F/W '17 Saturday Night Runway

The final night of runway shows for the F/W '17 season was a breath of fresh air! Amazing designs, detailed pieces, and impeccable craftsmanship from 8 collections of designs created an unbelievable show! What a way to end the season! 

Michael Drummond

This is Michael Drummond's fifth time presenting a collection at KCFW.  Michael is known for being a Project Runway veteran (season 8).  His client list includes Tika Sumpter and Heidi Klum and his work has been showcased alongside Alexander McQueen, Viktor and Rolf, Maison Martin Margiela, Iris van Herpen and Pam Hogg. Primarily a knitwear designer, Michael finds inspiration from architects, buildings, and bones.

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TOMBOY

As an independent designer, Laura McGrew founded the TOMBOY label in 2003. Since then it has become eminent in Kansas City and conspicuous for quality, sustainable clothing.  This reputation is preserved by monitoring the manufacturing process from start to finish. Each piece is cut at her studio in Kansas City.  The TOMBOY line of knits is made exclusively from the best quality Rayon Spandex Jersey that is domestically milled from the finest yarns.  

The F/W '17 TOMBOY collection was a colorful mix of gray, blue, black and lime green fabrics. Dominant styles included jumpsuits, wide legged pants, leggings, turtleneck dresses, and long skirts in some of the most comfortable and soft fabrics imaginable. TOMBOY merged street style inspiration with athletic wear in a chic and fashionable way!

Barbara Bultman

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. The looks in this collection featured lots of colorful accents, fringe, and a 70's vibe that was electric to the audience as her pieces walked the runway.  

christianMICHEAL

christianMICHEAL is a modern menswear label for the style conscious and fashion forward modern man.  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, Christian has spent the past 8 years teaching himself the art of tailoring and expanding his skill level on the cutting table and sewing machine.  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

Georgina Herrera 

Georgina Herrera was raised around jewelry and fashion her entire life. Her family owns a jewelry manufacturing business in Mexico. She began her career as an International Trade Sales Representative for a jeans brand. After starting her family, Herrera began working in the jewelry business under the Mackech label, a prominent Mexico-based jewelry brand. Herrera moved to Kansas City where she again introduced the Mackech brand in the United States. In 2010, she opened her first company, Mackech Jewelry LLC. As business flourished, Herrera opened her first retail store in 2014 in Leawood, KS. Georgina's F/W '17 collection was breathtaking! Large gold and silver pieces with exaggerated shapes and gems. The collection was sophisticated and flawless! 

House of Cochon 

Courtney Perry is the lead accessories designer for House of Cochon, a Kansas City based design house.  House of Cochon was the winner of The Pitch's "Best of" award 2012, RAW artist of the year 2012, and long time veteran brand participant in Kansas City Fashion Week. This season's collection had a butterfly and nature theme that was inspiring to see come to life on the KCFW runway. Colorful head pieces, large interesting necklaces, and very detailed almost glass-like pieces created a unique and beautiful line!

Lucia's Sarto 

Nataliya Meyer is a Kansas City based designer that is no stranger to the KCFW Runway. She has shown several collections of beautiful evening wear gowns and this season she switched it up by debuting her first ever complete ready to wear collection. Still remaining true to her design aesthetic, she created several dressy looks with lace fabric, wide legged denim, and perfect outerwear pieces as well. 

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ChristianMICHEAL debuted his brand new womenswear line sHe by christianMICHEAL for the first time on the KCFW runway.  Taking the incredible tailoring and craftmanship he his know for in his menswear collections and translating it into womens wear might not have been an easy task, but he made it look flawless! Jacket and pant looks paired with cropped tops and perfectly constructed button downs in black and white color blocking patterns created several of the lines dominate looks. 

F/W '17 Friday Night Runway

Night three of runway shows at the Grand Hall at Power and Light was an amazing collection of show stopping looks from eight featured designers! 

