10.01.2013

St. Louis Fashion Week's Project Runway Fashion Show - Make Love Not War

Saturday night, I attended the Project Runway fashion show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre as a VIP guest.  As a HUGE Project Runway Fan, I think I was most excited about getting to attend this show!

It certainly lived up to my expectations, and then some!  

First, the venue for the show could not have been better.  The Fox Theatre is simply magnificent.
The runway show was hosted by KPLR 11 St. Louis news anchor Melanie Moon and St. Louis' own Laura Kathleen, as seen on Season 9 of Project Runway and Season 2 of Project Runway All Stars.

The show included collections from Laura Kathleen and St. Louis' Michael Drummond, as well as favorites Anthony Ryan, Casanova, Viktor Luna, April Johnston, and Joshua McKinley.

Michael Drummond

Michael Drummond cited music as his main inspiration, and his newest collection, The Exquisite Corpse, featured looks resembling cocoons and geodes.  I absolutely loved the drama of this collection, and the presentation was equally theatrical.  


I would especially love to wear the top from the third look.  With high-waisted trousers or a pencil skirt, this top would definitely work on curvy petite gals!
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Casanova
I always enjoyed Casanova's sweet and funny personality while watching Project Runway, so I was delighted to see that he was presenting a collection.  Casanova was true to his ultra-sexy aesthetic creating gorgeous resort fashion, featuring lots of grommets and provocative back details.  Oh, and the Naked Dress (third look below)...How stunning is that?
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Anthony Ryan Auld
I also always enjoyed Anthony Ryan Auld on Season 9 of Project Runway and was so happy for him when he won Season 2 of Project Runway:  All Stars. I was impressed with his determination and his fight against cancer.  Unfortunately, he announced at the show that his cancer is now back. A testament to his strength, he doesn't appear to be letting his diagnosis stop him, presenting an interesting and wearable collection.


Anthony Ryan said his collection was inspired by the idea of how Native American fashion might have evolved had Europeans never arrived in the Americas.  He called it Native with a Star Trek twist.

Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
April Johnston
April Johnston's Mangled Courtesan collection featured a slightly somber, very beautiful, all-white fashion show.  I loved the floaty, ethereal quality of many of her looks.  I imagined the dresses worn by brides who wanted to wear traditional white but wanted a look that was anything but.

Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Viktor Luna
Viktor Luna's sportswear collection was bright and colorful, featuring swimsuits and interesting prints.  I especially loved the second look below.

Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Joshua McKinley
If you're a Project Runway fan, then you probably remember Joshua McKinley and his bold personality.  His design aesthetic is just as bold.  His collection included lots of neon colors, mixed prints and textiles, and fringe, though my favorites were actually some of his more subtle looks.  Joshua McKinley stated that he wants to make clothing that is audible without conversation and that reflects his perseverance and courage as a designer.  Mission accomplished!

Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Laura Kathleen
Laura Kathleen ended the show.  She expressed her inspiration as the woman she aspires to be.  Her looks featured lots of black and gold and neoprene. 

It's really hard for me to choose a favorite out of all the amazing collections presented, but I think when it comes to wearability, especially for petite and curvy ladies, Laura Kathleen's collection can't be beat.  


I would happily and giddily wear any of these looks in a second.  The peplum dress, styled to perfection with the bold cuff and boots, was my favorite look of the night.
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
Photo by Mark Schwigen for Alive Magazine
All in all, the show was fantastic, and I feel so fortunate to have been able to see the show from seats ON THE STAGE!!
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The gorgeous St. Louis Fashion Week Blogger Crew:
My look for the night was inspired by current events (Syria) and my pacifist beliefs.  It's a sartorial juxtaposition of war (military) and peace (love).  
Dress:  The Limited (old)
Blazer:  The Limited (Available here)
Tights:  The Limited (old)
This outfit was a compromise from my original vision.  I had planned to wear this darkly romantic floaty chiffon dress I had bought and taken back and then wanted again, but it wasn't available in my size at any of my local stores (indecisiveness, oh how you betray me).  I also searched my house up and down for this cool gold belt I recently bought from Torrid (sold out on-line) that would have added to the military vibe well.  Since I couldn't find it, I added a gold horn necklace.  

While the pendant is a horn, I envisioned it as a stylized shell casing, adding the to the war and peace theme.

The look wasn't everything I had hoped, but I think Tim Gunn would be proud that I made it work!  :-)
Necklace:  The Limited (Available here)
Clutch:  The Limited (Available here)
Ring:  LOFT
Shoes:  Simply Vera by Vera Wang
Do you watch Project Runway?  Whose/which designs are your favorites?

In the St. Louis area?  Check out Project: Design happening this Wednesday at Windows on Washington and help support emerging designers.  On Thursday, Industry Night is sure to please as local and runway designers are showcased, including Laura Kathleen!  

Get more info and purchase tickets here.

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