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Kansas City Fashion Week Returns

Kansas City Fashion Week’s Jana Meister shares what she’s looking forward to seeing on the runway this season.

Story by Kathryn Greene

Kansas City Fashion Week (KCFW) returns to Union Station on Thursday, March 17, when designers from across the city and country will debut their Fall/Winter collections. I met Jana Meister—the newly appointed fashion editor of KCFW—at Post Coffee Company for iced vanilla lattes and a side of sartorial conversation. She gave me the rundown on what you can expect this season, what to wear and why fashion in Kansas City has never been more exciting.

You might already know Meister from her namesake fashion blog, Jana Style. A volunteer with KCFW since its first season, Meister has seen the event flourish over the last several years.

“Out of all of the things happening in Kansas City, our fashion scene … has exploded here and there are a lot of really talented people in Kansas City,” she says. “[Kansas City Fashion Week] is putting it all on display.”

Jana Meister

New to the lineup this year is More Than Just Fig Leaves, helmed by London-born, New York-based designer Eve Emanuel. Emanuel describes her designs as “timeless garments with a contemporary twist.”

Says Meister, “I’m excited that we’re getting designers interested in Kansas City Fashion Week from New York, Florida and Dallas. It’s cool that people are noticing what we’re doing and that they want to bring their entire line of clothes to the middle of the United States.”

Of course, Kansas City designers such as Tomboy Designs, Lucia’s Sarto and Christian Michael will be returning to the runway as well as St. Louis-based designer and Project Runway alum Michael Drummond.

A past Tomboy collection shown at Kansas City Fashion Week

As for which collections Meister is most excited to see, the answer is, of course, all of them.

“Lauren Bander is always a favorite of mine. Architexture always brings a new style trend element every season,” she says. “I saw a preview of Gypsy Blaque’s line and it is so wearable. You want to just take it off the model and wear it. The bridal shows are always gorgeous…I feel like we have a really solid group this time. Everyone brings it to a different level.”

Not sure what to wear when it comes to the shows?

“Dress to impress and show off your personal style,” Meister advises. ”Saturday night always seems to be just a little bit dressier than the other nights if you are planning out your looks. Remember that there is a red carpet and a photographer.”

Kansas City Fashion Week kicks off March 16 with Bubbly & Bow Ties, a black tie kick-off event at Counterpoint Event Space, and continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday with evening runway shows at Union Station. Visit www.kcfashionweek.com to view the complete schedule and to purchase your tickets

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