Sarah Nelsen in 'Camillion', Vogue Footwear
I grew up in St. Louis, but now call Kansas City my home base. I've been designing in multiple facets for the last decade. My design degree is in graphic design and I love combining my knowledge of graphics and illustration into my textile designs. Over the past few years, I've created costumes for the performing arts, notably ballerinas. I love creating one of a kind pieces for performances but now am focused on more wearables like printed scarves. My work is characterized by tailored silhouettes and I utilize digital technology whenever possible - such as digital printing and laser cutting.
scarf by Sarah Nelson
laser cut dress by Sarah Nelsen
West 18th Street Fashion Show:
The West 18th Fashion Show is an annual fashion show in Kansas City, held at dusk on a Saturday night in June. Each year, the event organizers and a credentialed section panel choose 18 designers from a large pool of applicants to be featured designers. It is a free event held outdoors in the middle of 18th street. It is no coincidence that the event is held on 18th Street, which has become a hub of art and fashion in Kansas City. Take a stroll down 18th street, and on any given day you will no doubt see artists, musicians, funky fashion, and eclectic local boutiques such as Birdies, Hadley Johnson, Peggy Noland, and YJ's Snack Bar.
Since its inception in 2001, the goal of the West 18th Street Fashion Show has been to showcase emerging talent in the Kansas City fashion scene by providing a new and creative platform. Through the years, the production value has exponentially, thanks mainly to the vision of former executive producer Ashlee Broome, but the outdoor street setting, eccentricity, and beauty of the event endures. Ask anyone, the annual West 18th Street Fashion Show has become part of the fabric of our city, contributing greatly to the cultural value of our burgeoning downtown and Crossroads arts community.
This year, I am partnering with accessories designer, Sara Cramer. Her website is: http://miss-cramer.com, and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/handmadebysaracramer.
I think our work looks amazing together. We both have strong attention to detail and there is a definite sense of structure in her jewelry line and my clothing design.
"Our collection explores the evolution of the 'gilded cage' - from the Victorian Era to modern day. Elements from late 19th century fashion have been analyzed and repurposed for the digital age. We aim to create a seamless integration of multiple materials, textures and processes to showcase the rich complexity of the gilded age. Bead work and textiles become one cohesive statement while telling the story of the woman in the gilded age.
For more info about Sarah Nelsen, visit her social media links below:
Here are some of our fave pieces from Sarah's previous collections:
After a whirlwind tour of Europe (London, Paris, Milan and Barcelona in 5 days!) the Vogue Footwear design team has spotted some of the following new and continuing trends in apparel/footwear/accessories. Be the first to update your wardrobe for the upcoming season and know what themes will carry you stylishly forward into next year!
All Clear Ahead - Transparent heels, wedges and platforms, clear vinyl panels in footwear and bags, sheer mesh and organza on tops and skirts.
90's Revival - Layers of grungy floral and plaids everywhere, Doc Martin boots and Birkenstock sandals are back - Flat form sandals and stylish stocking caps - Who knew?!
Disco on the Beach - High platforms, bell bottoms and big plastic bangle bracelets scream 70's Miami nightlife. Loud colors and wild exotic prints with over the top embellishments can be found on purses, maxi dresses and jewelry.
Black and White, Right? - Strong bold graphic prints like stripes, checkerboards and chevrons make Mod shapes like shift dresses and square toe pumps look fresh again.
Vogue Footwear and Hyper Haute Jewelry share the same fashion mentality -
Make a BOLD statement everyday...without saying a word.
Hyper Haute bridges the gap between haute design and radical prorsum fashion by providing a new and dramatic set of jewelry that not only accentuates the female form, but also blurs the lines between art and fashion. Hyper Haute utilizes nontraditional elements in conjunction with timeless and elegant materials to produce wearable art that says, "Look at me! I'm proud of my body and my style." Hyper Haute is for the confident woman that loves attention.
Erica M. Dunk is the mastermind behind these attention grabbing pieces. After many years of studying Fashion/Marketing in L.A. and after visiting the premiere designers on Rodeo Drive, I was inspired not only to design jewelry, but to reinvent it. A strong fascination for Avant-Garde and Surrealism artistic expression influenced her to work with an eclectic mix of materials. All of her jewelry is handmade and one-of-a-kind wearable art.
Erica says: "My favorite piece right now is one of my latest runway pieces, 'Hypergoddess'. The idea came about as my finale piece for a national competition I was recently in, RAW: Natural Born Artists. I wanted to create a piece that would give women the confidence of a queen and the power of a goddess. I envisioned a woman capturing the attention of thousands of people at once with her demanding yet dazzling presence and then picture what she would be wearing, which is when 'Hypergoddess' came about."
For more information or to purchase, please visit: http://www.hyperhaute.com/
One of the hottest trends to hit the Fall 12 runways is also ideal for holiday party wear. Update your wardrobe with art deco, vintage-inspired black and gold pieces. A short cocktail dress with a snipped waistline is flattering on most figures and still comfortable after overindulging in holiday treats. Pointed-toe velvet flats like the Vogue Star Quality and Lady is a Vamp pair perfectly with fun party skirts and are easy on the feet so you can dance the night away! And, don't forget the accessories. Every girl needs a little sparkle, but a Vogue girl needs A LOT...on her ears, arms, and even her finger nails! Make sure to check out our Pinterest page for even more fabulous party attire ideas.