#STLFW Neiman Marcus Fashion Chat & Presentation

Audrey McLoghlin, Jonathan Simkhai, and Lisa Freede
Photos by Mark Schwigen
Saint Louis Fashion Week got off to stylish start with the aptly named Fashion Chat & Presentation at Neiman Marcus. What exactly is a "fashion chat"? Basically, it was a runway show accented with thoughtful commentary from the designers themselves about each look. Cool, right? Here's what each member of the panel had to say:

With an impressive roster of celebrity clients including Rihanna, Lisa Freede's jewelry designs were edgy, striking, and statement-making. She wore gorgeous pearls with her leather fringe moto jacket. My kind of gal!

The "Rihanna necklace" is the short chain on the NY model. It appeared a few times during the show. I'll take that, and the fringe skirt.
Photos by Mark Schwigen
Sweetly named after her grandparents who married in 1947, founder and designer Audrey McLoghlin presented relaxed, prepster looks with plaid and denim. The collection reminded me how cool (and functional) the sweater-around-the-waist-look is.
Jonathan Simkhai dress; Frank & Eileen top and pants. Photos by Mark Schwigen
Cutest purse EVER! And, I have got to get me some hot leather gloves.
Emerging designer Jonathan Simkhai showcased modern designs with a sporty-sexy aesthetic. He described his collection as containing "inseparable separates" (love that term!), as each piece can be mixed but looks best matched. My fave look was the white-haute zipper pencil skirt. Jonathan likes to use fabrics like neoprene and bonded jersey, making the garments sleek but easy to wear. (Like his fall collection? Check out pics from Jonathan's S/S 2015 collection here - I got to seem it up close and personal during my New York Fashion Week jaunt!)
Photos by Mark Schwigen
I'll do a full outfit recap when this whirlwind comes to an end, but here's a sneak peak of my glam-girl getup for the evening:
I'm with my friend Sarah. My necklace caused quite a sensation!
Next on the #STLFW Agenda:
  • 10/10 Well Dressed Midwest VIP Blogger Lounge (invite only)
  • 10/15 Emerging Designer Competition featuring Collina Strada, Daniella Kallmeyer, Harbison, Jessie Liu, Remi Canarie, Wai Ming
  • 10/16 Runway Show featuring Yigal Azrouël, Tess Giberson, Timo Weiland, Saint Rita Parlor
  • 10/18 Midwest Fashion Conference at Washington University in St. Louis
What are you waiting for? Grab your tickets here!


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