Extra LSR: KCFW 2016 Rundown.

From structure to print, the designers went hard this season.

You guys saw what I wore to the Friday night KCFW shows on Thursday, now let’s dig into the atmosphere + collections on the spring/summer runway. This was a special year for Kansas City Fashion Week; they were celebrating their 10th year. What an amazing time to attend! In addition to all the fashion fun, this season was a bit extra because my mom, aunt, cousin, and two best friends were coming along for the ride. Talk about a major girl’s night out.

After logging a shoot outside of Union Station, I headed inside for a quick red carpet shot + survey of the pre-show offerings. Tons of booths + boutiques, but I immediately zoned in on the Kansas City Photo Booth Company’s bus. Hello, photo op!

Ashley from LSR covers KCFW 2016
Clockwise l to r: red carpet fun; a quick shot of the photo bus; the gorgeous Union Station ceiling.
Ashley from LSR covers KCFW 2016
Getting a little photo bus action with all my girls.

The show started soon after; I sat with my main pal + photog, Brina of giggleCHAMP. First up was Tattuage, a metal tattoo jewelry company; such a fun concept.

Ashley from LSR covers Tattuage at KCFW 2016
Absolutely loved this- the pretty metal tattoos are for the serious festival chic set.

Next Alexis Cook sent her bright + fun collection down the runway.

Ashley from LSR covers Alexis Cook at KCFW 2016
Clockwise l to r: Alexis Cook brought yellow structure; blue + white flounce; major movement and swing.
Ashley from LSR covers Alexis Cook at KCFW 2016
Finale at Alexis Cook.

Right after intermission was one of my favorite collections of the night: Project Runway alum Michael Drummond.

Ashley from LSR covers Michael Drummond at KCFW 2016
Clockwise l to r: sheer black madness in the best way; sheer socks + block heels sandals; loved the sequins with that moody floral print.
Ashley from LSR covers Michael Drummond at KCFW 2016
L to r: The final lineup; I would wear this maxi a heartbeat.

Last but not least, student designer Jesse Newton. The finish of these pieces were amazing, and his concepting was really creative. So talented.

Ashley from LSR covers Jesse Newton at KCFW 2016
L to r: gimme this statement suit; fun futuristic sheer.
Ashley from LSR covers Jesse Newton at KCFW 2016
L to r: Major sheer coming and going; mini tweed with so much structure and attitude.
Ashley from LSR covers Jesse Newton at KCFW 2016
The finale walk for Jesse Newton; please tell me this tweed set is on sale stat because I NEED it.

I covered even more of the shows via Snapchat. Miss it? No worries. (Bonus: the story includes a morning-after extreme close-up of Muffin.)

After the show closed, it was time to grab some grub. The girls were craving pizza (because they’re my soul mates), but I was a bit hesitant.

Ashley from LSR covers KCFW 2016
Grabbing a late night bite with my two bests: Lauren (blonde) and Brina (brunette).

I’ve been following the Isagenix 30-day plan (which, while very nutritionally sound, doesn’t include pizza) and didn’t want to get off track. I’m over halfway through and want to give the program a good + solid shot to see what it can do.

However, I’d been on my feet all late afternoon + night, abstained from my usual cocktail or two at Union Station during the shows, and dammit, I was hungry. I also believe in moderation and maintaining one’s sanity.

Quite frankly, constantly denying yourself something breeds obsession about it. We’ve all been there; you get a craving, repeatedly shove it to the back of your mind, and then find yourself thinking about nothing else.

So I had a slice (and a half) of thin crust Margherita at Coal Vines with my pals. Catching up with some of my favorite people on the planet over a slice of really, really good pie? Nothing better. (However, I did resist the wine temptation; Kim Crawford was on the menu and I passed– willpower.)

My mom and aunt split a bottle of wine, my baby cousin talked about her post-college plans, my best friend’s mom urged me to get a job at Stitch Fix (June has massive faith in my styling abilities, bless her), and we all laughed to tears at least twice. The only way to close fashion week, in my opinion.

No surprise, KCFW was a massive success! Congrats to the crew on their 10th year and thank you so much for including me as part of the media team!


  1. WOW you had a fantastic fashion weekend with so many important women in your life and you looked gorgeous doing so. I love Alexis’ and Michael’s collections and those metal tattoos are a funky and stylish concept and accessory!

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