Hi, guys! If you’re a frequent reader, you probably know that I was fortunate enough to get to cover Kansas City Fashion Week‘s Fall/Winter 2017 Shows as official media! It was a total blast, I met some amazing people, and the collections I got to see were absolutely fantastic. This post will recap the collections from the first fashion show on Wednesday night, March 29. Keep your eye out for Thursday night’s recap, as well as a post about the Bubbly & Bowties cocktail party and what I wore to each event!
Kansas City Fashion Week – Fall/Winter 2017 – Night 1
Designs By Miranda Hanson
What a way to start a fashion show! Miranda Hanson is only a junior in HIGH SCHOOL, but her first dress was one of my most favorite pieces from both nights! Her designs had basically one of two “themes”…feminine and bold. Miranda used a lot of on-trend feminine touches like ruffles, sheer fabric and embroidery, as well as bold black and white stripes and large bell sleeves.
Olivet by Tobie Marie
The Olivet by Tobie Marie collection was absolutely darling and had everyone smiling! Tobie Roberts is a Fashion Design and Product Development student at Stephens College in Columbia, MO.
“The New Jackies” collection was inspired by the iconic Jackie O. Modeled by young girls, a lot of the looks were accessorized with long necklaces, rounded sunglasses and vintage-style pillbox hats. The designs were very chic with a heavy retro vibe, but with modern touches. Think tweed and satin-like looks with cold shoulder tops, and wide-leg pants with a sleek silhouette.
You can follow Tobie on Instagram here!
Hannah Kristina Designs
Hannah Kristina Designs‘ line was gorgeous! Designer Hannah Swanson specializes in evening wear and bridal wear, and you could certainly see that in her designs! Her new line was inspired by waterfalls and contained a lot of pieces with large layers. She focused on beautiful colors like red, green and blue and many had on-trend cutouts. See for yourself below!
Kelly Callaway Designs
I was seriously blown away by this next collection from Kelly Callaway Designs… Why? Because Kelly is only 11 years old!!! Yep…just 2 years older than my oldest son. Craziness. Her designs were very bright and vibrant and many were asymmetrical, which I’ve always loved. She mostly showed dresses and skirts, but there were some looks with pants, too. She got a standing ovation during her finale and it gave me goosebumps! I can’t wait to see what else she does in the future!
Coco & Ilia
Coco & Ilia was definitely a one-of-a-kind collection! Their overall design inspiration comes from comic books and video games, and this collection in particular had a thick boxing ring vibe. Think Christina Aguilera’s outfit in her video for “Stripped”. They used lots of red, black, and white and had silk robes, lace-up details and sequins. Check out a few looks from this eye-catching line below!
If you love that 70’s, vintage look, you’ll love this next collection! Keilah Jadlow is a local designer out of Overland Park, KS. Her Fall/Winter 2017 line screamed 70s, and in a good way. She took vintage-y designs and added modern elements. There were many earth tones, ruffles, and busy prints, along with on-trend accents like extra-long sleeves and flattering fits.
Sheraz Pompey‘s line was another one that blew me away! He is a self-taught designer (amazing!) from Kansas City. His line featured looks for both men and women and the focus seemed to be black, gold and red, sequins, sheer fabric and velvet. The combinations were perfect!
J. Manning Apparel
J. Manning Apparel is designed by (another!) self-taught designer Jamesia Manning. She focuses on outerwear, and has even had a coat for sale at Macy’s! Her designs in Wednesday’s show were absolutely gorgeous. She used beautiful brocade fabrics, as well as tweed. Some were simple-and-chic black, and some were a more-flashy gold or blue print. I loved the feminine fitting and details, and the men looked very well-dressed, too!
Do you have a favorite look from what I posted?! It was such a fun experience and I hope to get to do it all over again in October! 🙂