Lucky Lou

Great fashion comes to you

Oct 5, 2005 at 4:00 am
FRI 10/7

There's been a lot of fashion talk in these pages as of late, what with Larry Conners' and Elliott Davis' recent dance down the runway, which fulfilled one of Ms. Day's more specific dreams -- but now her prayers have been answered as well. See, a charity has actually organized a fashion show that not only includes fashions from local boutiques (like Ziezo, Laurie Solet and others, who are all endeared to us), but the runway action will also incorporate lines from Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs! That's right, the RFT-sponsored Fash-n-Bash event, held at 9 p.m. at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard; 314-726-6161 or, is breaking out the big guns for us here in the middle of the country. Plus, the party features creations by local designers who were chosen after a late-September fashion show at Westfield West County (twelve model hopefuls were selected as well, and they will join international models on the Fash-n-Bash runway).

So how did St. Louis get so lucky to have such a cool event? Well, in fact, the fashion show organizer, Threads for Hope, was founded out of tragedy, but with the noble purpose of financially helping out families struggling through a life-threatening illness. Tickets to help the cause and attend the event cost $50 and up; visit for a mail-in ticket order form and more information ($50 to $100 tickets are also available at the Pageant beginning at 7 p.m. the night of the show). -- Alison Sieloff

Green with Envy
Much like an arugula salad

WED 10/5

Usually when Ms. Day watches Everyday Italian on the Food Network, she feels a little bit jealous of the show's host and chef, Giada de Laurentiis. This classy lady totally has it together: She can cook up a red streak, she always looks fabulous, and she has a fantastic smile. But no longer will Ms. Day have to envy Ms. Giada, for she's coming to town to help us be just a little more like her. If you too would like to achieve simple-yet-scrumptious Italian greatness, head to Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or, where you can buy a copy of Giada's first cookbook, Everyday Italian: 125 Simple & Delicious Recipes, and have the author sign it at 7 p.m.! Maybe Giada will even offer up a few tips on how to look great in the kitchen (rather than sweaty, messy and sad, like you normally do). -- Ms. Day

C Stands for Creative
Not average

SUN 10/9

We don't need a show of hands or anything, but in high school some of you out there were straight average students -- that book-learnin' just wasn't for you. However, you "average" folks probably excelled in music, or in theater. Just because you struggled with geometry didn't mean you shouldn't have been entitled to a scholarship. Like George Costanza, local jazz singer Mae Wheeler agrees; that's why she founded the annual Diva Extravaganza to help raise funds for a scholarship that's given to graduating high school seniors with a C average -- right in the meaty part of the curve -- who are interested in pursuing the performing arts. The extravaganza is held at 6 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard), and there, you can hear the equal parts talented and ubiquitous Erin Bode, Kim Massie and others perform all kinds of music, from jazz to hip-hop and more. Tickets for the fundraiser range in price from $25 to $100; call 314-534-1111 or visit to make a purchase. -- Alison Sieloff

The Hills Are Alive

SUN 10/9

If you've ever wondered at the unique architecture surrounding you while devouring a Cardinal Sin in Ted Drewes' parking lot, you have wondered at the beauty of the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. And if your curiosity lasted longer than the custard, take the Autumn House Tour of St. Louis Hills. A visit to nine homes costs $15 to $18 (call 314-752-3185 for tickets), and you can visit the attendant art fair in Francis Park (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for free. Visit for maps and more information. -- Paul Friswold