Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Faction Magazine V11 Release Party

Faction Magazine V11 Release Party

Faction Magazine V11 Release Party featuring artist Jeremy Rockwell, Kirsten Paludan and designer Faith Evangeline of Evil Pawn Jewelry. Sound for the night provided by DJ Nuveau.

FREE issue of Faction Magazine with $5 entry
All Ages / Cash Bar / Marketplace

Thursday October 20th from 6-10pm

Jeff Evrard Photography at P31 Studios
3100 Gilham Plaza
Kansas City, MO 64108

Monday, October 3, 2011

Faction Magazine First Friday Party!

Faction Magazine is featuring artist Jeremy Rockwell in the 11th issue of the magazine coming out on October 20th.

Friday, October 7 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for an opening reception and First Friday Celebration!
FREE, All ages and free parking

Jeff Evrard Photography at P31 Studios
3100 Gilham Plaza
Kansas City, MO 64108

Check out Jeremy's work at www.jeremyrockwell.com

Find us on Facebook!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Faction Magazine V10 Release Party!

Join Yelp, Shop Westport, Pabts Blue Ribbon and Faction Magazine celebrate the 10th issue at Faction Magazine's V10 Release Party!

Shop Westport presents two fashions shows at 8pm and 10pm featuring local Westport retailers, Blo salon and local models. Jesse Artigue of Concrete Catwalk is the emcee for the night!

DJ Sheppa will play from 7pm-11pm
Drop a Grand will close out the night at 11pm

Shop Westport will have a late night retail market where you can purchase great merchandise from 7pm-11pm.

Thursday August 25th from 7pm-12am
FREE magazine w/$7 entry

The Beaumont Club
4050 Pennsylvania Ave.
KCMO 64111

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Who Doesn’t Love a Pop of Color?

Neon colored makeup reigned gloriously on the Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear runways as one of the most notable makeup trends for Spring/Summer 2011. Christian Dior models donned crave-worthy eye shadows in shades of tangerine orange, lemon lime, and bold, mint green. Over at Diane von Furstenberg, models were dolled up in a pink lip so hot that even Barbie would languish with envy. Vivienne Westwood took the trend to the next level by saturating some of her models’ cheeks with the most marvelous shade of yellow – an absolute must see!

Ultimately fun and fearless, this makeup trend can be worn throughout the summer, and here at Faction, we’ve taken note. For our August issue, we’ll be expressing our love for the colorful trend by shooting some of our models in our own neon interpretation. This summer-loving editorial is going to be all about color, and we hope that all of you can make it out to our release party on August 25 to see the spread for yourselves! Also, feel free to master your neon makeup artistry skills before the event, so you can show off your bold look at the party!

Written by Rachael Gardner

Monday, August 8, 2011

Westport Retailers Invade Faction

Talk to anyone around the Kansas City area, and we’re sure that most people have at least heard of Westport, which is known for its bars and restaurants, trendy scene, and most recently, its retail shops. Westport is becoming the “it” spot for local retailers looking to set up shop in perhaps the most local-friendly place in KC. Many Westport shops have been featured throughout past issues of Faction, and for our August issue, we’re especially crazy about Westport.

The Bunker, whose top pieces are featured in our upcoming issue, opened its doors in 1999 and has become a well-known local favorite. Carrying an array of items from both local designers and national brands, the Bunker caters to young, fashion-forward people looking for fun and unique garbs. Kurt from the Bunker explains, “The Bunker has one foot in fashion and another foot in surf/skate lifestyle… Our customer comes to the Bunker to find something they won't find at the mall.”

In love with the neighborhood’s history and people, Bon Bon Atelier made Westport their home in 2006. What started out as a shop of mostly handmade jewelry, gifts, and d├ęcor, Bon Bon has slowly turned into a sewing and crafts superstore ogled by local crafters. The specialty retailer still sells handmade jewelry, though, and is constantly featuring handmade pieces from local designers. For the Shop Westport shoot, Bon Bon sent us some “very personal” pieces designed by the owner Betsy’s sister. Betsy tells us, “The pieces that Faction has are all from her newest line which hasn't even hit the store yet - they are a sneak peek!”

