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!
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.
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!
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 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 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!
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.
sHe by christianMICHEAL
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.
Photos by: Atherton Photography