This Friday, Pink Rocks The Runway will showcase designs from local DC designers and Christian Siriano. In anticipation of this amazing fashion event, I had the pleasure of interviewing designers participating in the show to learn more about their collections and why they decided to participate in the fashion show.
Kenneth “KAS” Flanagan is the designer behind KAS Collection, Inc, a high end couture fashion company that specializes in sophisticated evening wear, stylish men and women business suits and high fashion urban apparel. KAS’ collections have been worn by a number of celebrities including Rihanna, Trey Songz and Keyshia Cole.
I attended his House of KAS fashion show earlier this year at the National Harbor; gorgeous! So of course I was excited to interview KAS about his collection and why he decided to participate in Pink Rocks The Runway.
ADSOM: Your love for art began when you were 4 years old. When did your passion for art transition to becoming a fashion designer?
KAS: When I turned 15, I was frustrated with the clothes that I saw at the stores and I was tired of seeing clones every where.
ADSOM: What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
KAS: The first design I created was a shirt out of designer pockets (Jean back pockets).
ADSOM: What are three words you would use to describe the KAS Collection?
KAS: Timeless, sexy, and fashion-forward
ADSOM: What was your inspiration behind your current collection?
KAS: My mother, Mahogany and the well-tailored men from the 40’s.
ADSOM: What matters to you most as a fashion designer?
KAS: Designs, construction of garments and taking risks.
ADSOM: Why did you decide to participate in the Pink Rocks The Runway Fashion Show?
KAS: It’s very personal. My mother passed away of cancer and l have big respect for Christina.* I want to support her in everyway I can.
ADSOM: What advice would you give to aspiring fashion designers?
KAS: Don’t rush. Get your business right first. Take an intern position so that you can get hands-on experience. Know your target audience and your competitors. And don’t be afraid to fail. Stay hungry and keep God first.
If you want to see KAS and other fabulous designers showcase their designs, purchase your ticket for Pink Rocks The Runway today!
*Christina Floresca is the founder of Pink Jams! and Pink Rocks The Runway