What are fashion shows all about? Is it the excitement that you feel when a model comes out wearing something fabulous, the anticipation for what will come out next, the desire to own those garments? I think it goes beyond deciding if what you are looking at is something that you would wear or not. Designers tell us stories, and it all comes down to our ability to open our minds and listen to them, to travel with them to Cuba or Peru, or to get lost in their own surreal worlds of masks and moss.
This was my third Kansas City Fashion Week season, and I enjoyed to see how designers evolve. I have had the chance to see three collections by Georgina Herrera, and three collections by Lucia’s Sarto, and I can tell you, they are exciting and special every time. Nataliya Meyer, the designer behind Lucia’s Sarto, went from dreamy and playful bridal dresses on the S/S ‘17 show, to a romantic ready-to-wear collection on F/W ‘17, and for this season, showed a kick-ass girl boss collection. Her green and red suits exhibit a fabulous blend of femininity and empowerment. Similarly, Georgina Herrera continues to show us what her imagination is capable of, by turning necklaces and bracelets into shapes we hadn’t seen before.
Maria Behnen and Gabriela International Productions showed strong story telling and impeccable garment construction. Behnen transported her audience to a warm tropical day in Cuba. The cheerful beat of tropical drums took over the stage, and the urge to dance suddenly became obvious; sadly, I had to settle for the light and silent tap of my fingers and feet. The models began to walk, and wandering eyes were quickly seduced by the vibrant textiles, the hair flowers, and the brown fringes. Gabriela Arslangolu’s collection was also heavily influenced by culture, and the dedication put into her pieces is evident, zoom into her skirts and you will notice the decorative beads.
Gabriela International Productions
Masisa, by designer Samirah Alotaibi was also remarkable. The garments were jaw-dropping pretty, and made a clear and strong impact. I think I was not alone in my surprise when Samirah walked out on the stage, dressed in reserved clothing, that likely represents her culture. It was not only her clothes that surprised me, but the apparent contradiction between them and the see-through, sensual pieces that her models were wearing. I mention this, because I think it is a huge lesson for all of us, about how it is possible to be open-minded and to appreciate our own ethnicity, while still embracing different ideas.
Designer Michael Drummond has worked on a signature look. Although he comes up with innovative textile prints each season, you can recognize his designs by the neutral colors, glittery fabrics, and creative patterns.
Last, but not least, we have to mention the collection by Enve Designs. Models showed up looking like forest fairies, with moss and flowers on their hair, shoes, and dresses. The astonishing make-up, hairdos and ethereal garments transported us to an even dreamier version of Neverland.
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Our sincere congratulations to everyone involved in making Kansas City Fashion Week better and better each season. We feel honored to be part of such a wonderful event.
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This runway was a part of: Kansas City Fashion Week