Team
Mark Southerland
Executive Producer
Mark has long been the musical director of the West 18th Street Fashion Show, and he has successfully grown the show to its biggest and most creative production yet as executive producer. Mark is an interdisciplinary artist currently working on his project No More Nomads.
Peregrine Honig
Artistic Director
With the show since it’s inception, Peregrine navigates the narrative of the West 18th Street Fashion Show’s history and future, interlacing fashion and fine art. An internationally collected artist, Peregrine Honig can be found working in her studio or at Birdies or All Is Fair.
Melissa Holland
Creative Director
Melissa’s professional adventures span over a decade of design direction, brand development, marketing strategy, and creative management. When she’s not designing at Barkley in the Crossroads Arts District, she loves supporting the fashion design community as Creative Director of the West 18th Street Fashion Show. She also serves on the board of AAF-KC as Vice President of the Art+Copy Club and promotes the interdisciplinary design community as a brand strategist and event planner for Kansas City Design Week.
Audrie Lathrop
Social Media Manager
Audrie is a 2013 KU graduate with a degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication. In 2012, she was awarded a design and creative direction internship in NYC with Bryn Johnson where she assisted in lifestyle and brand photography for Nordstrom, MAC Cosmetics, and Jack Rogers. Lathrop was product photography lead for Payless Shoes and digital designer for Beauty Brands. Presently, Lathrop is a lead designer at Barkley—developing creative for numerous international client partners of Payless Shoes.
Andersen Ritsch
Business Development
Andersen developed his administration skills while working for a global hospitality company in Chicago and was on the steering committee for The Millennial League in 2009. With a background in music education from Northeastern Illinois University, Andersen is excited to bring his managerial and organizational skills to the West 18th Street Fashion Show. Bringing a history in furniture and merchandising, he will also reinvent our runway and set design.
Beth Low-Smith
Coordinating Producer
A notorious shoe hound and sucker for good hosiery, Beth is an amazing addition to the show. As VP-Policy for KC Healthy Kids, Beth leads efforts to shape policies so everyone has opportunities to remain physically active and eat well. Holding elected office, working in the nonprofit sector and serving on boards has allowed her to hone her event planning skills, and Beth is delighted to put these skills to use in a more creative context.
Rachel Anne Gottlieb
Designer Curator
Rachel Anne is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she focused on producing technically complex haute couture garments. After moving to KC in 2013, Rachel Anne renewed her fashion work by creating collections for both the West 18th Street Fashion Show and Kansas City Fashion Week. In 2014 she became the editor of Plenilune, an online fashion magazine. A talented stylist, she has produced dozens of editorial photo shoots that have been featured in leading fashion journals such as Huf Magazine and Dark Beauty. In her role as Designer Curator, Rachel Anne will steer and advise the many collections, as well as style the runway. Her technical training at FIT well help ensure a high quality of craftsmanship on the West 18th Street stage.
Brooklynn Love
Designer Liaison
Originally drawn to the fashion industry through modeling, Brooklyn eventually discovered that she is most passionate about directing fashion shows. She currently works in hospitality, and enjoys being the go-to person for guests and clients to depend on. Brooklyn is a bit of a super hero. She’s the person that can be counted on to save the day—or rather, the event. Over the years, she has gained a strong reputation as a consummate professional and creative businesswoman who’s not afraid to tackle challenges to get the job done. Her years in the hospitality industry have taught her to solve problems in a way that leaves everyone feeling heard and cared for. As Designer Liaison, Brooklyn aims to make creating events stress-free for all involved—from the models to the designers and beyond.
Emily Austin
Graphic Designer
Emily graduated from the KU Visual Communication program in 2013, receiving a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History. She has worked on award-winning local and national campaigns as a creative direction and design intern at Meers Advertising and Whiskey Design. Currently, she works as a designer at Barkley – developing creative that continues to elevate the Payless Shoes brand in Latin America.
Deanna Evans
Copywriter
Deanna’s writing career began in 2008. Now at Blacktop Creative in the Crossroads Arts District, she writes for national and international clients, along with local favorites like Big Slick Celebrity Weekend and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Deanna is thrilled to further her support of Kansas City’s creative community in 2016 as copywriter for the West 18th Street Fashion Show.