KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Metropolis Black Trend Week kicks off this weekend and is supposed to spotlight “missed” and unknown Black designers from the metro space and past.
Dressmaker and stylist Kim Younger, who organized the occasion, says that is the first-time that is being held within the space.
“I wished to convey one thing new and thrilling for black designers and for folks to know black designers are vital as properly,” mentioned Younger, aka KC Queen of Trend.
Younger mentioned the occasion is created to encourage up-and-coming designers in an business that may be onerous to interrupt, Younger says particularly if you happen to’re black..
“I’m a designer from Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, I’ve accomplished vogue reveals all around the world,” Younger mentioned. “Plenty of instances folks really feel you need to go to New York, Los Angeles, however there are some nice, proficient folks proper right here in Kansas Metropolis. I simply need younger folks to know desires can come true. Irrespective of the place you might be from, it doesn’t matter what’s happening in your life.”
Black Trend Week is a part of a rising nationwide development, lately, Black Trend Weeks have been popping up in main cities throughout the nation.
Saturday and Sunday’s reveals will function 9 Black designers, most from the metro together with Reggie Banks II.
“I actually wished to be one of many first black designers with a high-end clothes line and be on the extent of Gucci, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Prada,” Banks mentioned. “Rising up in Kansas Metropolis, you didn’t see that.
His athleisure clothes and sunglass line known as Sagii which implies ‘greatness’ in Hebrew has been worn by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Tech N9ne and Large Boi from Outkast. He additionally opened a retailer, Black Label Threads in Leawood with three different companions final 12 months.
Banks mentioned reveals just like the Black Trend Week are about giving again.
“If we will do it, you are able to do it. Keep out of hassle, keep out of negativity, get your grades up and comply with your ardour. By no means let folks let you know you’re not adequate. You may’t do it. Something you possibly can consider, you may make, you are able to do,” Banks mentioned.
Totally different vogue and sweetness occasions shall be held from March 19 till the 21.
Saturday’s vogue present shall be held at The Independence Heart Mall beginning at 4 p.m.
Sunday’s occasion shall be held at Unity Village Exercise Heart in Lee’s Summit at 6p.m. If you need to buy a ticket to the occasions, click here.
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