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K Phil Willoughby, Esq. | CEO
ansas City Fashion Week could be described as the "time and space nexus" of fashion industry entrepreneurs in the Midwest. For fifteen seasons we have been honored to plan and execute KCFW, bringing together hundreds of professionals twice each year (time) in one venue (space).
Our sponsors, this season led by Oak Park Mall, A to Z Productions and others, have demonstrated an equally sacrificial commitment to incubating new fashion-focused companies, as well as showcasing established regional and national brands. With hundreds of individuals and companies collaborating on each runway show, one key challenge for KCFW staff is how to provide you, the fashion industry patron, information about those who contribute to the production of the nation's largest regional fashion weeks. You are now reading a new initiative which we believe will assist in showcasing the hundreds of talented entrepreneurs you are seeing during the runway shows. As you interact with the pages in your hands or on your phone, you will see an extraordinary amount of talent. As a supporter of KCFW, your engagement helps to provide a needed platform from which our local and regional industry professionals can find greater success. We are confident you will be impressed by the quality contributions of our fashion industry this week! Sincerely, Phil Willoughby, CEO Kansas City Fashion Week, LLC
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THE ANNUAL KCFW CRUISE IS AN INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE BRINGING MODELS, DESIGNERS, STYLISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS TOGETHER FOR A ONCEIN-A LIFETIME FASHION EXPERIENCE.
F/W '19 DESIGNERS AMANDA CASAREZ 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, she established her DC based brand as designer-in-residence. Amanda is currently selling her capsule collection at Macy’s in Las Vegas Fashion Mall. Amanda's fashion label has 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 is to create a wardrobe that focuses on a woman's complete life: modern, premium quality pieces with the inimitable ease of streetwear, making sure its everyday muse can live her life in every piece it makes. Amanda produces clothing that embodies a feminine, strong, confident woman inside and out.
ANY OLD IRON - ANDREW CLANCEY Andrew Clancey is a fashion stylist of 15 years, with work in London, New York, and Nashville. He started a label 3 years ago after moving his boutique to Nashville. His brand aesthetic is "Rock-n-Roll Tailoring" with a twist. Expect a lot of shine and glitter with sequins being his favorite medium. In 3 short years he has featured at Nashville Fashion Week 3 times, South Walton Fashion Week, Palm Springs Style Fashion Week, Greenville Fashion Week, and won the People’s Choice Award at Charleston Fashion Week. Andrew has picked up celebrity clients including, Beyonce, Kesha, Cher, Cheap Trick, Fergie, Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Jane Fonda , Rita Ora, and Ozzy Ozbourne to name but a few. Andrew wants to show his brand to every corner of America, then hopefully the world!
ZURI PERLE LLC - ATINUKE ADELEKE Atinuke Adeleke is a Jewelry Designer with an undergraduate and masters degree in Law. She is currently enrolled at Kansas University taking metal smithing and design classes. All her pieces are handcrafted in her studio in West Plains, Missouri. She took her first jewelry making class from local artisans in Nigeria 9 years ago and fell in love with the process of handcrafting wearable artisan pieces. She created the brand Zuri Perle 6 years ago to cater to African brides looking for traditional African Jewelry to wear for their traditional wedding here in the United States. She has since expanded her jewelry line to incorporate a balance of her Nigerian traditional aesthetic and western experience. Her aim is to showcase jewelry designs that are a far cry from the stereotypical cowry, bones, and horn jewelry pieces that are associated with the African continent, and showcase another side of the continent that is enamored with color, gemstones, and precious metals. Her pieces have been seen on Say Yes to the Dress, CNN Africa, Bead Style Magazine (US) and a couple of local publications in her home country of Nigeria.
DEVIL DOLL BY AUDREY LOCKWOOD Devil Doll by Audrey Lockwood derived from a longtime passion for creating, as well as a childhood nickname. With her mischievous ways, her parents nicknamed her "Devil Doll" at a young age and little did they know it would become the name of Audrey's ready-to-wear business. Audrey recently showed her first runway collection on the Kansas City Fashion Week runways this past fall. Her collection was retro and quirky, inspired by Wes Anderson and French fashion icons, such as Brigitte Bardot and Francoise Hardy. Audrey recently graduated from Stephens College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development. She additionally studied at London College of Fashion, and worked as a design intern at Kohl's Corporate Headquarters as an undergraduate student. She has won the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund twice and has been chosen to present her work to the CFDA. Audrey 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 to which everyone is undeniably drawn. 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.
