S/S '17 designers
KCFW is thrilled with the talent that will be on our runway in October 2016. All designers are listed in alphabetical order. Please see the Schedule/Tickets page for information on which night each designer is showing their collection.
Morgan Mason is St. Louis based designer who is graduating in May from Lindenwood University with her BFA in Fashion Design. She won the Salvation Army's annual Garbage Gala recycled materials fashion competition last summer and participated in Missouri Style Week. AERONA is a brand in the making. Morgan is exploring her different avenues in the fashion world. She currently is creating dance costumes for studios across the nation, as well as competing and showing at fashion shows around the Mid-West area.
Alexis Cook is a St. Louis based fashion designer and entrepreneur. Alexis dreamed of becoming a Fashion Designer since a very young age. She started her first business, Alexis’ Sassy Sandals, at the age 13 where she sold sandals that had a new and trendy look. She continued pursuit of her dreams, by attending Lindenwood University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. As a top student in her design class, she was recognized with many awards including, Most Advanced Student, Best Use of Textiles, Cover Award, and Best Design Workmanship. She has been showcased in many local fashion shows, including Missouri Style Week, St. Louis Fashion Week, Pins and Needles, as well as regional show Kansas City Fashion Week. She was awarded the People’s Choice Award at Pins and Needles. Her designs have been featured on many St. Louis news channels. The AC brand was published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch and Gazelle STL. The Alexis Cook (AC) brand is whimsical and intricate. Women who wear AC exude a feminine confidence and command, deserving attention.
Alicia Janekso began her caftan line with the intention to create bespoke pieces for women that wanted to move beyond the typical cover-up's and casual resort pieces offered today. Her pieces are designed to move from day to night and are designed to move with the curves of a woman. She is inspired by vintage caftan designs, reinterpreted for a modern world. Each piece utilizes luxurious fabrics that travel well, hand detailing and provide a stylish solution for any event.
Her collections have been featured in Spaces, Plenilune, and KC Magazine. She has shown her line at West 18th Street Fashion Show and for the last two years at Adorn Brunch & Style Show and Kansas City Fashion Week.
To create sleek and expertly balanced accessory designs for women with a modern aesthetic. Janesko's art background allows her to apply the fundamentals of fine art to each design, focusing on balance, composition, color and texture. Her education in fashion design and styling provides her with the experience to transform an abstract concept into a wearable piece of art.
The mission of JANESKO is to create jewelry, handbags and footwear that promote the beauty of classic lines with a fresh approach. All pieces are created and manufactured in the USA. Janesko believes in the power of details and their ability to immediately communicate a mood and reflect the personality of the owner. Accessories, minimal in line but grand in gesture. These are the items that become keepsakes, treasures and heirlooms
Christine Nelson is continuously inspired by architectural and natural elements. These elements stay with her until she makes a piece of jewelry with them. In the past few years she has taken this passion to a larger level by participating in regional Fashion Shows like The West 18th Street Fashion Show and Kansas City Fashion Week. Before then you could find her at First Friday’s at the HoneyTree Gallery. Her creative brand is AnnMann Designs, which is her Middle and Maiden name. You can find AnnMann Designs working from The Bauer studios off West 18th street in Kansas City. Christine graduated from the University of Kansas with a Fine arts degree, emphases in Metalsmithing in 2002, and is attending Johnson County Community College for an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design.
Designer, Sara Kahrs, began sewing at the age of 8, under the instruction of her mom and grandma. Honing her skill through 4-H projects, she grew to love everything about apparel design and the fashion industry, leading her to pursue a degree in Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri, adding on a Business Minor. Throughout her education, she enhanced her skills of pattern making, draping, and creativity classes. Sara's true passion is designing the garment start to finish, and she focus' intently on garment quality construction, and fit. Kahrs' design aesthetic can be described as "sophisticated elegance," which has been presented on the runway three seasons at Kansas City Fashion Week. Each collection is unique to Kahrs. Whether inspired by the fabric or street trends, she plans every collection with much careful thought and research. As you will see in her work, Sara prefers to design with clean seam lines that enhance the female figure. It is her goal to create original, but wearable garments for the modern women.
Asiatica is an unique retail store located in Kansas City. In their shop they make one-of-a-kind garments from vintage Japanese kimono fabrics, contemporary artisanal fabrics from Japan and other luxurious textiles. They also have a carefully chosen selection of scarves, shawls and jewelry as well as an exceptional collection of antique and modern objects, mostly from Japan. Every effort is expended to make and buy unique and useful items to our own knowledgeable and broad taste.
