After Kayne and Joshua design our collections, we have numerous days in the photography studio to shoot images for our website and our family of retailers. After each photoshoot, our team scours thousands of pictures to find the perfect shot of each gown. We shoot the style number on a dry erase board with the gown to keep the photo files as organized as possible. It visually helps our team identify each gown in the editing process. Some of our favorite shots come from our models’ “mug-shots”, the one image where they get to truly express their emotions. Sometimes during a long day of shooting, you can see their silliness, caffeine highs, hunger, or just plain exhaustion. Our glamour girls work so hard and we love them dearly. Here is a compilation of our favorite outtakes in honor of those long crazy days.
Our Spring 2016 line featured our "Hunger Action" gown, Style 346 in emerald. We pledged to donate the profits from this style to the national organization Feeding America. This past month, after a year of sales, we were able to provide over 15,000 meals!
Kayne met with local chapter Second Harvest Food Bank to learn how each food bank is able to turn donations into life changing meals. One way they get goods are actual food donations from individuals as well as grocers with "soon to expire" goods. They are able to turn money donations into multiple meals with large discounts from the food manufacturers. All of their goods are warehoused in regional distribution centers like this. This chapter distributes to pick-up zones like churches and schools, they create backpack meals for school children, and even frozen meals for elderly. We were told that they turn over the entire food inventory in the warehouse every 7 days!
"Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. The issue of hunger is one that is close to my heart. It means so much to be able to make a difference in so many lives." - Kayne
The designers get inspiration from beads, colors, Pinterest, cities, countries, food, you name it! While in China they create a sketch of what they see as a vision. Over the few weeks of their business trip, they are able to collaborate with the factory workers and see if what they want for the Fall or Spring collection can become a product. This is the most challenging part of the year. Johnathan Kayne and Joshua McKinley encounter on the trip to being successful and motivating. Watch this clip to see the design process come alive!
Not only did our designers learn a lot while working hard all day in the factory but while in China they got to experience the history and culture of China. While they were on their trip Kayne got to celebrate his birthday with some of the factory workers that included dinner and a painting party. Joshua experienced that soda in China is packaged different. Many more adventures were practiced during the few weeks they were there.
Ever wonder how our designers, Johnathan Kayne and Joshua McKinley, get the inspiration, fabric, beads, and create the dresses for the line? Well, they travel to China every year to make the magic of the fashion industry happen! Checkout this “Behind the Scenes” video of their recap of the traveling process from the states to China! Numerous stops were made at Starbucks.
Working in Music City often presents unique opportunities. This month country artist Lindsay Ell and her stylist John Murphy worked exclusively with Kayne to pull for her summer tour, international television appearances, and red carpet for the CMT Awards.
"Lindsay is a joy to dress for the red carpet because she loves innovative, sexy and dramatic silhouettes. She trusts her stylist and I on what will move and photograph well." - Kayne
Sexy, dramatic fashion? Check. Fierce models? Check. Triple-shot venti sugar free hazelnut skinny latté? You better believe it! It takes the extremes to make a magazine worthy fashion shoot happen in just one day. Thank goodness the creative team behind the Johnathan Kayne brand was on point this year. The photoshoot was meant to catch Kayne’s vision of modern glamour and was held in an exclusive loft set in downtown Nashville, TN. Our in house video expert, Ashley, put together a fun montage looking behind the curtain. Enjoy a great preview of our Spring 2017 collections and a good laugh at some of our candid moments.
New styles will be released next month in our 2016 Fall Collection. Be inspired by the sexy, sophisticated capsule collection targeted to the homecoming, pageant, and social customer. A new direction in photography is sure to spark interest and excite the market. Stay tuned into social media for more sneak peeks and updates.
What does Florida Georgia Line, NYC Models, ABC's TV Series Nashville, and Johnathan Kayne have in common? All came together in their own way to help put on one ROCKING FUNDRAISER for Nashville's Second Harvest Food Bank last month.
"Off The Record" was a wonderful evening that only fashion + music could create. The event was held at the Sylvia Roberts Estate, which is used for Rayna James' character's house on ABC's TV Series Nashville. With the 20,000 Sq Ft home being the opening act, the Runway show was set up in a house sized tent in the back yard. Johnathan Kayne gowns strolled down an amazing runway along side John Varvatos, Gucci, Amanda Valentine, Tribe Kelley, Cole Haan, and many others. In between designer walks, performances were given by Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley, Tommy Shaw of Styx, and Big N Rich. Check out some of the pics:
The Harmony Award given by the Nashville Symphony is an annual award given to some of Music City's biggest names. This year's recipient is no stranger. Saturday night Miranda Lambert accepted the award and performed with the Symphony orchestra wearing her Johnathan Kayne gown! You may recognize the gown as our Style 6034 in this year's line. In case you were wondering, working with ML was a surreal but awesome experience!