BARBARA BULTMAN DESIGNS 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 affect 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 achieving the 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 creates one of a kind jewelry pieces for both men and women. She sees fashion not as labels, but as a way people can express themselves without saying a word. As she likes to say, “Dare to Wear.”
WESTBROOK - BRITTANY WESTBROOK Brittany Westbrook is an emerging designer from Wichita, KS. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's degree in Apparel and Textiles. She specializes in women's and children's wear and creates custom illustrations for brides. Her designs feature clean lines and retro influences. She strives to design clothing that every woman would feel comfortable wearing. She is influenced by the many women in her life, and the needs that their everyday lives present. Brittany is an adventurous soul, whose journey has taken her all over the world. She uses these experiences as inspiration and looks forward to the opportunities and challenges they create. In her free time, Brittany enjoys spending time with her many nieces and nephews, creating fashion illustrations, and cooking.
CHRISTIANMICHEAL - CHRISTIAN MICHEAL christianMICHEAL is a modern fashion label for the style conscious and fashion forward modern man and woman. 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, 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.
RISSA'S ARTISTIC DESIGN - CLARISSA KNIGHTEN Clarissa Knighten is a courageous jewelry artist entrepreneur. She left Corporate America in 2017 to pursue her business, Rissa’s Artistic Design (R.A.D.). She 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 piece 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. Clarissa recently appeared in her first runway show with Kansas City Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019, KC Studio Magazine September / October 2018 with the African American Artist Collective. KC Studio Magazine May/June 2018 edition has an image of her work for Black Space Black Art, and Vintage KC Magazine advertised her work in 2016. Clarissa has the ability to create from various materials, including leather, cowrie shells, tree branches, rocks, wire, gemstones, and even buttons can be found in her work. Her motto: Allow art to heal your pain.
TOPPING DESIGNS - DUANE TOPPING A Denver native, Duane Topping was born and raised in east Denver. After serving in the military for over a decade, he retired in 2012. Duane then moved back to Denver, where he experienced a difficult time adjusting into civilian life with PTSD as a constant demon. His service in the military exposed him to the ugliness of war and gave him a jaded view of the world. Following his love of art and fashion, he taught himself to sew in the fall of 2016 as a way to escape the darkness. He found peace in the creative process, and Topping Designs quickly grew into one of Denver’s top design houses. Duane takes inspiration from those experiences, and each garment reflects a step on his journey.
Since 2016, Duane Topping, and Topping Design’s, has shown throughout the country, including runways during New York Fashion Week. His most recent publication found his garments published in Vogue China. The muses for Duane, however, are still rooted in people. His hope is to pass along the peace he found through fashion. Like himself, every person is different and has their own journey and obstacles to face. Duane says, “This is what makes them beautiful. Clothes allow us to be who we want to be, to transcend the barriers placed around us, and be who we aspire to become.”
SEW UNRELAXED - MISSY ISAMOORE Missy IsaMoore is a self-taught fashion designer born in Kansas City, Missouri. She was raised in Houston, Texas and also lived in Chicago, Illinois. Missy gets her inspiration and boldness for her designs from experiencing different cities. She describes her looks as "Afro-politan, Afrocentric, and cosmopolitan." Sew UnRelaxed's goal is to make American urban clothing with vibrancy byspired by, or with, Ankara. Sew UnRelaxed runs the gamut from casual wear, swimwear, evening wear, and recently menswear, with no sign of slowing down
HAILEY VOLLBRECHT The young designer Hailey Vollbrecht is a creative, well-taught and very passionate designer. She has had the privilege to gain design experience not only at Iowa State but also at London College of Fashion. She has worked in the industry interning for Marchesa as a Couture Designer, at Free People as an assistant designer, and backstage with Aveda Institute at multiple New York Fashion shows. She is a driven student, excited to excel and gain as much experience as possible and to share it with others.