Since opening their doors in 1977, their core values of curiosity, creativity and connoisseurship have remained the same. And they have applied these values to a wide variety of merchandise. They travel annually to Japan and elsewhere looking for inspiration and beautiful things to offer our customers. Our fans appreciate our taste and style. You can their work at their store in Kansas City and at their trunk shows held regularly in many American cities.
Nino Patarkalashvili is a fashion designer from Georgia Republic. Nino graduated from Art Academy of the Capital city. She also completed a well known International patterning course held by “Burda" Catalog in Russia.
Nino has been the lead designer at atelier Samosi for over six years. She has built a successful business with variety of customers and many many fans. She has won numerous contests and also took part in several fashion weeks in Georgia Republic.
Under Nino's wings, atelier Samosi has grown to a very large customer base starting with exclusive wedding gowns and all the way to mass production ready to wear.
Nino has been published numerous times in various magazines in Georgia republic and Russia.
"Fashion is not something thats exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street: fashion has to do with the ideas, the way we live, what is happening."--Coco Chanel. I am Barbara Bultman and this quote has remained with me over the years because I am inspired by things that are all around me, and things that effect the world. I am a Saint Louis based designer and every time I begin a new collection I try to take in everything that I know to create something that is innovative and will inspire others. My F/W collection Voltaic 2017 was inspired by natural energy resources, such as solar panels and wind farms. I graduated from Lindenwood University with my BFA in Fashion Design and a minor in Studio Art in May 2015.I was also the winner of Pins and Needles in 2015, I won best Mini collection in school, and best emerging designer in 2014. I like to create pieces that are structural, sophisticated and detail oriented, while still showing the silhouettes of the female body. I also create one of a kind jewelry pieces for both men and women. I see fashion not as labels, but as a way people can express themselves without saying a word. Fashion is all around us, sometimes all you need to do is look.
Fashion Designer Shermonda Green was born on May 18, 1992 in Saint Louis MO. She has recently graduated college earning her B.F.A in Fashion design. In 2013, Shermonda transferred from Saint Louis Community College to Lindenwood University, this being one of the best decisions of a lifetime. While enrolled at Lindenwood University, she has gained years of experience in the field of fashion design. She has participated in multiple fashion shows such as, Saint Charles Alumni Club Annual Fashions and Lindenwood University Annual Fashion shows (2013-2015). Also winning designer of the year her senior year at Lindenwood university. She has also showcased her designed in local Fashion Shows such as: Streetscape magazine, The Salvation Army Garbage Gala (presented by Mercedes Benz), Missouri Style Week and lastly The United way Inspire Fashion show by Monsanto. Her work has also been featured in St. Louis Post Dispatch, Gazelle Magazine, Alive Magazine and also Deluxe Magazine. She is now in the process of producing her very own clothing line. This up and coming brand will give young women a chance to express themselves through dress. Branded by Sher, will be less provocative, this will give the oversize clothing a chance once again in the fashion industry. This particular season will be inspired by exaggerated silhouettes the 1980’s and the 90’s minimalism.
KC Crossroads jewelry designer, Cheryl Eve Acosta, introduces a new brand during KCFW called TATTUAGE—Metal Tattoo Jewelry. TATTUAGE combines the designer’s love for body art and jewelry in the form of metal adornment that adheres to the skin. Pieces are reusable, interchangeable, and customizable—allowing the wearer to create unique, personalized expression. TATTUAGE can be worn by both men and women.
With the help of fashion designer Kitty Sondern Snyder, Cheryl Eve Acosta has created a unique clothing collection that showcases the wide range of options offered by TATTUAGE—from causal to evening wear.
TATTUAGE is a unique concept that bridges the gap between fashion, jewelry, and tattooing. You can be a part of this exciting new venture by visiting www.TATTUAGE.com and supporting the brand’s crowdfunding campaign launching on October 14th. You can visit her jewelry store at 217 W 19th Ter. KCMO
Born July, 2nd 1967 Bosede Anike Iyewarun had the privilege of experiencing different cultures and education in multiple environments. She completed Elementary School in Grandview Missouri, High school abroad and obtained her double major BA in AV Communications and Photography from McPherson College in McPherson Kansas. Ms Iyewarun is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist residing in Kansas City, Missouri. Her activities in the community include but are not limited to offering support to up and coming local designers, guest speaker appearances and participation in regional expos and fashion shows. She is also founder and leader of the Lady Bosses International Group #LBI which serves to motivate, empower and uplift women entrepreneurs worldwide. Ms. Iyewarun has mentored, coached and developed local business owners, both gentlemen and ladies in the Kansas City area. One of her proudest achievements is serving as the CEO and Owner of EarKandie! POParazzi Inspired Jewelry.
eltee was founded by Laura Higginbotham in 2011. Laura believes that clothing is a way to express yourself without saying a word. Laura's goal as a designer is to connect vintage trends with modern styling all-the-while creating an edgy and innovative piece.