Joshua Christensen 

Los Angeles based Project Runway Alum, Joshua Christensen, debuted a brand new collection for the sold out crowd at Friday night's runway event! The men's and women's looks were a collection of beautiful colors and Asian inspired silhouettes. Always a crowd pleaser, this line did not disappoint! Painted faces, detailed fabrics, and studded plastic jewelry pieces were highlights of the collection. 

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Ethel And Dean 

Meghann Wheelock of Ethel and Dean is a Kansas City based fashion designer with 6 years experience working in the Los Angeles Fashion Design Industry. Ethel and Dean, is a children's clothing line that takes traditional kids themes and inspiration and applies them to fashion silhouettes. Meghann's F/W '17 collection featured plaid prints, graphic tees, and military detailing throughout the pieces. The color story of navy blue, army green, and denim, with gold details was a stand out collection! 

Julia Fischer 

Julia Fischer is a womenswear designer originally from St. Louis, currently based in Kansas City.  She designs for women who are serious about fun, demand adventure, and are un-apologetically bold in their sartorial choices. The fabric choices in Julia's collection were amazing! Holographic pieces, denim, bold colors of bright pink and green, and  blue velvety-fur were all stand out fabrics that created a collection that was fun and bold! 

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Nasheli Juliana 

With sixteen years in the fashion industry, Nasheli’s design experience includes working as technical designer, draper, tailor, and fine sewing techniques for different designers based in New York, Italy, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Nasheli's F/W '17 collection was inspired by Catholicism and nuns. She created a Monochromatic palette of structured pieces and amazing silhouettes. 

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Lauren Bander 

Lauren Bander 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.

Lauren's designs are flirty, whimsical and ethereal. Her signature style is to create pieces using lots of fabric and exaggeration to give extra movement and drape to the look. Long pretty dresses with interesting hems, hooded capes, and pretty feminine pieces walked the runway for her F/W '17 collection. 

Andrea Marie Long Designs 

Born and raised in Kansas City, Andrea Long is finishing her first year as a full-time designer. Andrea's first year included completing her fifth and sixth seasons of Kansas City Fashion Week, her second season of the West 18th Street Fashion Show, teaching youth fashion classes at the Kansas City Art Institute, styling for print and clients, teaching sewing to students of all ages and creating custom design work for multiple clients.

She is able to draw on her international experience, her background in costume design, and the Kansas City fashion community to create work that connects to the now moments and the dreamy ones. Her Fall/Winter 2017 collection continued the exploration of luxurious velvets and edgy silhouettes. Deep rich colors of navy and green with accents of gold created a stunningly glamorous collection! Embroidered jackets, leather pieces, and plunging neck-lines were dominate details in this beautiful collection. 

TRBrown 

Tiffany Brown is a 29 year old self-taught seamstress. She has been sewing for about a year now and is currently taking classes in the fashion program at JCCC. Her fashion interests tend to be all over the place because she loves different pieces of the fashion world. She is a bit of an old soul, so she pulls towards the older styles and looks because she feels they will never go out of style. Her brand, TRBrown,  is a ready-to-wear brand for the individual looking to make a statement at an affordable price.

For her F/W '17 collection Tiffany looked towards her love for older styles and created a 70's inspired collection of pieces that were absolutely flawless. Fur pieces, thick tapestry fabrics, wide legged pants, and bell sleeves, all helped to create an unmistakingly 70's glam girl vibe. 

Queens Rocket 

Jon Fulton Adams has always had a great interest in fashion.  He discovered his label's name 'Queen's Rocket' in a Victorian book - it means "the height of fashion" in the language of flowers.  He has been designing under that label for over a decade.
Jon's degree in Fashion Design comes from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he also studied costuming and history.  His recent work has been on local stages.  He has designed for the Unicorn, the Coterie, Heart of America Shakespeare, and several other local theater troupes.Jon's collection of menswear looks were bold and stunning! Dramatic jackets with fur details, bold mixed prints, vests, and even a men's skirt were featured. 

