KCFW + Saks Off 5th

This past weekend was Kansas City Fashion Week.  I was only able to attend the Saturday afternoon and evening shows, and it was a lot packed into 10 long hours.  I met up with Meg, Sandy and Jana and hit the backstage VIP Ulta event.  It’s always fun to be backstage (I mean, who doesn’t feel special with a backstage pass?)  Of course, backstage isn’t as glamorous as the Victoria’s Secret footage makes it out to be.  There are pilesof tulle, empty garment bags, models belongings, spilled drinks, make-up and hair products, KCFW volunteers trying to keep it all under control and of course, always a last-minute sewing in of the dress.  But the excitement is there, the passion of what these designers, models and make-up & hair artists are all taking part in.  And that alone is worth a backstage pass.

I just want to talk about white denim because it’s in again this spring and summer, and if you’ve ever had to try on a pair of white jeans then you know they aren’t all equal and in fact, rank high on the list of “things that will never make you look your thinnest.”  Saks Off 5th (found at the Legends Outlets Kansas City) was more than happy to dress me for the KCFW events, and when I went in to the store they paired me with stylist Kat.  She grabbed a few dressed before taking me to the denim department, where she snagged a pair of Paige Denim and said, “Women say these are like an instant Butt lift.” Um, sign me up; I could use one of those.  Voila:



I paired these great jeans with a silk Joie blouse (flattering on all shapes and sizes!) and this fun, flowy striped spring jacket (from the Saks 5th Black Label.)  I paired the flowy blouse with long pearl necklaces and a pair of barely gold wedge sandals .

Joie Silk Blouse

Paige Denim in white

Saks 5th Avenue Jacket

Dana Buchman wedge sandals

Pearl Necklace


On to the good stuff:  My favorite designer (for so many reasons) from the afternoon show was Andrea Marie Long Designs.  I met her last fall at a preview for her S/S 2013 collection and instantly liked her – she was sweet and her creativity and talent were obvious.  I think I was equally impressed with the complete difference between this collection and last years.  She has talent, and it’s spectrum is broad.  I loved the prints, the pattern mixing and the impeccably sewn and tailored clothing.  This was by far the look that came down the runway, had me sitting up straighter, wanting to grasp Meg’s arm all while exclaiming, “Yes! I love it!”  I do try to stick to the proper decorum, but sometimes something is just too good.  To see more photos and looks from the KCFW Saturday afternoon show, visit the Pretty, Polished, Perfect Facebook page.






*This post brought to you by Legends Outlets Kansas City, Saks Off 5th Avenue and KCFW.

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