Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kansas City Fashion Week--Friday Night

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some of my photos from Kansas City Fashion Week Fall/Winter shows last weekend! I was able to attend the media event at Fortuity (a lovely boutique in Kansas City) and the Friday and Saturday night runway shows. I'll recap the runway show later on, but first I'd like to show off my outfit!

Eloquii was kind enough to send over two BEAUTIFUL dresses to wear to the runway shows! Eloquii is a plus-size brand that makes beautiful pieces, from casual to professional to formal. Their pieces always have a fun detail, whether it's a ruffle or a texture or an interesting hem. Eloquii's whimsical and feminine styles are perfect for me, so I was thrilled when they sponsored me!

For Friday night, I wore this pretty blue number. Pastel blue is huge this spring, and I just love the flower detail at the top and the hem. Because of this interesting detail, I kept the accessories/jewelry pretty light--stud earrings, a scalloped clutch, and nude heels.

Photos by Antonia Y Martin of Saint Glow Blog

Dress: c/o Eloquii (exact)
Clutch: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Heels: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Earrings: Forever XXI (exactsimilarsimilar)

This season, the runway shows were held at The Grand Hall in the Power and Light District of Kansas City. Like Wednesday night of last season, all the runway shows this season were a European-style U-shaped runway where the models walk on the floor right in front of you! It makes up for a close-up and intimate experience. I will say that based on the angle and placement of my seat, the only photos I could get were of the models' backsides, but I think you get the idea!

The first designer of the night was Joshua Christensen, a perennial KCFW favorite. Joshua utilized bright colors and natural prints to create vibrant looks!

Next up was Ethel & Dean, a kids' line. I LOVED the use of natural tones in this collection and they definitely screamed "fall" to me!

Julia Fischer shared a delicate, feminine collection full of details like ruffles and flared hems. My favorite outfit was the pink camisole with the red skirt--pink and red can be tough to pull off, but when it's done well, it looks AMAZING!

After that, Nasheli Juliana shared a visionary black-and-white collection complete with a variety of headpieces. I loved seeing the shape and structure of all those headpieces!

Lauren Bander is consistently one of my favorite designers at KC Fashion Week! Her collections are always flowy and ethereal, and this line was no exception! The all-neutral collection was a departure from her work that I've seen before, but I LOVED the use of soft grays, whites, and golds!

Not gonna lie, I heard several gasps in the audience during Andrea Marie Long's line! The use of jewel-toned velvet was simply inspired, and the models looked so regal. I loved this collection! 

T.R. Brown's collection was inspired by "the 1970s New York City girl." I just LOVED the use of prop suitcases--they contributed to the vintage vibe and definitely gave the collection an urban feel. 

The final collection of the night was Queens Rocket with an awesome menswear collection! I loved the use of furs and earth tones to create natural looks. 

That's a wrap on the Friday night show! Keep an eye out later this week for my Saturday night recap. 

Disclosure: I received this dress from Eloquii and complimentary admission to Kansas City Fashion Week in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!

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