Images Courtesy of Preston L. House
|Kahrianne Kerr and Friends|
I got an inviation to see KahriAnne's Spring 2014 Collection during New York's Fashion Week. Her clothes are beautifully precise, edgy and rich in essential details: leather strips, lace insets, feathers, vivid colors, lustrous silks, metallic linens...
|Silver-coated Linen and Leather|
|Metallic-coated Linen, Leather, Silk and Feathers|
|Metallic-coated Linen, Leather and Silk Lining|
|4 Ply Silk and Leather|
|Eyelet and Leather|
|More Eyelet and Leather|
|Eyelet, Leather and Silk|
|Ponte, Leather, Embroidered Lace and Nude Mesh|
|Striped Linen, Leather and Silk Lining|
|Black Ponte, Leather and Nude Mesh|
|Leather and Silk Finale|
|Leather Strip Detail|
KahriAnne grew up on a farm in northeast Iowa. Tired of generic mall clothing, she started to make her own clothing in high school. Having no sewing experience, she proceeded to teach herself how to sew and design. It was in the spring of 2002, when KahriAnne was a freshman at BYU-Idaho, that her clothing was first showcased on a runway. The fashion design department at BYU-Idaho named her the “Most Promising Designer” for 2001-2002.
KahriAnne set up her first mini store back in her hometown; she sold her clothes, artwork, and quilts in a 10’x10’ space. Then she moved to Ames to attend Iowa State University. Luckily, Zushy, a local boutique, picked up Kahri and soon KahriAnne became a local celebrity, with her designs quickly selling out. She also received recognition from the fashion department at Iowa State University. A pair of hand-painted pants and a hand-beaded top were chosen to be displayed at the Iowa State Fashion Showcase in October 2002. In Spring 2003, KahriAnne entered two women’s collections in the Iowa State Annual Fashion Show (the only sophomore to do so). Both collections were accepted and displayed on the runway.
KahriAnne headed to New York in 2003 to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Lucky for us! She then began to sell her collection in stores such as Scoop and e-boutiques. Kahri also set up a temporary mini-store in SoHo, as a part of the designer collective, Burrow, in Spring 2005. After FIT, she focused on designing and selling her collection, as well as working various design jobs.
Her line has grown and evolved over the years. Recently KahriAnne has branched out to include millinery, jewelry and handbags to coordinate with her hip, rocker chic women’s clothing line. Her new line KA by KahriAnne Kerr was launched in Fall 2010 for the rebellious fashionista on a budget. Both collections are made in NYC.
The Spring 2014 collection will be in stores and online in February or March. Right now on Kahrianne's website, you can acquire these very covetable pieces.
Shearling Jacket with Black Leather Panels, $668
Silk Charmeuse Camisole with Handkerchief Hem and Black Lace Trim, $75 was $153
KahriAnne won the 3rd episode of “24 Hour Catwalk” with Alexa Chung on Lifetime. Celebrities such as Keri Hilson, Fergie, Jayma Mays, Aubrey O’Day, Brandi Carlisle, and Paris Hilton have rocked Kahri gear on and off the red carpet.
Kahrianne is very inspired by music and musicians. Among her muses are Cat Power, Gwen Stefani and Shirley Manson from Garbage.
|Cat Power's Manhattan, Click to Enjoy!|
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