S/S '20 designers
KCFW is thrilled with the talent that will be on our runway in September 2019.
Any Old Iron is the brainchild of designer/stylist, Andrew Clancey and arts-entrepreneur, Christopher Melton. The labels name is rooted in the olden cry of a scrap man collecting metal with his horse and cart, and also hearkens to Clancey’s family scrap metal business which was founded in 1872. “Any Old Iron,” is also an Old English music hall song which references a young man’s sartorial dandyism – a quality that is distinctly English, and, ever-present in the brands aesthetic
In October of 2015, Any Old Iron moved its store to Nashville Tennessee from NYC, looking to dress the cities musicians and fashion forward locals . AOI is excited be part of Nashville's growth.
Now a showroom, Any Old Iron’s clients include Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Cher , Ozzy Ozbourne, Kate Bosworth, Taylor Swift, Elton John, Miranda Lambert, Cardi B and the Jonas Bros to name but a few.
Anna Leigh Heinold of Highland, Illinois is 22 years old and is a senior at Lindenwood University pursing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. She became interested in fashion and learned to sew at an early age when her mother taught her. Anna made a last minute decision to pursue fashion as a career during her senior year of high school. She decided to follow in her brother’s footsteps by attending Lindenwood University. Anna will graduate with her Fashion Design degree in May of 2019. She has plans to start her own brand, Anna Leigh Designs, in the future. She has received the awards Draper of the Year 2017 and Best Mini Collection 2018 during her years at lindenwood. Anna has previously shown her collections with St. Louis fashion shows, Kansas City Fashion Week, and New York Fashion Week.
Annette Sunshine Designs has been in business since 2007. She has created custom garments for men, women and children including wedding gowns, prom dresses and pieces for many women. Annette has a remarkable skill for designing for all body types and has a passion for fabrics.
Annette likes to design clothing for the everyday woman whether it is for a special event or if a client is looking to add a special piece to their wardrobe. She did not attend design school and is entirely self taught.
Annette has participated in the Local Runway Fashion Show in 2018 and in 2019. Her collection opened the show in 2018 and was the finale of the 2019 show. She also had one of her looks appear on the cover of AYME Magazine and was a featured designer in their September 2018 issue.
Designer Crystal Brakhage with Crystal Brakhage Designs graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December of 2016. She loves to make men and women feel confident, comfortable, and powerful. She has participated in numerous runway shows throughout Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa, as well as Omaha Fashion Week, Kansas City Fashion Week, and Des Moines Fashion Week. She will soon be showing in Chicago October 17th.
Her line is for the people that are not afraid to show who they are and be a little different. They don't follow the norms because Crystal Brakhage Designs definitely don't. This person wants to make a statement, stand out, and be heard. People will want to go up and meet them or be them.
Duane retired from the US Army in 2012, and found himself struggling with PTSD. In 2016, with the support of his wife, Jamie, he found a path out of the darkness. Designing Clothes represented the flames of the Phoenix, and a new life was reborn. Through each piece created by Topping Designs, Duane and Jamie seek to give YOU the platform and voice to break down the walls and relabel yourself and find your switch to turn on the light!
Duane’s approach to clothing combines smart styling with a touch of an adventurous attitude. His designs are focused on the diversity of a woman’s body with the allure of feminine grace. Duane has since evolved his unique style to help you rediscover your power and create a new beginning out of the ashes.
Since Duane started on this journey his designs have been featured on the runway in NYFW, Denver Fashion Week, Baltimore Fashion Week, and in San Diego. He has been published in Vogue, Shuba, and Pump Magazines. Duane was asked to give a talk with TEDx Milehigh and was a feature story on NPR, Local Denver news, and The Daily Blast Live.
We started Topping Designs as a women’s fashion label, for those not wanting to be labeled. That will always be our promise. Our passion burns like the flames of the Phoenix. With our clothes we strive to bring out every woman’s inner strength and confidence, helping them to be reborn into the person they want!
