Elephant in the Room

As many of you know, I love to collaborate with brands and desginers on blog posts! I had the honor of collaborating with Christie Nelson of AnnMann Designs. Her pieces are full of detail so I chose to keep this look simple to focus on that.

These pieces are from her S/S’17 collection that was shown at Kansas City Fashion Week last fall. Her collection was inspired by endangered species and each model represented a different animal. Below are some photos shot by Sara Clance and I am wearing the elephant inspired pieces from that collection.

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jewelry : AnnMann Designs (Facebook)| top : Zara (similar) | jeans : Zara (similar)

stylist / creative director / model – Bella Lightner

photographer – Sara Clance (Facebook) 

#KCFW F/W’17 Friday Night Runway Show

I had such a great time at the Friday night runway showing of Kansas City Fashion Week. It was a sold out show which is so awesome! The designs last night were all so unique and I loved how different each collection was. I’m really looking forward to seeing the last night of designers this evening!

Make it all the way through this post to see my full look!

xx Bella

P.S. – if you haven’t already, be sure to check out my Wednesday night recap along with my Thursday night recap.


Joshua Christensen

All the way from Los Angeles, California, Joshua Christensen came to Kansas City to show his collection. He was on season nine of Project Runway! Joshua’s collection was so unique. He used many different colors and patterns but keeping the aesthetic consistent. I will always automatically love a collection that features both womens and menswear.

Ethel and Dean

This children’s collection made my heart melt. The models were not only adorable, but looked awesome in these clothes! Military style vibes were definitely given off.

Julia Fischer

This collection surprised me a lot. I never knew a holographic pattern would pair well with such muted, warm tones. I liked each look individually but wasn’t sure about how cohesive everything would be when put together as a whole until the finale walk came out. I was so shocked at how well each look vibed together. It was so different than anything I have seen.

Nasheli Juliana

OKAY. The whole time that this collection was walking down the runway, I had major goosebumps. A Catholic, Pope, Holy, etc. inspired fashion line?! I am obsessed. This was something I have seriously never seen before and I am so blown away by it. The clothing was minimal and extremely structured but the details made this so beautiful and personal. Each model came down carrying a rosary and their fingers were painted gold. As a big religious art fan, you could say obsessed with this collection is an understatement.

Lauren Bander

Lauren Bander is a Kansas City Fashion Week star. She’s shown in so many! This collection, you could tell, had a lot of emotion. It started out with all black pieces and they looks gradually had more white in them, to full white looks, to a LIGHT UP DRESS. The second to last look was leaving the runway and the lights went off and model Kiera Nordike strutted out in a white gown with lights on it. So beautiful and a crowd favorite.


Andrea Marie Long Designs

Andrea Long is an amazing designer, talented human, and sweetheart. I love this woman. Her collection was stunning. You can never go wrong with velvet- and velvet jewel tones?! Yes. This lady never fails to amaze me.


I was so happy after watching this collection. Tiffany Brown was inspired by old New York and I definitely felt like these clothes totally encompassed that. I am so glad that these styles are coming back for it was such a beautiful, and elegant time for fashion.

Queens Rocket

Menswear!! If you know me, you will know that I LOVE menswear and pull a lot of my own outfit inspiration from it. This collection was a good mix of pieces. I mainly shot the more rugged looks because that’s what caught my eye the most. All of the different textures mixed together was seriously so cool.


This look is kind of a combination of all of my favorite pieces that I own. I was iffy about combining such a bohemian top with these edgy culottes but I think that my double breasted belt made the two pieces flow together nicely. These photos, yet again, were taken by the amazing Sara Clance in the most beautiful area. I am so excited about the mix between this outfit and the location.

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top : Dillard’s (similar) | pants : Bloomingdales (similar) | bralette : Free People | shoes : Rebecca Minkoff | earrings : It’s A Beautiful Day

stylist / creative director / model – Bella Lightner

photographer – Sara Clance (Facebook)

#KCFW F/W’17 Wednesday Night Runway Show


The Kansas City Fashion Week F/W’17 runway shows have finally begun! I have never gotten to experience KCFW from the audience, because for the past nine seasons I have been on the runway. This season, KCFW is being held at the historic Grand Hall at Power and Light. Last night was an absolute dream. It was amazing to see the show from a whole new perspective. There were so many talented designers showcasing their collections and I am so glad that I got to watch. I am really looking forward to these next few days.

