As I've mentioned before, ALIVE Magazine is doing an amazing job of building a community of fashion bloggers, not only in St. Louis, but around the country as well. They invited an impressive list of national bloggers to St. Louis to check out STLFW. To welcome them, a dinner was hosted at Basso, one of the restaurants in the Cheshire Inn. I'd never been, but was impressed by the food and ambiance.
That night was also the Project: Design! STLFW's Emerging Designer Contest show. Up-and-coming designers from around the country submitted applications to show and win $30,000 of resources for their business (kindof like our own little Project Runway!), and six designers were chosen: Abaya Dake, Black by Maria Silver, Fouché, Miita Collection, Spansen Filles, and Q Lui. My personal favorite was Abaya Dake, who showed simple, adorable dresses with the added punch of African prints. Abaya won the People's Choice award, and Miita Collection won the grand prize. (I didn't get any great photos that night, but check out Pysche and Yasmin's coverage for more)