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Kansas City Fashion Week: Final Runway Looks

Season Sweet Sixteen Rocks It to the End

Article by Mindy Hargesheimer

Photography by Mindy Hargesheimer

Bringing on the rock n' roll, sex appeal, and wild sides, Kansas City Fashion Week’s concluding night could NOT have pulled out more amazing stops! The colors, the textures, the animated personalities and unspoken acting out made the night next level, and a lot like watching a metropolitan stage performance. 

Some of KCFW’s leading designer veterans returned to present their show stopping creations that one would expect to find on an intercontinental runway—and have in fact, been introduced to Paris Fashion Week!

Statement Jewelry 

With the utmost sophisticated style to bid the season farewell, Georgina Herrera took KCFW to a highly anticipated level with her statement-making jewelry pieces that always leave onlookers talking for days. Having met Georgina on several occasions, she is one of the most gentle and heart-warming souls; beautiful inside and out. Her talent has taken her squad from KC to Miami, NYC, and Paris, showing her designer’s eye for both men and women’s accessories. And, her substantially sized pieces are my absolute favorites; go bold, go big, more is everything!

The Lush + Lovely Jungle 

J. Tierney brought the wild jungle to Kansas City with her bright and flamboyant 'Water Lily' collection. Ruffles abound, flowers galore, and the boldest color palate of them all, @jtierneyofficial’s models stole the runway with their incredible lush and lovely ensembles and runway personas. A former ballerina whose path brought her here to the Midwest, costume design seems like a natural fit for this designer, and you will soon see her on the Paris Fashion Week streets!

Turkish Dream 

Gabriela Arslanoglu sought to bring a global influence inward to KC, one Turkish Dream at a time. Peru-born and US-raised, @gabriela_arslanoglu ventured into gorgeous cultural territory with her exceptional gowns and head pieces fit for a themed-soiree, and her fitted and flattering flocks you could wear as street chic or on a Saturday night out. It is evident that Gabriela knows a thing or two about spreading global knowledge and charm and creates each piece as a one of a kind, custom creation. Look no further for the “The Look of the World” than from Gabriela International Productions. 

Lace, Leather + Fur

Joshua Christensen paired an impressive array of textures and colors together to create one captivating line. This Project Runway Season 9 alum made a beautiful statement with his men’s wear S/S ’20 collection that incorporated lush, pink and purple hues and lace, leather and fur designs. And with a knack for both men’s and women’s wear, @joshuajchris sells both his Runway Originals and new, seasonal pieces for everyday wear while producing his work from his Detroit-based hub.

XOXO 

Tiffany Brown put the XOXO into her creative vision, making everyone around her apparel-wearing squad dying to know who they are. @trbrownfashions’ bright light shined at KCFW with her sense of adventure and self-taught skills, giving us so many apparel pieces to gossip about; just ask Vogue and Vanity Fair who have both mentioned this up and comer who brought the girl gang to Union Station’s Grand Plaza. Her eight-piece collection was rich in texture and accessorized perfectly; can’t wait to see more from this empowering female!

Sultry + Sexy Gowns

The ever-so detailed Nataliya Meyer delivered on her sultry and sexy gowns and garments with intricate and form fitting designs. I could fill my wardrobe with her stunning gowns, intricate and architecturally profound creations, and art deco inspired compositions. I continue to be in awe of each season’s collections that grace the runway, that so expertly combine edgy and feminine in one subtle bundle. Men, women, kids; @lucias_sarto and her talented staff can do it all and inspire all of us to be our most beautiful-best! 

Edgy Attitude 

Andrew Clancey with @anyoldiron took his edgy, musician-inspired get ups, and put the 'act' in act up, as all models rebelled and gave some hell with their fiery attitudes! Andrew is the king of hand beaded, sequined, rhinestone-laden details, and his women’s suits are the raddest addition I could ever so fortunately cast into my wardrobe! Meeting Andrew was a bucket list opportunity, as he showed his kindness, comedy, and contagious English accent that no person can possibly avert from. And with a SLEW of famous faces constantly surfacing in his designs, we will only continue to watch @anyoldiron skyrocket to global expansion!

That's a wrap on Season Sweet Sixteen! Congrats to all of the talented designers, and thank you to all who showed their support by the runway! In my short time experiencing season after season of Kansas City Fashion Week, I am enthralled, wowed, and always in awe of the never-ending talent that the team reels in. See ya on the flip-side, Season Seventeen! 

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