Thursday, October 17, 2013

St. Louis Fashion Week Recap

Outfit Details:
Hat Attack hat
H+M lace shirt (old)
Betsey Johnson dress (old)
thrifted belt
Coach Madison leather bag
Seychelles Ampersand heels 
vintage bow tie

St. Louis, you treated us well! Recently, my mom and I met up in St. Louis for St. Louis Fashion Week, thanks to the wonderful people at Alive Magazine and The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission. It was such a special trip to me, not only because I love discovering and supporting regional designers, but because I was able to share the experience with my mom. She was born in St. Louis, and hasn't been back since she was in her twenties. I don't think she's had a vacation since then, either (except the couple of times she was able to make it to New York). Most of our extended family still lives there, and we were able to find time to see them, during our downtime. It was like a family reunion! 

Years ago, I attended a q+a with Fern Mallis, the creator of New York Fashion Week and the STLFW guest of honor. When asked why NYFW wasn't held downtown, since "fashion doesn't happen above 14th street," she immediately replied, "Fashion happens everywhere." That answer always stuck with me. Fashion is just another form of self expression, and for that, there are no parameters. It was wonderful to see her support emerging talents in another city, and giving them such great encouragement. I was lucky enough to walk away with a beautiful piece of jewelry from local designer  Laura Kathleen, and had a chance to chat with Emily of Wai Ming on our tour around the city. I also hosted Industry Night, which showcased several designers: Blue Bird Apparel, Paulie Gibson, Dipped and Dyed, and Suzanne Lay in presentations, and Jennifer ChunEva FrancoSamantha Pleet, Laura Kathleen, and Wai Ming on the runway.  Calivintage captured the night's collections in more detail, so please check her post out for more photos. Here are some highlights from the shows:

1) We attended a brunch and darling presentation for Rungolee, at the designer's home. I was pretty crazy about this lovely model's head scarf. I'm predictable.
2) Eva Franco had the models smiling and blowing kisses down the runway.
3) I'm pretty crazy about Samantha Pleet, and was excited that she was showing in St. Louis.
4) Local designer Suzanne Lay. I loved the red short suit, and I want my hair to look like that!

1) My welcome gift from our gracious hosts. Also, shout out to Yasmin of Bangles and Bungalows for picking us up at the airport and bringing us snacks!
2) We stayed at The Cheshire hotel. I loved the antique was right up our alley.
3) Looking out the stained glass windows of our room.
4) Me and my pretty mom.
5) At the St. Louis Art Museum, in front of an Ellsworth Kelly piece.
6) Another shot of my gorgeous mama, who hates having her picture taken but was a good sport, anyway.

Muzio (which is a pretty awesome app, by the way) and the St. Louis CVC hosted a tour of St. Louis. We saw the Arch, City Garden, Cathedral Basilica, the library, the art museum, and even went thrifting at Savers. We also got a peek at The World Chess Hall of Fame's upcoming exhibit, A Queen Within. It opens in two days, so if you're in the area, I highly recommend checking it out.

Special thanks to Alive MagazineThe St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission,  The Cheshire, Lindsay Pattan, and all of the STLFW sponsors and designers for welcoming us. We had such a wonderful time, and can't wait to see what you present in the future.


  1. Beautiful look! I love your style. The H&M shirt is amazing. Kisses


  2. Your mama is such a beauty! (as are you, of course - love that smokey brown eye and pink lip!). I really dig that headscarf too, though I'm not sure I could pull it off.

  3. You make everything look so effortless! And from the looks of your mom, I see where you get it. :) I don't wear sleeveless dresses--I need to try your trick of wearing things underneath!

    Shani x

  4. I absolutely love this! Sounds like SO much fun and your outfit is gorgeous!


  5. That H&M shirt and Betsey Johnson dress combo is amazing. Great styling!


  6. You look absolutely fab!

    xo Jennifer

  7. I love what you're wearing! I was hoping the dress and top were new...because I would snatch them off the racks asap! But that makes me like your outfit even more, knowing that you aren't wearing new stuff from head to toe. Your mom is so pretty!

    xo Azu

  8. Ooh I sooo love the first dress :) Great pictures.
    xoxo Zoe

  9. Love your black dress! looks like such a fun trip!

  10. Thanks for the shout out Keiko! Loved meeting you and hope to see you again soon :)

  11. Wonderful recap, and that tiny splash of mint in your otherwise all-black outfit is truly genius!

  12. Wow, so many incredible events! Loving the outfit in (super cute!) and congrats on the magazine cover :)


  13. Wow! Love the lace top pairing! Your mom is so young!

  14. Wow such gorgeous photos! You and your mom look awesome!

  15. Beautiful photos! You look outstanding in this dress!

  16. omg your dress is outrageous. and you're rockin it!


  17. that sounds like so much fun! i love spending weekends with my mom.
    that picture of you infront of the elsworth kelley is great!
    xo, cheyenne

  18. Pics are huge & your Mum is awesome Lucky u M-C

  19. you look great with that hat! :))

  20. Sweet pictures and a great look. Amazing skirt:)

  21. Amazing photos! Love your look & lip color!
    xx Chloe

  22. Your dress in the first photo looks SO good on you. Sounds like you had a great time, and so nice to spend it with your Mum :)

  23. What a fun trip! St. Louis looks & sounds amazing. Also, your mom is stunning!

    xo Ashley

  24. Wow amazing pictures and you look so pretty an retro!

  25. Love how you pair the black dress with a lacey top underneath! Love the mint bag too!

    Ty's Blog of Epiphanies

  26. That outfit is so you! Nice!

  27. Soo georgeous, very much in love with the outfit <3

    Cute to the Fashion

  28. Gorgeous photos! I love the idea of layering the lace shirt underneath the dress to make it wearable in chillier temps. Such a great idea!


  29. I love the shirt under that dress, such a great combo!!

  30. adore your outfit, mama looks so pretty too! glad you guys had a great time!

  31. Looks like it was a great time! You and your mom are fabulous! :)