This past Kansas City Fashion Week - yes, the one back in March that I never wrote a post about - I had the privelege of walking for one of our sponsors, Dillards at Oak Park Mall, on Saturday Night at the Grand Hall at Power & Light. Union Station, where Fashion Week is held in the fall, is much larger venu but there's something about the European-style runway and the details of the Grand Hall that makes it my favorite venue for KCFW.
|Photos by Tou Yang|
What's always in my bag:
- book to read
- logic puzzles
- phone charger
- a blanket
- a toothbrush and toothpaste
- snacks (and sometimes B will bring me lunch or dinner)
- my own water bottle, though there's almost always water available
- slippers or flip-flops; I love my Mahabis because they can be worn inside or outside if you add the sole. I have the light grey + yellow and get asked backstage at every show about them. You can get your own pair from Nordstrom here.
- extra shoes for the runway - sometimes a model you're walking with will need another pair or your designer may want to see some options
Our stylists for this show were Randall Schneck and Amy James. H/MUA was Paul Mitchell OP
I've purchased my absolute favorite photos from the many talented photographers that were there to document the evening, but I thought it was worth sharing some of the other shots that I had to choose from. The decision was hard!
This first photo captures some of the anticipation before taking the runway. We stand behind the curtain as coordinators check the bottom of our shoes for stickers, seams for threads, hair for flyaways, and wrists for hair ties. Sarah peeks through the curtain to make sure the timing and spacing is perfect before sending us on. We take a deep breath, relax our hands, check our posture, steady our facial expression, and then we walk.
|Photo by Simon Kuo Westside Studio|
|Photo by Hananiah Aldrich|
Photos captured by model Heather Slusher in the audience
|Photo by Dani Michael|
|Finale. Photo by Ryan Swartzlander.|
We'll be backstage for 6-7 hours before we take the runway for two minutes. Is it worth it?