September 2, 2014

STLFW Preview!

It's time to get ready for Saint Louis Fashion Week! (It's definitely time to start planning your outfits, at least. I've got some outfits tentatively selected. Hint: flowers, sparkles, and vintage will be involved. Per usual.) This fall's lineup is going to be especially exciting, with runway shows featuring national designers and insight from top industry professionals:

9/26: Fabric: The STLFW Official Kickoff + Fashion Blog Awards (tickets here)
  • 7pm Fashion Presentation
  • 7:30pm Keynote Speaker
  • 8:00pm Blog Awards, cocktail reception, live music, and shopping!
  • Location: St. Louis Public Radio 3655 Olive Street Saint Louis, MO 63108
10/9: Neiman Marcus Panel Discussion & Fashion Presentation (proceeds from tickets support the Center of Creative Arts)
  • 6:00pm Cocktails
  • 7:00pm Fashion show + Panel discussion featuring accessories designer Lisa Freede, fashion designer Jonathan Simkhai, creative director Audrey McLoghlin, Frank & Eileen 
  • 8:00pm SHOPPING
  • Location: Neiman Marcus at Plaza Frontenac, 1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63131
10/15: Emerging Designer Competition Presented by Brown Shoe Company (tickets here)
  • Six innovative local designers will showcase their collections. A panel of judges led by New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis will award one designer with $15,000. Fifteen. Thousand. Dollars. I know.
  • 6:00pm VIP Cocktails
  • 7:00pm General Admission Cocktails/Shopping BUTIK Market with jewelry, apparel, accessories, and visual art
  • 8:00pm Runway Show
  • 9:00pm After Party featuring DJ Trashtalk with complimentary food and cash bar
  • Location: Union Station 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 
10/16: Designer Showcase: Yigal Azrouel + Tess Giberson + Timo Weiland at Union Station (tickets here)
  • 6:00pm VIP Cocktails
  • 7:00pm General Admission Cocktails/Shopping BUTIK Market
  • 8:00pm Runway Show
  • 9:00pm After Party featuring DJ Trashtalk with complimentary food and cash bar
  • Location: Union Station 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 
Timo Weiland, Spring 2010 Collection
Photo from Refinery 29
Tess Giberson Spring 2011 Collection
Photo from Refinery 29
Yigal Azroel Spring 2009
Photo from Refinery 29
10/17: Designer Trunk Pop-Up Show
  • Shop the looks right off the 10/17's runway from Yigal AzrouĆ«l, Tess Giberson and Timo Weiland
  • Location: Saks Fifth Avenue, 1 Plaza Frontenac St. Louis, MO 63131
  • Time: 11:00AM-3:00PM. Tickets Free
10/17: Pathology of Glamour
  • 10% of the sales made during the opening of this special exhibit go towards an initiative to develop a Fashion Incubator housed in the former Garment District. How cool would that be?
  • Location: William Shearburn Gallery 665 S Skinker Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63105
  • Time: 5:00PM-8:00PM | Tickets: Free
10/18: Midwest Fashion Conference (tickets here)
  • A day of fashion-focused lectures, breakout workshops and artist talks. Speakers include Fern Mallis, Gary Wassner, Megan Zietz and 25 other industry influencers. 
  • Shop BUTIK Market
  • Location: Washington University, Steinberg Auditorium, 6465 Forsyth Boulevard, St Louis, MO, 63105
  • Time: 9:00AM-3:00PM
I'm proud to share that I was selected as an Ambassador for STLFW this fall, so be sure to follow The Ruby Zipper on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all things Fashion Week! I'd love to see some of you local stylistas there - get tickets for each event right here!

August 27, 2014

The Peplum Squad

Back in the day, a guaranteed smile-inducing comment was for someone to describe my style as "trendy." I interpreted that as being fun, fearless, and fashion-forward. (Who knows what the person actually meant by "trendy." LOL) Now, it's an awesome part of my job to know what's "on-trend." Yet, merely being "trendy" is not enough to ensure that I will wear a garment. It took me quite awhile to jump on the peplum bandwagon. (About a year ago, I did attempt to sew a retro peplum blouse. The result was so disastrous that it kinda scared me away from peplum for awhile.) Now that I found a cute lace peplum top, I'm not sure what took me so long! The peplum silhouette, with a cinched-in waist and short, skirt-like fabric around the hips, was popular in the 1980s. It popped up again on the Spring 2011 runways, and quickly found its way into every "trendy" (and not-so-trendy) store. Peplum now happily resides in my closet. And for the record, I still take "trendy" as a style compliment.
Top & Purse: Rung; Jeans: Thrifted; Shades: Leopard Boutique; Shoes: BCBG at DSW
I love how it's like you're wearing a mini, mini-dress.
P-E-P-L-U-M, yay peplum!