F/W '19 designers
KCFW is thrilled with the talent that will be on our runway in March 2019.
Amanda Casarez is a DC and STL based designer, with a BS from University of Hawaii in Fashion Design and Merchandising. Alum of the inaugural class for DC Fashion Incubator at Macy’s, established her DC based brand as designer-in-residence. Amanda is currently selling her capsule collection at Macy’s in Las Vegas Fashion Mall.
A fashion label with a high-fashion and street chic twist, an ultra modern aesthetic with standout detailing, yet effortlessly cool styling, and a borrowed-from-the-boys-attitude. The brand's ethos, to create a wardrobe that focuses on a woman's complete life: modern, premium quality pieces with the inimitable ease of streetwear, making sure our everyday muse can live her life in every piece we make. Clothing that embodies a feminine, strong, confident woman, inside and out.
Andrew Clancey a fashion stylist of 15 years with work in London, New York, and Nashville, started a label 3 years ago after moving his boutique to Nashville. His brand aesthetic is Rock n Roll Tailoring with a twist. Expect a lot of shine and glitter with sequins being his favorite medium.
In 3 short years he has featured at Nashville Fashion Week 3 times, South Walton Fashion Week, Palm Springs Style Fashion Week, Greenville Fashion Week, and won People’s Choice Award at Charleston Fashion Week.
Andrew has picked up celebrity clients including, Beyonce, Kesha, Cher, Cheap Trick, Fergie, Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Jane Fonda , Rita Ora and Ozzy Ozbourne to name but a few.
Andrew wants to show his brand to every corner of America, then hopefully the world!
Atinuke Adeleke is a Jewelry Designer with an undergraduate and masters degree in Law. She is currently enrolled at Kansas University taking metal smithing and design classes. All her pieces are handcrafted in her studio in West Plains, Missouri.
She took her first jewelry making class from local artisans in Nigeria 9 years ago and fell in love with the process of handcrafting wearable artisan pieces. She created the brand Zuri Perle 6years ago to cater to African brides looking for traditional African Jewelry to wear for their traditional wedding here in the United States She has since expanded her jewelry line to incorporate a balance of her Nigerian traditional aesthetic and western experience.
Her aim is to showcase jewelry designs that are a far cry from the stereotypical cowry, bones, horn jewelry pieces that are associated with the African continent and showcase another side of the continent that is enamored with color, gemstones, and precious metals.
Her pieces have been seen on Say Yes to the Dress, CNN Africa, Bead Style Magazine (US) and a couple of local publications in her home country Nigeria.
Devil Doll by Audrey Lockwood derived from a longtime passion for creating and a childhood nickname. With her mischievous ways, her parents nicknamed her Devil Doll at a young age and little did they know it would become the name of Audrey's ready-to-wear business.
Audrey recently showed her first runway collection on the Kansas City Fashion Week runways this past fall. Her collection was retro and quirky, inspired by Wes Anderson and French fashion icons, such as Brigitte Bardot and Francoise Hardy. Audrey recently graduated from Stephens College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development. She additionally studied London College of Fashion and worked as a design intern at Kohl's Corporate Headquarters as an undergraduate student. She has won the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund twice and has been chosen to present her work to the CFDA.
Audrey continues to constantly learn and develop herself as a designer and also has an extensive background in retail.
As a designer and entrepreneur she channels an edgy, retro style that always maintains a feminine edge. She uses bold color and strong texture throughout her work to dress the girl boss that everyone is undeniably drawn to. Audrey is heavily inspired by vintage dress and pop culture and uses those references to create conceptual collections. Her designs are all about empowering the boldest of women. All of her garments are available as custom made-to-measure pieces in her current line Devil Doll. In her free time she enjoys fashion blogging and traveling with her pug, Athena. Audrey uses conceptualization, illustration, patterning, and sewing garments to clothe the women who are making waves in the world.
