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KCFW S/S ‘17: Wednesday Runway Show

10.13.2016

By Mary Ann Omoscharka

Kansas City Fashion Week celebrated it’s 10th runway season last night at the Union Station in downtown Missouri. Nine designers presented their S/S ‘17 collections on a European-style runway, where the models walked “freely” among the seated guests.

The atmosphere was full of excitement and high expectations that were definitely met by the end of the night. Style on the Hill sat front row, in order to make sure we bring you the most fabulous experience through our own eyes.

The evening opened with a collection by Eltee, a brand founded by Laura Talken in 2011. The leading highlights of the collection were peaceful nude tones united with breathtaking emerald green.

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The second designer to showcase her work was Irina Tevzadze, a designer and artist originally from the country of Georgia. Tevzadze presented a (not only) childrenswear collection in earthy colors and clean cuts.

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As next, the show continued with a two-in-one presentation by LV SWIM a brand created by Lauren Victoria Hulen, who brought patterned swimwear and Earkandie! POParazzi Inspired Jewelry, whose edgy jewels perfectly completed the ready-for-the-beach outfits and made us miss the summer already.

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TR Brown designs by Tiffany Brown, who took us on a cruise across the Mediterranean Sea with her combination of  turquoise-based garments and playful straw handbags.

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The night carried on with an adorable children’s clothing collection, Aerona by Morgan Mason. The models looked fierce in their über-modern outfits, frisky hairstyles and fancy face-art.

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Branded by Sher, established by Shermonda Green, followed with her visionary bright white garments and rainbow-y details that took us all the way back to the future.

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The only gentleman of the night, who showcased his work on Wednesday, was Sheraz Pompey, bringing powerful color tones, sheer materials and lots of sequins.

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Last but definitely not least, Munelle de Vie, who gave us all the feels with her Parisian chic inspired collection. Stripes and see-through tops. Preppy at first sight, sexy as hell at the second.

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Photography by Maggie Russell

From Sweaty to Spooky: A Transition from Summer to Fall Outfits

10.11.2016

By Darby VanHoutan

BREAKING NEWS: BREAK OUT THE RIPPED TIGHTS AND BOOT SOCKS. The only thing between us and a spooky day is the most magical time of the year – the transition from summer garments to fall clothes. The booties, maroons, and ripped jeans are back and they’re better. Here’s a few tips for when the temperature drops below 75˚.

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BALANCE. It’s not cold enough for long underwear and not hot enough for tank tops. Pair long-sleeved pastels with distressed capris or jeans.

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LENGTH. Fall understands that some days you want to wear shorts and some days you want to wear pants. Multi-length skirts and dresses help bring you the best of both worlds – just like fall.

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COLORS. The best thing about leaves changing color is that you have a great backdrop for almost any colorful combination. Pair an exciting pattern with a nude to accent your inability to choose just one thing.

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SHOES. There’s something special about the plethora of booties in the world when fall hits. A different pair for everyday or a reliable pair to get you through everything – even midterms.

Photography by Emma Creighton

5 Essentials of Palewave Style

10.10.2016

By Logan Gossett

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Collage by Reddit user /u/RipplingPopemobile.

Relaxed. Chill. Organic. Palewave blurs the line between baby-shower and reality. If you follow Mick Jenkins or Tyler the Creator on Instagram, you’ve probably seen traces of palewave. The minutiae of sanctioned palewave fits can be oppressive, but its primary identifier will always be its unobjectionable light colors. In an effort to make the tenets of palewave more potable, here are the five essentials when fashioning a palewave aesthetic.

  1. White shoes 

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Totally not fake Stan Smiths that were apparently lived in by somebody who kicks ant hills for a living. Consequently, these Stans are considered “beaters” (modeled by Nicholas Purcell).

Palewave, heatwave, no-wave, close shave — doesn’t matter: cop some white shoes. After mandatorily acquiring a pair of white shoes, you and your new shoes must commit to one of the following two options.

