If you’re a fan of the popular show “Project Runway” like I am then you have gotten a glimpse of what New York Fashion Week is about. Fashionistas, Kansas City is the new hub for local, national and international designers to show their unique designs. I was utterly amazed at the local talent that came out this year .
Kansas City Fashion Week started in March of 2011 and since has boasted 14 seasons of talented local, national and international designers. “Beyond the Make Up Brush” was lucky enough to get an invite to this exclusive four day event with a finale featuring well renowned American fashion designer Rachel Roy. This years’ Spring/Summer 2019 preview took place at Union Station and did not disappoint. We attended the Wednesday night show on September 26th which included seven local, national, and international designers each with a very unique aesthetic.
The Wednesday night show tends to be a bit more casual. When we arrived we saw the step and repeat set up where you could get your photo taken. Fashion forward attendees appeared in attire from jeans and motorcycle jackets to jumpsuits with heels to little black dresses. If you like to people watch this is the place to definitely be. When we entered the main hall they had various booths set up with the designer’s collections to browse through. We ran into Crystal Brakhage with “Crystal Brakhage Designs” at her booth. We were lucky enough to interview this talented young designer and learn more about her collection.
Crystal is from Tobias, Nebraska not really known as the fashion capital of the world. However, this talented designer is making a big name for herself and her designs in the Midwest. Crystal first picked up a needle and thread about 8 years ago through her 4 H club. However, it wasn’t love at first sewing machine. Crystal actually wanted to do photography but ended up going to 4 H camp and meeting other young designers who had a passion for design.
Crystal has shown her collection in Des Moines, Kansas City, and Chicago Fashion Week. Crystal’s Spring/Summer 2019 Collection is inspired by pop musician Cardi B and reality star Kim Kardashian’s style. Her collection is a mix of edgy and street wear. Crystal used a mix of faux leather and fur in most of her designs to achieve that hip hop feel. I asked Crystal what advice she would give to new designers starting out and she said to definitely “Be yourself” and do a lot of networking. She has learned to work with photographers and different social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram to get her brand out there. “Beyond The Makeup Brush” can’t wait to see more from this talented young designer. You can check out more of Crystal’s designs at www.crystalbrakhage.wixsite.com.
-“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”- Oscar de la Renta