Why mental health took the runway before a single model walked The Kritiq’s largest fashion show yet

IIf we’re talking frankly about mental health not being part of culture, put it in the spotlight, said Mark Launew, detailing why his latest runway fashion show was best known to tackle the silent epidemic within underserved communities.

“You cannot reach a destination unless you are mentally prepared for the journey. Launiu, founder of . said Kretek Fashion Show and one of the founders Made by MOBB.

Mark Launio, Kretek, made a MOBA

Opening The Kritiq’s recent return to the Great Hall of Power & Light — after the 2020 hiatus from show, which ranges from haute couture to streetwear couture — Launiu spoke candidly to the fashion-hungry audience about the importance of self-care, as well as empathy.

“You never know what people are going through, and we want to let people know they are not alone,” Launio said, noting that COVID-19 and its personal and business aftermath have added stress and anxiety to life throughout Kansas City. . He made the remarks while holding his young daughter, who was born in the midst of the global health crisis.

click here Read more about MADE MOBB from Launiu’s work to pay for therapy sessions with black mental health professionals in 2020.

He said the fashion show, already delayed by the pandemic, was not initially slated to return until 2022, noting that organizers felt compelled to make the event happen despite the odds.

“I give credit to my amazing team,” Launio said. “They’ve really advanced this year, and we had so little time to plan the show. It wouldn’t have come together without them.”

The Fall/Winter 2022 show was Kritiq’s largest-ever production, featuring 11 designers from over 40 orders.

Launiu shared: “It’s great to see designers and models grow up with our show.” “Every year we’ve been able to expand production, and that really allows us to share more doping designs with the public. We’re in the process of building the culture here in Kansas City.

click here To read how Kritiq or . began here Watch the highlights from The Kritiq 2019 fashion show.

Check out a gallery below from the first half of the December 12 fashion show, then keep reading to learn more about the designers.

Design by Lephant LLC, Kritiq 2021

Design by Lephant LLC, Kritiq 2021

Roncha Randolph, the designer behind Lephant LLCShe used her collection at The Kritiq to bring together the latest fashions, professions and everyday activities.

“I wanted to look at fashion differently and get out of the box,” Randolph explained. “This line was very unique to me. Amla, [The Kritiq] It will be an opportunity for me to move forward in the world of fashion.”

The other ten lines featured in The Kritiq included the following: Rina’s houseAnd Little genius clothesAnd Lagniappe groupAnd 79RozeAnd MOnarKCCAnd iron crownedAnd Artelvia ClarisseAnd UJL clothingAnd S. Bias And Made by MOBB.

Designer Kelso Martin of Iron Toggles has returned to the Wild West through vintage Spaghetti Western films to find her inspiration.

Browse a gallery of The Kritiq’s Iron Togs runway look below, then keep reading.

Designer Kelso Dietrich from Iron Togs, Cretech 2021

Designer Kelso Martin from Iron Togs, Cretek 2021

“Seeing my whole group together was unreal for me,” Martin said. “It was the first time I saw all the ready-to-wear together. It’s been nine years since I last did a fashion show. I felt so much energy when they all stood together. [that] I immediately forgot how tired and tense I was. I couldn’t wait for my daughters to watch their first runway show of their mom.”

Martin added that the fashion industry has no downtime, noting upcoming photo shoots and possible runway shows for 2022.

Sydney Bias used her S. Bias line to send the message that slow fashion and sustainable fashion will never go out of fashion.

Design by S Bias, Kritiq 2021

Design by S Bias, Kritiq 2021

“With this collection, I really wanted to show people that we can buy and wear beautiful and unique pieces without causing harm to the world and the environment around us,” Bias said. “We have a significant impact on our purchasing power and can make decisions that support sustainable fashion and a healthier Earth.”

She noted that all Kretek clothes are handmade from recycled materials. Her statement was a mixture of a bandana Inspired by the late entrepreneur and rapper Nipsey Hussle.

click here Let’s see how local creators reacted to the death of Nipsey Hustle in 2019.

“I have a lot of respect for him as an artist and also as a positive leader in his community, and the guy always looked good!” exclaimed prejudice. “I get inspiration from street style and pop culture, but everything I make is something I’ll wear, it’s my style.”

Check out some of S. Bias’ looks at The Kritiq below, then keep reading.

Members of The Kritiq’s VIP audience received gift bags, which included an educational applique created by Bias on the importance of eco-friendly fashion.

“Most people just don’t understand how wasteful the fast fashion industry is, which is why it’s important to educate about it,” Bias said.

The biggest bias to take advantage of her first fashion show, The Kritiq: Society.

“It was such a positive event, and I am so grateful to connect with my other models and designers,” Bias said. “You can really tell that the people who put this program together love each other and are happy to work together.”

Browse more designs from Kritiq 2021 below.

This story is possible thanks to the support of The Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation, a private, nonpartisan organization that works alongside communities in education and entrepreneurship to find unparalleled solutions and empower people to shape their future and achieve success.

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