Driven by playful, vintage-inspired, and colorful styles, Annabelle Frese strives to design garments that express a muted uniqueness and high-end individuality. As a priority, she wants all people to fearlessly be themselves without concern of judgment.
As a designer, Annabelle is inspired by history and cultures. She loves studying the chronological landscape of fashion and art: why clothes were worn and what influenced visual expression over decades. Annabelle aims to take classic and historic silhouettes and add her modern twist to generate new styles.
Annabelle graduated with a degree in Apparel Design & Production from Kansas State University. She designed her own swimsuit line for Bawdee Swimwear, focusing on trendy suits for beach babes. Currently, Annabelle is an independent designer for her own brand Fashion AF, which creates custom garments for a variety of events.
Jazmin Ayala is an emerging fashion designer and entrepreneur born and raised in Kansas City, MO. Her interests in the arts began at home as the daughter of a carpenter and the sister to a poet, dancer, painter, and photographer. At a young age, she was exposed to Project Runway and the Fashions of a Decade series by Vicky Carnegy. Fascinated by trends within history, or "life imitating art", she developed her interest in fashion design and soon began teaching herself how to sew.
Jazmin began her journey as a self-taught designer after attending DAAP Camp at the University of Cincinnati in 2015 where she learned the basics of patternmaking.
Currently attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to pursue a degree in Fashion Design, she aspires to influence others by bringing art to life through fashion. Inspired by feminity fused with elements of nature and geometry, Jazmin Ayala has begun to develop her womenswear brand: Fashion by Ayala.
Gabriela Arslanoglu, born in Peru , is a US citizen living in Kansas City since 1984.
She is an Ancestral Fashion Advocate, an Exponent of the Peruvian and Turkish Textile Industry, Designer and Producer, the Founder of Gabriela International Productions and the creator of The Look of The World.
Gabriela is renowned for incorporating diversity, color and ethnic styles into her work and is well known for her variety of designs that combines culture and style. Her talent is broad and she has many design concepts. Gabriela has the talent of taking people into the fantasy world of fashion and then presenting them with glimpses of real artistic styles. Her designs are Colorful Masterpieces that promote diversity, look and style, which harmoniously blend European look with Peruvian Ancestral Styles. Her designs are one of a kind. That’s her signature. Each piece is a unique collection of her signature style. Her talent turns the millenary tradition into daring designs, beautiful fabrics and beautiful pieces of art.
Gabriela grew up in the textile and apparel business; an export business started at the beginning by her great-grandfather, a Croatian immigrant in Peru, who exported Peruvian textiles, mainly Alpaca and Wool to Europe and later gold and silver jewelry to USA.
Gabriela started designing at the age of 15 and later continued her education in Garment Construction and finished her studies in the industry as a Fashion Designer and international business following in the family business of exporting clothing and textile.
Gabriela started as an entrepreneur in 1995 with a tourism and travel business in Kansas City. After working so many years in the travel industry and traveling to different countries, Gabriela Arslanoglu changed her field and continued the legacy of her family in the textile Industry, creating Gabriela International Productions in 2003 / Fashion Production, Supporting the Fashion, Textile and Garment Industry, primarily promoting History, Tradition and Culture.
The jewelry that empowers each woman to shine.
Georgina Jewelry is an independent jewelry line created by Kansas City-based designer, Georgina Herrera. Georgina was born in Mexico and moved to the United States with her family. She founded Georgina Jewelry in 2010. Georgina says “the connection between love, art, and tradition is unbreakable and determines who we are.” Her designs are a fusion of fashion trends with her culture and tradition. This gives Georgina a unique and authentic brand with a fresh, modern, yet classic design that truly reflects her passions.
Georgina believes in empowering women to be their most confident selves with her line. She is inspired by the character, strength, and determination of the modern woman. Each piece in the collection is designed to create a unique statement whether it be in the office or at a gala. There is a piece for every woman and every occasion.
