S/S '19 designers
KCFW is thrilled with the talent that will be on our runway in September 2018.
Rachel Roy is the founder and creative director of her eponymous brand and a tireless activist
for using your voice to encourage change and to design the life you wish to live. Created in
2004, Rachel has built her ready-to-wear and accessories business into a globally recognized
brand with product categories including contemporary, curvy, outerwear, jewelry, swim, home,
Rachel is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). She is the founder of
Kindness Is Always Fashionable, an entrepreneurial philanthropic platform which helps women
artisans around the world create sustainable income for their families and communities. In
2018, Rachel was named a UN Women Champion for Innovation and works with the UN
advocating gender equality.
Rachel nurtures young design talent globally through her work with the “Who’s Next/Vogue
Mexico” Woolmark Prize and CFDA incubator programs. She is an advisor to the World of
Children, a national non-profit organization that serves underprivileged children.
Rachel is a sought after speaker on entrepreneurship and philanthropy. She has been
recognized by the Accessories Council with an ACE AWARD for best brand launch as well as
Mattel’s 10 Women to Watch and numerous “best dressed” honors, including Vanity Fair’s Best
Dressed List. Rachel has been a contributing columnist to Huffington Post and InStyle magazine.
Her work has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, The New York
Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and numerous other publications. In 2015, Rachel
wrote Design Your Life and in January 2019, will release the book, “96 Words For Love,” which
was co-written with her daughter, Ava Dash.
Rachel’s collection will be featured on the Kansas City Fashion Week® runway on Saturday,
September 29, 2018, at Kansas City’s Union Station. Her collection will be available to purchase
at KCFW’s vendor markets throughout the week.
Amanda Casarez is a DC and STL based designer, with a BS from University of Hawaii in Fashion Design and Merchandising. Alum of the inaugural class for DC Fashion Incubator at Macy’s, established her DC based brand as designer-in-residence. Amanda is currently selling her capsule collection at Macy’s in Las Vegas Fashion Mall.
A fashion label with a high-fashion and street chic twist, an ultra modern aesthetic with standout detailing, yet effortlessly cool styling, and a borrowed-from-the-boys-attitude. The brand's ethos, to create a wardrobe that focuses on a woman's complete life: modern, premium quality pieces with the inimitable ease of streetwear, making sure our everyday muse can live her life in every piece we make. Clothing that embodies a feminine, strong, confident woman, inside and out.
Amy Ellie is an apparel and textile design artist, who currently studies at Michigan State University. Amy was drawn to Kansas City Fashion Week to debut her brand, Ideologie The Label, and showcase its first full collection: Honey, Hollywood Is Dead. Amy's designs, as a whole, conceptually explore different aspects of femininity and the female experience. This collection tells a personal narrative of her desire to see her dream of being a Californian designer manifest, rather than die out, as many dreams do in Hollywood. The collection tells a tale of the warmth, beauty, and prosperity of California, but also the darker, unknown, difficult aspects that plague rising stars in Hollywood. No matter the obstacles, her passion lives on, and that was her catalyst for designing these pieces.
Anna Heinold is a 21 year old Fashion Design student at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri. She started sewing in the fourth grade.
Anna is interested in Kansas City Fashion Week because she believes it is a great way to get recognized. Her brand is mostly Avant-Garde pieces from a wide variety of inspirations.
Anna's sophomore year design was published in the St. Louis Gazelle.
Timosha is a very passionate, young creative journeying his way through life, trying understand the world a little bit better, every day. He invests the majority of his free time developing and experimenting with various concepts/ideas, designed to address the 'big picture' issues within the fashion industry. Intuitively, he's able to connect the dots with seemingly abstract, and unrelated concepts. He is also optimistic about the future, and see things work out, through collaboration and cooperation.
The brand Barbara Bultman is a revolutionary crossroad of style for the fearless woman. She is inspired by things that are all around her and things that effect the world. As a St. Louis based designer, every time she begins a new collection she tries to take in everything to create something that is innovative and will inspire others. She graduated from Lindenwood University with a BFA in Fashion Design and a minor in Studio Art in May 2015. A few of her biggest accomplishments was earning the title Designer of the Year at Phoenix Fashion Week 2016, and Pins and Needles Designer of the Year in 2015. Barbara likes to create pieces that are structural, sophisticated and detail oriented, while still showing the silhouettes of the female body. She also create one of a kind jewelry pieces for both men and women. She sees fashion not as labels, but as a way people can express themself without saying a word. As she likes to say, “Dare to Wear.”--
Designer Crystal Brakhage graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December of 2016. She loves to make women feel confident, comfortable, and powerful. She has participated in numerous runway shows throughout Nebraska and Missouri, as well as Omaha Fashion Week.
