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!
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 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.
Photos by: Atherton Photography