By Jody Maki
Stylist, Inkandescent Imaging
Director, Inkandescent Networking
Gorgeous, couture runway fashion arrived in Washington, DC, on July 16, when Kenneth Flanagan and his House of KAS hosted a star-studded fashion show at National Harbor to celebrate the company’s first anniversary.
Bright lights, a lovely reflection off the river, and beautiful people everywhere served as the backdrop, which was also a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and honored Flanagan’s late mother.
P. Diddy, Look Out!
Celebration was the theme, however, and one look at Flanagan’s line makes it clear why he is touted as “the P. Diddy of DC.” His New York style, and talent for designing and creating an image for high-level professionals and entertainers, is impressive by any measure.
From the reaction to his clothes from the thousands of socialites, athletes, and entertainment personalities who attended the show, Flanagan is destined to become the designer to the stars.
“The show was fresh, exciting, and one of the best I have seen in years,” says radio personality Sarah Fraser, who emceed the July event.
She was quick to introduce the other celebs in the crowd—including songstress / harpist Rashida Jolley; NFL Players Fred Davis (Washington Redskins), Brandon Banks (Washington Redskins), and 2011 Draft Pick Keith Payne (Philadelphia Eagles); Thomas Lytle, VP of Def Jam Recordings; Jewell Green of Posh Couture, who is married to NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green; and many more.
Setting the Stage
Prior to the main event, the show featured two other designers’ collections, starting with Toni D. Foster’s Critique’ Boutique, Inc. The chic women’s apparel store, which is also located in National Harbor, features affordable apparel and accessories.
Indeed, slipping into one of these beautiful frocks for a night at a club will most definitely get you noticed—and you won’t find anyone else there wearing your dress. What’s more, Critique’ Boutique is involved in community outreach and supports various foundations and organizations for women, so shopping at Foster’s shop will let you do good—and look great.
Next up was My Bougie Baby, a line created by local designer Wendy Pittman. Inspired by her daughter, Tiffany Rae, these clothes were modeled by some of the cutest kids in town. They entertained the crowd with their supermodel moves, which served to show off Pittman’s emphasis on personal style. These exclusive pieces cannot be found at the mall, and the girls were clearly proud to be taking a trip down the catwalk.
Setting the stage for the grand finale was a performance by rock-meets-neo soul artist, David Taylor. He and his band did a great job of warming up the crowd. And thanks to Flanagan, who is a supporter of this Apollo Theater award-winning artist, Taylor was dressed for success in his perfectly fitted black House of KAS suit.
The Moment We Were All Waiting for
Finally, the much anticipated KAS collection was revealed.
As music blared and fireworks exploded over the Potomac River, the audience was treated to an hour of KAS’ beautiful designs—all of which fit the picture-perfect models like a glove.
As a stylist with a passion for fashion, KAS’ flowing, detailed designs took my breath away. His collection sets a new standard to Washington, DC, making his National Harbor shop the place to go for customized garments that provide an infusion of style into any professional’s wardrobe.