KCFW S/S 2018 Rundown. | Le Stylo Rouge

Extra LSR: Kansas City Fashion Week S/S 2018.

All the KCFW fun.

I get so excited each time Kansas City Fashion Week rolls around. Not only does it mean I get to wear some fun + crazy looks (see this season’s here, here, here, and here), but I get to see some incredible collections from extremely talented designers up close and in person via the KCFW runway.

For those new to the fashion game, designers show a season ahead; which means that in the fall, we’re seeing collections that’ll be on shelves for the spring/summer season (and in the spring, we’re seeing fall looks). With that being said, let’s dig in!

Kansas City Fashion Week: Friday night.

My runway adventures this year started on Friday night. Brina and I headed down to Union Station for an outfit shoot before going inside. The weather was warm but at least it wasn’t raining and/or freezing! You never know with mid-October in Kansas City.

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A quick shot before heading into Union Station. Get my skirt here and jacket here.
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Grabbing a drink at Pierpont’s before hitting the show.

After checking in at the media table, we hit the step and repeat for some red carpet shots. KCFW really does make everyone feel just a wee bit famous!

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Mostly black with a little pop of fuchsia for Friday night!
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I had to give ’em what they wanted: a shot of that killer jacket!

We found our seats and started gearing up for the runway shows: swapping out lenses, checking lighting, making note of the designers’ social handles, plugging phones into charging banks– it’s usually a mad scramble to get prepped before the lights go down and the first collection starts down the runway.

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Union Station all lit up and ready to roll!
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A selfie to document. Similar earrings here and here.
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Those front row essentials. I use this Nikon camera and shot the runway with this lens.

The first collection was by Gabriela International Productions. Talk about attention to detail– the embroidery work was insane. I loved all the bright colors and the full skirts.

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Gorgeous embroidery and statement skirts at Gabriela International Productions.
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Gabriela International Productions final runway presentation- look at those COLORS!

Next was Cassandra P with a wedding collection that left us all breathless. From sleek silhouettes to full gorgeous ballgowns, this collection had something for everyone (and every body type, which was incredible!). I was completely drooling over the classic mermaid gown with the sheer lace cape over the top. Talk about stunning.

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Sleek silhouettes in intricate lace at Cassandra P.
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Clockwise l-r: a gorgeous bell sleeve on an off-white wedding gown; a lace dream down the runway; giving some major back.
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A classic mermaid gown goes full drama with a sheer cape.

Amanda Casarez sent down a neon collection that I was in love with– I thought the sun had set on my love for mega-brights, but this collection made me second guess that, for sure.

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Feminine cuts with some serious neon attitude. And look at that ombre skirt!

Jewelry time! Her by Georgina Herrera was statement piece after statement piece. The finale piece was a gorgeous tiled crop top that was an absolute piece of art.

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A chunky tiled number and then a neck cuff + long dainty combo from Her by Georgina Herrera.
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This crop top statement piece was amazing!

J. Manning sent down a collection that included offerings for both men and women. So cohesive; a great mix of stark black and pretty navy- and white-based florals. The tailoring was lovely, and I’m pretty sure J. Manning had some of the most attractive models in the history of ever.

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Loved this cropped leather jacket with cigarette trousers, and then a killer white floral suit for the fellas.
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Navy floral trousers with a tough twist; a gorgeous black blouse with floral joggers.

Last of the night was Michael Drummond, who puts a cool urban spin on everything he does. I fell in love with a pair of black and gold leather leggings and really enjoyed all the floaty pieces in black and gray that felt super fresh.

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Michael Drummond does a killer job of mixing feminine fabrics with tougher cuts.
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L-r: cool printed silk, trousers I need in my life, and a little black sequin blouse.

Saturday night.

KCFW kicked off Saturday night with dinner + drinks with my pals Brina and Cait at Nara. Nothing like some sushi (and lots of plum wine!) to get the party started. We were battling the weather, as a huge thunderstorm system moved through the city right during the time when we figured we’d take outfit photos. More plum wine to the rescue! We stalled a bit at Nara before heading over to Union Station to shoot after the rain had moved past.

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Trying to fit in a shoot post-rain before the sun completely set in KC. Score a similar jumpsuit here and jacket here.
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A selfie with the girls before heading inside.

I got the chance to sit down with Rachel in the KCFW + R24 Studios Media Lounge. We chatted what shows we were excited to see, how to dress for KCFW (spoiler alert: I said wear the dumbest thing you can find), and how KC is really stepping up to the fashion scene.

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Chatting with Rachel in the R24 Studios Media Lounge.

Want to watch the interview?

Time to hit the red carpet for our final step and repeat of the fall season.

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L-r: me, Brina of giggleCHAMP, Caitlin of SophistiCAITed, and Molly of Mod Circus

First show of the night was Barbara Bultman. Talk about a rock ‘n roll vibe: a dress made from shredded records, a crop top made of guitar picks– and lots of matching with different cool printed pieces.

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The dress on the left was made from shredded records (so cool!) and I loved the killer flow of the trousers on the bottom right.
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I about died over the structure in the black, white, and red dress, and how pretty is that orange print?

Queen’s Rocket included lots of print mixing for the boys: loud florals (I love that jacket!) and leopard were a few faves. And a maxi skirt thrown in for good measure, as Queen’s Rocket does.

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Mixed print mania at Queen’s Rocket.

The Masisa collection was my absolute favorite show of this season. The designs blended classic feminine + Victorian silhouettes in pretty lace, but with some very strategic sheer elements. A little spin and oh! That’s a bum. I loved it. Obviously you would wear a slipdress underneath when doing these looks off-runway, but man, was this presentation gorgeous and provocative. A total clinic in mixing elegance with sex appeal.

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A statement red lace maxi with a Victorian vibe and a cool black tuxedo front at Masisa.
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The cutest tiered red cocktail dress, and then my FAVORITE dress of KCFW S/S 2018: this incredible black floor-length number. AMAZING.

This season’s collection of jewelry from Enve Designs was so gorgeous. Statement collars dripping in delicate gold + lots of back-facing pieces, all done up in this lovely wood nymph style that showed so well. It was this beautiful complete package– right down to the moss-covered lace-up sandals!

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So many statement pieces at Enve Designs- I think I need a collar necklace in my life!
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Gorgeous layered necklaces and major attention to detail.

Lucia’s Sarto is always a stunning show. I could not pick a favorite look this year: I loved the elegant hunter green suit, but also fell in love with the purple embroidered sheer gown. And don’t even get me started on the red suit with the major shoulder detail– so incredible! Tailoring and finishing on point, as per usual at Lucia’s Sarto.

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A gorgeous spring dress in the prettiest psychedelic print and a killer hunter green suit.
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I would wear any one of these gowns in a heartbeat!
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L-r: sheer madness, a superhero suit in fire engine red, and a gorgeous embellished gown.

Joshua Christensen sent down a collection that played with classic gender prints and shapes: we had sequined rompers for girls and guys, florals for the fellas, and a killer red tracksuit. And how fun is that masks?

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L-r: a killer floral set, track set with a snake emblem, and a glittery woman’s jumpsuit at Joshua Christensen.

The Maria Behnen collection made me want to book a trip to Havana. Lots of 60’s prints, sequins, and retro hair + makeup. The finale look featured a dude in body paint– let’s just say everyone was a fan.

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A cool statement down the runway at Maria Behnen.

That’s a wrap on this season’s KCFW coverage! I want to thank the team for including as part of the media group; it’s always a blast to see these collections up close and in person.

With that, wishing you all a wonderful rest of the weekend!

75 Comments

  1. Wow! So many talented designers were showing. One right after the other…just gorgeous! And speaking of gorgeous, love your outfits – that pink pleated skirt is amazing!!!

    Laura
    Black Coffee Beautiful

  2. What a fun time you had, and so many great collections and outfits. That neon ombre skirt is all kinds of awesome though, I love it! 🙂

    Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend! We had a quiet one dealing with sick toddlers unfortunately. Thankfully everyone is feeling better!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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