion Conference brought together fashion professionals from all over the country to participate in panel discussions on a variety of topics from “The Business of Fashion” to the growth and development of a fashion incubator Downtown and its positive effects on the local economy.

Stan Herman, Gary Wassner, Derek Blasberg and Timo Weiland sit on a panel moderated by Fern Mallis at the Midwest Fashion Conference. Photo by Adrian Walker.

Stan Herman, Gary Wassner, Derek Blasberg and Timo Weiland sit on a panel moderated by Fern Mallis at the Midwest Fashion Conference. Photo by Adrian Walker.

3/ BUTIK: For the first time, STLFW offered attendees a carefully curated marketplace, BUTIK, offering up a high quality selection of handmade goods from top local and national makers.

Photo by Kalina Mondzholovska.

Photo by Kalina Mondzholovska.

2/ The Special Guests and the Fashion Fund Gala: With a roster of special guests this good, how can you resist being proud of the budding St. Louis fashion community? From international fashion consultant Fern Mallis and financier Gary Wassner to fashion and celebrity icons Derek Blasberg and Yigal Azrouël, all eyes were on St. Louis as publications including “In Style” boast about the Midwest as a new fashion hub. And the inaugural gala to benefit the Saint Louis Fashion Fund was one star studded event to remember.

Susan Sherman and honoree Derek Blasberg at the inaugural gala to benefit the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. Photo by Mark Schwigen.

Susan Sherman and honoree Derek Blasberg at the inaugural gala to benefit the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. Photo by Mark Schwigen.

Emerging Designer Competition winner Daniella Kallmeyer, Fern Mallis, Stan Herman, Susan Sherman. Photo by Matt Kile.

Emerging Designer Competition winner Daniella Kallmeyer, Fern Mallis, Stan Herman, Susan Sherman. Photo by Matt Kile.

1/ The Headliners: The fashion, oh, the fashion. National (and international) designers Timo Weiland, Tess Giberson and Yigal Azrouël impressed the crowd with one of the biggest runway shows to date, proving that the Midwest fashion scene is as vibrant as ever.

Final walk for Timo Weiland. Photo by Ces.

Final walk for Timo Weiland. Photo by Ces.

Until next year!

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