Meet Johnathan Kayne From Johnathan Kayne Fashions!

How and why did you become a designer?

Growing up in Nashville, I became enamored with fashion by watching my favorite country music legends Dolly and Reba perform and walk the red carpet. From a young age, I began cultivating my design eye by helping two of my five sisters prepare their wardrobe for national pageants.

I began my fashion career working as a sketch artist and buyer at a local evening wear boutique in 1998. This experience afforded me the opportunity to travel the country and work with some of the top designers in the evening wear industry. In 2000, I was accepted to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC where I gained an extensive knowledge of design, draping, illustration, pattern making, and sewing.

After Graduation, I had two formal wear retail spaces that quickly gained a following of devoted pageant clients which put my custom designs under the spotlight and in front of judges. This strengthened my focus on the fit, silhouette, flow, and movement of my designs.

In 2006, I was selected to compete on the third season of Project Runway. This success of the show helped launch my lines of gowns and shoes.

To sum this long winded answer up, I love making women look and “Feel” as beautiful as I see them.

What are the trends you see for Prom 2017?

We are seeing a lot of sexy silhouettes, red carpet inspired styles, metallics, wine and bright royal. Two piece dresses are still doing well and of course PRINTS!

What was your inspiration for your collection this year?

My collection was inspired by the celebs that we dress here in Nashville and the girls that I work with in the retail store. I am always inspired by the women that wear my designs. Designing new fresh styles that stand out and give them the confidence to feel beautiful. This year I focused on modern, geometric design details.

What style advice would you give to prom customers this season?

Most importantly, have fun! Choose a dress that is unique and fits your personality. Go to a Johnathan Kayne retailer and ask them which styles will best flatter your figure. Trust your design consultant. Look at it like you have a free stylist. Lastly, practice taking pictures before the big night. For many gals they look absolutely stunning, but pose like they are wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. These pictures last forever, and a gown is made to be posed in. By putting your right arm behind your back and reaching for the left, you can feel what a “straight back” feel like. Straight back, shoulders back, one hand on a hip, and one popped knee will help elongate the figure and create a perfect picture.