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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photos by: Atherton Photography