St. Louis Fashion Week was the first week in November and I am excited to share all of the fun events during that week in this very long post! As a blogger ambassador I was able to attend the Emerging Designer Competition Runway Show at Union Station and lots of other sponsored events and dinners. Below is a recap of the amazing week.
CALERES EMERGING DESIGNER COMPETITION
St. Louis Fashion Week kicked off with the Caleres Emerging Designer Competition at Union Station. This was my first time attending a fashion show and it did not disappoint! The five finalists competing for the $25,000 prize were Novis, Haus Alkire, Azede Jean-Pierre, Eckhaus Latta and Houghton.
Photo credit: Ashley Lear
Novis // Photo credit: Mark Schwigen
Haus Alkire // Photo credit: Mark Schwigen
Azede Jean-Pierre // Photo credit: Mark Schwigen
Eckhaus Latta // Photo credit: Mark Schwigen
Houghton // Photo credit: Mark Schwigen
The winner (and my personal favorite) was Houghton by Katharine Polk. How dreamy are her gowns! I also thought her collection was the most wearable out of all of the designers, which I think spoke to the judges. Looking forward to seeing more from all five of these designers!
NATURALIZER EVENT & DINNER AT ELEMENT WITH COLLECTIONS BY JOYA
This day required an outfit that I could wear straight from the office and then to two Fashion Week events! You can view my post on the first event of the day at Naturalizer here. This was my first time at Element Restaurant & Lounge located near Lafayette Square and I know I will be going back. The food was brought out as small plates and let me tell you… everything was delicious! For example, I am typically not a salmon person… but the cured salmon I had was to die for! You also have to try their frites, arrancini, and the fried chicken. My mouth is salivating just thinking back on this meal!
We started off the evening hosted by Collections by Joya with cocktails and socializing with the other bloggers in attendance. All of the little details in the decor was truly impressive! They made center pieces out of their subscription boxes, all surrounded by beautiful fresh blooms. The real treat of the evening was hearing the story behind the company and how they give back to women’s causes. You can view more of their story here.
Photo Credit: Ashley Kuenstler
BALLPARK VILLAGE DINNER & WRAP UP PARTY
The final night included a wrap party at The Budweiser Brew House in Ballpark Village, followed by an after party at Howl at the Moon. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Brew House and then enjoyed a private tour from a Budweiser Brew Master, Tony! He was very animated and made the tour so fun and enjoyable!
I had so much fun during St. Louis Fashion Week and all of the special events that came along with it. A special thanks to Collections by Joya, Element STL, Budweiser Brew House, Howl at the Moon, and Caleres for hosting these wonderful events. Also to Midwest Influencer Network and Explore St. Louis for sponsoring all of the fun!