F/W '18 designers
KCFW is thrilled with the talent that will be on our runway in March 2018. All designers are listed in alphabetical order.
Amanda is a graduate from University of Hawaii at Manoa in Fashion Design and Merchandising, class of 2014. While in school, she interned for local Hawaiian designer, Allison Izu. With Allison, she was able to touch on all aspects of a small fashion business.
Once she graduated, she moved to Virginia, where she started her own line in May of 2015. She was then selected as one of eight designers for the inaugural class of the DC Fashion Incubator at Macy's Metro Center. The year long program focused on creating a platform to showcase emerging talent in DC, as well as increase the designers' business acumen in the business of fashion. In order to grow, she decided that she needed to participate in events outside of DC, events which included a partnership with Harlem Fashion Row and Latina Magazine for a presentation of her A/W '16, the fashion panel at Hispanicize in Miami and the Emerging Designer Bootcamp in Phoenix Fashion Week, where she debuted her S/S '17 collection. Her most recent accomplishment has been showing her collection at New York Fashion Week in partnership with The DC Fashion Incubator with Macy's and The American Red Heart Association for the Red Dress Collection.
Her design philosophy is based on the duality of hard lines and delicate details, sculptural shapes, refined minimalism, a mix of structured feminine silhouettes, and androgynous shapes.
"Fashion is not something thats exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street: fashion has to do with the ideas, the way we live, what is happening."--Coco Chanel.
Designer Barbara Bultman is inspired by things that are all around her and things that effect the world. She is a Saint Louis based designer and every time she begins a new collection she tries to take in everything that she knows to create something that is innovative and will inspire others. Her F/W collection Voltaic 2017 was inspired by natural energy resources, such as solar panels and wind farms.
Barbara graduated from Lindenwood University with her BFA in Fashion Design and a minor in Studio Art in May 2015. A few of her accomplishments include winning Designer of the Year at Pins and Needles in 2015 and also at Phoenix Fashion Week of 2016. She will also be opening her own boutique in St. Louis in May 2018. She likes to create pieces that are structural, sophisticated, and detail oriented, while still showing the silhouettes of the female body. She also creates one of a kind jewelry pieces for both men and women. She sees fashion not as labels, but as a way people can express themselves without saying a word. Fashion is all around us, sometimes all you need to do is look.
Candace Wolf is a graduate from The Art Institutes International - Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design in June of 2017. She has had experience with Women's wear, Bridal, Special Occasion, Swimwear, Active wear, and Children's wear.
Currently, she has been working on new collections and custom orders. While attending college, Candace assisted Maria Behnen backstage KCFW in 2015 and 2016; her goal is to be able to have that same experience. Candace is a strong believer in buying well made clothing and supporting designers/companies that produced in the United States.
Christian Micheal shuster
sHe by christianMICHEAL is the long anticipated women's wear line from the christianMICHEAL FASHION HOUSE. Taking the incredible tailoring and superior design craftsmanship the christianMICHEAL brand has become known for, sHe by christianMICHEAL is for the style conscious and fashion forward modern woman. Born and raised in KCMO, Christian Micheal Shuster is a self-taught designer focused on intricate design with high quality craftsmanship for the confident and strong modern woman.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Cierra Marie McMichael is an emerging fashion designer with a commitment to provide young women with one of a kind, fashionable EVENTwear. She focuses on creating pieces that women can wear for a night out or to various events around Kansas City. Cierra has a reputation for being detailed, meticulous and designs with sincerity and a strong work ethic. She aims to help Kansas City reestablish itself as an epicenter in the garment manufacturing industry. By designing, making, and selling her garments to the community, she hopes to teach the importance of buying high-quality, American-produced garments. #buymadeinKC
Day's Eye was created by Catalan/Spanish born, Margarida Kessens. After completing her Bachelors’ Degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she worked several years in the textile and fashion industry. She moved to Kansas City to embrace time as a mother of two boys in 2008, and welcomed her 3rd son in 2011.
After several years of searching for a stylish, high quality handbag that could be easily converted to a backpack, she launched Day's Eye, LLC.
Day's Eye handbags are carefully manufactured by experienced artisans, one bag at a time. Made in Barcelona, Spain, Day's Eye handbags are made of the finest leather materials from Spain and Italy. Each handbag is unique and limited to 10 or less per style. Day's Eye handbags are designed to accommodate a woman's needs, and not the other way around. Many of Day's Eye styles are convertible and can effortlessly transform from crossbody to shoulder to backpack. Day's Eye commits to high quality, unique, functional handbags with a luxurious style.
Em's Trends business motto is about helping young women feel confident and beautiful. Em's Trends is operated and owned by Emily Pillard, from Lincoln, Nebraska. Emily is 19 who is focused on designing teen evening wear. She is inspired through nature elements such as florals to create a collection that is whimsical and elegant.
