#KCFW F/W’19 Thursday Night Runway Show

Hello, hello! Your Kansas City Fashion Week F/W’19 Thursday night runway show recap is here! This was such a fun night to attend and I got to watch some amazing pieces from such talented designers go down the runway.


My Outfit

So I know I said that I wanted to branch out of my comfort zone and wear a ton of bright colors this season but when I saw these pants, I couldn’t say no. I feel like this outfit can be worn out to an event or in the office; very versatile. I paired it with my Jeffrey Campbell lion medallion pumps to edge it up a little bit.

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top : Forever 21 | pants : Forever 21 | shoes : Jeffrey Campbell


Designers :

LIV

LIV started out the show with bold colors keeping everyone interested and excited. Each piece was different and unique in its own special way. I love that there are finally more up and coming plus size designers.

Nokota.Style

As of lately, I have been greatly intrigued with zodiac signs and Nokota.Style’s collection immediately made me want to read my horoscope. It was the perfect blend of moon child and space cowboy (weird but it worked and I was obsessed with it). I would wear just about wear every garment that was displayed.

House of Pamela Renee

Oh my god. While watching this line my jaw was literally dropped the whole time…no joke. These pieces are something that could be in a museum they are so unique. The House of Pamela Renee’s collection was probably my favorite from the evening. It gave off kind of an old fashioned casino vibe between the furs, colors, and prints. The tailoring was impeccable and pool balls? On clothing? Obsessed. I would wear every single item that came down the runway in a heartbeat. The collection even had its own custom soundtrack! Well done.

Rachel Pollack Designs

Rachel Pollack brought youthful elegance to KC Fashion Week with her chic silhouettes and luxurious colors. I am a big texture girl and loved the pops of faux fur on the sleeves. The fur changed a simple dress to a statement dress and I think I need one in my closet.

West Fens

Such a unique menswear collection; business on the top, party on the bottom. Two toned pants are something you don’t see a lot of, especially on men and I thought it was so different and extremely well presented. These pieces are definitely for the youthful working male millennial who values personal style.

Hannah Kristina Designs

Hannah Kristina brought an exquisite blend of edgy femininity to the runway. The dark colors and girly shapes made for a attractively uncommon collection. My favorite pieces were the navy jumpsuit and the black embellished finale piece.

Lenzanita

So quick backstory on this designer: this designer was the first designer I ever got to model for in my Kansas City Fashion Week history when I was 13 years old! I remember how nervous I was for my first runway show and on top of that, she had me do a quick change! That was years ago and now as media, watching from the other side, I am so happy to see her back in KC showing more of her beautiful work. Lenzantia is a sustainable fashion line and it is obvious to see her love of texture. I appreciate the mix of mens and womenswear in one line and adored the color scheme. This was a huge collection and each look was carried out beautifully.


Thank you so much for the read! Stay tuned the next two days for the Friday and Saturday recap of #KCFW!

In case you missed it click HERE for Wednesday night’s review!

xx Bella

***all runway images taken by me, feel free to repost them as you will but remember to give me credit**

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Red Silk Top

Here are some more shots from the KC Creatives meet-up on February 3. These are from the amazing Amina Shaw. She is such a light and I can’t wait to work with her more in the future!

I put these photos in a separate blog post mainly because I wanted to quickly talk about how important thrifting is! I purchased this red blouse from a Goodwill in Columbia, Missouri for 99 cents. It was so bold and the first thing I saw in the store. It’s 100% silk, from Bloomingdales, and in PERFECT condition. For 99 cents? Not bad.

Especially as a college student on a budget, it is not easy to buy all new clothing for Instagram content and blog posts. Thrift stores and vintage shops are the way to go to not only save money, but make a statement.

xx Bella

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blouse : goodwill originally Bloomingdales (similar)


photographer : Amina Shaw

Red on Red : Como Collabs Meetup 2

Red has recently been my absolute favorite color ever. I have been incorporating a lot of this color into my outfits and hope it never goes out of style.

This jacket is one of the coolest pieces I own. I purchased it at a vintage / antique store in the Deep Ellum district of Dallas, Texas. Vintage pieces add some kind of unique flare to everything and I try really hard to include many vintage or thrifted things into my personal style.