Her target customer is a woman 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 to be her.
Audrey Lockwood graduated from Stephens College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development. She continued her studies overseas at London College of Fashion and worked as a design intern at Kohl's Corporate Headquarters as an undergraduate student. She continues to constantly learn and develop herself as a designer and also has an extensive background in retail.
As a designer and entrepreneur she channels an edgy, retro style that always maintains a feminine edge. She uses bold color and strong texture throughout her work to dress the girl boss that everyone is undeniably drawn to. Audrey is heavily inspired by vintage dress and pop culture and uses those references to create conceptual collections. Her designs are all about empowering the boldest of women. All of her garments are available as custom made-to-measure pieces in her current line Devil Doll. In her free time she enjoys fashion blogging and traveling with her pug, Athena. Audrey uses conceptualization, illustration, patterning, and sewing garments to clothe the women who are making waves in the world.
Elyse Flores is an emerging designer native to Saint Louis, Missouri. The recent grad aspires to create sophisticated structural designs for strong women. Elyse’s current goals include developing her brand and making connections in the fashion industry.
Her collection is based on the skyline of Chicago. In Elyse’s designs, she focuses on architecture imitated through complex pleats and water imitated through volume. Her completely white collection plays on the well known architectural style: International Style. Emerging during the cold war, International Style strives to streamline architecture in order to avoid any ornamentation or propaganda. This allows the viewer to focus on the structure and silhouettes of the garments. With this collection, Elyse moves to dress independent professional women, who seek modern and high quality clothing. The collection is named Dolores in dedication to her Aunt and family whose love and support have allowed Elyse to develop her creative mind.
Lauren Hansen is a 17-year-old couture designer from Iowa. She has been sewing for a decade and has created 2 collections for her school and as shown 4 times in the last 4 months in shows including RAW Minneapolis, Omaha Fashion Week, and most recently Des Moines fashion week. She does all of this and more while being a full-time high school student.
Hannah Swanson is a Des Moines, Iowa based designer specializing in evening wear. She fell in love with the aspect of wanting to help women look and feel confident and beautiful. Her design style can be described as simple yet sophisticated; she wants any woman to feel comfortable in one of her gowns.
Hannah has previously shown collections in Omaha, Kansas City, and Des Moines Fashion Weeks.
Georgina Herrera was raised around jewelry and fashion her entire life. Her family owns a manufacturing 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. She introduced the brand to department stores in Mexico, South America and Europe.
In 2006, Herrera moved to Kansas City where she started designing her own brand “Her by Georgina Herrera” and opened her first company in the USA, MCK Brands.
Pamela Lucas is the designer and CEO of House of Pamela Renee. She is an alumni of "The Fashion Institute of Technology" in New York City. Pamela has several years of experience in fashion design, pattern drafting and apparel production. Her creativity is expressed in special occasion wear for men and women who are looking for classic styles with a unique twist. Over the years, Pamela has appeared on several television spots and has been interviewed on various radio shows as well.
Ameli Skoglund Blaser is the creative director for Ideas from the North. The apparel brand specialize in knits and sustainably sourced fibers. Ideas from the North esthetics are based in traditional Scandinavian design concepts.
Originally from Sacramento, fashion designer Jennifer Tierney is intrigued by lines, movement and creating shapes through space thanks to a 17yr professional ballet career; which included seasons spent with Milwaukee, Sacramento, Oakland, Columbia City, and Madison Ballet; as well as Owen Cox Dance Group and Concept Zero Contemporary Dance.
Her designs revolve heavily around the curves of the body, silhouettes and texturing while delicately recreating the architectural body lines with fabric.
The creative influence of LENZANITA Couture and Dakota by Design Bespoke’ is designer Anita Kealey. A multi-disciplined designer is recognized for her innovative use of sustainable textiles is apparent in her collections in both fashion design and contract interior design.
Ms. Kealey serves as the Creative Director for the fashion and interior design studies at the Institute of Design & Technology of SD.
She is also president and founder of The Design Studio, Inc., an award winning and innovative designer in both fashion and contract design. Her work has been seen in many publications such as House Beautiful, Midwest Living, HG-TV & Martha Stewart.
