Kansas City Fashion Week was October 8-14. The event took place downtown Kansas City, MO at Union Station. I went to the Thursday night show after work and I was able to buy a ticket at the door. I enjoyed the show and I was impressed with the production. It was a fun, glamorous event and I am likely to attend next year.
The work of the featured designers was exciting and contemporary. Some of them are local, regional and even nationally known designers. I was glad to see several African American fashion designers in the line up. I’ve often wondered why there hasn’t been a Black designer to hit it big in the fashion industry. African Americans influence fashion globally but there is no Black designer that’s on par with Tom Ford or Calvin Klein. It would be great to see someone from the Midwest blaze that trail.
My favorite designers were Miranda Hanson and Travis Cal. Miranda Hanson is a seventeen year old dress maker. Her designs are feminine and ethereal. She used soft pastel colors and fabrics that look like satin. I can see them being worn for formals and in weddings. Her models wore baby’s breath in their hair and they all kind of looked like little pixies. Her show was beautiful and her story is inspiring.
I loved Travis Cal’s show. Travis Cal went to high school in Kansas City and he clearly had a great deal of support from the crowd. His collection is urban, hip, sexy and trendy. He used several African American models and his collection was influenced by African art. He used a bold color palate and and a lot of metallic elements. I loved it!
If you like to support the arts and creativity in Kansas City you should come out for Kansas City Fashion Week next winter for Spring 2018. Tickets ranged from around $30-$90. It’s a great event.
#churchflow is a popular hashtag on Instagram that features users in their Sunday best. This is a post about fashion not about faith.
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This is a selfie in my basement. I’m wearing a J. Crew black sheath dress with Calvin Klein platform high heeled sandals and a Roberto Cavalli scarf. I bought the dress and scarf last year. I believe I bought the shoes in 2014. The dress was around $50. Shoes were around $60. I’m unsure of how much I paid for the scarf but I think it may have been about $40. I was working at the store where I purchased it so I got an employee discount on top of a sale price. It was a killer deal.
The center is a close up of the items I wore in the selfie on the left.
The right is a dress I bought in Spring of 2016 from New York and Company. It is a part of the Eva Mendes collection.
I got good response to my fashion posting from yesterday so here is another. These are a few on my summer favorites. These are items that I bought in past years and they are still great for summer.
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Chinese Laundry black strappy sandals
These were an impulse buy that I found at Macy’s in Independence, MO. I like these a lot and I have gotten a lot of use out of them. They are kind of difficult to wear because of the way the straps are situated but I got use to them. I don’t recall the price because I’ve had these for a few years but I’m sure it was pretty moderate. I’m thinking they were around $40.
I love the white watch trend that’s been going on for a few seasons. The face is quite large which is also on trend and I love the gold. I think the watch retails for around $200 but I bought it from a store I was working for so I got a great discount. I love the gold details. It was available at Helzberg but I don’t know if it is still available. It was purchased last year.
Orly nail polish:
I think neutral cosmetic shades are great for summer. I don’t really like neutral lipsticks because I have a dark complexion and it just gets lost but I can use a neutral nail polish. This one is called Prince Charming #20715. I bought it at Sally Beauty Supply in Kansas City, MO. It was on sale for around $5.
Liz Claiborne sandals:
I like these sandals because they are styled like Tory Burch sandals. I can not afford Tory Burch sandals and even if I could I don’t know that the asking price for her sandals are worth it to me. I bought these at JCPenney last summer. I had a coupon for them so I only paid about $12-$15 for them.