HANNAH KRISTINA DESIGNS - HANNAH SWANSON Hannah Swanson is a Des Moines, Iowa based designer specializing in evening wear. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in apparel design. She created her label, Hannah Kristina Designs, in the fall of 2016, because she fell in love with the idea of wanting to help women look and feel both 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 her collections in Omaha, Kansas City, Des Moines, and Chicago Fashion Weeks.
KAMBER ELYSE - KAMBER CAUSEMAKER @KAMBERELYSE HAIR/MAKEUP: KC'S BOMBSHELL BEAUTY CREW SEW UNRELAXED - MISSY ISAMOORE @UNRELAXEDMISSY HAIR/MAKEUP: SAMI HALASEH SALON SHELBY HARVEY DESIGNS @SHELBYHARVEYDESIGNS HAIR/MAKEUP: BELLUS ACADEMY
INTERMISSION EDDIE BAUER AT OAK PARK MALL @EDDIE BAUER @OAKPARKMALL HAIR/MAKEUP: BELLUS ACADEMY HAILEY VOLLBRECHT @V_O_L_L_B_R_E_C_H_T HAIR/MAKEUP: Z HAIR ACADEMY XYZ - JAXSON METZLER @_XYZ_DESIGNS_ HAIR/MAKEUP: KC'S BOMBSHELL BEAUTY CREW
DOORS OPEN AT 6:00pm
SHOW BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 7:00PM
THURSDAY TOPPING DESIGNS @TOPPINGDESIGNS HAIR/MAKEUP: KC'S BOMBSHELL BEAUTY CREW
WESTBROOK - BRITTANY WESTBROOK HAIR: ANGIE WILLIAMS MAKEUP: MISTY BLU & KENDRA HOOPER
HANNAH KRISTINA DESIGNS @HANNAH_SWANS_ @HANNAHKRISTINADESIGNS HAIR/MAKEUP: Z HAIR ACADEMY HAYDEN L.A. @HAYDENLOSANGELES @OFFICIALHAYDENGIRLS HAIR/MAKEUP: BELLUS ACADEMY
INTERMISSION LOFT AT OAK PARK MALL @LOFT @OAKPARKMALL HAIR/MAKEUP: PAUL MITCHELL OVERLAND PARK RISSA'S ARTISTIC DESIGN - CLARISSA KNIGHTEN @RISSAS_ARTISTIC_DESIGN HAIR/MAKEUP: BELLUS ACADEMY & SUZY WADE
MADDIE LUCILLE @MADDIELUCILLEDESIGN HAIR/MAKEUP: LUXE SALON
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SHOW BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 7:30PM
DEVIL DOLL BY AUDREY LOCKWOOD @DEVILDOLLBRAND @AUDIRENEE HAIR/MAKEUP: BELLUS ACADEMY ZURI PERLE LLC @ZURIPERLE @ZURIPERLEBEADS HAIR/MAKEUP: PAUL MITCHELL OVERLAND PARK KINDRED - OAK PARK MALL @THEKINDREDSHOPS @OAKPARKMALL HAIR/MAKEUP: PAR EXSALONCE
INTERMISSION J.TIERNEY DESIGNS @JTIERNEYDESIGNS @JENNIJTIERNEY HAIR/MAKEUP: KC COUTURE LAUREN BANDER @LAURENBANDER_FASHION @LBHAUTECOUTURE HAIR/MAKEUP: KC COUTURE ANY OLD IRON @ANYOLDIRON @ANYOLDIRONUSA HAIR/MAKEUP: AVEDA INSTITUTE DES MOINES
DOORS OPEN AT 6:00pm
SHOW BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 7:30PM CHRISTIANMICHAEL @CHRISTIANMICHAELFASHION HAIR/MAKEUP: PAR EXSALONCE
RACHEL POLLAK DESIGNS @RACHELPOLLAKDESIGNS @RPOLLAKDESIGNS HAIR: KAYTE CARTER & CHOPTOPS MAKEUP: MISTY BLU AMANDA CASAREZ @AMANDA.CASAREZ @AMANDACASAREZ1 HAIR: BELLE ÉPOQUE MAKEUP: DIOR LUCIA'S SARTO @LUCIAS_SARTO HAIR/MAKEUP: MITSU SATO HAIR ACADEMY
INTERMISSION DILLARD’S – OAK PARK MALL @DILLARDS_OAK_PARK @OAKPARKMALL HAIR/MAKEUP: KC COUTURE
BARBARA BULTMAN @BARBARA_BULTMAN @BARBIE_4284 HAIR: JAY HEFNER TEAM MAKEUP: KC'S BOMBSHELL BEAUTY CREW JOSHUA CHRISTENSEN @JOSHUAJCHRIS HAIR/MAKEUP: KC COUTURE
HANNAH KRISTINA DESIGNS - HANNAH SWANSON Hannah Swanson is a Des Moines, Iowa based designer specializing in evening wear. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in apparel design. She created her label, Hannah Kristina Designs, in the fall of 2016, because she fell in love with the idea of wanting to help women look and feel both 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 her collections in Omaha, Kansas City, Des Moines, and Chicago Fashion Weeks.
