What a great night to get out and about in Kansas City! If you didn’t know, Kansas City Fashion Week is back again and bringing it for Spring!
Tonight was the kick-off event for KCFW, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the venue, the vibe, and the company! Despite some early set-backs with the scheduling of this season’s events, the kick-off party went on without a hitch at the fabulous Standard Style Boutique at the Plaza (451 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112). While enjoying the refreshments and the upscale boutique environment, attendees of the party were able to browse the designer haven that sells everything from 3.1 Phillip Lim and House of Harlow, to Marc by Marc Jacobs and Rebecca Minkoff.
It was a night filled with wonderful conversation, catching up with old friends and meeting some new. Shout out to Miss Jana Meister of Jana Style who I absolutely adore and always have an amazing time with! If you all haven’t checked out Jana’s blog before, get on over there now! Her style is clean, chic, and always on point!
I also had the chance to meet some new bloggers (maybe not new-new, but new to me, anyway). Caitlin Fore of Gussied Up is a complete doll, and I can’t tell you how obsessed I am with Sarah Hick’s (Style b8sics) DIY tulle skirt!!!
And then, the designers! The designers, oh my goodness, the designers! One of the things that I really adore about events like this is that true to the character of a Midwest fashion event, the designers can and typically do make themselves available to people like me who just want to generally bask in their creative glow, and also learn as much about them as I can and the inspiration behind their work.
Shout out to Jordan Williams of Keefe Cravat, an up-and-coming men’s accessories line! Much luck on all of your current and future endeavors! You have a friend and fan in me, sir!
And how can I possibly forget the star of the evening – Miss Laura Kathleen, designer extraordinaire hailing from St. Louis, and most widely known for her appearances on Project Runway and Project Runway All-Stars!
Laura’s talent and passion is beyond reproach, and the preview of her Fall collection that will be appearing on the KCFW stage this weekend was a real treat for attendees of the kick-off event. I am particularly obsessed with her use of fabrics, including the print that is featured in the slacks she was wearing last night, and the accessories! Hello, lover! I need one (or two) of these amazing cuff bracelets in my life!
KCFW continues through the weekend, with the Designer Presentation & Trunk Show on Friday evening, and three total runway shows on Saturday and Sunday. I, unfortunately, will not be attending most of the shows as I have some excited girlfriends in the city of St. Louis who are all too ready to help me out with a belated birthday celebration. However, I’ll be retweeting like crazy I’m sure throughout the weekend as coverage comes through and I’ll definitely be pointing you all in the right direction if you want to see more of the runway once the weekend is over!
For more photos from the KCFW kick-off event, be sure to check out the Curvy in Kansas City Facebook page!