Georgina Jewelry has been featured on the runways at Kansas City Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week and at Paris Fashion Week, and will be featured at New York Fashion Week in the fall of 2019. Her pieces are stunning, breathtaking and memorable -- wearable works of art that will have every one watching the woman wearing it.
"The connection between love, art and tradition is unbreakable and determines who we are." Georgina Herrera
Gracie Key is a student designer studying at Kansas State University. She is majoring in Apparel and Textile Design with a minor in Art. She has been designing and constructing clothes from a young age and aspires to continue her work throughout her life. Gracie has made it a personal goal to participate in Kansas City Fashion Week to showcase her brand she is so passionate about and also experience the industry in a new and exciting way.
Her brand, GK Designs, is a women’s wear designer brand that is sustainable and also affordable. The mission of her brand is to help young women discover the power of confidence through fashion. Being a young designer, she understands the struggle of keeping a positive body image in today’s society. Fashion is a great way for people to express themselves, and she wants to help consumer’s find empowerment in their clothing choices rather than basic trends. By creating affordable, designer fashion, GK Designs can practice sustainability while spreading the power of self-love and confidence.
The House of Pamela Renee’ was founded by Fashion Designer and Educator, Pamela Lucas.
Pamela, a native New Yorker, is a graduate of the esteemed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has earned her degree in Fashion Design, Pattern Drafting, Apparel Production Management and has acquired 25+ years of experience in the fashion industry.
The House of Pamela Renee’ designs custom suits for men and gowns for women for that special occasion. Her tailored suits for men are timeless, classic and “fit like a glove.” The gowns exhibit a refreshing fashionable flare using fine fabrics and unique styling. As an educator, Pamela has earned a life time teaching certificate in Apparel and Textiles and is qualified to teach at the secondary and post- secondary levels.
Presently she offers one on one private lessons in sewing, tailoring and pattern drafting
Originally from Sacramento, CA, Jennifer Tierney is intrigued most by lines, movement and creating shapes through space. Fashion, clothing & costume design were always waiting in the wings past a 17 year professional ballet career. Her designs revolve heavily around curves of the body and exploring silhouettes and texturing while delicately recreating the architectural body lines with fabric.
Ms. Tierney’s ballet career included seasons spent with Milwaukee, Sacramento, Oakland, Columbia City, and Madison Ballet; as well as Owen Cox Dance Group and Concept Zero Contemporary Dance.
For over a decade, Ms. Tierney has been the Head Costuming Director/Designer for the American Youth Ballet and Owner of the American Dance Center. As Costuming Director she has led to create eight full length ballets with between 80-120 dancers in each as well as costuming countless repertory pieces. Ms. Tierney is also acting Costume Designer for Concept Zero Contemporary Dance.
In 2016 Ms. Tierney started her designer brand J.Tierney Designs. Since then she has presented in KCFW S/S ’19 & F/W ‘19, West 18th Street Fashion Show 2018 & 2019 (upcoming), Omaha Fashion Week F/W ’19 and won a scholarship award while presenting at JCCC Fashion Show Spring 2019.
Joshua Christensen is a Los Angeles based designer. He was a contestant on Project Runway and has worked for world-wide labels including Guess inc. This site features designs from all the different collections and projects Joshua has created and featured in fashion weeks and editorials around the world.
Joshua studied fashion design at FIDM in Los Angeles, CA and after graduation was selected as a contestant for the TV show Project Runway. After the show Joshua became a menswear designer at Guess Inc. After a time there he decided to grow his own line of clothing under his name. These collections, season after season, have been featured at fashion weeks around the world. As part of a journey to discover what design can do, Joshua Christensen designs clothing for both men and women, including concept designs, evening-wear, swimwear, athletic apparel, etc.