Laura grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. She attended Iowa State University where she obtained her bachelors degree in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production. Laura went on to study at the London College of Fashion where she learned valuable design skills and really grasped her design aesthetic.
Laura draws inspiration from nature and aims to create clothing that instills confidence and power in all women.
Nicole Fouche designs custom wedding gowns and owns her own alterations business inside of Magnolias Boutique in downtown Cape Girardeau, MO. She has recently started a plus size bridal collection, to provide beautiful gowns for plus size women. Fouché was founded in 2011 by Nicole Fouche' with one vision in mind, to combine her love of modern designs with a Classic twist and make it pop in an artistic wearable form. Fouché is a custom atelier with a vision that is elegant and romantic, offering bridal alterations, custom and made to order gowns that are beautifuly crafted by hand. Fouché is inspired by vintage classics with a modern interpretation and best known for her love of fantasy influence in her design concepts. All things are possible when creating the dress of your dreams. Nicole decided to launch her made to order signature Bridal Collection, FouchéBridal in 2015. Fouche's goal is to create or alter to create the dress you have always imagined.
Georgina Herrera was raised around jewelry and fashion her entire life. Her family owns a manufacture 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, where she could help support her family with less travel obligations. She introduced the brand to department stores in Mexico, South America and Europe. In 2006, 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. She was awarded Women Minority-Owned Business of the Year in 2015
Georgina has been working in the jewelry industry and has been participating in many Jewelry Trade Shows for years, which gave her the experience and knowledge to better understand the world of fashion. In 2015, she developed her own line of jewelry within the Mackech brand and its called Georgina Herrera.
She knows that be part of the Kansas City Fashion Week will be a greater opportunity to help her building her brand in the Midwest and later nationwide!
Irina Tevzadze is a well-known artist and designer from the country of Georgia. She currently resides in Columbia, MO and works at Stephens College School of Design and Fashion where Irina teaches fashion drawing and fashion illustration, advises students, and participates in curriculum and program development.
For more than 15 years, Irina's career has been in fine arts and fashion, as well as teaching. She works in different traditional and digital media and her works have been exhibited and sold worldwide. Irina's works have been showcased in such venues as the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta and St. Louis; at the TMS Art Gallery in Tbilisi and in fashion shows at Sheraton Palace Hotel Tbilisi (Georgia). Her artworks are preserved in several embassies and numerous public and private art collections in her home country, United States and internationally. Ms. Tevzadze has been a member of the jury for several fashion design competitions in the United States and abroad. Irina has an M.F.A. and B.F.A. from the Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi, Georgia where she also taught as an instructor (1995-96) and associate professor (1997-99). Apart from teaching, she has worked as a designer for Fashion House Maka Assathiany in Paris, Moscow and Tbilisi (1998-2001) and several other companies. In 2001, she was offered employment by Christian Lacroix Fashion House in Paris, but was unable to accept it as her husband's career led them to the United States.
Irina has been profiled in numerous media, including AMARTA and STUDIO art magazines and virtually all national TV channels in Georgia. Ms. Tevzadze was the subject of a documentary film, "IRINA" and was included in "Who is Who in Georgian Art" catalogue.
Julia Fischer is a womenswear designer originally from St. Louis, currently based in Kansas City. As a self-taught designer, this will be her debut collection. She designs for women who are serious about fun, demand adventure, and are unapologetically bold in their sartorial choices.
Jesse Newton is a Junior at Mississippi State University studying Fashion Design and Merchandising. Born and raised in Euphora, MS, he is tryly inspired by the southern charm and style Mississippi has to offer. He focuses on statement pieces using vintage-inspired silhouettes, never shying away from color and print. Jesse has worked two years as a design assistant helping a designer show collections twice at New Orleans Fashion Week.
Jesse has indepentently won the 2016 NOLA Fashion Week Student Design Competition and the Trend Board competition. As of April 2016, he was offered an internship to study millinery in Moscow, Russia. Jesse is also the Drum Major of the Famous Maroon Band and serves as Fashion Director for his campus' Fashion Board Magazine, Etre.
