Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017: Part 2

There was so much going on for Kansas City Fashion week, that I had to break up my experience into 2 posts. If you haven't read Part 1 (covering the Media Meet & Greet and Wednesday Runway show) yet, be sure to read it here. For this post, I'll be covering the Bowties & Bubbly event and the Thursday night runway show. 

First up, Bowties & Bubbly was a formal cocktail event hosted at R24 studios in The West Bottoms. It was great to see bloggers I'd met the night before and mix and mingle with folks dressed to the nines. My husband attended as my date, wearing a bowtie custom made for him by KC designer Keefe Cravat. The purple in the bowtie matched my asymmetric dress perfectly! We obvs had to get a photo with props in the photo booth. 

Now, let's head over to the runway show! My look for Thursday evening had to be my favorite outfit for the week.

This sheer floral dress made for a positively ethereal look. My photographer for the week, Chris, counted 21 compliments I got on the dress, just that he overheard while standing with me! 

To play up the natural whimsical vibe, I accessorized with a delicate leaf headband and nude lucite heels. Red lips, to match the red flowers helped make the look a bit more bold, and a loose retro updo added to the timeless look. 

I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel like a dang fairy princess in this dress. I'm not sure when I'll have an occasion to wear it again, but I think I'll just have to create one!

Enough about me, and onto what was on the runway! Let's run through some of my faves for the evening. 

The first designer of the evening, Roger Figueroa (who is still in fashion school!), presented a bold collection filled with androgynous silhouettes, lots of draped fabric, and fun dramatic jewelry on men and women alike. The color palette may have been subdued, but interesting cuts, textures and sheen made the collection anything but drab. 

Next up, Wiki Wang brought us a pieces that were both minimal and extremely feminine. Bell sleeves, clean silhouettes and a touch of glitz made for an avant-garde collection that's still extremely wearable. 

After that, Amanda Casarez mixed structured and organic pieces for a unique collection with a super vintage vibe. Knitwear, Asian-inspired details, and a subdued color palette made for a variety of outfits that came together for a collection that seemed to span decades and continents alike. 

My last favorite from Thursday evening was Lee Jeans, which is headquartered right outside of Kansas City, and was just straight up cool. It gave me a totally different perspective on the company, who showed off how trendy its denim can be, from frayed hems, to tonal patterns, to uneven hemlines. 

This was such a fun-filled week, I'm still reporting on it weeks later here. A huge thanks to Kansas City Fashion Week, LLC to having me cover the shows as part of the media and also huge thanks to my photographer for the week, Chris Yankey. I'm already looking forward to the Spring show this Fall!

Bowties and Bubbly Outfit Details: Dress: ASOS (similar), Earrings: H&M (similar)

Thursday Runway Outfit Details: Dress: SheIn, Shoes: Forever 21, Purse: H&M (similar), Headband: H&M (similar), Fox Earrings: Chloe + Isabel (similar)

Photos by: Chris Yankey


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