From the moment I stepped into Union Station, I knew I was about to experience something amazing. The grandeur of the old station was accentuated by flashes of colorful strobes and music reverberated from behind the curtains of the Kansas City Fashion Week runway.
Once on the other side of the curtain, the music louder, the lights brighter, I met the stretch of stage the models begin walking on. At the back of the venue was a full service bar and to the right, the enthusiastic DJ Gent jamming to his beats.
After a delayed kick off, the beautiful models for Lauren Bander rocked the runway. Another designer blazed a trail with his menswear collection. ChristianMICHAEL, a Kansas City native, made use of cropped sports coats and bright colored shorts.
However, the star of the Oct. 5 evening show is 16-year-old designer Kate Walz. Her collection featured romantic dresses in varying pastels complete with ballet flat inspired heels. Architexture, a husband and wife team, also left a lasting impression with its simplistic and wearable designs. While some outfits like a light-up underskirt were entirely unique, I recognized reoccurring trends throughout the night: open back blouses and dresses, large bows on garments and the colors red, royal blue and black.
Unfortunately, before long, the show was over, and we were ushered out. Although showcasing few designers each night, Kansas City dove into the spirit of fashion week and created a show that artists and fashionistas loved. In the years to come, I expect Kansas City Fashion Week to only grow, and I know I’ll be ordering my tickets in advance for next year.
Written by freshman Allison Langley