By Diana Cavagnaro | Fashion Files
The McKenzie Rae experience
McKenzie Rae Dresses is a new fashion forward boutique in Downtown. The founder of this spacious store is McKenzie Peck, a fashion designer and seamstress. Peck is also a former Ms. Utah and semi-finalist for Ms. United States 2015.
This boutique opened on June 3 and is all about giving you an entire experience when you come in.
The VIP experience includes a one-hour complimentary appointment with a personal stylist to help you with your next event and includes tea or Champagne while you are relaxing.
As a courtesy for their customers, they keep details on file such as your measurements and preferences so each time you come in they will have this information handy.
They also guarantee that they won’t sell the identical dress to the same event.
This way you don’t have to worry about showing up with someone wearing the same thing.
McKenzie Rae Dresses is a spacious 4,000-square-foot store with a stylish pink and white exterior. The charming interior is surrounded with historic brick walls, cascading chandeliers, white décor and couches, and wooden floors. They carry a variety of stylish labels, such as Terani Couture, who make
The charming interior is surrounded with historic brick walls, cascading chandeliers, white décor and couches, and wooden floors. They carry a variety of stylish labels, such as Terani Couture, who make cocktail and formal gowns.
MacDuggal creates gowns for proms and pageant wear, which are also worn by celebrities and pageant titleholders.
The gowns of Jovani are made with luxurious fabrics and details for special occasions. McKenzie Rae also carries many lines of accessories including handbags, jewelry, scarfs, and shoes. The size range is from triple zero to 34.
The retail space is available for events such as parties, weddings, and fashion shows. They have a 50-foot-long permanent runway in the store.
I had the opportunity to attend a fashion show there on July 29, a launch party by Tower Trends introducing their new styling department.
The red carpet event began with attendees arriving in cocktail attire to a step and repeat. They enjoyed fashion and networking to tunes by Jennifer Katzen of Mix N Hits Entertainment.
The runway show began with men’s fashions from Friar Tux.
Next down the runway came the latest party and evening dresses from McKenzie Rae Dresses.
The tag line for the McKenzie Rae experience is “We make everyday an occasion.”
To enjoy this special experience, visit this women’s clothing store at 643 G St.
If you would like to make an appointment, call 619-756-7321.
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—Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at DianaCavagnaro.com.