The first, beaters (pictured above), are exactly what they sound like. Should you designate your new white shoes as beaters, don’t walk to class; mercilessly stomp through rain puddles and mounds of dirt to class. Why wear Crocs to a block party (or at all) when you can rectify your repugnantly clean white shoes by power-moshing at the Granada or lacing them around a power line? The latter will definitely give them that “lived in by Electro/Zeus” look some hipsters have been aiming for.

Your second option is to clean your shoes. Duh. For instance, Ultra Boosts demand perpetual maintenance. The hand-crafted leather shoes offered by Common Projects or Acne Studios are traditionally kept clean because of their price, which exceeds that of a credit hour at KU.

    2. Light-wash denim

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If you feel insecure about your fit’s dearth of denim, feel free to double-up and curl into a light-wash denim burrito (somehow modeled by Logan Gossett. Photo by Nicholas Purcell).

“Upon this rock I will build my church,” – Jesus, who might as well be referring to light-wash denim.

This is the most important article of clothing when scaffolding your palewave closet. Hot outside? Wear light-wash jeans. Cold rain? Wear light-wash jeans. Climbing Mount Everest? Wear light-wash jeans and take lots of fit pics — the snow presents a cool background. National light-wash jeans day? Screw that, don’t conform; wear tan joggers to show off your new white shoes.

Not all light-wash jeans were created equal, however. If your denim has those loops for hammers (basically handyman lanyards), you’ve made a mistake. Turn around and return them to the Dillard’s from which they came. While you’re at the mall, cop some light-wash Levi’s 511’s or something from Dillard’s or JCPenney.  

    3. Looking comfortable

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This model may be sitting on uneven concrete slabs and fresh bird poop, but he couldn’t look more comfortable. Pajamas are comfortable. Palewave just presents the illusion of comfort (modeled by Nicholas Purcell).

It can be difficult to look relaxed when all of your shirts look tensed and stressed — like they just got out of a long day at work. You want them to look relaxed. Raiding your dad’s closet can yield lucrative hauls in this regard (see #5), but the line between relaxed and repulsive is uncompromising. Obviously, wearing obese Jared Fogle’s jeans isn’t a good aesthetic, but sizing up on a Gildan hoodie or two can’t hurt. Also, oversized Gildan hoodies have 100% less affiliation with a known pedophile, so that’s a plus (bonus point: Don’t be Jared Fogle. Seriously, can’t emphasize that enough.)

Shirts with minimal stretchiness are optimal for palewave fits. They typically fall onto your body rather than swathe it like jersey knits tend to. Oversized sweaters and hoodies are a reliable way to maintain warmth and comfort as Winter Is Coming. As far as bottoms are concerned, loosely pin rolling jeans will 1) expose those ankles to that sweet sweet breeze and 2) look good.

 4. Dadhats

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Kick that beanie off your head and hook that dadhat close. Dadhats can be just the icing that your earth-tone cake demands (modeled by Nicholas Purcell).

Sorry, beanies aren’t an effective way to conceal a bad hair day for those surfing the palewave. Dadhats are artificially manufactured online through Amazon or Ea$y, but pasture-raised, organic dadhats – fresh from a dad’s closet – are preferable. So find an effective dad-straction and conduct a quick closet raid for the best results. Dadhats have invaded seemingly every evasive cultural nook and cranny, and their next stop should be your head.

   5. Pastel colors

Last and most important – which is definitely the most logical sequence – pastel is a prerequisite for palewave. No fit with colors outside of this limited and unfair spectrum fit a purist’s definition of palewave (unless it’s pink or otherwise palewave-y).

Authoritatively amicable, palewave’s pointed approach toward color essentially prohibits the use of black or charcoal color schemes. Yes, I sold palewave as a relaxed super cool aesthetic. Yet, when it comes to color, you will be bombarded by earth-toned rocks and appropriately colored eggshells for deviating from pastels. Plus, part of the fun of palewave is looking like Easter after it was doused in bleach.