Meghann Wheelock of Ethel and Dean is a Kansas City based fashion designer with 7 years experience working in the Los Angeles and Kansas City Fashion Design Industry. She has designed for companies such as Guess Jeans, Betsey Johnson, Target, Gossip Girl Swimwear, Hula Star Swimwear, LaurenJames Swimwear, and Dillard's GB Juniors and Girls Swimwear.
Meghann graduated from FIDM in 2010 after participating in their annual Debut Fashion program. Her personal brand, Ethel and Dean, debuted at the KCFW Fall/Winter '17 show. Ethel and Dean is a children's clothing line that takes traditional kids themes and inspiration and applies them to fashion forward silhouettes. Meghann's designs for Betsey Johnson have been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and Women's Wear Daily.
Georgina Herrera was raised around jewelry and fashion her entire life. Her family owns a manufacture jewelry business in Mexico, but she never envisioned herself working in the industry. Herrera received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology and a Masters in International Relations. She began her career as an International Trade Sales Representative for a jeans brand in Mexico. After starting her family 4 years later, Herrera began working in jewelry with the MCK brand, a prominent Mexico-based jewelry brand, where she could help support her family with less travel obligations. She introduced the brand to department stores in Mexico, South America and Europe. In 2006, Herrera moved to Kansas City where she again introduced the MCK brand in the United States. In 2010, she opened her first company, MCK Jewelry LLC. As business flourished, Herrera opened her first retail store in 2014 in Leawood, KS. She was awarded Women Minority-Owned Business of the Year in 2015.
Georgina has been working in the jewelry industry and has been participating in many Jewelry Trade Shows for years, which gave her the experience and knowledge to better understand the world of fashion. In 2015, she developed her own line of jewelry within the MCK brand, labeled Georgina Herrera. Her achievements include having her designs featured in many different magazines and local television, accepting an award as the Women Minority-Owned Business of the Year in 2015 from the state of Kansas, and graduating from Scale Up Kansas City, Cohort 2016.
She knows that being a part Kansas City Fashion Week will be a greater opportunity to help her building her brand in the Midwest and later nationwide!
Fey is a senior at Stephens College studying product development and design. She has experience in multiple areas of the industry including men's sportswear, bridal, and women's sportswear. Her focus is primarily in menswear and technical design with a strong focus on fit. While keeping traditional silhouettes, Fey likes to incorporate new and innovative fabrics and find a balance between professional and modern. When she is not in the sewing labs, she loves to travel and find inspiration outside of Midwest through music, architecture, and experiences.
Hannah Swanson is a Des Moines, Iowa based designer specializing in evening wear. She fell in love with the aspect of wanting to help women look and feel confident and beautiful. Her design style can be described as simple yet sophisticated; she wants any woman to feel comfortable in one of her gowns. Hannah has previously shown collections in Omaha, Kansas City, and Des Moines Fashion Weeks..
Pamela Lucas is the designer and CEO of House of Pamela Renee. She is an alumni of "The Fashion Institute of Technology" in New York City. Pamela has several years of experience in fashion design, pattern drafting and apparel production. Her creativity is expressed in special occasion wear for men and women who are looking for classic styles with a unique twist. Over the years, Pamela has appeared on several television spots and has been interviewed on various radio shows as well.
Always knowing that she wanted to be involved in the art industry somehow, it began with Lauren wanting to draw and paint; other than the cross stitching that her grandma had taught her, sewing and fashion didn't cross her mind until later. Eventually Lauren traded in her pencils and paints for needles and fabric. She found a new medium that she loved working with and knew from there what she wanted to do. She studied Fashion Design/Merchandising at Dominican University and got the amazing opportunity to study in Paris at the Paris American Academy (PAA) under some of the industry's top professionals.
She began her own line and now designs women's clothing specializing in dresses for every occasion (casual to couture). The designs are feminine and flirty, whimsical and ethereal. Each piece using lots of fabric and exaggeration to give extra movement and drape to the look. She wants to bring a couture feel to the everyday wear of women. One of her main goals she hopes to accomplish with her designs is to show that high fashion does not just have to come from places such as New York or Paris; it is here in the Midwest as well.
Anita Kealey is the designer behind the sustainable clothing lines LENZANITA Couture.
She is president and founder of The Design Studio, Inc., an award winning and innovative designer in both fashion and contract design. She is also Creative Director for the Institute of Design & Technology – SD. She has received recognition over the past twenty-five years for her achievements creative design solutions. Her work has been seen in many publications such as House Beautiful, Midwest Living, HG-TV & Martha Stewart.
