Monday, March 17, 2014

KCFW Designer Presentations & Trunk Show

On Friday night I attended the Kansas City Fashion Week Designer Presentations at AIA event space. A select group of designers previewed  two to three looks before the KCFW Runway shows. It was great to be able to talk with each of the designers about their inspiration for their collection and to learn about their design background. I also got an up close look at the fabrics and construction of the pieces before they hit the runway. 

Andrea Marie Long Designs

I am a serious fan of Andrea Marie Long. I really loved her collection last season and was excited to see what she had in store this time! I loved her mix of hounds-tooth, plaid, and tweed, with the pop of fur!...Amazing! She always accessorizes each look so well. She definitely has an eye for perfecting an entire look before it goes down the runway!

Kimberly Ann by Kimberly Gottschalk

A new designer to Kansas City Fashion Week this season is Kimberly Ann. Her line is a mix of Men's and Women's fashion. She loved the challenge of designing both for this collection, but she ultimately wants to end up designing only Menswear.  I liked the leather details of these three pieces, especially under the collars, on the sleeves,  and the finger-less gloves. I got a Hunger Games vibe from these three pieces so I was excited to see the rest of the collection.

Oblivion Clothing Designs by Nataliya Meyer

The Oblivion Clothing Designs were all so gorgeous. The gowns I  was able to see at the presentation were all very detailed. I noticed several dresses with embroidery, sparkles, sequins, and beautiful draping. 

ByWhitney by Whitney Rorah

I was very impressed with Whitney Rorah. These two dresses were absolutely gorgeous. The pink dress had over 100 handmade roses with each edge burned to make a subtle curl and darkened shaded edge. The end result is a trail of beautiful roses. 

Heidi Herrman

Heidi Herrman's collection has a retro glam vibe that I love. The patterns on the fabrics immediately caught my eye as I entered the designer showcase. The deep burgundy and green patterns met perfectly at each seam. There is a flawless craftsmanship in the construction of these garments that is easy to see.

Architexture by John and Christina Moncke

John and Christina Moncke are Architexture, a  husband and wife design team from KC . They have returned for a second season of Kansas City Fashion Week. Their designs consist of familiar silhouettes with unusual fabrications. I noticed on each garment in the collection there is a small detail of a gray stripe on the bottom hem. It is the signature of detail on Architexture's garments that makes them unique.

Keefe Cravat by Jordan Williams

Check out Keefe Cravat's Kick Starter page. He is working towards getting funding for is Bow Tie line. {Watch Now}

My blogger gal pals and I had a great time looking over the previews for the big shows! 
Kat {Everyday Chic}, Caitlin {Gussied Up}, Lauren {Classy and Fab Girl}, and Morgan {Eeny Meeny Miny MOrgan}


  1. Looks like a blast! Great pictures!

    1. Thank you Kari! I was worried about these photos coming out good, but I think they look pretty good! Thanks for reading and I hope to see you soon :)
      XO Jana

  2. Great recap! The photos look great. :) Hopefully next time I see you we will get a chance to chat a little more!

    1. Thank you! I should see you this weekend at KCBB :)
      Xo Jana

  3. I love your recap of the trunk show! The picture of us at the end was a great surprise! I can't wait for Saturday:) xo cait


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