Weekend Itinerary: St. Louis, MO
On the banks of the Mississippi near Laclede’s Landing, two new hotels―Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis and HoteLumière―anchor this month’s Fashion Week. On Washington Avenue (the central artery of the Garment District), where buildings wear names such as Bee Hat, International Shoe, and Knickerbocker, independent boutiques showcase buzz-worthy local designers. Once-abandoned clothing factories are now filled with an influx of restaurants, lofts, and the requisite retro-chic bowling alley with martini bar―Flamingo Bowl.
Make sure you stop by the Charm jewelry boutique on 11th Street, where works by local artists are sold. The stand-out collections include Heather Robinson’s vintage reimagined Love Bird line for modern romantics.
St. Louis Fashion Week
You don’t have to dream about runways at New York’s Bryant Park to get your fashion fix. March 23-29 national and local designers preview the newest fall and winter looks. And you don’t need credentials from Vogue to get a ticket―it’s open to the public at Lumière Place Casino & Hotels. Visit www.saintlouisfashionweek.com.
Schedule an appointment with an up-and-coming local designer for a one-of-a-kind look.
- Amy Johnson, KayOss Designs: Classic cuts (skirts, halters) with a flirty twist, in a variety of materials from silk to organic cotton; for the person who wants to be noticed, without going over the top. www.kayossdesigns.com or (314) 398-9098. Pieces from $125.
- Miriam Coffey: Hand-loomed knitwear in organic, sustainable fabrics and yarns; for fans of Art Nouveau, with a modern bent. E-mail: miriam firstname.lastname@example.org. Pieces from $80.
- Suzanne Lay:, Edgy knits in a sherbet palette that say “comfortable, but sexy”; for the country girl with a streak of city chic. www.suzannelay.com or (314) 302-3700. Pieces from $150.
- Carmella Simpson, Mella Y: A “historically hip” aesthetic that borrows a little of Elsa Schiaparelli’s whimsy and Vivienne Westwood’s punk; for the bold fashionista. www.oddictionstl.com or (314) 401-7135. Pieces from $300.
- The Time Boutique: 922 Washington Avenue; www.thetimeboutique.net or (314) 974-8463
- Charm: 313 North 11th Street; www.charm-boutique.com or (314) 588-8203
- Salt of the Earth (pictured): 1123 Locust Street; www.salt-earth.com or (314) 241-8008
- UMA urban materials + accessories: 1100 Locust Street; www.iloveuma.com or (314) 241-9990
- HoteLumière: A modern all-suite property―imagine the love child of W Hotels and Homewood Suites. 999 North Second Street; www.lumiereplace.com or (314) 881-7777. Rooms from $119.
- Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis: The latest luxury outpost in St. Louis―all the glitz and glam you need for a high-fashion weekend. 999 North Second Street; www.fourseasons.com or (314) 881-5800. Rooms from $195. (Rates are subject to change.)
- Burger Bar: Casual bastion of beef: from an American cheeseburger to one made of Kobe and topped with foie gras. 999 North Second Street; www.burgerbarsaintlouis.com or (314) 621-9593
- The Dubliner: Traditional Euro-style gastropub where fans stop in to watch the “footy” matches over a pint. 1025 Washington Avenue; www.dublinerstl.com or (314) 421-4300
- Mosaic Modern Fusion (pictured): Funky flavors that work: cardamom-and-espresso smoked ribs, basil gelato, mole bread pudding. 1001 Washington Avenue; www.mosaicrestaurants.com or (314) 621-6001
- Rooster: Classic French crêperie, complete with mismatched gilded mirrors and potent espressos. 1104 Locust Street; www.roosterstl.com or (314) 241-8118
- SLeeK: An aptly-named steak house by chef Hubert Keller (of San Francisco’s Fleur de Lys; guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef). 999 North Second Street; www.fleurdelyssf.com or (314) 621-9590