Trend Recap: STLFW's Neiman Marcus Fashion Chat And Presentation

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

The first event of this season’s Saint Louis Fashion Week series took place last night at Neiman Marcus where a crowd of fashion influencers and enthusiasts viewed the collections of three special guests. Recent CFDA incubator graduate Jonathan Simkhai, Frank & Eileen Creative Director Audrey McLoghlin and jewelry designer Lisa Freede led a discussion moderated by Saks Fifth Avenue’s special events coordinator, Chuck Steelman, during a presentation-meets-runway show, chatting it up about fabrications, inspirations and creative details behind their respective collections.

Photos by Mark Schwigen for ALIVE Magazine.

L-R: Lisa Freede, Jonathan Simkhai, Audrey McLoghlin and moderator Chuck Steelman.  Saint Louis Fashion Week Neiman Marcus Presentation and Chat

L-R: Lisa Freede, Jonathan Simkhai, Audrey McLoghlin and moderator Chuck Steelman.

The show kicked off with jewelry selections from Lisa Freede, whose clients include celebs like Rihanna. Her seemingly fitting theme “more is more and less is a bore,” aptly stated by Steelman after viewing  the first look, seems appropriate to describe the attention-grabbing pieces that complimented looks from Neiman Marcus’ CUSP department. Here are a few of our favorites:

Saint Louis Fashion Week Neiman Marcus Presentation and Chat Lisa Freede

Saint Louis Fashion Week Neiman Marcus Presentation and Chat Lisa Freede

Saint Louis Fashion Week Neiman Marcus Presentation and Chat Lisa Freede

Next, Audrey McLoghlin shared her story behind the iconic, American-made shirt brand Frank & Eileen, which is inspired by a love story and named after her Irish grandparents. Each shirt is designed with the utmost practicality and comfort in mind and crafted with the finest Italian fabrics, which are delivered directly from the source and designed and assembled in their California warehouse. The lightweight poplin selections are styled to go, and feature a signature crinkle texture that give the shirts an added air of effortlessness.

Saint Louis Fashion Week Neiman Marcus Presentation and Chat Audrey McLoghlin Frank & Eileen

Saint Louis Fashion Week Neiman Marcus Presentation and Chat Audrey McLoghlin Frank & Eileen

Saint Louis Fashion Week Neiman Marcus Presentation and Chat Audrey McLoghlin Frank & Eileen

Last but not least, Jonathan Simkhai closed the show with his well-received selection of ready-to-wear garments. Describing his collection as “sleek and sexy,” Simkhai proudly caters to the woman on the go, specializing in pieces that will seamlessly take you from day to night. Our favorite options included those that showcased elements of classic men’s suiting, crafted with a unique fabrication of jersey-bonded neoprene. Simkahi’s signature “inseparable separates” also made a splash, highlighting a selection of mix-and-match pieces that are just as chic as they are cool.

Saint Louis Fashion Week Neiman Marcus Presentation and Chat Jonathan Simkhai

Saint Louis Fashion Week Neiman Marcus Presentation and Chat Jonathan Simkhai

Saint Louis Fashion Week Neiman Marcus Presentation and Chat Jonathan Simkhai

See you next week at Union Station!

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