The brand Barbara Bultman is a revolutionary crossroad of style for the fearless woman. She is inspired by things that are all around her and things that effect the world. As a St. Louis based designer, every time she begins a new collection she tries to take in everything to create something that is innovative and will inspire others. She graduated from Lindenwood University with a BFA in Fashion Design and a minor in Studio Art in May 2015. A few of her biggest accomplishments was earning the title Designer of the Year at Phoenix Fashion Week 2016, and Pins and Needles Designer of the Year in 2015. Barbara likes to create pieces that are structural, sophisticated and detail oriented, while still showing the silhouettes of the female body. She also create one of a kind jewelry pieces for both men and women. She sees fashion not as labels, but as a way people can express themself without saying a word. As she likes to say, “Dare to Wear.”--
Brittany Westbrook is an emerging designer from Wichita, KS. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's degree in Apparel and Textiles. She specializes in women's and children's wear and creates custom illustrations of brides. Her designs feature clean lines and retro influences. She strives to design clothing that every woman would feel comfortable in. She is influenced by the many women in her life, and the needs that their everyday lives present.
Brittany is an adventurous soul, whose journey has taken her all over the world. She uses these experiences as inspiration and looks forward to the opportunities and challenges they create. In her free time, Brittany enjoys spending time with her many nieces and nephews, creating fashion illustrations, and cooking.
christianMICHEAL is a modern fashion label for the style conscious and fashion forward modern man and woman. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, menswear designer Christian Micheal Shuster found a love for art and fashion at a very young age. A self-taught designer, focused on intricate design with high quality craftsmanship, the christianMICHEAL design label has quickly become one of the most recognized and respected design labels in Kansas City and across the Midwest.
Clarissa Knighten is a courageous jewelry artist entrepreneur. She left Corporate America in 2017 to pursue her business, Rissa’s Artistic Design (R.A.D.). Creates a haven for those who seek to collect and wear bold beautiful art. She strives to handcraft masterpieces of jewelry that range from Earthy to Edgy to Elegant. Each piece has the ability to transform any outfit, while at the same time lifting the emotional expression of the wearer. This creates higher self-image, confidence, and savvy attitude needed to navigate the complex and dynamic world we live in today. She recently appeared in her first runway show with Kansas City Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019, KC Studio Magazine September / October 2018 with the African American Artist Collective, KC Studio Magazine May/June 2018 edition has a picture of her work for Black Space Black Art and Vintage KC Magazine advertised her work in 2016. Clarissa has the ability to create from various materials: leather, cowrie shells, tree branches, rocks, wire, gemstones even buttons can be found in her work.
Motto: Allow art to heal your pain.
A Denver native, Duane Topping was born and raised in east Denver. After serving in the military for over a decade, he retired in 2012. Duane then moved back to Denver, where he experienced a difficult time adjusting into civilian life with PTSD as a constant demon. His service in the military exposed him to the ugliness of war and gave him a jaded view of the world. Following his love of art and fashion, he taught himself to sew in the fall of 2016 as a way to escape the darkness. He found peace in the creative process, and Topping Designs quickly grew into one of Denver’s top design houses. Duane’s inspiration are those experiences, and each garment reflects a step on his journey. Since 2016, Duane Topping, and Topping Design’s has shown throughout the country including runways during New York Fashion Week. His most recent publication found his garments published in Vogue China. The muses for Duane, however, are still rooted in people. His hope is to pass along the peace he found through fashion. Like himself, every person is different and has their own journey and obstacles to face. Duane says, “this is what makes them beautiful. Clothes allow us to be who we want to be, to transcend the barriers placed around us and be who we aspire to become.”
Elise Lammert is a Fashion Designer based out of St. Louis, Missouri. She learned to sew from her grandmother sparking her love of design at a young age. She continued to explore her love of design through her studies at the University of Missouri ultimately graduating with a degree in Textile and Apparel Management. The past five years she has taken time to explore other areas of the fashion industry but is back and ready to share her new line with us at Kansas City Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019. Keep an eye out on the runway to catch some of her easy feminine looks with an edgy western twist.
Missy IsaMoore is a self taught designer born in Kansas City, Missouri, raised in Houston, Texas, and lived in Chicago, Illinois. 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.
Georgina Herrera was raised around jewelry and fashion her entire life. Her family owns a manufacturing 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 Mackech brand, a prominent Mexico-based jewelry brand. She introduced the brand to department stores in Mexico, South America and Europe.
