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Johnathan Kayne LED gowns light up prom

Fashion designer Kayne Gillaspie, formerly an Oklahoma resident, now lives in Nashville, Tenn. His 2013 line of Johnathan Kayne evening gowns includes some creative use of LED lighting, removable skirts and high-tech fabrics.
by Heather Warlick Published: April 2, 2013

He may no longer be an Oklahoma resident, but this prom, you can bet many Oklahoma teen girls will proudly be wearing the designs of Kayne Gillaspie, whose line of evening wear is called Johnathan Kayne.

In October, Gillaspie uprooted his Oklahoma home and business and moved back to his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. He's been traveling almost constantly, promoting his line overseas (he was in Hong Kong for two weeks recently) and on the road, visiting stores across the country in a grassroots style campaign.

One of the most exciting elements of the Johnathan Kayne line for spring 2013 is dresses ribbed with LED lighting in various patterns. After the LED dresses became best-sellers last year, he added four designs to his 2013 line.

Hi-low dresses are making a huge impact, and Gillaspie puts his own twist on the idea by creating a cocktail dress with a removable hi-low skirt.

And this season, it's all about bling.

“Sometimes girls want a little more simple, understated things, and sometimes it's like ‘more is more,'” Gillaspie said. “This season girls are responding to more.”

Girls looking for lots of sparkle are in luck, because high-quality, big, chunky stones are more affordable than ever. Machine-beaded and sequined fabrics and technologies that make polyester and blends feel like fine silks make affording a super glamorous prom gown within financial reach for more girls than ever.

Where to find

To see Johnathan Kayne designs, go online to Johnathan Kayne gowns are sold locally at RL Bridal & Prom, 5645 N Pennsylvania, and Body Trends, 9327 N Pennsylvania.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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