Nataliya 'Lucia' Meyer is a designer from the mid-West, living in Kansas City, Missouri. Nataliya owns the Oblivion Clothing Design label and Lucia's Sarto - a custom clothing store on the Country Club Plaza (Kansas City, Missouri).
Nataliya was born in the Ukraine (Dnepropetrovsk) and classically educated in Pattern Making, Garment Construction, Sewing and Alteration, as well as, Fashion Design, Graphics Design, Art, and Calligraphy within the Ukrainian educational academy.
"Working with clothing has been woven into me, it’s in my DNA, it allows me to breath. I focus on building garments to fit my customer’s unique personality and body style. I'm obsessed with ensuring I help show-off what my customers want to emphasize and to deemphasize what they’re not happy with.”
Nataliya specializes in Custom Sewing for men, women, and children for any event. She focuses on the discovery process with her clients and provides sketching(s), and can provide pattern making if needed, as well as garment construction with finishing details.
Maang (meaning the moon in Farsi) is a brand of clothing and accessories founded by Iranian fashion and jewelry designer Yasi Fayal (MA Fashion Design, Brera Fine Arts Academy in Milan). As a multicultural brand, Maang is bridging the gap between Yasi’s Middle Eastern background and her European life experience.
The brand is dedicated to slow fashion and sustainable practices. Yasi creates her collections through a considered and experimental process. Mathematical and geometrical inspirations from mineral patterns are one of the recurring themes in her designs derived from her background in mining engineering. Her designs invite her audience to think about fashion in a different and more interactive way.
Maria celebrates the fusion of color, unexpected combinations of prints, and textures in her collections. Her goal is to create apparel and accessories that makes every woman look and feel extraordinary and confident.
The vision is a result of experience from coast to coast. From the revolutionary ESPRIT brand in San Francisco to HYPE in Los Angeles. In New York, Maria designed for Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. and fashion icon Nanette Lepore, from NY Fashion Week to ready-to-wear.
Maria now calls Kansas City home, and is an instructor at KCAI and JCCC passing on her knowledge to eager students. She has also shown collections at Kansas City Fashion Week and is an active member of Fashion Group International. Maria also does custom designing for clients from her studio in the Crossroads.
She also wants to help re-establish the fashion renaissance here. Her collections are proudly made in Kansas City to her fine standards of workmanship.
Originally all from the KC area, Emma, Jac and Olivia are three Fashion Design and Product Development students at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Marmalade is a first time collaboration of all three designer’s individual aesthetics, personalities and design strengths for a Spring/Summer 19’ womenswear line that is cool, both literally and figuratively. Designs incorporate a 50’s color palette with silhouettes from the 70’s which work to combine sophistication with funk for women who need both. The collaboration was inspired by the students’ busy lifestyles that requires an on-trend style, but still remains effortless.
Most of Samirah's work is designed to solve the dilemma of defining oneself while following new trends in order to be unique in a fashionable way. Combining the fashion knowledge she gains from being a graduate student in fashion design program with the skills she already has from her cultural background is what defines her as a Saudi designer. she usually focuses on embellishing the garments she makes with beads and embroidery which reflects her rich culture, while keeping in the consideration the consumer demand such as trendy fashion in contemporary silhouette.
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The journey to the runway began early when Mikayla Tjeerdsma learned to sew at age 9, while being mentored by both a local seamstress and a fashion designer. She spent each summer at the Institute of Design & Technology's Project: Design Boot Camp learning to sketch and developing the construction skills needed for fashion industry. With the skills, mentorship and experience has brought her to a level where she participated in Institute’s fashion shows and assisting with design camps to help grow the next generation of fashion designers.
She has a curious and adventurous soul, thrives on learning new things. In her free time, she challenges herself with creating costumes for a local ballet studio.
Justin Houpe is a self taught designer and the founder of Naava Swim. As a proud US Army Veteran who served a tour in Iraq during "Operation Iraqi Freedom", he developed a desire to spread love through fashion which helped cope with the exertions of war. This is where inspiration for Naava which means "beautiful" in Hebrew would be discovered.
Naava Swim was created to inspire women of all shapes and sizes to be comfortable in their own skin and know that every woman is beautiful. Justin's dream has been to be a veteran KCFW designer.
From Overland Park, Kansas, Rachel is the women's wear designer for Rachel Pollak Designs, who loves designing classic and modern fashion. The designs appeal to a woman who is strong, sophisticated, and feminine, who loves mixing colors, patterns and textures to create a wearable statement. Rachel attended JCCC where she earned an Apparel Designs and Technology AAS. During this time she developed collections for the annual JCCC student fashion show competitions in both 2016 and 2017, where she placed first place and third place respectively.