Her passion for the environment and awareness of sustainability is apparent in her eco-sustainable one of kind collections. These pieces feature contrasts using uncommon materials with simple lines and traditional shapes. The wearable attire and accessories are constructed of repurposed materials. Scraps from a local balloon manufacturer, woven obsolete media tape, and South Dakota grown sheep wool are among the textiles and accessories used in these creations.
Being plus size her entire life, Whitney understands the troubles of trying to find something cute and affordable on a daily basis. She understands going into department stores or chain stores looking for something that will fit perfectly. In 2016, once Whitney realized that high-quality, trend driven, and affordable styles were hard to find she decided to start Liv which caters to women sizes 12 to 36. Liv stands for living your life to the fullest in clothing that keeps it simple. All of the garments that Liv offers are made of high quality fabrics, trendy styles, and affordable prices. They make sure that all of the garments will transition to whatever is on your schedule. From your child’s play or a meeting Liv will keep you fashionable and comfortable through your day. Over the past years Whitney has been featured on stltoday.com and in local newspapers. She has also won multiple prizes with Columbia College Student Entrepreneur Showcase.
Nataliya Meyer always knew she was going to be creating clothing. It was somehow woven into her, just like learning to speak or how to write. She believes beauty will save the world. No matter how childish it sounds, she tries to make it happen by little things that one person can do. She is obsessed with her work and is very lucky to have it as an addiction that is creative rather than destructive. Almost every minute of her adult life she has been haunted with clothing: its creation, its fit, and its design.
She makes clothing that has to be perfect. Her process starts as an inspiration of something she sees, hears or reads. Then it evolves into images that would, in her mind, relate to the clothing she's making.
She always wanted to be noticed in a crowd. A lot of her inspiration came from researching historical heritage of many parts of the world. Her style of work is very diverse, but however different the clothes may be, the quality is always the highest.
High school senior, Miranda Hanson, started sewing at the age of eight. With the help of You-Tube, she has taught herself everything show knows about sewing and creating clothing. She became very serious about sewing when she entered high school and began making dresses for several friends and costumes for productions.
She has previously shown her collections at Omaha Fashion Week, The Fashion Gala, Kent Bellows Salon Night, and Kansas City Fashion Week. She has also been recognized by local newspapers multiple times. She plans to study fashion/costume design in college with her dream to be a designer under her own label or a costume designer for musicals.
Munelle de Vie evolved from the all time dream of Munisa Khuramova. Originally from Tajikistan, the designer of MDV – Khuramova, dreamt of becoming a fashion designer and to leave a mark in the history of fashion. We believe in slow fashion, promoting longevity of our unique designs and a healthy environment by using sustainable fabrications and to help communities in need.
Khuramova graduated from the Italian Fashion School, Istituto di Moda Burgo in 2015 and continued her education at Johnson County Community College the following year. While studying in the Italian fashion school she was able to create a collection of evening dresses for the private boutique, "Love it Istanbul" in Istanbul, Turkey. Khuramova showcased her debut collection for the S/S ’17 Kansas City Fashion Week, F/W’17 at Baltimore Fashion Week, ‘Solanoir’ at the Gown Gallery, Local Runway hosted by Vintage KC Magazine showcase and JCCC FM+D student show.
Jill was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. Being an artistic kid she was thrilled for her mother to teach her how to sew at 13. Sewing became a real passion and she decided to move to NYC to study fashion at Parsons School of Design. She worked as a designer in NYC for 7 years before moving back to KC. Her work has been seen on wedding blogs such as Style Me Pretty, and Borrowed and Blue. My Heirloom Bridal Design is a custom design studio for brides who want to experience the design process and have a more personal experience when purchasing their gown.
The best designs come from a life well-lived. Tonya’s fashion interests reflect her love of riding horses and travel. She is inspired by the Western lifestyle and the feel of being a free-spirited gypsy soul. She has always created one-of-a-kind items for herself due to seeing a lack of what her personal style entails in the fashion industry. Tonya gained her formal experience starting at Johnson County Community College. After graduating with an Associates of Applied Science of Arts in Fashion Design, she furthered her education by going to Stephen's College in Columbia, Missouri, where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development. Through her lifetime and college career, she has submitted collections at both JCCC and Stephens College for annual fashion shows. One of her accomplishments include being presented with the award of Best Collection: Most Marketable for a collection she showed at Stephens College.
From Overland Park, Kansas, Rachel is the womenswear designer for Rachel Pollak Designs, who loves designing classic and modern fashion. The designs appeal to a woman who is strong, sophisticated, and feminine, who loves mixing colors, patterns and textures to create a wearable statement. Rachel attended JCCC where she earned an Apparel Designs and Technology AAS. During this time she developed collections for the annual JCCC student fashion show competitions in both 2016 and 2017, where she placed first place and third place respectively. Last season, she presented her vegetable inspired Spring/Summer 2018 collection at KC Fashion Week. During NYFW 2018, she will be showing her Autumn/Winter 2018 Couture Collection with Oxford Fashion Studios in NYC. It is inspired by one of her winning designs from the “Make It Yours Challenge” with KC Fashion Week, KC Fashion Council, and Oak Park Mall. At KC Fashion Week this spring she will be showing her Autumn/Winter 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection.
At age 26, Sara Kahrs has 18 years of sewing experience, a degree in Fashion Design, 4+ years of experience in the corporate apparel industry, and has shown 4 collections on the KCFW Runway.
Kahrs' womenswear design aesthetic can be described as "sophisticated elegance." Each collection is unique to her. Whether inspired by the fabric, current trends, or a dream, Kahrs plans every collection with much careful thought and research. As you will see in her work, Sara prefers to design with clean seam lines that enhance the female figure. It is her goal to create original, but wearable garments for the modern women. As Sara works her way into men’s apparel design for the first time in 2018, her collection will provide fashion forward, layered fall looks for the rugged male with a rich color palette and patterns that can translate across a wide range of male demographics.
Within all apparel categories Kahrs designs for, she puts a strong focus on fit and construction in addition to the stylistic design. As a fit technician and technical designer by day, seamstress by night, her attention to detail on style, fit, and construction is evident in her work. For Kahrs, quality is equally as important as the design itself.
Schyler believes that everyone has unique strengths and perspectives that provide an indefinable world of learning which make fashion – and life – much more exciting. Her designs are meant to inspire men and women to adopt a positive mindset and be activators for life.
Schyler received her Bachelor of Science in Apparel and Textiles with a specialization in design and production from Kansas State University. Her mixture of creative and analytical qualities led her to focus on technical design throughout her education and she currently works full-time as a men’s denim pattern designer at Lee Jeans in addition to designing for her personal line, Schyline. For Schyline, she specializes in men’s and women’s lounge/resort wear and gets a majority of her inspiration from her time abroad in Melbourne, Australia.
Charissa is a Veteran of the United States Army. She believes in dressing modestly, and has developed "Sew Rissa-Renee" to be modest apparel. Being a Christian woman, she wanted to show that being a church girl doesn't mean you have to look "frumpy." According to Charissa, "We are SAVED and FLY." Charissa loves vintage looks, which inspires her work. Simple is best. Charissa has designed for five national recording Gospel artists, including Lisa Knowles-Smith, Maranda Curtis, Jekalyn Carr, Beverly Crawford, and Lecresia Campbell. She is a self-taught seamstress, starting her work in the fashion industry in April, 2014.
Sew UnRelaxed - Missy isamoore
Missy IsaMoore is a self taught designer born in Kansas City, Missouri, raised in Houston, Texas, and lived in Chicago. Missy gets her inspiration and boldness of her deigns from experiencing different cities. Afro-politan … Afrocentric and cosmopolitan. "And Sew It Is" a fusion of both, Sew UnRelaxed revels in the use of prints, colors and textures in their designs. Sew Unrelaxed's goal is to make American urban clothing with vibrancy inspired by or with Ankara. Sew UnRelaxed runs the gamut from casual wear, swimwear, evening wear, and recently Menswear with no sign of slowing down.
Tobie Roberts began sewing in 5th grade and found her interest in bridal design with couture influences. She is now a Senior Fashion Design and Product Development major at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. While in college she has interned in Chicago and New York for different companies spanning from bridal wear to accessories. She just finished a Master Couture Class taught at the Louvre by Stephanie Coudert, in correlation with Chanel’s altiers. Outside of college Tobie owns a fashion based non-profit, The Green Prom Movement, and recently launched her bridal line, Tobie Marie and pageant brand extension Oliviet by Tobie Marie in August of 2016. Her pageant designs can be seen on the Miss KS USA stage, at the National American Miss National pageant, and many more. Her interest lies in providing custom and one of a kind designs to women and girls across the country of all abilities and hopes to create change among the fashion industry to create inclusive fashion.
Tiffany Brown brings to you TRBrown, a women’s ready to wear brand that offers statement pieces for every occasion. Tiffany has a keen eye for textures and color cohesion, in which, both are very important to her when creating a collection. Although she has not been in the fashion industry that long, TRBrown has been putting an imprint on the fashion community being featured in notable magazines, holding television spots and hitting the runway in multiple Fashion Weeks across the United States.
Lydia is an emerging designer with a nitch in tailored menswear suitings. She likes the challenge of the problems that men face with their wardrobe. She is currently studying Apparel Design at Iowa State University and wants to soon own her own brand.She strives to design clothing that is uncommon, but practical; fashion-forward, but relevant, and fun but focused.