This is probably THE longest blog post I have ever posted and it took me HOURS! Make sure to read all three sections of it; designer recap, street style, my outfit + be ready for three more similar posts covering the next few days of KCFW.

xx Bella


Designs by Miranda Hanson

Ok, so this designer is extremely talented and “trend-educated” (if that’s a thing). Each piece that came down the runway was unique and all of the looks went together. Floral embroidery and stripes were what I saw the most of and those two things are HUGE right now! (you’ll have to believe me on this one…of course the first designer of KCFW and my camera malfunctions so I only have one photo and it isn’t even very good…ugh!).


Oliviet by Tobie Marie

This collection is a youth girls collection and it was inspired by the one and only, Jackie Kennedy. Stephens College junior, Tobie Roberts, literally brought a smile to my face. The entire production of her collection made me genuinely happy. From the beautiful 1960’s inspired garments, to the adorable models, to the old music – I was in love.

Hannah Kristina Designs

Hannah Kristina Designs’ collection was inspired from waterfalls and how the water “falls” at different levels. She took this quite literally by making the hems of the garments fall at different lengths. Her collection was a colorful palette of beauty.

Kelly Callaway Designs

I am so in love with this girl. Kelly Callaway, of Kelly Callaway Designs, is 11-YEARS-OLD!!! I got to meet her at the Bubbly and Bowties event this past Tuesday evening and although she is so young, she carries herself like a mature woman. Her collection was absolutely stunning and well-tailored and put-together. There was mixing of geometric patterns and structure. I can’t wait to see where this talented lady goes.

Coco and Ilia

More Stephens women! These two women had a unique collection that almost gave me Fenty X Rihanna vibes. These clothes were inspired by video games and are definitely for the “badass, edgy woman”. Each piece added something different to the collection but was still cohesive as a whole. This was a very street style line which made me so SO happy! (for those of you who don’t know – street style is kinda my thing – keep reading this blog post to see what I mean). I love even their smallest details such as using their brand name as waist and hem lines; very Calvin Klein-esque.

Keliah Jadlow

That’s so 70’s! Keliah Jadlow is a student at Johnson County Community College and her collection was inspired by the 1970’s. Lots of warm tones, ruffles and layering. Flare jeans have been back for a while but I’m hoping that the rest of the 70’s trends make a big comeback here soon. This collection was not only gorgeous, but wearable!

Sheraz Pompey

This collection was stunningly inspired by the future. These pieces included lots of sequins and were most definitely more haute couture. The floral embroidery made an appearance for the second time this evening but this time in an edgier style. This line included both women’s and menswear.

J. Manning Apparel

The focus in this line was outerwear. The most amazing jackets walked down the runway. There was lots of velvet and Jacquard fabrics. Overall, every piece in this collection was very dark but with cool tones and I loved everything about it – very “gothic-chic”. This line also featured women’s and menswear and each look went together perfectly.


If you know me, or have been following my blog for a bit, you will know that I live for street style. Back in February I went down to Bentonville, Arkansas for NWA Fashion Week and covered street style. I met some super neat people doing this and had a blast. That post, here, got so much positive feedback that I thought I would do the same for Kansas City Fashion Week!

Street style is a huge deal in all of the major fashion capitals like New York, Paris and Milan, so why not Kansas City? There are so many creative and stylish people in this city and I think that they need to be recognized. Street style is so important and should be appreciated because it is the place where designers pull their inspiration from. Last night I got to shoot some unique outfits and I met some awesome people while doing so! I plan on shooting street style the next three nights of KCFW as well.

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**also – if you see yourself and are not credited, feel free to shoot me an email at isabellalightner@gmail.com and I would be more than happy to edit in your name and info along with your photo!


Since this was only the first runway show of KCFW, I kept my outfit pretty minimal. I went for an all black look to be chic and threw on a printed skinny scarf for a unique touch. This is an outfit that would be suitable for everyday. Not to mention, I was so comfortable the whole evening.

Check back tomorrow morning to see what I am wearing tonight to the Thursday runway show!

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shirt : Forever 21 (similar) | jeans : Zara (similar) | scarf : Free People (similar)| boots : Rebecca Minkoff

stylist / creative director / model – Bella Lightner

photographer – Sara Clance (Facebook)