SAINT LOUIS FASHION INCUBATOR NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR INAUGURAL CLASS

Categories:Fashion

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Just about everybody, it seems, is dabbling in designer incubators these days, with this very website reporting on a new accelerator program more often than we can keep track of at times. Since January, L'Oréal, H&M, Topshop, Tory Burch and Sephora have all announced plans to launch fellowships for up-and-coming talents in the fashion and beauty industry, with surely more on the way very soon. 

The latest offering in this field is one of the most intriguing yet — the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator (SLFI), which is now accepting applications for its inaugural class of six designers. Backed by both the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and Washington University in St. Louis's Olin Business School, the two-year program is set to provide financial support and educational opportunities, as well as a free 7,500-square-foot workspace in the city's garment district, to its chosen members.

And no, you're not alone in thinking that the 300,000-person city isn't exactly known to be a hotbed of fashion activity (I'm from the Midwest! I get it!), but the SLFI is working to change just that. The program has recruited an impressive roster of panelists to select incubator participants, including Fern Mallis, Refinery29 Global Editor-in-Chief Christene Barberich and SCAD School of Fashion Dean Michael Fink. Missouri-native Eric Johnson, formerly the "fashion czar" of New York as the vice president of fashion and arts at the city's Economic Development Cooperation, will serve as the SLFI's executive director. 

Between the city's significant arts community, a commitment to its fashion scene and a notably low cost of living, Saint Louis is, objectively, a healthy place to build a design business. It's not like SLFI members will have any trouble finding models to appear in their ensuing runway shows, presentations and lookbooks, either — the Midwestern borough has churned out quite a few top models in recent years, including Karlie Kloss, Molly Bairand Devon Windsor. 

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Louis Vuitton Skin Ring Collection

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No, Louis Vutton didn’t just release designer thimbles. These are in fact unisex rings from the Skin collection that is apparently inspired by the architecture of a Palm Springs villa (no, I didn’t make that up). Sold as a set of 3 and available in 4 different designs, you can quite literally wear your love of say, the Monogram Canvas pattern on 3 of your fingers now, and given how they are all sized differently, should fit most of us depending on how thick your digits are.

Besides the ones in Monogram Canvas, you can also get them embossed on calf leather (2nd row), in Malletage (3rd row) or Strass (4th row). Priced at SGD900, SGD995,SGD1200, SGD1210 respectively from top to bottom for each set, I guess you could be Santa and give them as a set to one lucky recipient this Christmas, or Scrooge, and gift 3 different friends one ring each too, right?

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LL ARM CANDY PICK: BOTTEGA VENETA’S LUTEOUS MADRAS AND EXOTIC SKIN SHOULDER BAG

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Bottega Veneta’s Early Fall Collection 2015, has been a splashy mix of contrasting colors and textures. Filled with eye popping prints and fabrics like cashmere, satin and leather, there is never a dull moment with this collection. Among the standouts are the scene stealing accessories that draw the eye thanks to their fantastical clashing colors and prints- a delightful mish-mash that we can’t get enough of.

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On our Must-Have list is the Luteous Madras and Exotic Skin Shoulder Bag which boasts a contrast of handcrafted, Madras Heritage Microintrecciato, hand-painted Mangrovia and embroidered Capra Liquid leather. The bags contained lines and classic shape temper its whimsy making it a perfect complement to summer’s favorite little white dresses. A shoulder strap ensures maximum practicality while the Nappa interior is evidence of Bottega’s eternal attention to detail.
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Though our favorite yellow pick isn’t available online (you have to buy it in a store), you can snap up the same design in other colorways from the Bottega e-store for $ 3,400.
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