My STLFW Style for Project|Design!

Last Thursday, I attended Project: Design!, the emerging designer contest presented by Brown Shoe during Saint Louis Fashion Week.  For my coverage of that event, visit Saint Louis Fashion Week: Project | Design!.  Today’s post shares what I wore to that designer contest, a look anchored by a geometric print blouse by Isaac Mizrahi New York.

Isaac Mizrahi print top, Patricia Field Studded Belt, Cobalt pumps c

Isaac Mizrahi print top, Patricia Field Studded Belt, Cobalt pumps 2

Isaac Mizrahi print top, Patricia Field Studded Belt, Cobalt pumps 1

Top—Isaac Mizrahi New York via Century 21

Pants—Adrienne Vittadini via Marshalls

Belt—Destination Style NY by Patricia Field via HSN | option
Shoes—Joe’s via Century 21 | similarsimilaroption
Bag—Kate Spade

Earrings—Kendra Scott ‘slate’ Danielle
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx | similar

Fashion’s Day Out: Neiman Marcus Cusp Event

My second stop on Fashion’s Day Out was Neiman Marcus, which was hosting a major Cusp event that day with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), a non-profit community arts centers that uses the arts to build community.  Neiman Marcus raised $1500 through ticket sales for the event and promptly matched the amount to award a total of $3000 to COCA.

Neiman Marcus transformed into a festive scene for Fashion’s Day Out.  There were cocktails and lite bites from the in-house Zodiac restaurant.  There were in-store demonstrations on the latest trends.  Even handbag designer Anthony Luciano was on site to discuss the intricacies of his line.  Makeup artists were also available for on-the-spot makeovers.

Fashion's Day Out_ Neiman Marcus Cusp event

The highlight of the Neiman Marcus event was a runway presentation featuring up-to-the-minute looks by designers from the Cusp department at the store.  Here are a few highlights I photographed during the runway presentation.

Neiman Marcus Cusp Runway Presentation

Fashion’s Day Out: Saks Fifth Avenue Presents Tess Giberson

On day nine of the ten day Saint Louis Fashion Week extravaganza, St. Louis style mavens moved to various locations throughout the city for designer presentations and trunk shows.  I headed to Saks with fellow STLFW bloggers for breakfast followed by a presentation by Tess Giberson, the designer behind The Tess Giberson Collection launched in 2001.

Here are a few photographs I snapped of my favorite looks from the Tess Giberson presentation:

Tess Giberson Presentation at Saks St Louis

Tess Giberson piece mixed media leggings

Tess Giberson cape t-shirt dress

At the end of the runway presentation, the audience had the special treat of hearing from Tess Giberson in a live interview lead by blogger, Haya of Good Good Gorgeous.  The chat was enjoyable.  Haya asked the right questions to allow Tess to naturally share her story.  We learned of Tess’s background in art, pivotal moments in her design career like her internship at Calvin Klein, and that confidence is a core quality of the woman she designs for.

Haya of Good Good Gorgeous chats with Tess Giberson
Haya (on the left) setting up her first question for Tess Giberson (on the right)

100% of the proceeds from ticket sales for this event benefitted the Fashion Group International of St. Louis.

My Haul from the Shopping Soiree at Savers for STLFW

Last Friday night, I joined my fellow STLFW blogger friends at a shopping soiree in Savers, the international thrift retailer with more than 280 stores across the U.S. and Canada.  I quickly grew fond of thrift shopping after visiting the first Savers store that opened in the St. Louis area last fall.

This recent event took place in the Savers located at 9618 Watson Road, the latest store to open in St. Louis.  Shopping Savers that night felt like an exciting treasure hunt because Savers stores house about 100,000 items on the sales floor and receive about 5,000 items daily.  You never know what you’re going to find.

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Sweets and treats provided by Savers to keep energy high while shopping.

How to Secure Extra Savings at Savers:
1.  Join the Super Savers Club.  To maximize your savings and shopping experience at Savers, consider joining the Super Saver Club.  Membership is free and all members receive email notifications about special events and sales, like an extra 50% off the already low prices at the store.