Last year, she presented her vegetable inspired Spring/Summer 2018 collection at KC Fashion Week. During NYFW 2018, she presented her Autumn/Winter 2018 Couture Collection with Oxford Fashion Studios in NYC. It is inspired by one of her winning designs from the “Make It Yours Challenge” with KC Fashion Week, KC Fashion Council, and Oak Park Mall. During the last KC Fashion Week, she showed her Autumn/Winter 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection inspired by the midwinter sunset.
Clarissa Knighten is a couragous jewelry artist entrepreneur. She left Corporate America in 2017 to pursue her business, Rissa’s Artistic Design (R.A.D.). Creating a haven for those who seek to collect and wear bold beautiful art. She strives to handcraft masterpieces of jewelry that range from Earthy to Edgy to Elegant. Each piece has the ability to transform any outfit and, at the same time, lift the emotional expression of the wearer. This creates a higher self-image, confidence, and savvy attitude needed to navigate the complex and dynamic world we live in today.
Roger Figueroa is a 23 year old fashion designer based out of Kansas City. His upbringings inspires his love of art, music, fashion and culture. Roger recently finished my degree in Apparel Design and Technology, where he was awarded Student of The Year, Fashion Club President, and received an award for Leadership in academics and extracurricular activities.
Some of Roger's recent achievements were winning The Oak Park Mall Designer Challenge and being featured on international TV with his designs. His goal is to work in the fashion industry as a creative designer and travel to other cities to expand his brand. He eventually wants to start his own foundation to help widowed parents and their kids with financial help and resources to expand their education. Roger wants to use his fashion career as a platform to make a difference in his community.
S. BIAS is a younger designer, and Kansas City native. While fashion & wardrobe styling S. found a passion for creating one-of-a-kind and unique clothing.
The past three years as a Fashion design student have allowed her to creatively explore product development and garment construction.
A little about Sydney:
She is a Stephens student, majoring in Fashion Design.
From Kansas City, she is an aspiring fashion stylist with a serious interest in garment construction. She enjoys menswear, is obsessed with couture, adores flowers, & her kryptonite is cake.
Tiffany Brown is a self taught fashion designer who brings to you TRBROWN, a women’s ready to wear brand that offers statement pieces for every occasion. The main message of her brand is to “wear what you feel most comfortable in.” Tiffany has a keen eye for textures and color cohesion, in which, both are very important to her when creating a collection. Although she has not been in the fashion industry that long, TRBROWN has been putting an imprint on the fashion community being featured by magazines in Germany, Austria, Australia and most notably VOGUE Italia.
A rising star in the fashion world, Travis Cal is known for his effortless take on glamour. Having worked as a fashion stylist for over 15 years, Travis has nurtured and developed a strong sense of style and a genuine understanding of the human body. These tools are essential to creating powerful personal images that enhance the natural nuances of his clients.
Cultivating an impressive clientele of models, actors, singers/musicians, entertainment personalities, socialites and executives, Travis recognized that his work was not only gratifying but his true passion in life. Helping people achieve their goals and dreams through stylistic transformation is not just a career but a calling Travis believes in. His touch is sensitive and skilled yet honest and direct. He considers each client's personality, lifestyle, and social needs then works to create and customize the perfect look without overwhelming the subject.
Today he works with celebrities, aspiring musical artists, successful business persons and even stay-at-home mothers to reshape their images and give them the confidence necessary for success. Travis has been featured on television programs (MTV, Fox, Teen Nick) and in several magazines around the world. As he continues to gain recognition as a forward-thinking fashion stylist, it is obvious that under Travis' expert guidance, beauty and style convene to emerge a distinct and stunning personal image.
Venn learned tailoring under local tailors in Nigeria, and was soon off to learn Fashion Design from University of East London. She understands a great deal about tailoring and has gradually found an interest in avant garde wearable fashion.
She has hopes for a break through in her starting career through entering into Kansas Fashion Week, hoping this will bring her designs to light. In 2013, she participated in the Samsung galaxy Phone launch and made it to the top ten.
Lydia is an emerging designer with a nitch in tailored menswear suitings. She likes the challenge of the problems that men face with their wardrobe. She is currently studying Apparel Design at Iowa State University and wants to soon own her own brand.She strives to design clothing that is uncommon, but practical; fashion-forward, but relevant, and fun but focused.