They always say never judge a book by its cover and this saying absolutely applies to the talented Kenneth Barlis with his baby-face features and shy manner. Born in Pagadian City in the Philippines, Kenneth later moved to San Diego at the age of 16 with his family. Always thought to follow in his father footsteps, Kenneth career changed from medicine to fashion when he sold his first designed wedding dress. Kenneth debuted the Kenneth Barlis Collection in 2010 It wasn’t long before he was reaping success when he received the Scholar Student Award at the Projects Ethos fashion show in 2011 and later in 2012, he received top honors at Fashion Week San Diego and headlined at Barbados Fashion Week.
Due to his continues hard work and dedication to his art, Kenneth’s designs have been featured in Vogue Italia online, Pacific San Diego Magazine, Fiori Magazine, Stylo Esmas and White Weddings Magazine to name a few of the many. His Designs have also been worn by celebrities such as Booboo Stewart of the Twilight Saga, Crystal Reed of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Mary Murphy of So You Think You Can Dance and Kendra Wilkinson of The Girls Next Door and Kendra On Top, among others.
Kenneth designs for the woman who enjoys an elegant and luxurious lifestyle in mind and has been making his mark on the fashion scene with his use of unorthodox textiles. His sculptured, one of a kind designs are every inch of the words exquisite, elegant and luxurious, so to just say that his work is excellent would be a mere understatement. Kenneth shows a great understanding of the feminine silhouette and it is obvious he has an eye for detail creating both regal and very sophisticated designs. He has truly proven himself to be a great craftsman of his trade and an excellent manipulator of textiles with baroque layering technique.
The Kenneth Barlis brand continues to makes its presence felt as Kenneth will be hitting runways in Toronto, Paris and Manila this April. Later on in the year fashion lovers will be thrilled by the first Annual Kenneth Barlis Fashion Show. It will be held on August 30th in sunny San Diego, California at the Port Pavilion Pier hosted by the talented and beautiful Ashley Hinshaw from The Hunger Games. This fashion show will exhibit the splendid designs of the Kenneth Barlis Spring/Summer 2014 collection as well as feature other designers such as Camille Wood, Alana Crain and Shari Ellis, Allen Huang and Evelyne Aguilar. It will be an event filled with plenty of flair and is not to be missed as Kenneth has very high expectations with plans to showcase the booming fashion culture of San Diego and set it as another major fashion hub within the USA. Tickets for this show are available at eventbrite.com, so the excitement builds in anticipation for this highly esteemed show and it really gives us another reason to look forward to summer.