‘Project Runway’ Designer Returns to KCFW

We caught up with returning Kansas City Fashion Week designer and “Project Runway” alum Michael Drummond to get the details on his new collection.

‘Tis the season for fashion. With New York, Milan and Paris shows wrapping up, it’s time for Kansas City Fashion Week to shine. Designers have sketched, cut and sewn in preparation for their collections to be waltzed down the runway at Union Station from March 19 – 21.

Former “Project Runway” contestant and St. Louis native Michael Drummond shares the inspiration behind his Fall/Winter 2015 collection, what he learned from “Project Runway” and why he loves showing at KCFW.

Q. You competed in Season 8 of “Project Runway.” How did the experience shape you as a designer? 

A. I would like to think that it has honed my taste level and brought me closer to my own true design aesthetic; hopefully having a deeper understanding of who I am after joining so many other designers discovering in turn who they are, all the while being in a pressure cooker.

Q. What was the most valuable lesson you learned from the show? 

A. If you take the compliments you have to take the negative comments too. Know yourself.

Q. What do you like about showing your collection at KCFW?  

A. First off, the professionalism of Kansas City Fashion Week makes for an incredibly attractive opportunity to show. I was so happy to be asked back. There is a real passion for style and glamour here, I love it!

Q. Who is the Michael Drummond client? 

A. She is smart, interested in the arts, philanthropic, individual and very busy.

Q. Tell us about the inspiration behind your current collection. How is it different from your past collections? 

A. It’s about peeling back the layers. Simplifying.

I greatly dove into the process of getting dressed and what that means today. I wanted to create “go-to pieces” for the Michael Drummond client. I usually design from the “what haven’t we seen” standpoint; this collection is about making your favorites even better.

Q. Are there any surprises?

A. Yes! I added a line of handbags this season. A few years back I created “satellite bags” as gifts for friends, simple leather envelopes that are quite versatile. After hearing how much my friends loved them throughout the years I decided to actually add them to the label. It has been an evolution.

Q. What is your favorite part of the design process? 

A. Wow, I am not sure if that is something that could ever be answered. The design process is so many things. It is going for a walk, testing your limits, exploring and talking with other artists. It is a really great book or song, accepting that mistakes are not always mistakes and wins are not always an ending point.

Q. Do you have a favorite place to go in Kansas City, besides KCFW, of course? 

A. I love the Plaza. You also have a ton of great art galleries. I hear you all have an amazing First Friday art walk that I keep meaning to come to. —Brianna Peters

See Drummond’s collection Friday, March 20. For the full schedule, tickets and info, visit