Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week

Extra LSR: All the Kansas City Fashion Week Fun.

Sharing my shots + snaps from the Friday and Saturday night Kansas City Fashion Week runway shows.

Are you ready for some Kansas City Fashion Week madness? I’ve rounded up all the photos from my time at the Friday and Saturday night shows, plus some candid snaps and behind-the-scenes shots.

KCFW is absolutely insane, every year. I’m not only consistently impressed with the amazing collections the designers send down the runway each season, but it’s a chance to reconnect with some blogger babes I haven’t seen in a while + make some new pals.

This year had a little added excitement, as KCFW moved from its usual HQ at Union Station and to The Grand Hall at Power & Light. Not only was the venue gorgeous, but the Kansas City Fashion Week team switched up the runway style from a classic elevated single shot to a European runway. This meant a line of chairs back-to-back down the center and the models strutting a U-shape on the ground level. This style means a front row seat for more fashion fans and an up-close look at the pieces– always a good thing.

Friday Night.

You saw what I wore to Friday night’s show last week, now let’s take a look at what the designers sent down the runway.

Lauren Bander at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
Lauren Bander is consistently one of my fave shows every season; this year it was all about smokey grays and amazing texture.
Lauren Bander at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
Oh, and let’s not forget an LED tulle wedding dress that brought the house lights down. Lauren Bander killed this!
Andrea Marie Long at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
Andrea Marie Long sent down a super rich velvet collection with a definite warrior princess vibe- which I loved.
Joshua Christensen at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
So much color + tropical floral goodness from Joshua Christensen
Julia Fischer at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
Major disco vibes at the Julia Fischer show. Hello, white fishnet socks!
TR Brown at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
TR Brown sent down a killer retro collection that screamed: 70s glambot babe about to catch a plane to somewhere fabulous. (PS I need that fur coat in my life, now.)
Queens Rocket at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
Queens Rocket made sure we didn’t forget the fellas; cool androgynous style.
Queens Rocket at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
Another few looks from the Queens Rocket runway. What do I have to do to get that amazing oversized knit coat for myself?!

Switching gears from fashion to the behind-the-scenes fun…

I started off the night by hitting the Crossroads district for a quick (and chilly!) shoot with my main pal + photographer of all trades, Sabrina. Brina and I rushed from the shoot to dinner at Tannin Wine Bar. After a few glasses of sparkling rosé, we realized our food was really slow coming out of the kitchen and we essentially had 4 minutes to eat, pay the tab, and jet in order to make it further downtown to The Grand Hall at Power & Light before the shows started.

I’ve never eaten a burger so fast in my life, but what I actually tasted was really, really good.

We got to the show with what we thought was seconds to spare (it was touch and go stress there for a bit), but the shows ended up starting about 20 minutes behind schedule. Perfect! That gave us time to hit the red carpet, say hi to some pals, and find our seats.

Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
A quick stop on the red carpet, as you do.
Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
My main KCFW squeeze, Brina of giggleCHAMP.
Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
Front row ready!
Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
A little vamping with Jana (of Jana Style) between shows.
Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
Total bathroom goals, right? And had to take advantage of the lighting!

Saturday Night.

Now let’s dig into the Saturday night shows.

Michael Drummond at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
Love these moody pieces at Michael Drummond. That patchwork velvet dress is gorgeous!
Michael Drummond at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
The glitter boots from Michael Drummond were epic.
Michael Drummond at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
The finale at Michael Drummond- peep those velvet harem pants!
Barbara Bultman at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
Barbara Bultman sent down such a cool collection- that yarn cape was seriously something!
Christian Micheal and Dolyn Bags at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
Christian Micheal and Dolyn Bags- aka menswear with total attitude.
Christian Micheal and Dolyn Bags at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
Dolyn totally crushed the bag game. Love the structure!
Lucia's Sarto at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
Lucia’s Sarto is always one of my favorites- she creates such gorgeous + whimsical pieces.
 sHe by Christian Micheal at Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017 | Le Stylo Rouge
The sHe by Christian Micheal collection was the stuff black, white, and quilted dreams are made of.

Saturday night was not nearly as rushed because I wasn’t trying to cram in a day at the office with a night at KCFW. Having the entire afternoon to prep was much appreciated after a wild on-the-go Friday. Brina and I headed back to the Crossroads to shoot our looks, and then met up with a friend for dinner at Nara for some sushi. This dinner was so much more relaxed than Friday’s; we actually got to enjoy our food! I had a few (3, okay, fine) glasses of plum wine, a Korean BBQ bowl (to die for), and a sunrise roll. Ya girl was hungry, okay?

Venue time! Another red carpet round, a breeze through the top level for an on-camera interview with the KCFW media team, and another check-in on the front row. After the shows, we headed to P.S. Speakeasy at Hotel Phillips– a super sexy basement bar with an amazing cool drink menu– with some friends for a nightcap. I had a Port Fonda, which mixed ruby port, vodka, Amaretto, and orange creme citrine. Um, yummy.

Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
What I always pack in my purse when I’m hitting a runway show. The must-haves!
Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
The spread at Nara. So good!
Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
Last round on the red carpet, wearing all the texture.

A stop at the selfie station!

I also sat down with in the media lounge for a quick interview with Rachel Santschi. You can watch below:

Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
A peek at the European runway at KCFW Saturday night.
Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
A quick selfie snap before the shows started.
Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
Let’s do this! (PS, my pants are dumb. And amazing.)
Ashley from LSR at Kansas City Fashion Week
Ending the night with some yummy beverages at P.S. Speakeasy.

Kansas City Fashion Week was a total success– I had a blast and soaked up as much of a fashion + creativity as I could. I can’t wait to be back in the fall. Major thank you to Team KCFW for including me as a member of the media; it was too fun to cover all the fashion action!

93 Comments

  1. It looks like you had such an amazing time and I would love to be able to go to something like this one day. The shows all look fantastic but I think my favourite would be the TR Brown one 🙂 x

  2. I want your pants!!😁😁😁 Amazing! But back to the fashion show. What a wonderfull collections. I saw some pieces I would love to wear in an in stant! What a great event! I can Imagine you had a fabulous time!

  3. Omg Ashely your interview was amazing!Such a cool Post about the Kansas Fashion Week!I love it! Also thx for showing some male fashion in this post, it’s a huge inspiration, and seriously I would loooove if the manskirt would be a thing this year 😉 xo Yaya
    http://www.yayavanchique.com

  4. You got some great shots, Ashley. I love love love that LED tulle wedding dress. That sHe by Christian Micheal collection is everything

    1. Thanks, lady- and totally agree re: the LED wedding dress. And Christian Micheal’s debut women’s collection was SO well done!

  5. i just loved the kansas fashion… its so colorful and could see they emphasized more on florals or velvets …and i loved your leatger leggings gal.. Well captured

  6. Wow! What a fun post. I feel like I was almost there! Love your outfits – where have those patterned booties been? I’ll bet you couldn’t WAIT to wear them! And some really cool designs. I loved the lace, the LED wedding dress, and the other inspiration. Thanks for sharing, beautiful!
    xo, janeahttp://www.theSTYLEtti.com

  7. It sounds like such an amazing time, and you rocked that interview, lady. That’s so exciting about Marie Claire, too. You always inspire!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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