Celebrity Designer Fights Hunger with Glamorous Fashion is the title of the blog that Kayne wrote for National Charity Organization Feeding America during September's Hunger Action month. Kayne talks about the inspiration for his "Hunger Action" gown and how his own life has been touched by hunger. Please click here to check out the article and the organization's website.
We are always so proud of our celebrity designer Joshua McKinley! This month he helped make life long memories for Gustavo, winner of the Brother Loves Fashion Sweepstakes put together by the Brothers sewing machine company. For months the company took in designs from aspiring young designers competing for the chance to jetset off to NYC and create their designs with Project Runway celebs Anthony Ryan and Joshua McKinley! Read about Gustavo's once in a lifetime experience here.
Our brand manager, Nacona, interviewed one of NBC's newest reality successes after being styled by Kayne for a couple of appearances here in Nashville.
I live under a rock when it comes to television, but I've heard that you just took 1st runner up on the show "The Voice," right?
Yea, I recently competed on Season 8. It was awesome. There were a lot of really long days, but I really thrive on hard work. Seeing the payoff in the end was a huge confidence booster. Just knowing that America was voting for me and cheering me on, brought life back into my work.
You had a pretty successful career before the show too, right?
Well you could say that. I've been working in Nashville for about 11 years. For the first part of it, I played with a group called Steel Magnolias. I've been working independently for the past 3-4 years.
Switching gears a little. I know some artists could care less about what they are wearing. How does fashion play into your life?
I love it. Fashion and style in general are a big part of my life; I'm really into reinventing my look. I even have a style blog on my website where I talk about fashion and new products.
That's amazing I'll definitely check that out. When were you introduced to Kayne? What caught your eye?
It seems like I've run into him or his work over the last couple of years. I can't remember what show she was at, but when I saw Kellie Pickler in that navy dress I was in awe. She looked incredible.
You had some events this month where you wore his designs. How was working with him?
Working with Kayne was a breath of fresh air. he was so accommodating and had some amazing ideas. As a curvy woman, it was great to work with someone who understands a woman's body and caters to that.
What did you wear, and how did you feel?
So comfortable! I wore a solid black two piece for a cover shoot for the Nashville Arts Magazine and a powder blue cocktail while hosting the GLAAD Awards. I was so thankful that they fit so well!
Just one last question. What are you going to say to Beyonce when she is stalking you behind stage for information on Johnathan Kayne?
(After some laughter) Girl, you've got to call him. Let me get you his number.
Let's face it, girls in our gowns melt our hearts. This month we interviewed Rivers Countiss of Oxford, MS about choosing a Johnathan Kayne gown.
Team JK: Rivers, is that what you typically go by?
Miss Countiss: Yea, my first name is Madelyn, but it normally is mispronounced. I stick to my middle name Rivers.
Team JK: Totally get it, Rivers is fun. We adored you in Joshua's royal velvet 588, can you tell me a little about how you chose it from a thousand other options?
Miss Countiss: Well it was kind of funny. I was getting ready for the Parade of Beauties Pageant at Old Miss, and had already bought a light blue mermaid style Sherri Hill gown. Originally I had wanted a blue velvet, but bought what was available at the time. On a road trip with a friend, and former pageant gal, we stopped at a store near Jackson and there it was. There was the royal velvet gown that I had been looking for. It started out a little big, it was a size 8.
Team JK: Do you remember what store you were at?
Miss Countiss: Umm honestly I'm pretty sure it was called Beyond Expectations. I had never been there before, but their staff was so helpful and nice.
Team JK: Oh, awesome. Yea, we love the owner Cori. She is super sweet. Any advice for stores who are helping girls like yourself find a dress?
Miss Countiss: Make sure they feel good in the gown. I like to feel confident. When I tried on the size 8 at first, I wasn't sure about it. Then they pinned it in all the right places and it fit like a glove.
FUN Facts about Rivers: She has only done a handful of pageants. She even turned down an opportunity to compete in Miss Mississippi USA to focus on her studies at Old Miss. Watch out for this go getter, when she isn't studying she is working on her kick boxing skills! Hi-Yah!
This month 14 young fashionistas from the local Boys and Girls Club ranging from 8-12 took a special field trip to the Johnathan Kayne headquarters! These aspiring designers and models learned industry trade secrets during their Q&A mentoring session. They then let their personality shine in a sketch competition and super model walk showdown. There was no shortage of sass with this group! You can learn more about the Boys and Girls Club here.