F/W '17 Thursday Night Runway

Thursday night's runway show at Grand Hall at Power Light  was a refreshing mix of ready-to-wear, evening wear, and several street style inspired designs! 

Roger Figueroa

Roger Figueroa is currently a student at Johnson County Community College (JCCC), where he was previously selected as the student of the year by the fashion department. With plans to transfer to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Roger is utilizing his time to expand his brand in the community and fashion industry. His F/W '17 collection was a new refreshing mix of men's and women's looks!

Wiki Wang

Wiki Wang is a recent winner of the prestigious Pins and Needles Fashion Design Competition in which she competed against the best upcoming designers from across the country! Her innovative looks and styles are effortlessly flattering. Wiki Wang's minimal, clean modern silhouettes have a refined elegance to help women feel more confident in communicating their identity and their personality. Several of Wiki's looks on the runway last night included bell sleeves, flouncy pleated skirts, and details of minimal ruffles. 

Amanda Casarez

Amanda is a graduate from University of Hawaii at Manoa in Fashion Design and Merchandising, class of 2014.  Once she graduated, she moved to Virginia, where she started her own line in May of 2015.  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. The collection Amanda showed last night featured an Asian influence.  Very structured pieces of satin, wrap pieces, and detailed belts. 

Madyssen Jean

Madyssen Hrlevich of Madyssen Jean started sewing towards the end of her junior year of high school and showed her first collection in Omaha Fashion Week a year later. She loves femininity with a darkness, and combining the sophistication of Chanel with the edginess of Alexander McQueen. Madyssen has created the perfect storm of inspiration and her craft is devoted to sharp lines, tailoring, and textile combinations. 

Madyssen Jean's F/W '17 collection featured a stunning mix of hidden florals, black rich fabrics, and beautiful written embroidery. The dark romantic story that was told through a collection of sophisticated pieces was a crowd favorite. 

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Lee Jeans

F/W '17 sponsor Lee Jeans showed a sophisticated collection of denim ready-to-wear looks during last night's showcase. Lee introduced new fall fashions with items like jean jackets with embroidery and distressing, jean vests (yes, they are back!), new girlfriend jeans, and denim with frayed hems, interesting side seams, and tonal patterns.

Lee jeans can be found at major retailers including Macy’s, Amazon, Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Lee.com, as well as regional department stores nationwide.

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Neolle Designs

Designer, Ciara Fortun, is a 16 year old designer from Omaha, Nebraska. Ciara designs mostly evening and formal wear aimed for the young woman who isn't afraid to convey herself in a unique and sophisticated way. Ciara's F/W '17 collection was full of classic pieces with beautiful black and white details. She is definatley a young and emerging designer to watch! 

Crystal Brakhage Designs

Designer Crystal Brakhage graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December of 2016.  She loves to make women feel confident, comfortable, and powerful. Her target customer is a women age 20-30 who is not afraid to show who they are and be a little different.  This woman doesn't follow the norms because her designs definitely don't.  She wants to make a statement.  People want to go up and meet her or be her.

Last night Crystal debuted a dark and glamorous collection with flashes of gold. The looks were edgy and sophisticated, but still had a street style, cool girl vibe! 

More Than Just Fig Leaves  + Erin Paige

Eve Emanuel, designer of MTJF, has been at the forefront of creating modest clothing for the modern woman. She aims to provide an option for women to dress in current fashion while maintaining a sense of refined classicism and romanticism in her creations. This season's collection was a collaboration between her clothing designs and Erin Paige's jewelry creations. The inspiration was a street style vibe and also the up-cycle of fabrics and materials. MTJF, short for More Than Just Figleaves, appeals to the modern woman of today who wishes for versatile stylish clothing that is hip refined and classy all in one.

Erin Paige Stegman has had a love for the arts and for people.  She believes her designs create an opportunity to serve both passions.  "I truly believe the individual who wears my design feels this energy transferred to them and will spread it throughout their lives."  Erin's F/W '17 collection features a mix of delicate pieces with larger copper pieces. There is an unique mix of hard and soft edges that pair perfectly with Eve's street style designs. 

