Monday, October 20, 2014

Manic Monday: STLFW Designer Runway Show

Thursday night was the big designer runway show for St. Louis Fashion Week (#stlfw.) The three designers featured were Timo Weiland, Tess Giberson, and Yigal Azrouel. I knew there was going to be a meet and greet before the show, so I wanted to wear one of their pieces if at all possible. I started sifting through their collections to see what kind of inspiration I could pull.

I ended up choosing a dress from Yigal's cut25 line that I was able to find on crazy sale. I added the vest for warmth and extra edge. You know I love a good color pop, and I may or may not have bought this bag the morning of the show. How perfect does it finish off this look though?

Vest: Forever 21 (option) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Dress: Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel (other options here and here) | Ring: Kate Spade Saturday | Sandals: Coach (option)

Ok, now for the show! Just as with Wednesday's show, I think the easiest way to paint the picture is to simply show you a few of my favorite looks from each designer. First up was Timo WeilandTimo's designs were very organic to me, but in an edgy kind of way. There's a bit of a resort-casual vibe to his looks that I love so much. I posted a video of his final walk here if you'd like to see! Loved that he had menswear in his collection.

Next was Tess Giberson. I ended up getting to meet Tess (see photo here), and her personality and how she carries herself are every bit translated in her designs - effortless, eloquent, natural, down to earth, chic.  

Photo Credit: Alive Magazine
I love this sweater/skirt combo so much. One thing I admired about all three of these collections is how the monochromatic looks are still very interesting because of the mix of textures and fabrics. So much depth!

The metallic skirt!! In love!

And finally, Yigal Azrouel. Yigal's designs were strong, edgy, and almost futuristic looking to me, but in a good way! Lots of rich patterns, textures, and asymmetrical cuts to his collection.

Photo Credit: Alive Magazine
This maxi dress literally took my breath away. Even though there is so much fabric, I love the way it drapes, and how it is still very sexy with the low v-neck and the front slit down the leg.

Photo Credit: Alive Magazine
You know I would wear this in a heartbeat. I wanted to steal it right off the model. All black outfit, but the layered textures and bold cuts make it so interesting to me. I need this jacket in my life. NEED.

Photo Credits: Alive Magazine

I have to give props to this model. I could tell Kelsey Owens was struggling to walk in those shoes, and when I looked down at her feet, her pinky toe was literally hanging out of the pump! She finally, and flawlessly, paused to slip her shoes off and strutted down the walkway without breaking that gaze. The crowd loved it and cheered her on. How those models fake like the shoes they're walking in are comfortable and actually fit them is amazing to me. That runway is no joke!

If there is one thing I have learned from my first Fashion Week is that I just need to take the entire week off next time! Trying to juggle my day job, plus all the night events, plus being able to keep up with regular blogging on top of these fashion week features is all a bit much. As I write this, I'm fighting a bad head cold, and I'm pretty sure it's my body telling me to slow my roll. And, I've decided to listen, so this week, you're only getting Monday, Wednesday, Friday posts verses my typical 5. I honestly could not imagine taking outfit photos this weekend, and no one needs to see my face like this anyway!

I promise I'll go back to real life here in a bit, but thanks for following along with all my #stlfw activities and letting me share with you. It's been a fun ride, and I cannot wait for the next one now!


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Friday, October 17, 2014

STLFW: Emerging Designer Competition

Wednesday night was one of two big runway shows for St. Louis Fashion Week (#stlfw). This was the Saint Louis Fashion Fund's Emerging Designer Competition presented by Brown Shoe Company. The Saint Louis Fashion Fund was developed in order to support and promote aspiring designers in the Midwest and ultimately help them advance in their field. Six finalists were chosen by the Saint Louis Fashion Fund's panel, and this runway show featured their collections. One winner, chosen by expert judges, would receive $15,000 on top of all the networking benefits and exposure the competition in and of itself offers. 

So where do I even begin to summarize this night? It was unlike anything I have ever experienced before in my life, and it absolutely was just like what you see in the movies in terms of talent and electricity. Honestly, it was way better than anything I have ever pictured a runway show to be. Let's start with what I wore and work from there.

Earrings: Kate Spade (option) | Necklace: Express (option) | Blazer: Frenchi (option, option) | Tank: Express | Bracelets: Kate Spade, Stella and Dot, Cara | Bottoms: Hue (similar in black here | Shoes: Kate Spade

I decided to go pants this round since I did dresses for the blogger awards and the Neiman Marcus event, and then I rocked my skort for the Blogger Lounge. Trying to be diverse here! Same reason why I kept my hair in the updo from that morning/afternoon - I wanted to change it up a bit. Plus it had been rainy and cold for about a week, and I really just wanted to be warm and comfy. These Hue Leggings were perfect for the event, and I was able to pull inspiration from my past collaboration partner, Jenna.

I was extra excited to have a partner to pose with me! Although, I'm standing awkwardly because I'm not used to posing next to someone! Haha! This is my cousin, Beth. The mother of the little girl previously mistaken as my daughter in this post here. How cute is she!? She pushed her comfort level on this outfit - faux leather is not usually in her wardrobe, but I love that she took the chance for the sake of being fashion forward at this runway show. The fact that she is pregnant and rocking heels just makes me love her even more. I couldn't help but snap a couple of details of her outfit.

Blazer: The Limited | Tee: JCrew Factory | Necklace: Premiere | Leggings: H&M | Shoes: Sam and Libby

The doors opened at 5:30, and we ended up arriving around 6pm. I heard that last year there was about 750 people in attendance compared to this year that was around 1,000. The show didn't start until 8pm but between the still fashion presentation, the photo booth, the Butik shopping, cocktails, and eats, there were plenty of things to keep us busy in the meantime.

There was also a people's choice award for Designers to Watch. A still fashion presentation of their collections was set up prior to the runway show, giving us spectators the opportunity to vote for our favorites. Not to brag, but my favorite designer - Pink Elephant Designs by Truly Alvarenga - won the $2500 prize. But seriously, I could wear this organza number every. Day.

That's not to say her competition wasn't equally as stunning. It really amazes me how much local talent we have here. I thought I knew, but I truly had no idea and I am now seeing St. Louis through a different lens. 

Nasheli Ortiz

Paulie Gibson

OK, now for the show! I seriously came home with 300 photos, y'all, so narrowing this down for you was such a big feat for me! These pictures don't really even do the collections nor the experience justice, but here are some of my favorite looks from each designer.

Daniella Kallmeyer - the winner of the competition

Wai Ming

Jessie Liu

Remi Canarie

Collina Strada

Harbison - who ended up winning a last minute runner up prize of $3500

I have been over the moon excited ever since these #stlfw events started. It's been such an amazing experience that is hard to articulate into words. I truly feel more connected to the City, and I have a newfound respect for the fashion inspiration here! I am so thankful that Alive Magazine has given me this opportunity to network, grow, and become more inspired! More to come on the second runway show! It's time for me to get dressed for it!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The timeless fall combo

Sunnies: Gucci | Necklace: Stella and Dot | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (option) | Top: LOFT | Bracelets:  Stella and Dot, Forever 21 | Watch: Kate Spade (option) | Skirt: Calvin Klein (option, option) | Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors (option, option)

All these colors exude fall to me. OK, well, if I'm being honest, I can wear leopard year round. But when paired with rich burgundy and camel, it definitely feels very fall! This skirt and these shoes have been in my collection for multiple seasons - at least 5 years. I love when items are timeless like this, yet they are far from boring to me.


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