Monday, March 31, 2008

OUT 367--79th Annual Fashion Design Show feat Wash U students March 30


Although STL FAshion Week wrapped up last Saturday with a shopping spree with various stores in the STL area, the week actually culminated with a fashion show titled CLASS IS IN SESSION put on by Washington University and its fashion students who were graduating from the fashion department. The set up was still the same with a VIP Reception, then the fashion show. LEFT: Wash U fashion professor Robin Ver Hage gettin interviewed by a local TV station.

RIGHT: STL-TV's Gilberto Pinella doin his tag for his show The Best of The STL as Pete Foggy handled the videography.

LEFT: Some guys who were givin serious heavy metal and grunge chic.

RIGHT: Folk gettin their VIP access bracelets.

Fok leavin the VIP Reception for the show which was on the 4th floor of the Casino where all the shows were held.

RIGHT: Wash U Associate Professor Jeigh Singleton gettin interviewed for local TV.

People lookin down at the reception for the highrise stories of the hotel.

Folk gettin their network on in the reception.

RIGHT: Therre's ALIVE Magazine's Cristy Miller and Jill Manoff lookin to where their seats are.

WASH U Chancellor Mark Wrighton (third from right) with colleagues and family.

ALIVE MAGAZINEs LOGO projected on screen

The first scene were of the students' ball gowns.

If you look closely, you can see hollabackboi in the front row. Can you find him?

Next up was the scene Class Mates/Class Action Suits

The next scene was Working Class

The next scene was Class Distinctions--the walkers and the riders.

Next up was the most creative scene Class Action and Class Struggle with evening dresses

The last scene was thid model walking down the isle in the bridal scene

The Wash U designers backstage.

Wash U's fashion icon Susan Block gets interviewed by Gilberto Pinela for STL-TV backstage

Block, Singlton, Manoff and Agistollio and one of the student designers of teh fashion show take a pose backstage.

EVENT VIEWZ. Overall Alive's second installment at STL Fashion Week (teh fall event was in August 2007) was a noble one. The ambienece and runway gave you mos definitely a NYC style runway show. However , one show was a bithead scratching. The EMERGE show. It was a bit long with too many deisgners (13) intermissions (which is unheard of of professional runway shows) and the models who were from local agencies were just OK. Most seem to be very nervous and probably need more training in their walking in heels.
Ironiclaly enough, the best fashion show was the show that wasnt actually part of the fashion week program--this one above. The show flowed and was fast paced and the models were volunteer, none from a modleing agency! They had the most spunk and diva appeal in their catwalk style than the ones who were signed to an agency! And most of the clothes from this show from students were more daring (especially the pink evening gowns with the stone style head pieces). Dont get me wrng, the other diesgners from the other shows' stuff were fierce, but I was expecting more risk taking from them.
So to all the professionals, take heed to the students!



The 2nd fashion show OUTTOWN attended was GLOW held at Lumiere Hotel last Thursday, where Supermodel Karlie Kloss of Mother Model Management was one of the models. Before the show there was another VIP Reception.
LEFT: Best of the STL personality Ivy Hartmann and ALIVE Magazine's Jason Nichols. RIGHT: Best of the STL personlaity Gilberto Pinella and Event coordinator Sarah Thompson.


RIGHT: Power 5ive: Evening Whirl Publisher Anthony Sanders, Power couple Inc's Carri Griffin, Bijon Hill, Mayfair Hotel's Mike Roberts Jr and Power Couple Inc's Keith Griffin before the festivities began.

Designs from the projector screen

Fetured in GLOW were Macy's Spring 2008 Designer Trends and Spring 2008 INC Collection and Lorri Coulter's Made to Order Swimwear Spring 2008 Collection.

Mother Model Management's Mary Clarke greeted the crowd and introduced the hosts of the event.

Clarke's star client Karli Kloss was one of the hosts who also participated in the show. Also introduced was supermodel Caherine McNeil who only attended the event.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss

During intermission folk got their network on.

TRAACES' Danielle Harper and STL model Jimmelle, who helped behind the scenes as a stylist.