Laura Citron is a fashion label celebrating maximalist glamour, and based in Nashville, TN since 2016. Laura combines her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC) in Apparel Merchandising with years of working with New York’s top luxury vintage apparel retailers. In 2014, she moved to Nashville and opened her own edited vintage clothing boutique, OPIUMvintage. Connecting the past and the present, Laura has now created a label that evokes the fun and eclectic whimsy of decades past with a reimagined vision for a modern world!
Lauren Hulen, the owner of LV SWIM, wants you to feel confident and comfortable in your swimwear. It is so important to her that she will work with you to achieve a custom garment that will have you walking up to the water feeling like a queen. Lauren earned her skills from Stephens College and various fashion industry jobs. Being born and raised in KC she wants to contribute to the love of body positivity and inclusivity that the city inspires! This is LV SWIM's second time on the KCFW runway and will be the third time on the KCFW Cruise.
Nataliya 'Lucia' Meyer is a fashion designer from Ukraine who has been residing in Kansas City, Missouri for the past fifteen years. She is the owner and creative director for her brand, Oblivion Clothing Design and is owner of Lucia's Sarto - a custom clothing and alteration shop founded in 2014.
Nataliya was born in the Ukraine (Dnepropetrovsk) and received formal training in Pattern Making, Garment Construction, Sewing, and Alterations, as well as, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Art, and Calligraphy at the educational fashion academy in her hometown. Nataliya has over fourteen years professional experience in clothing design with a specialty in alterations and tailoring. She has been selling custom made clothing on the Internet for her brand Oblivion Clothing Design since 2006 on sites such as Etsy and Zaarly catering to a worldwide market. In 2014, Nataliya decided to expand her business past her online shop to a brick and mortar location right off of the prestigious Country Club Plaza. On March 15, 2014, Nataliya opened Lucia’s Sarto, to cater to the communities tailoring and custom wear needs with an eye toward customer service and quality.
“I want my customers to be happy, so happy they tell their friends, family, whole social network - look at this, look what Lucia’s Sarto did for me, isn’t it beautiful?"
"Working with clothing has been woven into me, it feels like it's in my DNA. I focus on building garments to fit my customer’s unique personality and body type. I'm obsessed with ensuring I help show-off what my customers want to emphasize and to deemphasize what they’re not happy with.”
Lucia’s Sarto is comprised of Nataliya and her highly trained team, who together specialize in custom sewing for men, women, and children for any and all events including weddings, formal, informal, business, club, costumes, and more. The custom wear process is highly individualized and tailored for each client’s needs and desires. Custom wear orders include a final artistic rendering, sit down design time, pattern making, professional garment construction, finishing details, and multiple fittings. At Lucia’s Sarto we are committed to ensuring our client’s happiness.
Madame L is an American designer and artist know for her carefully crafted bespoke styles, a mixture of art and culture fused into fashionable statement pieces women around the world have come to covet.
Each style is meticulously designed and sculpted – a process that can take months. Using carefully curated fabrics and artisan techniques, Madame L pieces are truly a one of kind.
When I turned about 26 years old, I really found myself searching for more out of life. I wasn’t happy with my career, I craved creativity and fulfillment. I took a few years to explore different creative options, really understanding what I felt most passionate about and where I felt I had any talent. I really, truly love the freedom designing gives me. There is no limit on what I can create and do. Always seeing myself as a bit of a rebel (I like to do things my own way), designing gives me that opportunity. I don’t like to follow fashion schedules, I create when I’m inspired. I like it this way, I like to create one of a kind pieces that are unique and different. Pieces that help women feel special, bold, sexy, whatever it is they need to feel in that moment.
Where I really found inspiration to start my own business was in the fall of 2017. My little sister, Autumn, had started her first semester of college and earlier that year we spent a really lovely day together talking about our future careers. Little did I know that just a few months later I would not have the opportunity to see my sister again. Although, I found myself heartbroken and devastated, it was through this very sadness I found the strength and inspiration I needed to finally pursue my dream as a designer. My dream of designing was one of the last things I ever got to share with my sister and it is an honor to have an opportunity to pursue something I am so passionate about. Her life may have been cut short but may her spirit shine on through me.
