PARK CITY, Utah — Park City Fashion Week is coming this weekend to the Goldener Hirsch and bringing a whole new line-up of couture to playful ski fashion. The show runs in tandem with the opening weekend of the Sundance Film Festival, allowing for up-and-coming and established designers to show off their styles to those who frequent the red carpet.
Kim Kienow, the show’s creator, makes it a goal to feature designers from all facets of the industry, showcasing the diversity in how fashion is defined.
“I choose the designers that I do based on presenting a well-rounded, interesting, and thought-provoking show,” Kienow said. “I have grown up loving and admiring fashion as an art form, and I love giving new people a shot to get their creative voice heard.”
Many of the eight designers Kienow has chosen for this year’s show are new and Utah-based or have mountain and western ties with their collections.
Meet the Designers
Mckenzie Peck is the designer of MCNZ, and was born and raised in Utah. Originally a model, Peck worked on pageants and styling and had opened a shop in California. She then returned to Utah and began designing, and now is the creator of hand-sewn couture gowns.
Hoohah is a new and upcoming ski-wear line created by designer Anna Tedstrom. The outerwear is colorful, fun and playful, and completely inspired by a Galentine’s weekend out skiing with friends to help build confidence and community.
Abi Griswold, a Park City local, hails from the East Coast and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has shown 2 collections in New York Fashion Week and competed in the prestigious Supima Design Competition.
Trung Q. Tham grew up in Salt Lake and studied fashion in Paris and New York. His unique designs have a western-themed avant-garde flavor.
Mathieu Quinlan, a Utah native, just finished his education right here in Salt Lake with a design aesthetic referred to as Balenciaga-esque Punk.
“I enjoy showing people something different and impactful. I believe if we are all gathered to see clothing, it should be art and not something you can see every day,” Kienow explained.
Kienow has a few surprise designers up her sleeve that will be making an appearance at the show as well.
When asked if she’d be including any Park City boutique retail shops in the show, Kienow emphasized her intention of bringing individual designers to the stage, not manufactured. However, she did mention the potential of collaboration to bring some local stores into the mix in the upcoming years.
“I am looking into incorporating more businesses from Main Street Park City to grow the community involvement,” Kienow said. “My goal is to show the world, when everyone seems to be here and looking at fashion, exactly what Park City and Utah can really do! I want to highlight excellence and to keep my shows at the top tier for experiencing true fashion in or out of Utah.”
Park City Fashion Week will take place Sunday, Jan. 21, with a cocktail hour and live music starting at 5 p.m. and shows starting at 6 p.m. To buy tickets, visit the Park City Fashion Week Eventbrite page.