KC Fashion Week Recap :: Part II

Thanks for checking back in for the second part of my KC Fashion Week recap! So I attended the first night, missed the second night, but was happy I got a chance to attend the final night of runway shows, especially because I knew Project Runway alum Lauren Kathleen would be there!!! I was such a big fan of hers on the show and was excited to see her designs walk the runway in person!

Prior to the runway shows, I got to attend the Ulta Beauty media event, where I got to sample delicious drinks, deserts, and hors d'oeuvres. They certainly know how to entertain a lady. ;)

I also got in some chat time with these two lovelies, Antonia (who just launched Curvaceous City) and her sister Alexis. They're super sweet, funny, and doing some great things here in KC! We probably could've chatted the entire night, but before we knew it, it was time to get seated for the runway shows!

While walking to my seat, I spotted Laura Kathleen and had a major groupie moment. I had to force myself to go talk to her because if I didn't, I knew I'd be kicking myself later. So I'm happy to report, I did it! She was so sweet and approachable..and just look at her adorable baby bump! :)

If I had to pick a highlight of the evening, this would probably be it.

Now onto the show!

The collection by Christina and John, the duo behind Architexture (love that name), combined structure and texture so seamlessly. I loved the sleekness of everything and can definitely see myself wearing practically everything in this collection. They had a couple of jackets that are to die for, but sadly, I didn't get clear pictures of them.

Kate Walz
Definitely one of the most notable collections of the night was this one by another young designer, Kate Walz (she's only 17!). Again, I'm just so incredibly floored by the amount of talent she already has. This is the stuff I expect to see when I think "runway"...more avante garde and daring looks that push boundaries. I loved her blend of structured textiles with more feminine silhouettes. It definitely made for an unconventional look. And just check out her final look!


Laura McGrew
These TOMBOY Designs looks by Laura McGrew were classic, yet edgy. I must be going through a black and white phase because I find myself gravitating toward these neutrals, along with greys and off whites, in my every day clothing lately. I love the clean, classic lines, and I also really appreciate the asymmetrical pieces (like the grey short-sleved jacket below, which I failed to get a clear pic of).

Christian Micheal
I loved that there was another men's wear collection at this season's KCFW! Christian Micheal did not disappoint. Again, when I think runway, I expect to see more daring styles like these. I love the details he incorporates in each one of these looks. I must be a sucker for structure and texture because I really appreciate all the detailed work that went into these pieces! Just look at the quilting and impeccable stitching involved. Aside from the exaggerated collars and cuffs, they're pretty wearable. I actually kind of wish he did a version of this collection for women!

House of Cochon
Anyone who knows me knows I love jewelry. Obviously! ;) And I love a good piece of statement jewelry. So when I found out that House of Cochon was showing their collection, I couldn't wait to see it! I'm definitely digging their natural, tribal, bohemian vibe. The splashes of color are refreshing and make me want to hop on the next plane to the nearest tropical beach. It's always inspiring for me to see the work of other jewelry artists and to know how far they've come. I definitely walked away very inspired...and who knows...maybe eNVe Designs will walk down the KCFW runway too sometime in the future!

Whitney Rorah Designs
As an artist, I'm always viewing others' work through an appreciative lens, particularly imagining how many countless hours it took for this person to achieve the piece of work I see in front of me. That's exactly what was going through my mind when I saw Whitney Rorah's collection. Just look at the amount of meticulous detail that went into all those gowns! 

Laura Kathleen 
I have to be honest, Laura Kathleen's collection was much more casual and ready-to-wear than what I was expecting, given her incredible work on Project Runway, especially her collection for NYFW. So part of me was a little disappointed that there wasn't a real "WOW" moment with this collection. But that said, I still think she is amazing and I do love the flowy, feminine look of this collection. Sometimes it's hard to make black look ultra flowy and feminine, but she managed to do that here. Plus, the sunnies and the head scarf are calling me to take a coastal road trip in a convertible! Who wants to go with me? I'm pretty fun on road trips! ;)

There you have it...my entire first experience with Kansas City Fashion Week! It was so much fun that I know I'll be back for more next season! In the meantime, I think I need to get some red-carpet posing lessons! And some photography lessons! LOL

So which collections caught your eye?? Good or bad?


Kansas City Fashion Week Recap :: Fall/Winter 2015 Collections (Part I)

We have been living in the Kansas City area for almost 6 years now and year after year, I am finding more reasons to fall in love with this wonderful city! It really is a gem of a place and the more I chip away at what it has to offer, the more brilliant the shine becomes. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend KC Fashion Week for the first time and enjoyed every bit of it! In my personal world of being a stay at home mom, fashion is a luxury...along with showers and drinking hot coffee. Needless to say, it was nice having an opportunity to get out of my jeans and t-shirt and actually put on some make-up for a change! I got to hang out with some blogger pals and see some really inspiring designers debut their Fall/Winter 2015 Collections. I was able to make it to two of the three nights and managed to snap some pictures as best as I could. I'm no photographer so most of it was no good for posting. You can find professional photos of all the runway looks on the KC Fashion Week facebook page.

Thursday night kicked off with...

Paolini Garment Company
Can I just put in a petition for all men to dress this sharp all the time? I'm loving all the unexpected details that make these looks so much more interesting than the typical suit. For instance...the tiny floral print and the neutral faux flowers in their lapels.

Dolyn Bags
Handbag designer, Ami Beck, personally designs and constructs each one of these leather bags. These neutral shades are perfect for fall (or for any time of year, really). My favorite...the red bag. That perfect shade of merlot would pair well with everything and the bag itself would hold all my mommy gear perfectly so I'd never have to carry a diaper bag!

Marlee Ju
Leah McDaniel is the designer behind the children's boutique, Marlee Ju. I'm a sucker for teals and greys so this was certainly right up my alley. I have to say, if my kids were this well dressed, I'd definitely have to step up my fashion game because they'd for sure be better dressed than me!

Molly Elizabeth Designs
Molly Elizabeth is an up and coming designer from Nebraska. When I discovered that she was only 15 years old, I was astounded! It really is incredible to see so much talent manifested at such an early age. I hope she keeps rising to the top and continues to inspire young girls and women of all ages. I dig the bohemian flair to her looks. If I was 20 years younger, I could definitely see myself wearing some of these fun styles.

Jessica Lynn
Children's wear designer, Jessica Lynn, is self-taught and created her label after years of making unique clothing for her own children. I love the playful textures and colors she selected, and the jewel tones + earthy brown combo is always a win in my book, especially for fall! I would put my kids in any one of these looks in a heartbeat! Just look at how adorable these kids are!

Young Hearted Socks
And to continue with the lightheartedness on the runway, Kyle Green and KC Chief's own Sanders Commings, closed out the night with their "half-suits" and fun, vibrant socks. I was curious to see how socks would be modeled on the runway, but am curious no more. They definitely stood out with the bright colors and fun patterns...definitely true to their "Young Hearted" brand.

My first night at Kansas City Fashion Week was so much fun! Here are some snap shots from my instagram.

I have to say how truly impressed I was with how everything was presented and how the KC Fashion Week team made it all run so seamlessly. And having it at the historic Union Station was picture-perfect! Well done, KCFW!

Stay tuned for my recap of Saturday night!