One of the younger shops in Westport, Clothz Minded will be celebrating their first birthday on August 21! A buy, sell, trade shop, Clothz Minded “wanted to be some place where there were more locally owned businesses, some place with character.” Catering to a market of young professionals and families, Nicole from Clothz Minded explains that she prefers to buy classic pieces that she knows her clientele will like. For our August issue, Nicole chose fall pieces that the “everyday person can wear and afford.”

These Westport shops aren’t the only ones nice enough to lend us their clothes. ATC, Colfax, Imagery, Boomerang, Mash Handmade, and Screen Tee Gallery are all featured in our Shop Westport editorial. All of you, and yes, we mean all of you, must make it out to our V10 release party on August 25 to check out the Shop Westport photos for yourself!

Written by Rachael Gardner

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Showcasing Local Yelp Retailers is a Faction Specialty

Here at Faction, we’re all about featuring local boutiques in our editorial shoots. Pulling quirky and eye-catching garbs from different boutiques around Kansas City sets our fashion-loving hearts a pitter-patter with excitement! And seeing our local finds come to life in the photos on the glossy pages of Faction is sure to be a good time had by all. In our past issues, we’ve featured such amazing boutiques as Rock Candy, Shopgirls, TOMBOY, Donna's Dress Shop, and Bella Bridesmaid. Each of these featured retailers is unique to Kansas City and more than worth checking out!

Faction Magazine is teaming up with Shop Westport and Yelp for our V10 Release Party on August 25th at The Beaumont Club. Check out some of our favorite shops on Yelp now! - Written by Rachael Gardner

Monday, June 20, 2011

Faction Magazine V9 Release Party

Faction Magazine V9 Release Party &
Website Launch Party

Tuesday June 21st from 7-11pm

V9 features photography by Matt Mayfield and artwork by Angie Pickman.
Clothing featured in this issue includes Boomerang, Colfax and Bella Bridesmaid. Our special feature is all about local designer, Maegan Stracy, who is in the West 18th Street Fashion Show.

The party will include an exhibit of Angie Pickman's cut paper artwork
and sounds by DJ Clockwerk.

This event IS 18+ / $5 and a FREE magazine!

This event is sponsored by Yelp

Sidecar at the Beaumont Club
4050 Pennsylvania
KCMO, 64111

Click HERE for our FaceBook invite!

Matt Mayfield: Local Photographer Determined to Inspire KC’s Fashion Scene

written by Rachael Gardner

With multiple national shoots under his belt, Matt Mayfield is one ambitious Kansas City photographer. Aside from the work he has done for Faction V9, Mayfield has had the opportunity to have his work published in Vogue, People, Kansas City Magazine, Office Pro, and Spirit (the in-flight magazine for Southwest Airlines).

Though Mayfield is a self-taught photographer, here at Faction, we think he has been quite successful in the world of fashion photography. Having shot for Fashion Week in New York City, Payless, and a variety of local fashion designers and shows, Mayfield is most certainly a big part of the Kansas City fashion scene. He believes that the talented local designers and models are developing the Kansas City fashion industry from a “fashion oasis” to a “fashion Mecca.”

Mayfield’s’ interest in photography sparked from a unique moment when he was “looking at a bee through a viewfinder and clicking the shutter on an old camera my grandma gave me. The camera wasn't loaded, but it was exciting.” After this brief glimpse into the world of photography, Mayfield was hooked. He spent time photographing his friends playing dress-up, shooting street photography, and taking odd jobs. He bought “equipment here and there,” and eventually put together a portfolio.

With his portfolio and talent, Mayfield was able to land an internship with a commercial photographer where he developed his skills. He worked as an assistant at Hallmark and for photographer Richard McLaren, as well as a couple of photographers from Rolling Stone. Mayfield eventually built up enough clientele to begin freelancing and doing what he loves – “Anything that makes myself and others feel inspired and empowered.”

Mayfield sees Faction as a “driving force in the fashion cultural movement in Kansas City with great talent, photography and design.” We’re happy to have him in our V9 issue, and we’d love for all of you to come out to our release party on June 21st to take a look at his work!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Maegan Stracy - Designer Focus

Maegan Stracy is Faction Magazine's feature designer for Issue 9 being released on Tuesday June 21st. She is showing her work at this weekend's West 18th Street Fashion Show taking place on Saturday June 11th.

