Runway Rebels

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Que the house music and pop a bottle of Moet because this past week was The Fashion Event and let me tell you the energy was poppin' under the roof of one giant white tent located in Central Park. The event ran three days long and I was honored to have been asked to have my store, KIE Men's Shoppe, featured as the Friday night headliner. Being the exclusive menswear designer in this production meant it was time to step up and deliver. After signing on board the pressure was officially on to put together a flawless show for the residents of the Brazos Valley. In fact, more so than ever because, not only would I be featuring clothing from my own store, I also had the opportunity to showcase my own line The KIE Kollection

As the days began approaching leading up to the big night, I spent most of my time rallying The KIE Guys, pulling looks for the models and finalizing fittings in hopes to throw together a perfect show. The amount of time and work that goes into runway shows is often overlooked, BUT in reality, it really takes a team to make those 3 to 5 minutes on the runway come to life. Before I knew it the Friday night show had arrived and the adrenaline was pumping backstage. The tent began to fill up quickly with the event selling out earlier that week, leaving standing room only. As The KIE Guys began to line up backstage, the DJ began to spin "Another Love" by Tom Odell and the show was officially starting! The models each wore two looks to help showcase the versatility of the store and brand. Needless to say, they all did a great job and killed it on the runway! Hats off to those guys for making everything look so great! 

As the show came to an end, like any designer, I wanted to know everyone's response. Did they hate it? Did they love it? Was it everything they had expected? After getting the chance to come out from backstage and mingle with the crowd, I was quickly relieved with the positive responses from so many incredible supporters of the event. However, after the show wrapped I began to think about how crucial those 3 to 5 minutes on stage were for myself, the store and my brand. Much like in the real world, you only get a handful of opportunities to prove yourself to people, so make sure you do it right the first time around. In my opinion, every day of your life should be looked at like a runway, constantly putting your best foot forward towards becoming a better version of yourself. Your individual style is the first thing people will notice upon meeting you so give them something to talk about and wear it with confidence.

At the end of the day, a mile of highway will take you only one mile, BUT a mile of runway can take you anywhere. Until next year! 


Chance Okonski

THE LOOK: Snakeskin Blazer & Jean [ASOS] Moroccan T-Shirt & Chelsea Boots [KIE Men’s Shoppe]

THE ACCESSORIES: Leather Watch [KIE Men’s Shoppe] Collier de Chien Cuff [Hermes]