HAYDEN LOS ANGELES PRESENTS HAYDEN GIRLS Hayden Los Angeles is for the young, free, creative girl who has a unique and fun approach to fashion. Based in Los Angeles and originally expanding from the success of its contemporary sister brand, Hayden Girls was founded in 2016 to present the Hayden LA customer with a broader range of tween sizes. Hayden L.A. designs and crafts relaxed, versatile daywear to signature textiles that fit every young lifestyle. Its modern color palettes and trendy designs inspire girls to have fun with fashion and dress to their imagination while still focusing on versatility and comfort Known for her confident charisma and modern take on style, the Hayden girl can be anyone from anywhere who is looking for the everyday closet staple as well as the eye-catching statement piece. With a style fit for every personality and occasion, from the eccentric girl who is on her way to school all the way to the modest girl attending a formal affair, the Hayden Girl lifestyle appeals to all its customers and their needs. Hayden L.A.'s customers are from all over the world. With an approach to providing immediate goods for its customers, we provide both the latest and essential trends that customers can get now. Hayden Girls embraces being able to provide the latest trends for its retailers so that they can successfully offer them to their customers. Hayden sees its relationship with our retailers as a mutually beneficial partnership.
XYZ - JAXSON METZLER Jaxson is currently attending Kansas State University, majoring in Apparel and Textile Design Production. Jaxson was on Season 1 of Project Runway Junior. Since then his company, XYZ, creates clothing to empower women. His goal is to make women all over the world feel confident and powerful. This is XYZ's debut fashion show, and Jaxson is very excited to showcase his collection.
J. TIERNEY DESIGNS Originally from Sacramento, CA, Jennifer Tierney is intrigued most by lines, movement and creating shapes through space. Fashion & costume design was 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 has shown Collections for West 18th Street Fashion Show in Kansas City, MO as well as Kansas City Fashion Week. Each Collection is unique to itself in theme and design. She has also designed and produced countless commissioned works.
JOSHUA CHRISTENSEN 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, and athletic apparel.
KAMBER ELYSE - KAMBER CAUSEMAKER Kamber Elyse is a designer for the confident, authentic, eclectic woman. Defining herself as a country soul with couture goals, she is currently a student, emerging herself in the apparel industry. Originally from a small town in Illinois, she spends summers in New York City gaining the needed hands-on experience while working for world-renowned brands. Kamber Elyse launched her most recent line- RED, a spur of the moment, kick of the boot, take no bull collection. She has entered Kansas City Fashion Week, making it the first of many career milestones proving that although you may be from somewhereÂ small, you're meant to do things on a larger scale.. 25
Kansas City Fashion Council, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit service organization supporting the many individuals and businesses which comprise the metropolitan fashion -related industry by offering networking, development, and educational opportunities. With your support over the past year, KCFC has been able to help many individuals in 2018. KCFC donated over 100 new gowns to Blessed Dress KC to support their mission of providing free prom dresses to high school students in our community. This unique ministry was created to ensure any young person who wants to go to prom is supported with a beautiful gown, shoes and jewelry. KCFC was able to help them in the weeks leading up to Kansas City Fashion Week with donations from many models, designers and makeup artists in our fashion community. Donations to the Angels Fund on Giving Tuesday allowed our fashion community to surprise five local families by paying off their layaway selections during the Holidays. A scholarship for Johnson County Community College apparel students was also created with your donations. The first scholarship was awarded to design student, Elise Flores, to pay her Fall 2018 semester tuition! Be sure to keep up on all KC Fashion events at our online calendar.
