Sometimes called the “Paris of the Plains” for its plethora of boulevards, Kansas City is beginning to live up to its nickname in a new way: through fashion. While the city doesn’t quite reach the attention of its French counterpart, it’s certainly paving the way for up-and-coming designers, artists and stylists who are escalating the region into a hub for creativity.

With a wave of buying local, those in the fashion industry have more avenues to get their brand recognized – you don’t necessarily need to be stationed in LA or New York to do it. And with a long history of fashion grounding the city, KCMO is rooting and harvesting undeniable talent.

Now in its 10th consecutive season, Kansas City Fashion Week will be celebrating more than 30 artists from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Mississippi, South Carolina, even as far as Georgia Republic. The designers are just as diverse as the landscape they originate from. You’ll see fashion from a husband and wife pair to a 16 year old, and self-taught geniuses to BFA holders. You’ll find gypsy styles to children’s wear, edgy looks to elegant charm. All designers, however, are dreamers and artists ready to showcase their collections.

KCFW1Designers will reveal their fashion forecast for Spring/Summer 2017 at Union Station Kansas City, a historic landmark that boasts 95-foot ceilings, three 3,500-pound chandeliers and, most important to the event, a 90-foot runway.

Models have been casted and are now perfecting their catwalks for a series of designer presentations that include a mix of men’s and women’s wear, accessories, and jewelry. Almost 500 women, children and male models auditioned to be a part of this event, which runs from October 9 through October 15, 2016.

New this year is a collaboration with the Kansas City Chiefs, which will feature a runway show of latest Chiefs apparel and collections highlighting designers from “Chiefs Kingdom.” Cheerleaders and former players will also be in attendance. Other highlights include a Brunch Garden kick-off party, and in-store shopping event, and four evenings of runway shows.

For more information and a full schedule of the event, kcfashionweek.com.

KCFW6Wednesday, October 12: KCFW Wednesday Evening Runway Show

Designer Collections: LV Swim with EarKandie! POParazzi Inspired Jewelry, Munelle de Vie, Eltee by Laura Talken, Sheraz Pompey, Irina Tevzadze, TRBrown, Aerona and Branded by Sher

October 13: KCFW Thursday Evening Runway Show featuring the KC Chiefs Style Lounge

Designer Collections: KC Chiefs Style Lounge, Kiana Godsey, Keefe Cravat, Georgina Herrera, Barbara Bultman, Roger Figueroa

October 14: KCFW Friday Evening Runway Show

T.Michelle, Asiatica | Kansas City, Fouche Bridal, RBW Designs, Jesse Newton, Alexis Cook Designs, Gypsy Blaque, Cheryl Eve Designs

October 15: KCFW Saturday Evening Runway Show

Designer Collections: Lucia’s Sarto, AnnMann Designs, Sara Kahrs, Lauren Bander, Julia Fischer, LaRae Fashions, Atelie Samosi, Alicia Janesko Caftans & Resortwear, Janesko. V

by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer