St. Lou Is… Chic

St. Lou Is… Chic

Posted: Monday, September 29, 2008 11:59 am

ST. LOUIS — September 26, 2008 — Following two successful seasons of sold-out shows, national coverage and critical acclaim, Saint Louis Fashion Week is back, October 6-12, with an action-packed schedule of fashion-related events and activities. In addition to runway shows and other fashion events, the week will feature an array of receptions and after-parties with the movers and shakers of today’s fashion industry. From PROJECT:  DESIGN!, Fashion Week’s first sustainable "green" fashion event, to a shopping tour of the area’s top shops and boutiques, everyone who’s anyone will be around the catwalks in St. Louis.

Today, the Loft District and Washington Avenue are representative of the revitalized St. Louis. In the neighborhood’s original heyday, it was the epicenter of the region’s fashion industry with dozens of manufacturing plants. The historic warehouses that currently house residential, restaurants and retail, once housed the captains of the garment industry and helped give rise to a totally new style of women’s wear.

In the mid-1930s, the "juniors" division of women’s clothing was born in St. Louis. A merchandising manager at a local department store realized a need for a younger look in women’s clothing. Irving Sorger of St. Louis’ Kline’s Department Store contacted the Washington University Department of Dress Design in the School of Fine Arts and convinced them to create dresses that would appeal to young women in their late tees and early twenties. Kline set up a contest among the university’s design students, with the three best designs being made up in a local factory and sold in local stores.

The students went on to land jobs making their designs at local manufacturers, propelling the groundbreaking styles to popularity in international markets. St. Louis started with just one manufacturer in 1934 and grew to 79 factories producing junior wear clothing by 1940.

St. Louis is bustling with new and exciting designers who are making their presence felt in the fashion industry. Native St. Louisan Kimora Lee Simmons continues to impact the international fashion scene with her “fabulous” Baby Phat line and KLS Collection, in addition to, up-and-coming designers, including hip-hop star Nelly (Apple Bottoms.) Don’t miss St. Louis Runway and the debut of Red Label, Apple Bottoms’ exclusive boutique collection and the world premiere of U. C. Me by Murphy Lee and Kyjuan with a special surprise performance.

Those in search of today’s hottest styles head for the high-end environs of such celebrated shopping locales as Plaza Frontenac, Saint Louis Galleria, The Boulevard, and the area’s only Nordstrom at West County Center. Fashion mavens with a sense of history and style seek out the vintage frocks of Cherokee Street Antique Row and retro fashions in The Delmar Loop, Grand South Grand and The Hill neighborhoods.

To find out more about the numerous shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions in St. Louis, visit www.explorestlouis.com.

FULL FASHION WEEK SCHEDULE

Tuesday, October 7

PROJECT: DESIGN!

Saint Louis Fashion Week’s first sustainable “green” fashion event features St. Louis’ top up-and-coming designers and an innovative recycled fashion show by Goodwill This year’s Project: Design! event at the Contemporary Art Museum recognizes the contributions of St. Louis’ best local design talent while raising awareness about sustainable living. Local designers Andrew Thouvenot, Paul Gibson, Carmella Simpson of Mella Y, Shawn Williams of Eyekon and Re.Constructe>D<econstruction, Janet Moore of Yani Co. and Shan Oliver of Shan Oliver Designs premiere their latest collections. The night of sensory immersion unites art, fashion, light and sound with live music, skate performances, dance, tattoo art, an installation of innovative fashion designs created through a unique collaboration of St. Louis artists and fashion designers plus Goodwill Industries’ green fashion show featuring inventive looks that are as chic as they are earth-friendly. Presented by Goodwill and Pure Power, AmerenUE’s renewable energy program, Saint Louis Fashion Week’s first sustainable event will be powered by wind. Shop the local designer marketplace to purchase looks fresh off the runway and get involved in the political process with Art the Vote, a Missouri-based committee that uses original art to target young voters. Members of the creative community will also be on hand for Midnight Madness, a voter registration marathon.

Time: 7pm
Location: Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Ave., Grand Center, 314.535.4660 (contemporarystl.org)
Cost: Log on to stlouisfashionweek.com or go to ticketmaster.com for your week-long Saint Louis Fashion Week pass. $20 at the door.  If you are a member of ArtLink or the Contemporary, you are eligible for a discounted ticket of $15. To become a member, please call Jennifer Gaby at 314.535.0770 x215 or send her an email at jennifer.gaby@contemporarystl.org.
Parking: Valet available

Budweiser Select After-Party
St. Louis’ top designers celebrate a full-throttle kick-off to Fashion Week.
Time: 10pm
Location: TBA

Wednesday, October 8

CURRENT
Featuring appearances by Meghan Fabulous and Silver Dagger.
Rising international designers Meghan Fabulous and Silver Dagger premiere their Spring 2009 collections. The fun and flirty creations from L.A. designer Meghan Fabulous have donned every Hollywood A-lister from Angelina Jolie to Paris Hilton while the rock-star inspired fashion of Silver Dagger can count notables such as Gabrielle Union, Missy Elliot and Slash among its fans.