WWW.KCFASHIONCOUNCIL.ORG/CALENDAR Kansas City Fashion Council accepts monetary donations year-round. These funds are used to create scholarships for local students. If you would like to contribute, a tax-deductible donation can be made on our website.
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LAUREN BANDER 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 fashion does not just have to come from places such as New York or Paris; it is here in the Midwest as well. While she gathers inspiration from everyday life and experiences, the greatest inspiration for her line comes from her love of Paris. Vividly remembering the architecture, language, culture, and the overall feeling of the city, she uses that as inspiration for all of her designs, hoping to bring a little bit of Paris to the Midwest. Some of Laurenâ€™s 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 shoe campaign for the last five seasons.
MADDIE LUCILLE - MADELINE KIM Maddie Kim is currently a senior at Iowa State University studying creative and technical apparel design. Maddie Lucille designs ready to wear garments with emphasis on contrasting silhouettes and unique textures. Focus on the intricate details of each garment creates one-of-akind pieces inspired by earth's natural elements. Maddie first developed an interest in creating garments back when she was 10 years old and would superglue fabric together to create skirts. Since then she has increased her knowledge in the apparel industry through experiences of internships at LoveShackFancy in NYC and A&F Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. She has been a national scholarship recipient of the YMA FSF in 2018, showed a collection at Accademia Italiana's annual Fashion Show in Florence, Italy, and spent many hours in the sewing lab.
In addition to launching her brand in Kansas City Fashion Week, Maddie hopes to create ensembles that are inspired by high end designers but are much more approachable and realistic for a wider target market to wear.
LUCIA'S SARTO - NATALIYA MEYER Nataliya is a Kansas City-based fashion designer, and has developed the successful line, :Lucia's Sarto. Fashion has been woven into Nataliya from a young age. She is obsessed with her work, devoting almost every minute of her adult life haunted with making clothing; its creation, its fit, and its design. She makes clothing as close to perfect as possible. Nataliya's goal is to make her customers happy by applying her skill and trade. With a heart for charity work, she wakes up every day hoping her designs will stand out in a crowd. Being from a poor background, Nataliya is self-taught, finding it necessary to alter garments she had on hand to make exciting looks. She finds her inspiration from researching the history and heritage of many parts of the world, which she then translates into "clothing language."
RACHEL POLLAK DESIGNS
Rachel Pollak is the Creative Director and Fashion Designer for Rachel Pollak Designs, which designs fashion for the modern women looking for wearable statement looks. She began to develop an interest in art at a very young age. As a two year old, she began to draw daily. Her drawings included distinctive facial features, fingers, toes, and buttons on clothing. This love of drawing evolved into the love for more 3D art such as apparel design. Fashion for Rachel was an exciting way to express herself, so she began studying fashion design at Johnson County Community College in her junior year of high school. In the summer of 2017, she graduated JCCC with an Apparel Design and Technology AAS degree, with a mission to start her own business. She has over four years of fashion design experience from showing in school shows to NYFW. She participated in the annual JCCC Fashion show in 2016 and won 1st place with her line, “Feeling Good” and third place in 2017 with her line, “Striking.” Rachel Pollak has shown three times with KCFW. She has also shown during NYFW with her F/W 2018 couture collection “Uptown Goddess,” inspired by one of her “Make it Yours” challenge looks. Everything is made locally if possible, to support the local economy and maintain close quality control. She is looking forward to showing her brand, style, vision, and art to a larger audience this season at KCFW.
SHELBY HARVEY DESIGNS Shelby Harvey is a designer based out of Springfield, MO who currently studies at Missouri State University. She has a passion and vision for bridal gowns, but is interested in bringing her unique design perspective into a ready-to-wear line. Her newest collection is inspired by Proverbs 31 and the Virtuous Woman. She has a vision to evoke the modest, fun, fashionable, virtuous woman in all of us. 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 at her first Kansas City Fashion Week.