 

Kansas City Fashion Week Winter & Fall 2016

10.08.2016

By Mary Ann Omoscharka

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On a cool Thursday afternoon, I wandered into a magnificent hall full of young, energized people with expressive makeup and rollers in their hair. They were running around and taking selfies. Something was about to happen and I was going to be part of it.

Yes, I volunteered at KCFW this year, and let me say it was just fabulous!

Who said that people in the midwest have no sense of style? In fact, one of the greatest fashion happenings took place during Spring break week in the grand hall of the Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. The atmosphere was more than spectacular. It was my first visit at the venue and I could not keep my eyes off the breathtaking architecture of the ceiling. The organization staff and committee did an amazing job preparing three stylish nights from Thursday through Saturday and the runway shows were completely sold out. The crowd could enjoy 22 not only local designers, who presented their work for the upcoming winter and fall season.

Thursday was the evening of the Charity Runway Show. When I arrived to the venue, everything was already running smoothly. The models were having their hair and makeup done backstage. I and several other young women and men were dressed strictly in professional black, which I was excited about, since my wardrobe basically consists of 99.9% black items. We were assigned positions and started preparing the seatings, the gift bags and anything necessary accordingly. The doors opened at 6:00 pm and the guests began to arrive. Everyone looked phenomenal.

T. Michelle Designs, Photo by Sarah R. Shaffer

T. Michelle Designs, Photo by Sarah R. Shaffer

KCFW opened with seven designers that night. The first one, called The Little Line by Liz, is a local brand located in Olathe. The designer presented a beautiful artistic collection made from natural fibres. The show continued with T. Michelle Designs, which was an absolutely adorable and colourful retro collection for children. The next brand, More Than Just Figleaves, is Brooklyn-based and showcased a mixture of classic and contemporary designs in rich colours and fabrics. The fourth one, Ola Style, was a designer based in St. Louis, Missouri. She created stunning resort dresses in delicate floral patterns. Another brand from Missouri and my personal favourite of the night was Gypsy Blaque, who brought modern rebellion on the runway with some bold combinations. As next, KJ Clothing Design from Gladstone, Missouri was the only brand of the night displaying architecture inspired wedding gowns. Last but surely not least, The House of Khai, who came all the way from San Francisco and introduced an edgy street wear collection.

Gypsy Blaque, Photo by Ryan Swartzlander

Gypsy Blaque, Photo by Ryan Swartzlander

The Friday Evening Runway show brought another seven names on the catwalk. My Heirloom, a brand from Kansas City brought one of a kind romantic wedding dresses. The second Kansas City based designer that showed her collection was Present. by Rachel Anne Gottlieb. I absolutely adored her chiffon based, high fashion creations in combination with flamboyant jewellery, such as glorious headpieces. Her work spoke to me like no other on that event. As next, Kiana Godsey from Overland Park in Kansas, who designed a stunning gown collection, made from luxurious airy materials with a lot of movement. The tones that prevailed were black, gold and beige. The fourth one to show his products was Michael Drummond from St. Louis, who is a  Project Runway Season 8 alumnus and no newcomer when it comes to KCFW. Michael brought clean lines, lots of monochromes but print as well. Another name from St. Louis in Missouri, Lauren Bander, revealed a highly feminine collection of classic and crop top dresses with lace and colors like black, red or chocolate brown. The sixth name of the night, Paulie Gibson, is a St. Louis located menswear brand that came with a variety of casual and formal clothing items in black and blue shades. The night ended with the designs of the amazingly talented 15-year-old Madison LaRae Durant, whose collection is inspired by the 30’s era in one of the most fashionable cities in the world: Paris. I fell in love with her timeless couture gowns but also with her definitely wearable chic pieces. Sequins, leather and faux fur at it’s finest.

