OLE, YULIE!

West 18th Street Fashion ShowThe West 18th Street Fashion Show is one of the highlights of the summer as 18 young, talented fashion designers showcase their runway collections to a street packed audience in the Crossroads Art District in downtown Kansas City. The crowd eagerly gathered June 11 to see this year’s collections based on the theme, Summer in Spain.

OLE! The show did not disappoint.

Each fashion collection was a distinctive expression from each of the designers. One of the designers, Yulie Urano, was a newcomer to the show.

When talking to Yulie, she was very pleased with her designs and found the process exhausting but extremely energizing. As a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute in fiber arts, Yulie was concentrating on her senior thesis until the middle of May. Once graduated, Yulie was able to turn her attention to creating her knitwear collection, showcasing her passion for fashion. The knitting needles were flying as the mid-June deadline approached.

Yulie Urano West 18th Street Fashion Show Collection

When asked what inspired her designs, Yulie said it was the bold bright colors and feminine aspects of Spain.

She described her collection as “fun, feminine with an unconventional twist.”

That is definitely a good description as Yulie used large twisted yarn to create all of her pieces. She made the long strips of thick yarn on a knitting machine and then knit each fashion piece herself. The bright colored yarns and garments were punctuated with contrasting colored fashion tights from Foot Traffic, creating an invigorating knitwear collection, as seen in this great photo by Tiffany Matson.

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Fun 4th of July socks – Limited time free upgraded shipping!

4th of July Socks

Check out our fun selection of patriotic socks, tights, and trouser socks.

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What’s Under YOUR Wedding Dress?

Don’t let your legs be last

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The perfect man….
The perfect dress…
The perfect flowers…
The perfect cake…
The perfect legwear…WHAT?!!

Yes, the perfect legwear!

Planning a wedding takes time, patience and remembering every detail. Finding “the one” dress is almost as important as finding
“the one” husband. The dress includes not only the beautiful dress and veil, but everything else “under the dress” such as the shoes, garter and undergarments, and stockings. The entire “package” is a personal expression of the bride’s personality so it’s an opportunity to be playful, fun and surprising.

I recently spoke with Michael Nolte, a well-known bridal consultant, motivational speaker, and designer with two bridal salons in Kansas City. Michael has been designing bridal gowns for over 25 years and has contracted to style over 1000 weddings since 1980. When I asked him what the ladies are wearing on their legs under their dress, he smiled and said that the current style is “au natural” with a simple garter. We are all familiar with the ceremony of the groom lifting the dress, exposing the leg and removing the garter. Brides are spending beaucoup bucks on their shoes so Michael thinks doing something special with legwear is a unique opportunity to add even more fun under the dress while showing some of the bride’s fun personality. There are so many beautiful and fun stockings, tights and thigh highs available.

Yes, beautiful legs are a natural solution but here are some fresh new options to make your wedding as unique as you are!

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Foot Traffic – Still Kickin’ it after 25 years!

25 years and still one step ahead!

Foot Traffic's 25th Anniversary

Foot Traffic is celebrating its 25th anniversary and we want to say THANK YOU to our loyal customers.

Why have we been able to stay in business for 25 years?

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IT’S FATHER’S DAY! Make Dad smile from head to TOE…

How about a giving Dad a fun pair of conversation socks for Father’s Day? Sure, a tie is great, but why not be creative and give him a gift that will really make him smile. You know his favorite hobbies and interests so try pairing socks with another fun gift that you know he will use. Here are just a few ideas to show how much you love Dad and what will REALLY make him smile this Father’s Day….from head to toe!

Sock “pairing” ideas include:

  • Golf socks and golf balls/tees – view
  • Wine socks and a bottle of his favorite wine – view
  • Flame socks and a bottle of hot spicy BBQ sauce – view
  • Card socks and a new deck of cards (to your KING of hearts!) – view
  • Fishing socks and a new lure – view
  • Guitar socks and his favorite music CD – view
  • Chili pepper socks and a coupon to his favorite Mexican restaurant – view
  • Bowling socks and new bowling ball or coupon – view
  • Dartboard socks and some new darts – view
  • Taxi socks and a gas card because he drives  the kids everywhere – view
  • Martini socks and a jar of gourmet olives – view
  • Smiley socks because he is the best dad ever! – view

See visual examples below:

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“Happy Feet—Yes, I have hap-hap-happy feet…

Give them a lowdown beat, and they begin daaancing…”

Remember that song from Cab Calloway? Maybe not, but did you know that when you choose colors to wear each day, those colors will reflect your inner personality and express that mood to others, so why not start with your feet?!