2.  Donate clothing and housewares to Savers.  Whenever you donate to Savers, you’ll receive  a coupon for 20% off your next purchase.  A wonderful feature of this program is that donations given to the Crestwood store benefit Vietnam Veterans of America, a non-profit that supports Vietnam veterans.

My Savers Haul
I was given a $25 gift certificate and a coupon to use during the shopping soiree.  Within minutes of browsing the store, I had a cart filled with hopefuls to try-on.  Want to see what I bought for less than $23?  The most amazing find was a Tannery West leather skirt (100% leather) for $9.99!  Check out all my finds below:

Savers Thrift Store Haul

Outfit 1:
Top—W118 by Walter Baker via TJ Maxx | similar
Skirt—Tannery West c/o Savers
Boots—b.o.c. by Born Concepts via DSW | similar
Bag—Rebecca Minkoff via TJ Maxx
Necklace—Lisa Freede gifted at Neiman Marcus event | option
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx | similar

Outfit 2:
Sweater—Jones New York Signature via TJ Maxx | similar
Skirt—Mossimo for Target c/o Savers
Shoes—Franco Sarto via Marshalls | option
Bag—Rebecca Minkoff via TJ Maxx
Earrings—Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack | similarsimilar
Necklace—Vince Camuto | similar
Watch—Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Outfit 3:
Dress—French Connection c/o Savers
Jacket—Gap Outlet | similar
Booties—Sam Edelman
Bag—Kate Spade | crossbody version
Earrings—Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack | similar, similar
Watch—Michael Kors | similar

Disclosure:  I was invited to participate in the shopping soiree at Savers as a STLFW blogger.  I received a gift certificate and a special shopping discount for participating.  As always, the opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

Saint Louis Fashion Week: Industry Night

Saint Louis Fashion Week’s Industry Night brought a taste of New York Fashion Week to the Show Me State. Industry Night, held last night at Windows on Washington, featured runway presentations by nationally recognized designers who showcased their latest collections.   Even Fern Mallis, the creator of New York Fashion Week, made an appearance at the event.

Industry Night began with presentations by emerging designers—Dipped & Dyed, Suzanne Lay, Paulie Gibson, and Blue Bird Apparel—during a cocktail party before the runway show.  This presentation format allowed for crucial interaction between attendees and the models wearing the clothing as well as the designers who were available to discuss their collections.  After talking with Genevieve Cortinovis, founder of Dipped & Dyed, I became more intrigued by her line because it prioritizes socially conscious production.

Here are photographs I took of my favorite looks from Industry Night:

Industry Night, Dipped & Dyed

Industry Night, Suzanne Lay

Industry Night, Paulie Gibson

Industry Night, Blue Bird Apparel

Runway Show

The Industry Night runway show followed with collections by nationally recognized designers, Jennifer Chun and Samantha Pleet, and local designers, Wai Ming and Laura Kathleen.  Wai Ming sent the first collection down the runway, a very classic and polished collection featuring black and white, graphic houndstooth prints, and leather. 

Industry Night, Wai Ming

Laura Kathleen, who also presented at the Project Runway show, sent her second collection of this Saint Louis Fashion Week down the runway.  This one was über glamourous and exquisitely tailored.  

Industry Night, Laura Kathleen

Jennifer Chun presented a sporty chic collection.  The luxe athletic pieces were both casual and sophisticated.

Industry Night, Jennifer Chun

Brooklyn designer, Samantha Pleet,  presented a collection filled with lots of dimension.  The pieces were relaxed, but far from basic because of special details like her playful prints and cutout designs.  We also got a close look at some of her new shoe and boot designs, perfect complements to her looks.

Industry Night, Samantha Pleet

Eva Franco closed Industry Night with a fun, feminine, and flirty collection.  Even the models couldn’t contain their excitement as they playfully strutted down the runway.  Her pieces featured fresh colors, fantastic prints, and form-flattering silhouettes. 

Industry Night, Eva Franco