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Designers show collections at 'Thrive' fashion show in St. Louis

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Fashion enthusiasts from all walks of life assembled at Moulin, located in the historic Lafayette Square neighborhood, Sunday night to experience “Thrive” Fashion Production. Presented by Eyekon Klothing Co. and Blaq Séance Productions, “Thrive” featured an impressive list of designers, visual artists and vendors. In addition, many high-profile guests and big names in local fashion were in attendance. Sponsors of the show included Contrary Cupcakes, My Shoetique Online Shoe Store, Park Lane Jewelry, D’bes Wine, DNA Boutique and Paul Mitchell. Event promoter and poet, Mocha Latte and KPLR News 11 anchor, Melanie Moon hosted the show as DJ R. Legend spun a mixture of hip-hop and Top 40 hits throughout the evening.

The pre-show atmosphere allotted early birds a chance to mingle, as they indulged in light bites and a cocktail bar. VIP guests enjoyed table seating adjacent to the runway, wine, hookah and a baked treat from Contrary Cupcakes. A few moments before the show began, a belly dancer entertained the crowd. All attendees had a chance to check out some merchandise from a variety of local vendors. The Hanger Society Vintage Boutique brought a trunk show of popular discounted items, including vintage handbags— some true hidden gems. Park Lane Jewelry, a 59 year-old family owned business whose jewelry has been featured on E Network, also set up shop, showcasing a table full of bling and unique pieces. Park Lane Jewelry area manager, Terri L. Mearns has participated in other fashion shows put on by Blaq Séance Productions.

Owner of Blaq Séance, Jacqueline Craig is meticulous when it comes to show aesthetics. “Thrive” is her fifth production in the St. Louis area, and she announced Sunday night that she would be branching out into other markets such as Chicago and Atlanta. Craig wanted to make certain that “unhindered creativity and high level execution as a team” brought her vision to life. Craig is known for incorporating numerous elements, both traditional and modern, to create an artistic ambiance at her fashion shows.

Attendees could attest that “Thrive” was a well-executed show that provided a variety of viewpoints on style that were open to interpretation. Among designer collections featured were “Doll Hause” by Toi Box Couture, “Vixen Wardrobe” by Vixen Wardrobe, “CEM” by CEM, “The Offering” by N3vermind The Brand, “Freedom in Prison” by Daichi Antonio, “Land of the Rising Sun” by William Morris, “Refresh” by Designs By J. Stocking, “Ola Style” by Ola Style, “Black Klux Klan” by House Ov Beeombi, “N9NE-17” by Shawn Henley and “E.N.D.” by Eyekon Klothing. The lines showcased ranged from couture and custom designs to ready-to-wear ensembles. Beautiful models of all shapes and sizes brought the looks to life as they walked the long, U-shaped, wooden floor runway with guests in close proximity. The layout gave photographers the opportunity to capture amazing shots.

The runway was a mere canvas for the designers featured in “Thrive.” Together, they created a masterpiece. Each collection was inherently different. Guests were not overwhelmed by monotony, but instead, wondered what they would witness next. With an expansive makeup team that included artists from Paul Mitchell, guests saw a mixture of avant-garde and natural looks on the runway. Couture designs were paired with darker, more dramatic makeup, as the ready-to-wear lines utilized natural makeup with sporadic pops of color.

Designers drew inspirations from a number of concepts. “My line was based off Japan. So I just took a lot of the things that I thought were important to their culture and incorporated it in what I wanted to do to, make it cool,” said designer William Morris on his line, “Land of the Rising Sun.” Other designers such as Jasmine Stocking incorporated swimwear into their lines. “Refresh” by Designs By J. Stocking was a full resort wear line that included swimwear, loungewear and after-five pieces. “I typically just like florals, but I normally go for an eccentric look,” said Stocking on her collection.

“Thrive” Fashion Production presented a tasteful balance of casual, street wear and high-fashion looks. The show concluded purposely, with Eyekon Clothing’s line, “E.N.D.” Moulin certainly served as the perfect backdrop for all featured designers, models, and artists to come together and thrive in St. Louis.

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