KCFW IFLUENCER COLLECTIVE Introducing the brand new KCFW Influencer Collective! Some of the leading fashion media professionals in the Midwest will show you Kansas City Fashion Week from the inside out. These Collective members will use their vast media and fashion experience to bring you their unique perspective in covering the many pre-show events, the runway presentations, as well as their own stylish outfits worn during the Midwest's most fashionable week. Please follow along with them on their social media platforms to get their unique perspective on KCFW!!!
Adriele Dixon Annie Austen Breahn Vokolek Britt Null Chelsey Derks Kallie Flexman Karlie Stroup Katie Van Luchene Mindy Hargesheimer Sarah Ruhlman
@styleassisted @annie_austen @overanalyzedthat @brittnull @chelsderks @kallieflexman @aylensblog @katie.vanluchene @kansascitybucketlist @sarahscoop
SABRINA SABRINA DUNNE DUNNE
ADDISON ADDISON STEWART STEWART
LARRY LARRY LEVENSON LEVENSON
LINDSEY LINDSEY NHINGSAVATH NHINGSAVATH
RYAN SWARTZLANDER SWARTZLANDER RYAN
YASI YASI FARAHMANDNIA FARAHMANDNIA
ALEC ALEC WALWORTH WALWORTH
Clothing: Lucia's Sarto Accessories: Zuri Perle LLC Model: Sharis Jones Makeup: Suzy Wade Hair: Dylan Dunn Photographer: Jason Atherton EDITORIAL 1
Clothing: Kindred and Modern Society Apparel Styled by: Kindred and Randall Schneck Accessories: Georgina Herrera and Atinuke Adeleke Models: Hank Bartee, Giovanni Booth, Nicholas Dillard, Brandy Estell, Isabelle Ginavan, Olive Henry, Dee Hines, Anna Holthaus, Amela Husic, Max MacDonald, Anyut Riak, Saloni Sinha, Kelly White Makeup: Aya Andel, Kathryn Craig, Natalie Sutton, Katalina Taula, Suzy Wade Hair: Paige Burns, Dylan Dunn, Sumayyah Hasam, Ashley Hazelwood, Natalie Peterson Photographer: Eli Stack
Clothing: Devil Doll by Audrey Lockwood, Lucia's Sarto, Any Old Iron, Modern Society Accessories: Zuri Perle LLC Model: Amela Husic, Kelly White, Jocelyn Harris, Dee Hines, Jackie Dandurand, Max MacDonald, Nanda Thor, Levi Jameson Makeup: Aya Andel, Kathryn Craig, Natalie Sutton, Katalina Taula, Suzy Wade Hair: Paige Burns, Dylan Dunn, Sumayyah Hasam, Ashley Hazelwood, Natalie Peterson Photographer: Kelby Reck
Clothing: Shelby Harvey, Nataliya Meyer and Hannah Swanson Accessories: Georgina Herrera and Zuri Perle LLC Models: Hank Bartee, Giovanni Booth, Peyton Bownman, Nicholas Dillard, Holland Easterla, Chasity Frazier, Isabelle Ginavan, Jocelyn Harris, Josie Rawlings, Camryn Sanchez, Saloni Sinha, Alison Williamson Makeup: Aya Andel, Kathryn Craig, Natalie Sutton, Katalina Taula, Suzy Wade Hair: Paige Burns, Dylan Dunn, Sumayyah Hasam, Ashley Hazelwood, Natalie Peterson Photographer: Ryan Swartzlander
Clothing: Sincerely Susan and Michael's Fine Clothing Accessories: Georgina Herrera and Zuri Perle LLC Makeup: Aya Andel, Kathryn Craig, Natalie Sutton, Katalina Taula, Suzy Wade Hair: Paige Burns, Dylan Dunn, Sumayyah Hasam, Ashley Hazelwood, Natalie Peterson Photographer: Ryan Swartzlander
Kansas City Fashion Week is a nexus of fashion professionals. Featuring local, national and international designers, each year KCFW produces two full weeks of premier runway shows, enabling designers to collaborate with seasoned stylists, make-up artists, models and photographers to present their collections in the most professional atmosphere imaginable. Buyers and individual consumers are provided an opportunity to order apparel and accessories shown on the runway and KCFW provides industry professionals an avenue to showcase their abilities to a national audience. With an unapologetic focus on the business side of the fashion industry, each KCFW event highlights the many facets of fashion commerce.
