If you haven’t had the chance to attend the fabulous fashion show of KLynn House early April, you missed an incredible night.
Held inside Glass House’s expansive event space, the Fat. Magnificent. Sewing show had all eyes on the runway. Double as a fundraiser for black market eventsthe colorful 12-piece collection included red carpet-worthy dresses, suits and jumpsuits, paired later in the latter part of the show with haute couture coats and capes in tribute to American fashion journalist, André Leon Talley.
The collection was created entirely in Minnesota by seamstress Kathyrn Rogers, known for creating iconic couture clothing and accessories for critically acclaimed feature films such as ‘Hidden Figure’, ‘Passengers’ and ‘Bessie’, and adapted for designer Zac Posen. Her career intensified when a producer from the BET network noticed her attire and asked her if she would like to do a fashion show for one of her productions. Since the early 2000s, Rogers has held regular fashion shows along the Vegas Strip at MGM, Treasure Island, Caesars Place, Mandalay Bay and Disney.
With her charm and expertise in creating well-made pieces, Rogers’ fashion career began 33 years ago on a trip to downtown Dayton. After shopping in the department, Rogers remembers looking at all the clothes and thinking, “I can do better. “Because they had designer pieces, but if you couldn’t adapt them, you had to pay to have them altered. And I was like, why don’t you start something where you would do it to order,” says Rogers When customers go to her for fittings, their clothes are made directly for them without having to pay a tailor to do the alterations.
“And that’s what I love about what I do,” says Rogers. “I want the woman to go away beautiful no matter what shape or size.” Its label, okay– Rogers first initial and middle name combined – promotes quality and deliberate fashion. Its approach is to make couture garments “only as they are ordered”, which reduces excess inventory that ends up in landfills. As part of the brand’s mission statement, “our clientele feel comfortable knowing that their order is consciously and intentionally the necessary change to more responsible fashion.”
During the April parade, each piece was entirely sewn and draped by Rogers herself, without the help of assistants. “I keep it very personal for the client,” says Rogers. The inspiration for her pieces stems from her meeting with George Shannon, the owner of The Black Market Events. Rogers says when he gave it the title to call the collection, Fat. Magnificent. Sewing, his mind immediately started spinning with ideas.
The collection was modeled on women who varied in shape, size and skin tone. It wasn’t just inclusive for everyone who watched the show, but it really showed representation for everyone. “My couture collection and everything is based on feedback from men and women. You look good in whatever you wear when you feel good,” Rogers says. Before working with the models, Rogers first requested photos of each of them. “When I’ve looked at a woman, I can tell in her and in her smile, what looks good on her,” Rogers says. Feeling overwhelmed with excitement before and after the show, Roger says “I was so thankful they asked me to do it.”
HOK plans to return to Glass House next year in April for another fashion show. Meanwhile, Rogers will present four one-of-a-kind couture pieces at the 5th Annual Kentucky Derby party at the Westin Edina Galleria on May 7. She’s also working on a killer shoe collection and bringing back her HOK fragrance collection.