The self-taught designer, Kelly Dempsey, also known as the runner-up on Season 14 of Project Runway scores big with her autumn/winter 2017 “Glitter and Grunge” collection of Rack Addik.
Dempsey’s runway show produced by AMCONYC for New York Fashion Week last month showcased vibrant styles, drenched with splashes of sparkle and edge. The collection brings meaning to the words “carefree glam.”
The designer successfully transitions opposing prints and textures for male and female pieces. The collection allows us to have fun with color and fabric as we tie together our inner glam with our outer street experience.
Dempsey was able to explore her creative side in fabric from a young age while growing up in western Massachusetts and visiting her mother’s craft store. She combines life experiences with her inner creativity to put together eccentric everyday street-wear—her motto for defying the rules of fashion.
Rack Addik’s ‘Alecia’ dress is a feminine number with shimmery accents but follows up with edgy midriff links to bring about an extra element of cool.
The ‘Courtney’ dress invites us to take a walk on the wild side while tying in urban print trends that scream street art.
Even men can get in on the fun with Rack Addik’s ‘Gunner’ top and ‘Frankie’ pants. The combo is an explosion of black on white breezy fabric with a laidback take on animal print.
The ‘Jett Jumper’ is a body-hugging onesie with galaxy prints and peek-a-boo side cutouts for the sexy and young at heart.
Confidence is key when you take on the day in Rack Addik’s ‘Roxanne’ top and ‘Melissa’ jogger. This is a funky pair that is perfect for those who are a little daring with mixing and matching their styles.
Rack Addik’s ‘Whitley’ shag crop top uses soft textures of gray against girly prints.
By Serée Joseph | Feature Photo: Courtesy of AMCONYC