Keefe Cravat understands the importance of originality. Our neck wear is not complete without the daring men that wear it. It is more than neckwear, it is a mutual opportunity to enhance the lives of men and shape them into gentlemen. Our product builds character and the confidence to conquer new heights.
Wearing Keefe Cravat means you are ready to take ownership of yourself.We want to provide a unique exclusive opportunity to do business with KC's finest. As a local KC business, we hope to carry those same traits of our city, by being humble and focused. We want our customers to wear our product with pride and feel the nobility of a real Keefe Cravat gentleman.
Our neck wear shows the sophistication and simplicity of a real modern gentleman. When a client wears our product, we want them to feel the romance & boldness of Keefe Cravat. We want them to feel they're a part of our selective brotherhood of innovative thinkers and leaders. Wearing Keefe Cravat shows character and intellect. We hope to influence and offer opportunities to those who are ready to become a new man.
Growing up, art was Kiana's favorite class in school because it allowed her to explore her creativity. From a young age she was creative not only with how she dressed, but with sketching as well. She took her first sewing class in high school and quickly realized she wanted to do fashion design, she believes that fashion is the best way to express yourself.
Madison LaRae Durant is a 16-year-old fashion designer and entrepreneur, owner of LaRae Fashions, and was the runner up contestant on the season finale episode of Project Runway: Threads Season One. She takes pride in her classy-yet-modern design aesthetic, using vintage style inspirations to create bold and sophisticated looks. Her clothing favors figure flattering, clean lines with dramatic elements, ensuring every wearer feels confident and fabulous.
She began sewing and designing at age 5, and has had a love of fashion ever since. LaRae Fashions began as the dream of a young girl from a small town and developed into a small business as she grew; custom dresses, tailoring, alterations, and costume creations. After making its official industry debut at KCFW in March 2016, LaRae Fashions has truly become a brand built on passion, dedication, and inspiration.
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.
Lauren feels blessed to have been given so many opportunities and accomplishments over the short time she has had her line. She has been a part of some beautiful magazine editorials and worked with so many talented artists on all of the projects. But still some of her 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.
Nataliya Meyer always knew she was going to be creating clothing. It was somehow woven into her, just like learning to speak or how to write. She believes beauty will save the world. No matter how childish it sounds, she tries to make it happen by little things that one person can do. She is obsessed with her work and is very lucky to have it as an addiction that is creative rather than destructive. Almost every minute of her adult life she has been haunted with clothing: its creation, its fit, and its design.
She makes clothing that has to be perfect. Her process starts as an inspiration of something she sees, hears or reads. Then it evolves into images that would, in her mind, relate to the clothing she's making.
She always wanted to be noticed in a crowd. A lot of her inspiration came from researching historical heritage of many parts of the world. Her style of work is very diverse, but however different the clothes may be, the quality is always the highest.
Lauren Victoria Hulen is from Kansas City, Missouri. She created her brand, Lauren Victoria Swim, to pursue her passion for designing swimwear. She graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development. She is excited to embark on her entrepreneurial career and is actively seeking innovative and important avenues to showcase her work to relevant audiences.
She explores the nuances of unexpected and innovative textures, photography, and digital design. Her design aesthetic engages her audience through both whimsy and edge, and finding a nuanced harmony between them. She designs for audiences and patrons who express themselves through fashion, and are willing to take risks, exude confidence, and often experiment with hair color, cosmetics, and body art. Her swimwear connects the inner majestic mermaid with an expressive rebellious aesthetic.
She has presented as a designer in multiple Stephens College Annual Fashion Shows with multiple ensembles in a variety of garment categories earning the Pattern Making Award with her skills in construction. Her graduate collection pushed the boundaries of what Stephens had shown in the past with only a few other lingerie collections shown during the 74-year history of the fashion show. Her lingerie collection was specifically chosen from the jury of selection by representatives from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) as well as the London School of Design
Michael attended half a semester at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco, studying knitwear design, but quickly dropped out and went at the design process on his own. He purchased a “prehistoric” knitting machine from a yarn shop but it took him two years before he actually made a dress that could actually be worn. The dress ended up in the hands of a professor at Washington University who later hired Michael to design garments for many dance and theater shows. Michael also designed for Skif International and worked for The Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Primarily a knitwear designer, Michael finds inspiration from architects, buildings and bones. This is Michael'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 Heid Klum and his work has been showcased alongside Alexander McQueen, Viktor and Rolf, Maison Martin Margiela, Iris van Herpen and Pam Hogg.