Creativity and inspiration can come to us in any form and from anywhere. Life is a constant transition and in the darkest of moments there is still a light within us all.
Kyndra Jade, 35, established My Blonde Ambitions in 2007 after experiencing success online and in the local Kansas City market at boutiques Nuance and Trendz. In 2017, Kyndra, a serial entrepreneur and professional photographer, moved her portrait studio and boutique into a joint space located in Stilwell, KS. Her boutique collection features everyday clothing for little ones with Mommy & Me and custom clothing options in her signature line, all designed to help capture the perfect portrait.
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.
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.
The best designs come from a life well-lived. My fashion interest reflects my love of riding horses and travel. I'm inspired by the Western lifestyle and the feel of being a free spirited gypsy soul. I have always created one-of-a-kind items for personal use, because most of what I see in my mind I am not able to find in the world of current fashion.
I gained my formal experience starting at Johnson County Community College. After graduating with my associates of applied science of Arts in fashion design, I further my education by going to Stephen's College in Columbia, MO. I graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development. Through my lifetime and college I have submitted Collections at both JCCC and Stephens College for annual fashion shows. My collection RideLikeAGirl was presented in front of a panel of judges and my professors at Stephens College, and I was presented the award for Best Collection: Most Marketable. I’ve now have been designing under my brand Nokota.Style for 3 years.
I’m interested in being a part of Kansas City Fashion Week as its essential to helping me gain knowledge of real-world application of my fashion education for Nokota. I am a Kansas City girl it would be a dream to debut my design in the community that I love.
My brand Nokota, is portrayed in my logo which is a digitized format of my original hand painted horse. Nokota is a bold and free to roam. The circle that encompasses her is representative of a clock. She is running free of time and physical restraint. I design more western and bohemian style. I like to work with textures, such as Leather.
Designer Peri Conner moved in 2017 from Zurich, Switzerland to Kansas City. She is the founder and creative director of her niche independent fashion label PERICHETTE. PERICHETTE comes from the French word “pochette” (small bag) and means the personalized bag of the designer Peri. With a background in Marketing and PR at European fashion magazines Peri founded her brand in 2015 creating one-of-a-kind luxury handbags and accessories. Her Goddess collection which was shown during Milan Fashion Week in 2018 was inspired by Ancient Empires (Greek, Roman and Egyptian) and Opera. Peri’s idea for the company initially grew out of her dismay for the lack of wholly unique accessories available to her for a night at the Opera or theater. Like any savvy entrepreneur, Peri decided to start her own fashion label and elevate fashion accessories to become their own art pieces. Peri is in every sense an admirer of strong women with strength and passion and her brand stands for the woman who knows what she wants and speaks of bold feminine elegance. Inspired by Ancient Empires and the glamour and theatrics of operatic overture, every PERICHETTE bag is named after a goddess, queen, or an opera diva. Following ancient beliefs PERICHETTE is made so that every woman can carry her own cosmos in her PERICHETTE bag. This season the brand is expanding and adding exclusive summer beach wear to the collection. PLAGETTE is a beach couture line with exclusive summer apparel and beach bags, pleasant and comfortable to wear during the summer heat. Forms are designed to be worn day or night, at the beach or in the city. The idea behind the summer line PLAGETTE is to stay fashionable and stylish with beach couture from AM to PM – no need to go home and change. Exclusive and breathable materials like crochet, mesh or chiffon build the design of PLAGETTE.
Fashion designer and artist Qun Liu grew up in the coastal city of Beihai in southwest China. Art has been the center of her life from the age of seven. Qun began her creative career with drawing and painting, which soon led to fashion and interior design. Qun's interests took her to Paris, where she studied contemporary art and additional courses. Later Qun moved to the US and start to work on wearable fiber art . Qun started the brand Q Liu in 2013 after she was awarded second place at the Sant Louis Fashion Week Emerging Designer show. Q Liu's style draws on a variety of multicultural influences, original techniques and eco-friendly fabrics.