 

Rachel Anne Gottlieb, Photo by Laura Noll

Present by Rachel Anne Gottlieb, Photo by Laura Noll

Paulie Gibson, Photo by Mary Beth Russel

Paulie Gibson, Photo by Mary Beth Russel

The Saturday Night Runway was the closing night of Kansas City Fashion Week bringing six local KC designers. The expectations were high and the aura was cheerful. The first brand on the runway was Architexture, which brought diversity in structures, fabrics and colors for those with laid back, yet elegant preferences. The show continued with Tomboy Design Studio and their ethically produced futuristic pieces. As third that evening, Andrea Marie Long Designs, whose work took us back to the Roman Empire with her rich textures color intensities that deliver instant confidence. Next in order was Erin Paige, who showcased her fresh and distinctive jewellery collection that would be the cherry on top of every outfit. The fourth name to appear that evening was christianMICHAEL, a designer of modern, extravagant menswear bringing interesting patterns and  bright prints. At the grand finale, we saw Lucia Sarto by Nataliya Meyer. A mesmerizing collection of couture gowns made from dreamy and sparkly materials. And of course, lots of lace and attitude!

Architexture, Photo by Christiana Auer

Architexture, Photo by Christiana Auer

Someone probably very wise once said that “for some people, fashion week lasts all year.” If playing dress up is one of your favorite parts of the day, it might be your turn to volunteer as well. Applications open in August. Are you up for the challenge?

Photography courtesy of Kansas City Fashion Week

The ‘Suck it Up Phenomenon’: Choosing the hunt for success over our own happiness

10.05.2016

By Mary Ann Omoscharka

I want you to take a few minutes and think of three factors that you believe make you successful as a person. Is it the A’s that you keep on collecting in class? The internships and jobs you have managed to obtain? Are you a loyal friend, a caring girlfriend or a loving boyfriend? Maybe, all of the above?

So what is success? Let’s talk definitions. According to Psychology Today, “success is the achievement of a goal and the attainment of a higher social status relative to that goal”. On the other hand, they say that “happiness is far more abstract”. That is obviously because every single one of us has their own perception of that term. I felt happy today because a barista at a coffee shop drive-through told me I had a cool accent. That was literally the highlight of my day. A free cookie would have been nice as well though.

When I asked you to think about your own success, I wanted you to come up with three things that you appreciate about yourself. Some of you are probably doing the exact opposite right now, sitting in doubt and panic. And that is just obnoxious, don’t you agree? We all need to have confidence in what we are best at. That is key for establishing your own, personal brand. Yet, the expectations and competition today are so high, that we are often oblivious of our value and blindly continue in hunting down opportunities and “success gems”  to put on our resume, believing we are not good or ready enough, not yet.

Now, I would like to introduce you to the so-called “Suck it up” phenomenon. You know, when you don’t really like doing something but you still do it because you tell yourself you are not a quitter and that you just need to suck it up? That is exactly what I’m talking about. We are constantly reminded to challenge ourselves and set higher goals. There is nothing wrong with that, since we can never know how much we can handle until we have to face our barriers and tear them down. However, you need to set your priorities straight. Some things are not worth running after, if all they do is turn you into a miserable person. Do you hate your job? Do you think medicine is not the right career for you? Do you feel like you are not learning what you need? You have the right to change this. Do not quit. Change the path that will help you become what you strive to be. For example, I have myself found out that when all I do is (and let me quote Queen RiRi here) “work, work, work, work, work, work”, I don’t have enough inspiration to write. I am as empty as a college student’s fridge. No exciting revelations, not nearly enough new fascinating people to share their stories with me. Unless you are a firm reincarnation believer, you know you get to do this only once. All you need is a good laugh and something or someone to make your heart skip a beat. That’s where the magic is born.

If you are lucky enough to have the right friends, you will be reminded of your qualities every time you tend to forget. Personally, I prefer socializing with a collective of overachievers. My friends lead extremely busy and accomplished lives and whenever I feel like having a lazy day, I just remind myself of how hard-working they are. That keeps me moving on because I hate feeling like I am staying behind in the whole “life success” game.

And why shouldn’t we all have a lazy day anyways? Sometimes, you just don’t have the appropriate amount of energy nor motivation to get out of bed and suck it up. Stay in, watch four cycles of Law & Order and order those fried pork dumplings that you have been craving since you started chewing on carrots two weeks ago. Enjoy it. You can rule the Universe tomorrow.

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