In 2006, Herrera moved to Kansas City where she started designing her own brand “Her by Georgina Herrera” and opened her first company in the USA, MCK Brands.
The young designer Hailey Vollbrecht is a creative, well taught and very passionate designer. She has had the privilege to gain design experience not only at Iowa State but also at London College of Fashion. She has worked in the industry interning for Marchesa as a Couture Designer, also at Free People as an assistant designer, and backstage with Aveda Institute at multiple New York Fashion shows. She is a driven student excited to excel and gain as much experience as possible and to share it with others.
Hannah Swanson is a Des Moines, Iowa based designer specializing in evening wear. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in apparel design.
She created her label, Hannah Kristina Designs, in the fall of 2016, because she fell in love with the idea of wanting to help women look and feel both 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 her collections in Omaha, Kansas City, Des Moines, and Chicago Fashion Weeks.
Jaxson is currently attending Kansas State University, majoring in Apparel and Textile Design Production. Jaxson was on Season 1 of Project Runway Junior. Since then his company, XYZ, creates clothing to empower women. His goal is to make women all over the world feel confident and powerful. This is XYZ's debut fashion show, and Jaxson is very excited to showcase his collection.
Originally from Sacramento, CA, Jennifer Tierney is intrigued most by lines, movement and creating shapes through space. Fashion & costume design was always waiting in the wings past a 17 yr professional ballet career. Her designs revolve heavily around curves of the body and exploring silhouettes and texturing while delicately recreating the architectural body lines with fabric.
Ms. Tierney has shown Collections for W. 18th Street Fashion Show in Kansas City, Mo as well as KC Fashion Week. Each Collection is unique to itself in theme & design. She has also designed and produced countless commissioned works.
Joshua studied fashion design at FIDM in Los Angeles, CA and after graduation was selected as a contestant for the TV show Project Runway. After the show Joshua became a menswear designer at Guess Inc. After a time there he decided to grow his own line of clothing under his name. These collections, season after season, have been featured at fashion weeks around the world. As part of a journey to discover what design can do, Joshua Christensen designs clothing for both men and women, including concept designs, evening-wear, swimwear, athletic apparel, etc.
Kamber Elyse is a designer for the confident, authentic, eclectic woman. Defining herself as a country soul with couture goals, she is currently a student emerging herself in the apparel industry. Originally from a small town in Illinois, she spends summers in New York City gaining the needed hands on experience while working for world-renowned brands. Kamber Elyse launched her most recent line- RED: a spur of the moment, kick of the boot, take no bull collection. She has entered Kansas City Fashion week making it the first of many career milestones proving that although you may be from somewhere small, you're meant to do things on a larger scale.
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), while beginning to introduce ready-to-wear separates. 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.
While she gathers inspiration from everyday life and experiences, the greatest inspiration for her line comes from her love of Paris. Vividly remembering the architecture, language, culture, and the overall feeling of the city, she uses that as inspiration for all of her designs; hoping to bring a little bit of Paris to the Midwest.
Some of Lauren’s greatest accomplishments have been getting the opportunity to show in New York during Fashion Week and having some of her designs used in the Bronx Diba/Luichiny national shoe campaign for the last 5 seasons.
Maddie Kim is currently a senior at Iowa State University studying creative and technical apparel design. Maddie Lucille designs ready to wear garments with emphasis on contrasting silhouettes and unique textures. Focus on the intricate details of each garment creates one of a kind pieces inspired by earth's natural elements.
Maddie first sparked an interest in creating garments back when she was 10 years old and would superglue fabric together to create skirts. Since then she has increased her knowledge in the apparel industry through experience of internships at LoveShackFancy in NYC and A&F Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, been a national scholarship recipient of the YMA FSF in 2018, showed a collection at Accademia Italiana's annual Fashion Show in Florence, Italy, and spent many hours in the sewing lab.
Maddie is interested in designing a collection for KCFW to gain more industry experience and to launch her brand name. She hopes to create ensembles that are inspired by high end designers but are much more approachable and realistic for a wider target market to wear.