Photos: Atherton Photography 

F/W '17 Wednesday Night Runway

Last night we kicked off the first night of runway shows for the F/W '17 season of Kansas City Fashion Week! The venue at the Grand Hall was absolutely stunning! Chandeliers glistened  down on the runway as 9 designers showcased their newest collections to a full house of guests and media! 

Designs By Miranda Hanson

High school junior, Miranda Hanson, started sewing at the age of eight years old!  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, after making dresses for several friends and costumes for productions. Miranda's designs for her F/W '17 collection featured details of floral embroidery, bold black and white stripes and blue satin!  The show stopping pieces are right on trend and were definatley a fantastic way to start the Wednesday night show! 

Oliviet by Tobie Marie

Tobie Roberts began sewing in 5th grade and found her interest in evening wear. She is now a Junior Fashion Design and Product Development major at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Tobie showcased her pageant brand extension "Oliviet by Tobie Marie" during last night's runway event. "The New Jackies" F/W '17 collection was a showstopper! Pillbox hats, round sunglasses, and retro silhouettes with a modern edge describe several of the looks! 

Hannah Kristina Designs

Hannah Swanson, designer of Hannah Kristina Designs, is a recent graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor's in apparel design.  Specializing in bridal and evening wear, she was inspired by waterfalls for her new collection.  Several of Hannah's designs featured beautiful drapping fabrics in jeweled tones with silk and sheer details. The finale look shown here featured a delicate shear and sparkle cape look!  

Kelly Callaway Designs

At just 11 years old, Kelly Callaway is living her dreams of being a fashion designer!  She has shown her collections previously at Phoenix Fashion Week and now debuting for the first time in Kansas City! Her looks are vibrant and fun featuring amazing craftsmanship with beautiful colors and patterns. Kelly's vision for bold and modern designs were a crowd favorite, earning her a standing ovation! 

Coco and Ilia

Cortney Sims and Ilia Siegwald both attended Stephens College and met during one of their art classes freshman year.  Later, they started to realize how similar their design styles were and began work on "Coco and Ilia'; a high-end street wear brand inspired by their video game and comic book influences.  Their goal is to empower women through clothing that allows them to create themselves and express their individuality.  

Coco and Ilia's F/W '17 collection was inspired by the boxing ring with a street wear twist! Lace up details, silk robes, and knock out attitude encompassed this fun and vibrant collection! 

Keilah Jadlow

From her early years, Keilah has always been drawn to clothing. During the Fall of 2016, she graduated from JCCC's Apparel Design and Technology program.  She possesses big love and admiration for the past, which is clearly exemplified in her creations. She adores clothing, art, and colors that make her feel nostalgic.

Keilah's love for vintage was very clear with her F/W '17 collection, which featured bold prints, collared necklines, wide leg flares, and 70' vibes!  The retro inspiration was delivered in each look with a nod to a modern girl! 

Sheraz Pompey

Sheraz Pompey is a self taught designer from Kansas City, MO. He started designing in his senior year of high school where he studied fashion design for a half semester which he was taught the basics of sewing. In 2013, Sheraz participated in a local Kansas City fashion show where he debuted his first fashion line which he received great reviews from, and it motivated him to pursue fashion farther. 

Sheraz's F/W '17 collection of evening looks for men and women featured several show stopping pieces. Glitter, sparkle, and nontraditional silhouettes blazed the runway! 

J. Manning Apparel 

Jamesia Manning is an emerging self-taught fashion designer that tailors towards outerwear.  Her brand caters to a business professional customer that would like a classic look, but stylish as well.  Her F/W '17 collection featured brocade fabrics, tweed, and beautiful tailoring in both men's and women's fashion! Stunning button details, high collars, and rich fabrics made this ready to wear collection complete. 

F/W '17 | Lee Jeans

This season Kansas City Fashion Week is very excited to welcome Lee Jeans to the KCFW Runway! What better way to celebrate the Kansas City area's rich history in the fashion industry and apparel manufacturing, than with a partnership between #KCFW and local apparel brand, Lee!