These shots are from the second Columbia Collaboratives meet up shot by Rachel LeighKassidy Jones, and Lexi Churchill in that order. Be sure to follow the official Instagram account and if you live in COMO come to a meet up or use the hashtag #comocollabs to be featured.

xx Bella

Como Collabs meet-up 2 – PART 1

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photographer : Rachel Leigh


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photographer : Kassidy Jones


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photographer : Lexi Churchill

model feature : Mayas Dream House & Ashten Smith


jacket : vintage (similar) | pants : Nordstrom Rack (similar) | shoes : Target (similar) | necklace : vintage (similar)

Admire Your Selfie

A few years ago, I met the coolest person in the entire world, like not even kidding. Molly Munyan is the funniest, most creative, and unique person I’ve ever met. She is a balloon artist! I met her when she was making dresses out of balloons and I have only watched her grow from there. This past month, she opened a temporary installation in Kansas City called “Admire Your Selfie”. This exhibit featured multiple areas of different backdrops composed of balloons, donuts, a swing, and more! It brought a ton of different people together to collaborate. My entire Instagram feed is nothing but photos from here and I LOVE THAT. I hope to see Molly do more like this in the future and I can’t wait to see what’s next for her!

Be sure to follow @MollyBalloons on Instagram as well as @admireyourselfie

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blazer : Nordstrom (similar) | glasses : Free People | hat : Topshop

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top : Forever 21 (similar) | glasses : Nordstrom (similar) | pants : AFRM

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coat : Etiquette Boutique (similar)

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blazer : Nordstrom (similar) | hat : Topshop | lipstick : Kat Von D

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#KCFW Cruise 2017 – Day 5 : ON BOARD

Today was our last day on the cruise and we spent all day and night at sea from Cozumel to Miami. Everyone relaxed and did whatever on the ship and then at night we all joined together for our formal, and last dinner. I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to go on this wonderful trip. I got to get a lot closer to everyone and learned a lot. Stay tuned to see my vlog go live on Youtube soon to get a better look at everything!

xx Bella

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top : Charlotte Russe (similar) | pants : Missguided

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with Brooke Richardson
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Sunrise in Miami

#KCFW Cruise 2017 – Day 4 : COZUMEL

Hello from Cozumel! This was my first time ever going to Mexico! It was so pretty and we all had a blast. The water was so blue and salty and the beaches were beautiful and the best place for our photoshoot. Since this is a cruise, we are on a set schedule and couldn’t stay here for a long time so I definitely want to come back to Cozumel in the future.

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set : Etiquette Boutique | sunglasses : vintage (similar)


swimsuit : LV Swim | sunglasses : vintage (similar)


For today’s shoot, we had caftans from Alicia Janesko and a couple bathing suits from LV Swim. Like I said earlier, this beach was the perfect spot!

Alicia Janekso – Facebook page, website | LV Swim – Facebook pagewebsite


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swimsuit : American Apparel (similar) | sunglasses : vintage (similar)

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#KCFW Cruise 2017 – Day 3 : KEY WEST

Day three is here and today we docked in Key West, Florida. I have never been to the Keys and this place was absolutely gorgeous. We shot a couple of looks right as we got off the boat. I modeled today and wore a top by Maria Behnen. We also shot some Kansas City Chiefs shirts because they are one of Kansas City Fashion Week’s official sponsors.


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wearing : Maria Benhen | photo : Layne Haley Whitehouse | Hair/MUA : Ashley Hazelwood
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photo : Layne Haley Whitehouse | H/MUA : Ashley Hazelwood | models (left to right) : Bella Lightner (self), Jazlynne Dawson, Audrey White, Aezia Jardin

After we were finished shooting we all could go explore the city. Key West is beautiful! As much as I love black and more edgy city environments, it’s so refreshing to change the scenery.

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sunglasses : Diff Eyewear | top : Brandy Melville (similar)

After walking around Key West for a while, we boarded back on our ship and hung around (napped, lol) until an amazing dinner!

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dress : Forever 21 | blazer : Nordstrom (similar) | belt : Vintage (similar) 

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left to right : Brooke Richardson, Mariah Kellii, Bella Lightner (me), Eliza Williams, Aezia Jardin

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set : Rachel by Rachel Roy | shoes : Steve Madden (similar)