From an early age, Munisa Khuramova dreamt of becoming a fashion designer and to leave a mark in the history of the fashion industry. Munelle de Vie means "Munisa from Life."
The Munelle de Vie label was influenced by the French culture and poetry that she read when she was 14 years old. Khuramova graduated from the Italian Fashion School Istituto di Moda Burgo in 2015 and continued her education at Johnson County Community College the following year. While studying in the Italian fashion school she was able to create a collection of evening dresses for the private boutique, "Love it Istanbul" in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Munelle de Vie aesthetic is all about the strong, confident, edgy and ambitious women with the definite high couture style, using defined lines, detail oriented, textured fabric and hand beaded appliqué that has been also influenced by other various cultures Munisa Khuramova has explored while traveling.
"I always knew what I wanted to do. I will never stop designing and following my dream; to inspire and beautify people around me."
Rachel Buchanan Woodward, of Pontotoc, MS, graduated from Mississippi State University in 2014, with a Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences with a concentration in Apparels , Textiles, and Merchandising. In September of 2014, Rachel married John David "JD" Woodward. The two now live in Starkville, MS, with their four-year-old Yorkie, Eleanor Gatsby.
During high school, Rachel was highly influenced by her art teacher and grew to love t he subject. After graduating, she began her college career as an art major but quickly realized she could combine her love of art and fashion.
In 2015, RBW Designs debuted its first collection at New Orleans Fashion Week as part of the Top Designer Competition. This year her company returned to NOLA for the second time but as a Featured Designer.
Roger Figueroa- Saucedo was born in Manzanillo, Colima MX. He attributes his upbringing to his love of photography, art, music, and culture. He describes himself as a driven, optimistic, humble and caring person. Roger 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.
"My goal is to work in the fashion industry as a creative designer and eventually own my own brand. One of my ultimate goals is to start an organization that will help young students further their education, follow their dreams, and help support widowed mothers."- Roger Figueroa-Saucedo
Sheraz Pompey is a Kansas City, Missouri Fashion Designer
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 the year of 2013 Sheraz participated in a local Kansas City fashion show where he debuted his first fashion line which he received great reviews from, and motivated him to pursue fashion designing. Being a self taught designer and growing up in a community where fashion isn't popular, Sheraz strived to produce creative designs that would stand out from the current trends in the city. Being 19 years old at the time of his first debut , Sheraz went through a difficult time trying to balance pursuing his dreams for fashion and also been able to financially support himself with everyday living responsibilities. After taking a year off of designing Sheraz started a full time job with UPS which allowed him to become financially stable to put money towards his fashions and everyday living expenses. During the year hiatus Sheraz also took time to practice on his construction, creativity, designing skills and also studied more on how to run a part time business aside from working a full time job. Now being at the age of 22 Sheraz is ready to show the community, that even when times get tuff you can never give up on your dream , and that you have to keep going until you can find a balance which allows up to pursue your dreams while your in a comfortable position in your life.
Tonya Volk is a custom Children's designer, from the great state of Georgia. She is a self taught designer and has been designing and sewing for over 20 years. Fun and "out of the norm" describes her to a tea. She thinks it's great designing high fashion styles for kids. She loves taking old things and making them new, and really loves seeing fun but comfortable designs on the kids she designs for! There is a need for being original and that is where she comes in. Not a lot out there for the "high fashion" kid that dares to be different! Her own kids are her biggest inspiration, that is really where her passion is fed from, their imagination and creativity.
Smells can evoke strong emotional reactions. As a Psychotherapist, Dani Singer understands the link between sense of smell and the powerful bond it can have over ones emotional, physical, and mental health. Singer’s shared passion for providing therapy and therapeutic healing through aromatherapy have inspired her to design a collection that makes the wearer feel better both inside and out with fashion that engages the senses.
THERAPY THREADS is a natural and luxurious, aromatherapy scarf company with the mission to improve mental health and wellness through the use of all-natural essential oils. THERAPY THREADS is a conscious clothing line with the goal to create conversations around health, wellness, mental health, and ultimately end the stigma one thread at a time.
Each scarf is handmade with high-quality fabric and contains a hidden pocket in which an essential oil aroma packet can be hidden, allowing for easy access to healing aromas throughout the day to therapeutically empower the wearer.
THERAPY THREADS gives a portion of proceeds to local charity and to national mental health initiatives with the goal to build a healthier community. THERAPY THREADS’ formally launched in the summer of 2015. All scarves are locally designed and made in Kansas City.
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.