Originally produced in 1889 in Salina, Kansas and currently headquartered right here in Merriam, KS, Lee has crafted innovative, trend-forward styles that deliver unparalleled fit, design, and comfort through creative fabric solutions and state-of-the-art design technology. For over 125 years, Lee has been purposefully designing clothing to inspire you to live a life in motion. Lee Jeans are associated with many modern denim styles including dungarees, overalls, the introduction of the zipper fly, and the lazy "S" back pocket design. 

1. What made Lee decide to get involved with KCFW? 

Lee is proud to have called Kansas City home for 100 years and as a leading manufacturer of jeans and casual apparel, we are excited to participate in Kansas City Fashion Week and showcase our Fall styles.

2. What does Lee's involvement in KCFW include (swag, runway segment, etc.)? 

Lee is a Collection Sponsor of KCFW including a runway show featuring our Fall 2017 styles, participation in the Vendor Showcase, and gifting Lee jeans to the Media Event guests / VIP attendees each night of the week.

3. What do you want our readers to know about Lee? 

Lee is a brand with authentic American denim heritage dating back to the founding of the H.D. Lee Mercantile company in 1889 in Salina, KS.(Lee moved the company’s headquarters to Kansas City in 1917; 100 years ago). Over our 128 year company history, we have been committed to delivering quality craftsmanship and innovation, along with iconic style, in everything we do. We recognize that some people in Kansas City, and in the fashion community at large, have not had Lee as top of mind during the past few years as we would like.  We hope to change that with the introduction of innovative products like the Lee Dream Jean, which features a yoga-pant like lining and waistband in a true skinny jean. We are also introducing our Lee Extreme Motion collection for men where we have paired high stretch fabrics with an althetically-inspired waistband to create men’s jeans and pants which easily take him from ‘work to play.’ At KCFW we will also be introducing our new fall fashions with items like jean jackets with embroidery and distressing, jean vests (yes, they are back!), new girlfriend jeans, and denim with frayed hems, interesting side seams, and tonal patterns.

4. Where can our readers find Lee jeans?

Lee jeans can be found at major retailers including Macy’s, Amazon, Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Lee.com, as well as regional department stores nationwide.

5. What are you looking forward to this year for Lee?

We are excited to continue along the journey of brand reinvention which we began in 2016. That journey includes bringing to life our hero products like the Lee Dream Jean and our Lee Extreme Motion platform for men via traditional marketing platforms and also through digital and social. We launched a new marketing campaign last year under the tagline of ‘Move Your Lee’ which was met with rave reviews by the industry and consumers alike. We are happy to be continuing that campaign. We will soon be kicking off an influencer campaign where we are aiming to have many more bloggers and Instagrammers writing about and photographing themselves in their favorite Lee Jeans. We are also working on several efforts to launch Lee products into new distribution – upscale department stores and fashion-focused e-commerce sites.  Finally, we hired a new creative director in 2016, and we are thrilled with the photographic style he will introduce in 2017 to showcase the new look of Lee.

The Lee brand is an American icon that calls Kansas City home and we could not be more excited to partner together for the F/W '17 Season! See the latest trends from Lee Jeans on the KCFW runway on Thursday, March 30th!

Thank you for your support of KCFW, Lee Jeans!

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KCFW F/W '17 Launch + Fundraising Event

Yesterday we kicked off the start of the F/W '17 season of Kansas City Fashion Week with a gorgeous shopping event benefiting the Kansas City Fashion Council at Kendra Scott in Leawood. The store was a buzz with designers, models, media, and fashion lovers all checking out a sneak preview of two looks from designers Tobi Roberts and Jamesia Manning while shopping the newest collection of baubles from Kendra Scott. There was champagn, small bites from North Italia, and sweet treats from Dolce Bakery too! It was the perfect way to start the season! 

Check out a complete schedule of this week's events Here and grab your tickets before they are gone!