The Saint Louis Fashion Fund, founded in 2014, supports emerging designers and promotes fashion education and outreach in the area. Here, Ladue News proudly showcases pieces from the fund’s six current fashion lab residents, as well as one of its graduates.


Project Runway veteran Michael Drummond creates dramatic and deconstructed designs in comfortable shapes. This skirt and top, paired with Lux and Nyx’s soon-to-be iconic fan bag, provides an irresistible ’80s vibe. Michael Drummond top and skirt, $120 and $310 (; Sachin & Babi earrings, $155, Neiman Marcus (; Lux and Nyx fan bag, $225 (


In 2018, Ronke Faleti created a line of timeless carrying bags called Korédé to match the versatility of the modern working woman. With a bag for every occasion, good luck choosing just one. Korédé tote, $195; snakeskin clutch, $125; other bags, $108 (; Faithfull The Brand dress, $189, Neiman Marcus (


Everett Johnson, an East St. Louis native, ranks among the area’s most renowned stylists. His one-of-a-kind, customizable bags offer high quality and invariable design – and make any look positively pop! Audra polka-dot camp shirt, $795 (; Liza B. Helga bag, $1,850 (


Menswear designer Paulie Gibson takes a brief detour into womenswear with this classic magenta trenchcoat – aka the perfect spring jacket. Paulie Gibson trenchcoat, $248 (; Mestiza New York dress, $495, Neiman Marcus (; Kendra Scott Earrings, $130, Neiman Marcus


Dianne Isbell is a nationally recognized milliner and the founder of HATS by DI-Anne. This rose fascinator is a showstopper and – believe it or not – light as a feather! HATS by DI-Anne rose fascinator, $185 (; Chiara Boni dress, $750, Neiman Marcus (


A graduate of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, Audra’s luxury ready-to-wear brand is produced exclusively in New York City. Her commitment to quality and craft is especially evident in her spring line. Audra pajama jacket, $995; pegged trouser, $960 (

Ladue News wishes to thank:

  • Model Hanna Sides with West Model Management
  • Hair stylist and makeup artist Brady Nance
  • Shot on location at Saint Louis Fashion Fund

Katie is a mom of 3 who loves cooking as much as fashion and secretly wishes she had Matt Sorrell and Sarah Conard's jobs combined. Food photography is what I wish I had a talent (outside of Instagram) for!