Faction had the opportunity to follow her along her journey for the show and documenting the trip.
See Faction Magazine's very first written article by
Rachael Gardner.
This is an exciting new endeavour for us and we hope you come to the party, purchase a zine and read our very first article!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Faction Magazine V8 Release Party!

Faction Magazine Volume 8 Release Party
Wednesday April 27th from 6-10pm

Issue Theme Party - The current issue is all about "Americana". We would love it if you dressed up! There will be prizes for those who put in the most effort. Themes: Gypsy, Cowboy/Cowgirl, Outlaw, Hippie, Americana, Native American, Biker - just think free spirit, feathers and leather!

DJ MAKossa
$4 Stoli Drinks
$5 entry includes FREE V8 issue
21+ w/ID

The Union
415 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

V8 features:
Clothing from ATC, Shop Girls, Rock Candy and We are Tribe
Jewelry by Tracy McClain; "MaCavelli" and "Trajet" lines
Hair by Green Room Salon & Dizzy Dames
Make up by Joseph Hall of Mitsu Sato and Drew Proud
Shoot locations - Knuckleheads Saloon and Weston Red Barn Farm

Tracy McClain: MaCavelli and Trajet

By: Katie Pavlish / iamthekatie@gmail.com

Tracy McClain is an insurance territory manager by day, but her creative outlets far surpass her day job. By night, Tracy keeps herself busy as a jewelry designer, business owner, crafter and remodeler. Faction’s Day Drifters” and “BoHo Chic” photo shoots feature Tracy’s jewelry lines, MaCavelli and Trajet. Tracy creates jewelry through the use of found vintage pieces mixed with chains and sometimes leather. Her jewelry can be purchased on the Country Club Plaza at Standard and Halls’ Trunk Show May 20th and 21st .

Digging deeper into Tracy’s inspiration, we sought to find out how she created the jewelry featured in Faction’s newest issue (V8, coming out on April 27th, 2011). What was the inspiration for each of these pieces? Which materials were used to construct them? How are some of the main features of the jewelry interchangeable?

Tracy acknowledges the ideas for her pieces come from a variety of places, such as her inspiration for body necklaces seen on a website from California. Because the body necklaces on the site were a little too “bondage looking”, Tracy chose to design her own version with a bit more vintage, feminine edge, allowing it be worn both as a body necklace or, more traditionally, by clasping the waist/hip segment around the neck.

Other pieces of jewelry were from a single piece gifted to Tracy by a friend, who wanted Tracy to make something for herself. Transforming this one necklace into four different pieces, allowed Tracy to “re-gift” one of the pieces back to her friend. Tracy also uses music as a source of inspiration during the jewelry making process. Listening to heavy rock music of the 60s and 70s resulted in a “boho influence” in the necklace transformation.

The third set we featured in v8 was a result of Tracy’s fondness of natural stones and gold meshing together. The fringe of this necklace is a weave from three to four separate pieces with Tracy’s artistic eye deciding the outcome. She said,“The agate piece needed a little bling, so I added a vintage diamond cut chain. I love that you can wear it long, layer it or double the chain up for a shorter necklace.”

Her fourth piece was inspired by what she calls her “Rocker within”, so adding leather to the pendant was a necessary addition. Tracy chose light leather to keep with the Bohemian theme, added stones to the eyes to give the owl needed “Pop”, and she finished by fixing vintage pieces on both sides.

We think pairing layered jewelry, like Tracy’s, with the recent popularity of layering clothing with sequins and shiny jewelry on sheer fabrics will be the hot style for Summer 2011. We hope Kansas City will embrace this trend, displaying assorted jewelry over sheer summer dresses and tops. This subtle flash of sexiness can make any outfit appealing, whether going out on the town or staying in during cool summer evenings.

Nationally-recognized fashion expert, Jenn Falik, agrees. She suggests the layering of “long necklaces to accessorize in the most flattering way possible. They create a line that draws the eye vertically, giving the illusion of a longer torso - a very slimming effect.”

With the summer season starting, we encourage readers to be imaginative with their wardrobe, dig through their closets, and search those blogs for new inspiration. Layering your clothing and using different jewelry will make your creativity thrive. In summer fashion it is about having no set rules, being creative, and more importantly layering it up.