Buyers from retail establishments, media personalities, online apparel entrepreneurs and celebrities help to comprise an audience for each show, making KCFW a must-attend event for established and emerging fashion professionals. Kansas City has a rich history of fashion success. In the late 1940’s Kansas City's Garment District employed over 4,000 people and boasted that 1 out of every 7 women in the United States purchased garments made in Kansas City. In the successful production of over fifteen fashion week seasons, KCFW has helped refocus the region's attention to the commercial possibilities of a revitalized apparel design and manufacturing industry. Led by an experienced team of fashion industry professionals and event planning specialists, KCFW planners set the standard for fashion event production. Through partnerships with the Midwest's leading companies, KCFW continues to serve as a collaboration for the industry that propels emerging designers to success, as well as providing a rich source of consumer interaction for the established designer. 38
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T Teisha Barber | President
he 15th season of KCFW…WOW! Just saying it, it doesn’t seem real. In 2010, KCFW started a new movement in Kansas City’s fashion industry that allows so many talented people to show our city their work, whether they are local, national, or from another country. Fast forward nine years.
Each season of Kansas City Fashion Week brings a fresh perspective of what fashion means to various people. We at KCFW strive to bring our attendees a wide range of designers to show the many talents that lie within our city and beyond. Each designer that shows a collection each season, goes through an application/interview/mentor process before you see their collection on the KCFW runway. Not only are these designers dedicated to their craft and business, but they care about their customers. I continue to be proud and impressed by our designers each season, as they grow as designers and build their individual brands. Thank you to all our fabulous designers that continue to bring fresh and innovative fashion to Kansas City every season. Our runway shows are elevated each season by the high-caliber model roster that our designers select their runway models from. With close to 1,000 models that audition to walk the KCFW runway each season, our designers have very difficult decisions ahead of them when going through their selection process. We are very proud of each model that participates whether they are a returning veteran to KCFW or this is their first season. Thank you for the time you each put into KCFW and your continued support. What you don’t see from the runway are all the people that make the show happen behind the scenes. The style teams, that make the designer’s vision come alive, work long hours to make sure that each model that comes down the runway is flawless. Thank you for everything that you all do to make our shows stunning with each designer’s line. Our hundreds of volunteers that take time to work before, during, and after each show deserve so much credit. They work hard from the time they arrive to the end of the night when they leave to go home and most of the time return to do it all over again the following day. We couldn’t put on a week’s worth of events without these hardworking people that are dedicated to fashion and our city. 40
Documenting every moment of KCFW are our talented group of Official KCFW photographers. They’re there from the start of each day until well after the show is over, capturing not only images of the runway shows but behind-the-scenes shots that show the world all about KCFW and our many participants. Thank you all for your artistic, photographic expertise and we always look forward to seeing all of the wonderful images that come from each season. KCFW would not be possible without the continued support from our many generous sponsors and partners. These businesses believe in KCFW and continue to help us grow every season. We all thank you for your patronage. The Directors, Planning Team, and Staff of KCFW never can receive enough credit, in my opinion. This team of people work year-round to bring you all what you see twice a year. They work very long hours and love what they do. They love fashion and they love our KCFW community, and it shows with each passing season. Thank you for dedicating your time and your heart to KCFW. You are all appreciated beyond words can explain. Last but certainly not least, our event guests. Without you all, everyone involved with KCFW would not have an outlet to share what they are so passionate about, their work. We thank you for continuing to return each season to see the new collections and for supporting our participants and KCFW. Thank you all from everyone at KCFW and especially from me. I continue to be amazed by our fashion community. KCFW continues because of you all and I could not be more grateful to be able to continue to share my vision of this event with you every spring and every fall. Look for more exciting things to come over the years. We never stop dreaming and working on making you all proud. Teisha Barber, President Kansas City Fashion Week, LLC
KCFW returns to Union Station for Spring/Summer 2020 September 17 - 21st, 2019