I am a Kansas City based designer who loves the power the right outfit can have. I first began to designs when I was 17 years old taking classes at JCCC. At first it was just to test the waters, but before long it became my passion. My dream soon became to own my own label. Clothing helps communicate to the world who you are and who you want to be. I was inspired by this idea.
I design clothing the expresses the feminine energy in an elegant, chic, and powerful way. I want women to feel like femininity and strength don't have to be mutually exclusive. Being proud to express your female energy is empowering.
I also like to design practical fashion. I try to find the sweet spot of statement clothing that is comfortable and practical. #overdressedcasual
I have done numerous runways in my fashion experience. I have created two winning collections for JCCC annual student shows, first and third respectively. I have shown during NYFW for the Fall/Winter 2018 runway. Last season, I showed in Omaha Fashion Week with my Fall/Winter 2019 collection. This will also be my fifth runway season showing with KCFW. Last season, I showed with KCFW on Saturday and had the best runway experience yet. I am so excited for the opportunity to present yet another collection to the Kansas City Community.
Clarissa Knighten left Corporate America in August 2017 to pursue her business, Rissa’s Artistic Design (R.A.D) this self – taught artist creates 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 design has the ability to transform any outfit, while at the same time lifting the emotional expression of the wearer. This creates higher self - image, confidence and savvy attitude needed to navigate the complex and dynamic world we live in today. Her jewelry has a voice and an expressive story of resilience.
After participating in Kansas City Fashion Week, the fashion bug bit her. She has spoken openly about battling Depression and Bulima and actively encourages the dialogue in the community. Throughout her work you will connect with the twist, glimmers of a twinkle, coils, spirals, bold then subtle details that might otherwise be viewed as invisible.
She serves on the Friends of the Arts Council at the Nelson Atkins Museum, also is a active member of InterUrban ArtHouse and African American Artist Collective.
“I would like to help people understand jewelry is art. Wearable art, art in every form heals.” -Clarissa
Emerging young fashion designer with a passion for creating one of a kind, and unique garments, S. debuted her senior year collection on the KCFW runway last fall. The resort wear collection was inspired by Kachina dolls and features color block swimsuits, mixed print skirts and light, chiffon dresses.
Now a recent Stephens College graduate, S. Bias is hoping to make a major statement with her first post grad collection-one that puts sustainability at the forefront of fashion.
“I believe that as a new designer in the industry it is my responsibility to create in an eco-conscious way. So with this collection, my main focus is eliminating fabric waste.”
Sarah Wilson is a self-taught designer who's been knitting for more than 25 years. She gained international fame through her work as knitting pattern designer "The Sexy Knitter", and eventually realized that her true love is designing showpieces that are unusual or unique. Her self-titled line of alternative bridal wear is endlessly customizable, and she loves creating one-of-a-kind garments for fashionable kindred spirits.
Shelby is a designer based out of Springfield, MO who recently graduated from Missouri State University. She has a passion and vision for design and wants to empower and inspire women through each of her collections. Her past experiences working closely with Bridal Gown designer Hayley Paige and Celebrity Couture designer Asher Levine have shaped her outlook as a young designer and given her first hand industry knowledge. She is so excited to present her newest collection at NYFW and KCFW this season!
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 “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 in both VANITY FAIR and VOGUE Italia.
Truly Alvarenga is known primarily for her one-of-a-kind Couture Garments, wielding an aesthetic that is unique, uncluttered and refined in its shaping. Her collections attract admirers through meticulous attention to craftsmanship and the florid stories behind their creation and presentation. Truly Has had gowns that have been worn to presidential inaugurations, White house Holiday parties and have been featured in rolling stones.