Wildey Theater to host Art of Fashion Saturday

EDWARDSVILLE — The Wildey Theater will celebrate “The Art of Fashion” on Saturday. This will be the ninth annual Art of Fashion show and it will feature fashions from over 12 Metro-East retailers, entrepreneurs and curators.

Two Edwardsville moms, Brandy Smith and Kelly Schlechte, are especially excited to participate. Smith and Schlechte own Local 618, a clothing company that creates unique, locally inspired designs.

The Art of Fashion event takes place Saturday at 7 p.m. VIP seating is $50 (includes a gift bag and 6:00 p.m. reception in the Chandelier Room) and reserved seating is $25.

Local 618 will participate in the fashion show showcasing their unique designs alongside many other local fashion businesses. Other businesses participating include: Minerva Boutique, The Charlie Bell Shop, Gabi and Grace Clothing Co, Cassandra’s Closet Boutique, One Closet to the Next, Rushmore Boutique, Josephine’s Tea Room and Gifts, Boheme Boutique, Loverly Clothing and Textiles, My Mother’s Dress (Kae Schmitt) and Gliks. Schlecte explains: Not only do we have the incredible opportunity to see our creations parade on the catwalk, but throughout the evening we will also be hosting a pop-up shop in the Wildey hall.

This local dynamic duo manages the entire business themselves, from the design process where they choose every material, color and font, to the marketing plan where they design their website and share hundreds of local photos of members of the community wearing Local 618 gear on Facebook. Smith explains, “The art and designs behind the garments are very special to us and we are thrilled to showcase 12 runway looks during the fashion show.”

Smith continues, “We are so honored to be part of this incredible event that supports, displays and encourages local businesses. We know we’ll be sharing the runway with other local fashion businesses that we also support, respect and love. This community definitely supports local businesses and this fashion show is a perfect example of why we love this community that inspired our brand.

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