I’m Fashion Designer from Kansas City and my name is Nataliya Meyer
I always knew I was going to be creating clothing. It somehow has been woven into me, just like learning to speak or how to write. I believe beauty will save the world. No matter how childish it sounds, I try to make it happen by little things that one person can do. I enjoy making unique costumes for kids and giving some of them away for free just to see their happiness or using the leftover fabric that anyone else would have thrown away, to make something beautiful. I'm obsessed with my work and I'm very lucky to have it as an addiction that is creative rather than destructive. Almost every minute of my adult life I am haunted with clothing: its creation, its fit, and its design
I make clothing that has to be perfect. My process starts as an inspiration of something I see, hear or read. Then it evolves into images that would in some way in my mind relate to the clothing I'm making. The first thing I do is to go through my boxes of leftovers trying to think if any would fit my project. Once they are found I make a pattern of what I would like to see. I put it together and decorate it. Once it's on a dress form, I make it fit perfectly to the body of a particular person according to their body type and proportion. My goal is to make my customer happy by applying my skill and talent. I dream of making enough money to do charity work and feed my family at the same time. I wake up every day hoping that today will be that day
I always wanted to be noticed in a crowd. Being from a poor background, there were no funds available for my great taste! So I started altering things that I had. It took lots of hard work. I always studied costumes and clothing. Lots of inspiration came from researching historical heritage of many parts of the world. Everything I see I absorb in my mind and translate it into clothing language. My style of work is very diverse, but however different the clothes may be, the quality is always the highest. I am my own toughest judge.
Paulie Gibson draws upon all of his life experiences to serve as inspiration for his apparel. Paulie launched his first sellable collection under his name with a showcase with local organization RAW: Artists. Simultaneously, Paulie Gibson was selected for the Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging designer program, where he was selected and purchased by retail giant Zappos.com. While in Phoenix, the brand began to garner the attention of the celebrity stylists in Los Angeles, and within two weeks had his first showing at STYLE Fashion Week, Los Angeles. The following season the collection returned to SFW where he completed his second showing and was filmed & featured on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 20. In addition to ANTM, Paulie Gibson has been worn to the Grammy’s, movie premieres, music videos and published in numerous publications.
Rachel Pollak is the Creative Director and Fashion Designer for Rachel Pollak Designs which designs fashion for the modern women looking for wearable statement looks. She began to develop an interest in art at a very young age. As a two years old, she began to draw daily. Her draws included distinctive facial features, fingers, toes, and buttons on clothing. This love of drawing evolved into the love for more 3D art such as apparel design.
Fashion for her was an exciting way to express herself, so she began studying fashion design at Johnson County Community College in here junior year of high school. In the summer of 2017, she graduated JCCC with an Apparel Design and Technology AAS degree with a mission to start her own business. She has over four years of fashion design experience from showing is school shows to NYFW. She participated in the annual JCCC Fashion show in 2016 and won 1st place with her line “Feeling Good” and third place in 2017 with her line “Striking.”
Rachel Pollak has shown three times now with KCFW in the S/S 2018, F/W 2018, and S/S 2019 shows. She has also shown during NYFW with her F/W 2018 couture collection “Uptown Goddess” inspired by one of her “Make it Yours” challenge looks. Just this F/W Rachel Pollak Designs began selling online on Nineteenth Amendments and on her site (www.rachelpollakdesigns.com) with her F/W 2018 "Midwinter Sunset" collection pieces. She also began a custom order service because she believes everyone should have the opportunity to buy perfectly fitted and one of a kind clothes.
Everything is made as locally as possible to support the local economy and close quality control. She uses her knowledge and creative energy to design looks that are new and different, yet very wearable. #Overdressedcasual. She is looking forward to showing her brands style, vision, and art to a larger audience this season at KCFW.
Shelby Harvey is a designer based out of Springfield, MO who currently studies at Missouri State University. She has a passion and vision for bridal gowns, but is interested in bringing her unique design perspective into a ready-to-wear line. Her newest collection is inspired by Proverbs 31 and the Virtuous Woman. She has a vision to evoke the modest, fun, fashionable virtuous woman in all of us.
Her past experiences working closely with Bridal Gown designer Hayley Paige and Celebrity Couture designer Asher Levine have shaped her outlook as a young designer and given her first hand industry knowledge. She is so excited to present at her first Kansas City Fashion Week and to further launch her brand.