Time: VIP reception at HoteLumière: 6pm (VIP pass holders only)
Doors: 7pm
Location: Lumière Place Casino & Hotels, 999 2nd Ave., Downtown, 314.881.7777 (lumiereplace.com)
Cost: Log on to stlouisfashionweek.com or go to ticketmaster.com for your week-long Saint Louis Fashion Week pass.
$35 at the door if available.
Parking: Valet available at HoteLumière (complimentary for VIP pass-holders)

Budweiser Select After-Party
Sip Bud Select and BORBAtinis with two of fashion’s hottest contemporary designers.
Time: 10pm
Location: SLeeK, 999 N 2nd St., Downtown, 314.621.9590 (burgerbarlv.com)

Thursday, October 9

SURFACE
Avant-garde innovators Miacro and Wrath Arcane meet designers-with-a-message from Humanity for All for a night of full-volume runway shows.
Miacro co-founders, Tina Davis-Noble, a former Karl Lagerfeld model, and award-winning fashion designer, Jenn McKelvie, use organic fabrics, raw, simple shapes and unrefined print and dye applications to create their brand of unique fashion, which has been featured in InStyle Magazine. Wrath Arcane, which stands for “secret anger” or “forgotten rage,” is a fashion innovator in men’s clothing design. Tired of big-name designer labels, designers Sean Bilovecky and Brian O’Neill have created a line of hip, contemporary street wear with an artistic level of detail and custom construction that is propelling their careers to the top of fashion’s A-list. Not only does each piece from Humanity for All tell a story with its intricate, bold graphics, but co-founders Tammy Hotsenpiller and Helena Cho also strive to change lives by donating 25 percent of their profits to world humanitarian efforts.

Time: VIP reception at HoteLumière: 6pm (VIP pass holders only)
Doors: 7pm
Location: Lumière Place Casino & Hotels, 999 2nd Ave., Downtown, 314.881.7777 (lumiereplace.com)
Cost: Log on to stlouisfashionweek.com or go to ticketmaster.com for your week-long Saint Louis Fashion Week pass.
$35 at the door if available.
Parking: Valet available at HoteLumière (complimentary for VIP pass-holders)

Budweiser Select After-Party
Talk about the show over drinks from Bud Select and BORBA Skin Balance Water at SLeeK.
Time: 10pm
Location: SLeeK, 999 N 2nd St., Downtown, 314.621.9590 (burgerbarlv.com)

Friday, October 10

LIQUID STYLE
Featuring Dillard’s Fall 2008 runway show with a special surprise designer to be announced.
This sneak peek into Dillard’s hottest runway-ready collections will feature apparel from women’s designers such as BCBG Max Azria, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Ellen Tracy, Anne Klein, Adrienne Vittadini, Antonio Melani, Dina Bar El, ABS, Ed Hardy, French Connection and more. Premiering their top Fall menswear collections, Dillard’s presents looks from Hickey Freeman, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Mark Ecko, Tailor Byrd, Penguin and from the South of France, our very own Daniel Cremieux.

Time: VIP reception at HoteLumière: 6pm (VIP pass holders only)
Doors: 7pm
Location: Lumière Place Casino & Hotels, 999 2nd Ave., Downtown, 314.881.7777 (lumiereplace.com)
Cost: Log on to stlouisfashionweek.com or go to ticketmaster.com for your week-long Saint Louis Fashion Week pass.
$35 at the door if available.
Parking: Valet available at HoteLumière (complimentary for VIP pass-holders)

Budweiser Select After-Party
See-and-be-seen with celebs and St. Louis’ socialistas at SLeeK.
Time: 10pm
Location: SLeeK, 999 N 2nd St., Downtown, 314.621.9590 (burgerbarlv.com)

Saturday, October 11

SHOPPING TOUR
Get ready for the final night of Saint Louis Fashion Week with a tour of STL’s top shops. Turn to ALIVE’s Fall 2008 Saint Louis Fashion Week mini-magazine to find the runway looks you loved. From frocks and tops to designer shoes, denim and jewels, locate designer trunk shows, boutiques, jewelry and high-end department store locations participating in the Saint Louis Fashion Week shopping Tour.

ALIVE’s Saint Louis Fashion Week mini-magazine is available at participating salons, restaurants, boutiques and all Fashion Week events.

Time: 10am-6pm
Cost: Free

Saturday, October 11

FLOW
St. Louis Runway presents the debut of Red Label, Apple Bottoms’ exclusive boutique collection and the world premiere of U. C. Me by Murphy Lee and Kyjuan with a special surprise performance.
The creative talents at Apple Bottoms by Nelly, Derrty Ent, St. Louis Runway and the Nelly Inc. family unite to debut Red Label and U. C. Me on the Saint Louis Fashion Week runways. Fashion design, music and performance collide, to propel the much-anticipated launch of these two new global brands.

Time: TBA
Doors: 7pm
Location: TBA
Cost: Log on to stlouisfashionweek.com or go to ticketmaster.com for your week-long Saint Louis Fashion Week pass.
$35 at the door if available.
Parking: TBA

Red Label & U. C. Me After-Party
Celebrate the launch of two new global fashion brands from Apple Bottoms and Nelly Inc. at SkyBox.

Time: 10pm
Location: SkyBox, 800 N 3rd St., Downtown, 314.241.5100 (skyboxstl.com)

Posted 9.29.08

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