Karlie Kloss from SLFF to The Last Hotel STL

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Karlie Kloss from Bravo TV’s Project Runway visited Saint Louis during her Hometown Tour. We all followed her from the Saint Louis Fashion Fund to The Last Hotel STL on Washington Blvd. which represents the exact section of the proposed Karlie Kloss Way.

Karlie and her group were all inspiring. She had so many good things to say about the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, a fashion design incubator founded by Susan Sherman and few others in 2014. While being interviewed by Jenna Barns from KSDK Channel 5, Karlie said:

Great ideas and great designers come from everywhere and it’s so important to have communities and opportunities like what you have here at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund to incubate and support that talent, to be able to go global. There are designers here who are working globally and I think that is such an amazing message. We live in a global world and the kind of resources and opportunities that communities like St. Louis can support shows that you can be in place like St Louis and be a part of the global fashion scene.

by Karlie Kloss at SLFF during Hometown Tour in St. Louis

I wanted to say hi to Jenna Barns and Bob (the awesome camera guy) from KSDK Channel 5. They were so down to earth. Susan Sherman and Jenna were sitting down talking to each other and seemed to hit it off right off the bat.

Susan loved Jenna’s look and said to her, “Well, you look like a million bucks. I am sure they told you you were a doll.” Susan got up from her chair and while gracefully walking away smiled and added, “We’re going to adopt you! We love you!”

What a nice thing to say, I thought. And coming from Susan, our own Anna Wintour of Saint Louis, that was the ultimate compliment.

The entire night from the SLFF to The Last Hotel went like clockwork. Contemporary Productions was the company in charge of everything from the guest lists to the lights shining on the Karlie Team during the interviews. Amanda and her crew from Contemporary Productions made sure the entire show went by the numbers and they did not disappoint: not one mic went out, the lighting was a photographers dream and the acoustics were perfect. Contemporary Productions is the one to call on in St. Louis for events big and small.

It was nice to see Karlie Kloss and her team visit. Christian mentioned in the interview that he is moving to St. Louis in 2020. I wonder if Karlie is ever coming home. We all have a deep desire to come home now and then. Do we ever shake it? As Judy Garland puts it, “There’s no place like Home.”

Before Party for Fashion Anarchy at The Last Hotel STL

The before party for the Fashion Anarchy competition was held on the 10th floor at The Last Hotel STL. The gourmet bites, crafted cocktails and wonderful people made this event a great success.

Aaudrey Taylor Model in Fashion Shoot

Aaudrey Taylor is a fashion model that loves boutiques and high-end resale shops.

Fashion Designers in Windows at The Last Hotel STL [video]

Designers work in display windows of The Last Hotel : Barbara Bultman, Magan Blanchard, Courtney Tharpe, Taylor Cassidy, Amanda Casarez, Madison Fay

Fashion designers at The Last Hotel STL were working in the window displays during Fashion Anarchy, a local designer competition that consisted of three winners from the last three preliminary competitions.

I went outside and walked across the street and it looked like the downtown I used to visit as a kid in the 60’s. Downtown was booming at the time and we would take rides periodically to see the sights. Will downtown ever comeback? I know it will and it’s already happening.

Barbara Bultman wins Fashion Anarchy at The Last Hotel

VIDEO: Barbara Bultman, a well known fashion designer, won the Fashion Anarchy Final at The Last Hotel STL in the Historic Garment District neighborhood in Downtown St. Louis. Barbara will now take residency at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund for one year.

The ensemble she created was a wearable work of art created within 48 hours. Right after winning, she turned to her student designer, Megan Blanchard, and said (a paraphrase at best) I couldn’t have done it without your help. That was one of the nicest things ever! Congrats Barbara, Megan and Model Galina Angheluta.

I like to create pieces that are structural, sophisticated and detail oriented, while still showing the silhouettes of the female body

Barbara Bultman

I wanted to add a personal note to congratulate everyone: the fashion designers, the student designers who helped and the beautiful models who wore the designs like angels. You are all so talented so much so even the judges were at odds. Remember, this competition consisted of the best-of-the-best in St. Louis and that’s y’all. That said, you should all be very proud of your selves. Bravo to all!

Fashion Anarchy is a fashion competition by BrainchildEvents.com. It’s very similar to Project Runway where designers get limited time to create their clothes.

PARTIES INVOLVED:
Brainchild Events | V Vegas Salons | Soft Surroundings | Evolution St. Louis | The Last Hotel STL | Saint Louis Fashion Fund | Stevens – The Institute of Business & Arts | Lindenwood University | KDR Designer Showrooms

MUSIC “Celebration” – Short Version By Zac Nelson from Artlist.io

Fashion Anarchy Final: From SLFF to The Last Hotel

Here are photos and videos from start to finish of the Fashion Anarchy starting from St. Louis Fashion Fund midday to the The Last Hotel STL down the street.

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