Being one of the Official Media for Kansas City Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2016, I was paired with Designer Alicia Janesko for an exclusive interview.  We met up on the first day of KCFW and watched a runway show together . On the day of her show, we got chatty backstage, as hair and make up progressed in the Final Day of KCFW.

Front row fun at KCFw with Designer Alicia Janesko, Editor Katie Van Luchene and Designer Ngan Vuong

Kansas City Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016 ended with the runway show of Designer Alicia Janesko. And she ended it in style. Her models shushed out on the runway in hand crafted Resort Wear. As if that not enough to blow our minds away, Alicia brought in Rapper Kenneth Dumas as her showstopper.

Journospeak : What is the Inspiration for this collection ? 
Alicia Janesko : The inspiration for this collection is the Met Ball meeting the MOMA.

Journospeak: Your collection is mostly monochromes. Is it a conscious move away from color? 
Alicia Janesko: I didn't want my collection tone anything expected. Spring Summer does not always have to be color. My focus is on Evening Wear- Resort Wear and I think Monochromes do more justice to that.

Back Stage Action at the Janesko Camp: KCFW Finale 

Journospeak: Have you shown your work previously at KCFW? 
AJ: Yes, I have shown once at KCFW. But this is the first time I am collaborating with my sister Jennifer Janesko. All my fabric has been hand painted by my sister Jennifer Janesko after which it has been crafted into the outfits. We had bought solid fabric and  then Jennifer has hand painted each fabric. Also every outfit has been paired with Jewelry by Jennifer.

Journospeak: Whats one word with which you could decide your line? 
AJ: Wearable Art .

Journospeak: What makes your latest collection aesthetically stand out ? 
AJ : My focus is on Caftans(Resort Wear). Roberto Cavalli and Diane Von Furstenberg do a lot of Caftans. But their price points are much higher. I wanted to create a line of caftans which do not compromise on the aesthetics but are more approachable price point wise.

Journospeak : KC as a fashion destinaion ?
AJ : Kansas City is very receptive when it comes to fashion and very supportive. I was one of the first designers to have my own Designer Pop Up Shop here in the city and the response was pretty good.

As a Designer in KC, you do face some challenges. We don't have access to great fabric, there are no speciality Fabric Stores, like those in NYC. Also its often difficult to bring together great seamstresses or even printing fabric to your convenience. But there's a lot which is coming up. Rightfully Sewn - formerly fashion Accelerator of Kansas City by Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer is a great initiative. Its a resource for  fashion designers providing them access to fabric, seamstresses, and even fabric printing options among a few things. Check out the Fashion Designer Professional Development Seminar and Fabric Tradeshow, benefitting Rightfully Sewn on Oct 16th 2015. 

Journospeak : Lets talk about some of your favorites from the current collection 
Alicia Janesko: Its diffciult to pick favorites from a ny collection. But yes, every Outfit has a different story to tell.

Alicia Janesko : This is an example of a Classic Caftan design. But the graphic element in it, combined with the clean lines, will make heads turn. You have to be confident of yourself when you wear this Caftan. This is very representative of who I am.

Alicia Janesko: Moving away from just being Caftans, this is an example of how resort wear can also be classic evening Wear. This is a double layer outfit .It has been lined with Nude to give  its different dimension. there is something very sexy about Nudes. It has been hand painted with stripes and circles . To make the outfit more edgy we have paired it with Gladiator Sandals.

Alicia Janesko : This Outfit has been put together by creating a hand painted Camo Top on Nude fabric. We have used a ready made store bought Silk Accordion Skirt and had that dyed to bring it together.

Alicia Janesko : The finale piece has been created with Ostrich Feathers which were pasted by Jennifer. It was more than 30 hours of work on just the the feathers.

Journospeak: Whats next on the cards for Alicia Janesko? 
AJ : Omaha and Nashville Fashion Week are on my mind.

KCFW Management in Alicia Janesko Caftans, pose with the Designer 

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