Best of STLFW Runway

Daniella Kallmeyer

Daniella Kallmeyer

Daniella Kallmeyer

Daniella Kallmeyer

Daniella Kallmeyer

Daniella Kallmeyer

Wai Ming

Wai Ming

Wai Ming

Wai Ming

Wai Ming

Wai Ming

Jessie Liu

Jessie Liu

Collina Strada

Collina Strada


Collina Strada

Collina Strada

Remi Canarie

Remi Canarie

Remi Canarie

Remi Canarie

Harbison

Harbison

Harbison

Harbison

Harbison

Harbison


Harbison

Harbison

West County Presentation

West County Center Runway Presentation


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West County Center Runway Presentation

West County Presentation

West County Center Runway Presentation

Timo Weiland

Timo Weiland

Timo Weiland

Timo Weiland

Timo Weiland

Timo Weiland

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Timo Weiland

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Tess Giberson

Tess Giberson

Tess Giberson

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Tess Giberson

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Tess Giberson

Tess Giberson

Yigal Azrouël

Yigal Azrouël

Yigal Azrouël

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Yigal Azrouël

Yigal Azrouël

Yigal Azrouël

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Photos provide by ALIVE Magazine, STLFW and photographer Mark Schwigen

New York Fashion Week Veterans and emerging designers alike converged at Saint Louis Fashion Week to impress. Over the course of October 16th and 17th, designers and fashion enthusiasts took over Union Station to see shows on the longest runway in STLFW history. While local makers and vendors peddled goods at BUTIK, both an emerging designer competition and New York-style runway shows graced the grand halls.

Last Wednesday night, Saint Louis Fashion Fund’s Emerging Designer Competition took St. Louis by storm with phenomenal talent. I’d almost argue the ‘emerging’ aspect of the competition. I mean, come on, many of them have already shown at NYFW. Designers competing for the prestigious title and a whopping $15,000 cash prize included Collina Strada, Harbison, Wai Ming, Daniella Kallmeyer, Jessie Liu and Remi Canarie. South African-born Daniella Kallmeyer walked away with the Emerging Designer Competition Award while Charles Harbison took runner up. The star packed competition judges included New York Fashion Week creator, Fern Mallis, Refinery29’s Editor-In-Chief Christene Barberich, fashion financier Gary Wassner, renowned fashion designer Stan Herman, designer Tess Giberson and Senior Fashion Director for Saks Fifth Avenue Colleen Sherin.

Along with the emerging designer theme of Wednesday night, a “Designers to Watch” presentation took place before the runway show. Designers in the presentation included Michael Drummond, Paulie Gibson, Nasheli Juliana, Trang Nguyen and Pink Elephants Designs. The $2,500 cash prize went to people’s choice winner Truly Alvarenga of Pink Elephant Designs. Photos in previous post here.

Want to know my favorites? I would have picked Harbison as the winner and Collina Strada as the runner up in the headlining event. Michael Drummond had my vote with a harem style pant, kilt-like skirt and harness accouterments look.

National, and probably world, renowned designers Yigal Azrouël, Tess Giberson and Timo Weiland showed their collections last Thursday night on the same Union Station Midway runway. Saint Rita Parlor showed their collection in a presentation pre runway show. All designers awed in this “New York Fashion Experience.”

Of course I had favorites this night too. Tess Giberson had me with the sheer flowy fabrics and holographic printed dress. I loved Timo’s simple pink dress with the layered cut out crop top- it gave a harness-ey look, which I’m really into. And then there’s Yigal’s simple white dress with the cape sleeves- LOVE! The Saint Rita presentation was an all around top-notch, which you can see photos of in a previous post here. Look for the WC seal of approval on select photos from both shows.

Having been to NYFW this past season, I can attest that all of these shows were of that level. In fact, some NYFW shows couldn’t even compete with this production. STLFW and ALIVE Magazine did a superb job of curating such talent and bringing it to the Midwest- well done, again. Oh, and did I mention I got to chat with Christene Barberich and Stan Herman in the media green room? Life made.

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