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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fendi Trunk Show Tomorrow to Benefit The Fashion Lab

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Wouldn't it rule if Karl was there?
  • Wouldn't it rule if Karl was there?
You could spend tomorrow at work...or you could bunk off and go to a fabulous party in support of the St. Louis fashion scene. The event, taking place at a private home, is a trunk show and installation of Fendi's fall collection, as well as accessories and some pieces from the summer collection.

(You know Fendi--the house helmed by fashion's favorite wacky uncle, Karl Lagerfeld, and immortalized by L.L. Cool J in "Around the Way Girl.")

Bringing the Italian luxury house to St. Louis is quite the coup -- this is the first time representatives of the line will be in our fair city. It's happening thanks to Craft Alliance's new event series, The Fashion Lab.

"We want to focus on the art and craft of fashion," says Saskya Byron, development and communications director for Craft Alliance. (Dressed for our interview in a black blouse with raw-edged frills and a really beguiling necklace, a tiny hand cast in silver, Byron's a bit of a fashion plate herself.)

The Fashion Lab is about creating excitement around St. Louis' fashion scene -- and helping to shore the scene up as well.

Craft Alliance began in 1964 as a cooperative gallery. Since then, it's grown considerably, and in the past year, The Fashion Lab arose as a way to bring speakers and events relating to fashion to St. Louis, and to help bridge the gap in people's perception between art and the threads you throw on your back every morning. Back in March, edgy haberdasher Timo Weiland kicked off lecture series Yarn.

Tomorrow's trunk show, with purchase proceeds benefiting Craft Alliance, promises to be a taste of big fashion in a city with more talent than than buzz.

"Fendi is really pulling out all the stops," Byron says. "It will be a great opportunity to see the Fall 2011 show and buy beautiful things, knowing they are supporting Craft Alliance. It's kind of a private, exclusive feeling."

Wanna go? We thought so. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To RSVP and get directions, get in touch with Byron at 314.725.1177, ext. 321, or email her at

To support the work of The Fashion Lab, you can become a member and get invited to even fancier parties and events.

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