Friday, April 10, 2009

Urbanistas @ St. Louis Fashion Week Project Design

Spring was definitely in the air, and there was a great buzz for the opening fashion show to kick off St. Louis Fashion Week. As much as we would've loved to attend the entire week of fashion shows, it was a little too much to handle. Instead, we opted to attend Project Design to get a glimpse of up and coming fashion designers.

Okay, we did not expect the turnout we were faced with when we arrived! Unfortunately, the tickets were sold out and we were devastated that we could not get in. But in true Urbanista fashion, we managed to not only get in, but got VIP seating!

Of course the crowd filled with VIPs, designers, models, socialites, fashionistas, and of course Urbanistas! We ran into Jason Nichols of Alive Magazine (shout out to Jason who was so gracious to us), spotted Cheresse Pentella from Cheresse Ink handing out media passes, Nikole Shurn Perkins, D. Sly, Ola Hawatmeh from Mom Me Makeover, Ma'At Atkins, blogger for OUTTOWN, and Sande Stevenson getting her STL-TV hosting on!

We then attended the after party at SleeK at Lumiere and received more VIP treatment. For some reason they thought we were with the fashion designers so we had an entire booth stocked with free Budweiser Select and appetizers! At the after party we got a chance to meet Jeigh Singleton, Art/Fashion Design Professor with Washington University and one of the judges of the show, Author Lyah Beth Leflore (also my lovely Soror) model Christian Coffield, and Rams player Steve Jackson! Shout out to Veronica Ariel "Socialite" from Chicago...hands down, she had THE BEST fashions, but unfortunately did not take the Project Design title.

Urbanista Soiree Spotlights

St. Louis Pretty City Event
April 15, 2009
Mandarin Lounge

Alive Magazine 6 Year Anniversary Party
April 23, 2009
$10 in advance; $15 at the door (ticket includes complimentary drinks and appetizers)
To purchase tickets, log on to
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

St. Louis Magazine Spring Fever Fashion Show
April 23, 2009
7pm-9:30pm Lumen 2201 Locust Street

$45 VIP, $30 Standing Room CLICK HERE to purchase tickets securely online or call 314.918.3026. For more information, email or call 314.918.3026.

Urbanistas Soiree Calendar-April

April 1st-Laughs Meets Leadership Sponsored by Gilda's Club St. Louis
April 3rd-Girl's Just Wanna Have Fun, sponsored by Ronald McDonald House
April 4th-Volunteering w/ULYP "Young Blacks Give Back" at the St. Louis Crisis Nursery
April 15th-St. Louis Pretty City beauty event @ Mandarin Lounge
April 23rd-St. Louis Magazine Spring Fever Fashion Show

Urbanistas Give Back--Gilda's Club

On Wednesday, April 1st, Urbanistas attended an event at Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar sponsored by Gilda's Club to announce the Young Leadership Council of Gilda’s Club St. Louis.

Gilda's Club is named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner who was best known for her work on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. When describing the experience she had at a Los Angeles cancer support center, Gilda dreamed that such places could be made available for people living with cancer and their friends and families everywhere. Gilda died from ovarian cancer in 1989. But today, her spirit lives on in every Gilda's Club.

It’s the goal of the Founding Board of Gilda’s Club St. Louis to create a warm, welcoming place so that the people of the St. Louis area will never have to face cancer alone. The Founding Board believes that the establishment of a Gilda’s Club St. Louis clubhouse that is free of charge is an investment in the quality of life in the region.

If you are 40 and under and looking to get involved with the Gilda's Club Young Leadership Council, Email Michael Lane at or call 314.620.0634.

Urbanistas Give Back

The Urbanistas recently attended a benefit at Studio Blu for Earnest Strong, the firefighter shot in February when he arrived home to find three men holding his developmentally-challenged daughter hostage while burglarizing his home. As a member of the St. Louis Fire Department, Ernest accepts the fact that he will gladly put his life on the line everyday upon putting on his uniform and will go above and beyond to help anyone in need. Now F.I.R.E. (Firefighters Institute for Racial Equality) will assist him in his time of need as he begins his long journey to recovery.

Earnest Strong is Urbanista Coco Strong's father. If you would like to support Coco's father, please make checks payable to "Friends of Ernest Strong" and reference his trust fund account number "354005143838" in the memo line. All donations can be processed at any Bank of America branch.

Please keep Coco and her father in your thoughts and prayers.
*Photos by Strong Images by Coco