Make your day happier–for yourself and others.

In an article found on FamousWhy, one of the editors shared some very interesting information about how color effects emotion from a fashion design perspective.

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Fashion in the Crossroads- Backyard Bonanza of Creativity

Foot Traffic Headquarters in the CrossroadsWorking in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City is a refreshing visual experience to say the least. We are provided a consistent opportunity to see the latest fashion trends as well as people just expressing their personal style. The Crossroads Arts District is an eclectic collection of one-of-a-kind restaurants, independent businesses, retail boutiques, art studios and galleries. For a number of years Foot Traffic has called the Crossroads Arts District home and has contributed to the commerce of this special creative community.

People from all over the city come to the Crossroads to experience many of the fun events offered throughout the year, particularly First Fridays, the first Friday of every month, where studios and galleries are open to enjoy the art of local and national artists while experiencing the food and drink in this unique area. It is a great time to mingle with the overflowing  crowds  to enjoy the art, food, and people watch. 1stFriday
One of the most exciting events coming soon to the Crossroad is the West 18th Street Fashion Show.  This will be the 11th year for this free fashion extravaganza that features 18 collections from a select group of local and national designers. The show is an outdoor event that will take place Saturday, June 11, on 18th Street between Wyandotte and Baltimore.  The theme is Summer in Spain and should be an exciting evening that will provide an inspiring overload of visual stimulation and creative energy.  Check out their website, westeighteenthstreet.com for VIP ticket information.  Photos below provided by Tom Foley.

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At Foot Traffic we look everywhere for new ideas and sources of inspiration for our legwear and sock business and the Crossroads community is certainly one of our favorites ….right in our own backyard! Check out what else is going on in the Crossroads!

Socks and Sandals-Seriously?

Victorian_Lace_showNO! Socks and sandals are not serious. They are a fun, refreshing opportunity to add some fresh fashion options to your wardrobe this spring and summer. It is OK to wear socks with your sandals or your favorite pumps. There is a lot of chatter out there about whether this look is out or in this year or if it is even an acceptable choice.  It certainly takes the right attitude, right shoes and the right socks. The combination is not new. We actually are borrowing and updating a popular look from the 50’s when women wore socks with their sandals and sneakers every day.

Last year we saw this look on the runway and it continues again this year particularly supporting some of the 2011 trends we are seeing such as color blocking, lace, and just personal choices from the feet up.

Take a look at some of the fashions that include socks this spring and summer.

This one is from Trendencias.

Blue socks and red shoes

Here is another from the Glamour’s Young and Posh blogger network.

White lace socks with white shoes

Love this photo from the Copper Etiquette blog

Row of shoes and socks

So, the sun is finally out and we begin to get our legs and feet ready to see the light of day.  We run to the salon to get pedicures, shave our legs, slather on the self tanning lotions, and change out our wardrobe for the fun skirts, shorts, and capris that we hope fit this year.  Just consider the option of sandals and socks and have fun.

Go ahead and try it–seriously!

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Fashion Punctuation

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My older brother would be shocked to know that he has influenced my passion for fashion since he is the least bit interested in this topic. He is a writer for a very prestigious magazine in the very serious business of oil and fashion is not on his radar screen.

He once told me that his pet peeve is reading any written form of communication that overuses punctuation. To clarify, too many explanation points, too many ……s is superfluous. He firmly stated that any form of explicative should be used sparingly and strategically. Period

Although I rarely listen to my brother, I believe that this discipline applies to fashion as well. If one thinks of one’s attire as a sentence, then one should consider if there is any unnecessary “punctuation” and if so, is it adding to you personal statement or creating visual confusion?

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Navy Blue and White stripes-It’s a Classic

As we watch the spring and summer fashions hit the retail aisles this season, we are delighted and excited about the fun colors of coral, turquoise, yellow and blue. We’ve blogged about it and discussed how to wear the fun colors.

However, let’s not forget the classic navy blue and white stripes that will always, and I do mean always, be a classic look year after year.

How did this idea originate and why is it still so popular?

It is said that when Coco Chanel was having an affair with the Duke of Westminster she was eager to adapt to his yachting activities and interests so she began to wear wide-legged sailor pants, striped boat neck sweaters and flat boating shoes, inspired by sailor attire.
The look soon became popular when Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn began sporting the look. It immediately caught on and continued into the 60’s, most often associated with the rich and country club patrons.

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