July 29, 2012

fashion on the fringe | vintage fringe at the kc fringe festival | kansas city, missouri

On Friday, I got my fringe on with Jess of Mimi & Chichi at “Fashion on the Fringe,” a vintage-themed fashion show that was part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival @kimberlyloc

{Headband//Retro Vixen, Kansas City, Missouri (similar); Earrings//Solemates, Van Buren, Arkansas (similar); Metal Rings//H&M (similar); Tiger’s Eye Ring//Forever 21 (similar); White Leather Cuff// c/o Bolbach; Gold Tennis Bracelet//Vintage, Donna’s Dress Shop, Kansas City, Missouri; Gold Braided Cuff Bracelet// c/o Saks Off Fifth, Kansas City, Kansas (similar); Stripe Top//Outback Red via The Limited (similar); Patterned Shorts//The Limited; Suede Booties//Michael Kors (similar); Cross-body Purse//Coach c/o the Teacher Man}

The concept of fringe is empowering. With roots tracing back to Scotland (represent!), the main principle of fringe shows around the world is to provide both emerging and established artists of all crafts the opportunity to produce and show their work no matter the content, form or style.

The other component of fringe is to make the event as affordable and accessible to the community, which allows them to become editors in their own right, deciding what artists should be celebrated and passed by during the festival.

vintage on the fringe kansas city fringe festival fashion press

{I attended Vintage on the Fringe as part of the fashion media covering the event. Photo By Jess Afshar, Mimi & Chichi}

I thoroughly enjoyed the show, and while some designers wowed me more than others, I still was able to connect with at least one piece from each designer’s collection. Below are my favorites from the show.

(Note to Designers: It was extremely difficult to hear the names of each designer during the introduction (the mic wasn’t working!), but I think Jess and I  captured the info correctly. If for some reason your name/image isn’t matched up correctly, let me know and I will update it!)

ginger bow tie fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

The show opened with looks from Ginger Bow Tie. The violet number wowed me, with its structured lines and cape style. The romper on the left struck me as downtown cool, though I would have liked to have seen it in a more muted color for fall. The outfit on the right made me extremely excited for fall — I could see myself wearing it.

jessy bergmann fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

This romantic look from Jessy Bergmann caught my eye because of the detailing and classic colors, but it was a little short — perhaps it could be worn with skinnies and flats for a ballerina-sweet outfit. The 20s-inspired piece definitely looks and feels fresh for 2012.

little shells designs fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

Capitalizing on the high-low dress trend, Little Shells Designs kept it sweet and chic. I loved the mustard yellow accessories to complement the watercolor skirt. The flowy, loose fit works for this style.

sablu fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

Sablu’s style was the complete opposite of sweet Little Shells. Distressed denim and patriotic influence kept this collection looking completely all-American with a major sex appeal.

linda pop fashion on the fringe kc fringe festival

Linda Pop’s look was exciting to watch come down the runway. Her style reminded me a bit of Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui, and her colorful, Japanese-inspired collection paid homage to the traditional fashions of that culture — but with a distinct 2012 twist.

no human intentions fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

No Human Intentions’ collection kept me intrigued the entire time. The Victorian-inspired line was elegant, detailed and absolutely stunning. I love the look on the left, with its masculine pinstripes coupled with dainty lace and a ruffle on the bottom. The chocolate brown look on the right has an amazing fit and perfect proportions on the sleeves. I’m excited to see where No Human Intentions goes in the world of costume design.

wm couture fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

This was the most interesting look from WM Couture. The high-waisted white pants fit perfectly, and the feathered top was both sexy yet reserved for a midriff-baring top. I would of course wear this in layers over a close-fitting black top, but this is the ultimate fashionista look for those who dare.

zahia marie fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

This multiple-dresses-in-one piece from Ziaha Marie got the most applause at the show. As the cute, confident model strutted down the runway, she was elegant in her display of how to wear this little black dress. It reminds me of the multi-wear options at American Apparel, yet with cleaner lines and real ways to make one dress look so different each way. This is the LBD that you must have in your closet!

ziaha marie fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

I couldn’t keep myself from smiling when this piece from Ziaha Marie came down the catwalk. I love the vivid colors, volume on the bottom, toughness in the belt and sexy bust. This is the Vegas/Miami look you need, or if you’re bold, the Friday night look for the clubs in Kansas City. I’d pair some fabulous, big earrings with this look to complete it.

inner hippie fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

I couldn’t keep my eyes off this dress from Inner Hippie. While the tie-dye effect isn’t my favorite, I’m more in love with the cut and fit of the dress — it fit the model like a glove, and the back detailing of the dress was amazing. I can only imagine what sort of beautiful walking-by-the-beach shots this dress could garner — the flow of it is lovely.

house of cochon fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

House of Cochon closed the show with a fun swimwear set with aviation inspiration. My favorite suit on the left may produce awkward tan lines, but it’s just too fabulous, with its suspender-style, to pass up. Perhaps this is a lounging-by-the-pool-at-dusk suit? The suit on the right offered more coverage, but with the right attitude, as displayed by the model, could be just as flirty and sexy as the one on the left.

house of cochon fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

To close the show, House of Cochon got playful and had one of the show’s trench-coated attendants catch us off guard by dropping his coat and taking to the runway in his either 1) extra long underpants or 2) extra long swim trunks. Regardless of whether they were made to be in water, they got us laughing and applauding the end of the show.

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What looks do you love? Tell me in the comments section!

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