This was a special year for Kansas City Fashion Week.
In addition to attracting designers from more than 10 different cities nationwide (including Austin; New York; Omaha; and St. Augustine, Florida), Kansas City Fashion Week had the community buzzing about its quintessential Kansas City location: Union Station.
Though the beautiful venue presented challenges with echoing because of the high ceilings, I think it’s safe to say “less talk, more fabulous fashion” was on everybody’s minds throughout the weekend shows.
Here are my favorite looks from Kansas City Fashion Week’s October 2013 shows:
Overland Park, Kansas, designer Erin Paige sent bright, fun floral necklaces and chunky cuffs down the runway.
I had the chance to see these a bit closer and confirm that they’re light as air despite their larger-than-life size.
One of these necklaces will be coming home with me very soon (because I obviously need more accessories).
Kansas City designer Chelsea Riane caught my attention with this pretty, pale pink dress. It had beautiful movement to it, begging to be taken out for a spin (perhaps to the ballet this winter?).
Funky accessories always get me. Recrudescence of Kansas City took “statement” to the extreme with these metallic, nature-inspired necklaces.
I’m extremely drawn to the one on the right, while the collared one on the left had my imagination running wild.
This violet number from Lincoln, Nebraska’s Kaity Rathman had me obsessing.
The cut, volume and flow to this dress was just perfect, and the rich colors were attention-getting without feeling loud.
I’ve watched Kansas City Art Institute graduate Whitney Manney grow so much over the past year and a half.
Throughout her maturation as a designer, she’s always remained true to her aesthetic: a funky, urban chic with no apologies and no excuses.
The Whitney Manney girl owns it, whether she’s wearing a cool crop top or a sporty shirtdress. You only wish you could be so cool!
I was excited to see St. Louis designer Lauren Bander back for another season in Kansas City. She stole my heart last season, and didn’t disappoint this fall, either.
Her signature combination of voluminous tulle and sleek, satiny fabrics anchored her collection of muted neutrals that could transition easily from season to season.
I don’t like thinking about swimwear in October (it finally cooled down, guys!), but with Hilary Brown’s sporty and chic line, you just can’t help but fast forward to spring/summer 2014.
The Kansas City designer combined athletic bikinis with flirty cover-ups for a cool collection that could take you from beach volleyball to beachside lounging.
I’m not sure how 16-year-old Nebraskan Kate Walz does it.
For someone so young, her collection had a feeling of pure romance beyond the realm girlhood crushes and hangup phone calls.
Her opening look, a sweet floral ballerina, drew immediate applause and inspired fantasies of dancing the night away with a prince.
Her penultimate look, my absolute favorite, reminded me of something a queen would wear sauntering about town, with that pale blue and pretty floral print. (See the back of this sweet cloak on my Facebook page.)