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Dancer, Reality Star Kalani Hilliker Debuts Fashion Line with New Pro Beauty Competition Series

September 18, 2017 | 7:21 AM
Kim Vo, mentor for "The Look"
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 Presenting at NYFW, the Kalani Hilliker debut saw dance meet designer. Top influencers, “Dance Moms” cast members and the press gathered to see the new collection. The Kalani Hilliker collection, created by dancer Kalani Hilliker, star of the hit Lifetime series “Dance Moms,” includes beautiful collection of ready-to-wear and special occasion pieces including Ready to wear, The Ballet Collection (cocktail/party dresses) and The Starry Night Collection (prom/evening gowns).  This new line’s mix-and-match collection of tops, skirts, pants, dresses and hair accessories are designed to help girls look and feel beautiful for any occasion, day or night. Each of the 18 styles of Kalani Hilliker will be available for under $100 on and

 “Kalani embodies today’s modern young woman, who is talented, kind-natured, full of personality, and has killer style,” says Sara Pirok, Kalani Hilliker’s fashion partner and CEO of SJP Brands. “We were immediately inspired by her, and her love of fashion, design, and style ensured it was a seamless fit.” From a sleek bomber and relaxed tees for day to metallic pleated skirts and dresses in flirty silhouettes for evening, the collection features on-trend yet timeless pieces in seasonal shades that complement an existing wardrobe. Blush pink, cranberry, and stripes accent the essential styles that come in black swan and cloud white. The unique fabrics feel luxurious while remaining wrinkle-resistant, machine washable, and travel-friendly.  “It was important for me to create a fashion-forward collection that girls feel confident, comfortable, and empowered wearing,” says designer Kalani Hilliker. “When girls feel strong, smart, and bold, we can accomplish anything we put our minds to.”

 Co-sponsoring the event and runway show is “THE LOOK: ALL STARS, a new  professional beauty competition TV series debuting in 2018. Kalani’s designs will be featured on the show, which embraces and supports new, exciting designers and looks. This new national TV show, featuring celebrity colorist Kim Vo as Mentor, is expected to be one of the biggest beauty & fashion competition reality shows and will feature the top beauty and style experts across the country.

 “The goal of the show is to help people celebrate their personal brand,” says show mentor Kim Vo. “It’s a fun show and we showcase amazing talented people, but it’s so much more because it gives viewers real-life tips and expert advice that they can incorporate for themselves. In the current Selfie-ready life, everyone wants to look their best at all times!” THE LOOK: ALL STARS is an innovative episodic one-hour beauty and style competition where teams of top beauty professionals compete in branded challenges to see who can create the winning LOOK. Each stand-alone episode plays like a finale of shows like Americas Next Top Model, Project Runway, or Shear Genius where teams of All Stars compete for a final prize. There are three teams, two rounds, and one winner!
Each standalone episode will start with three teams of beauty and style experts, led by a hairstylist. The hair stylist will be the main contestant, leading their team to create THE LOOK for their model. After the first challenge, two teams will advance to the finale to face off in the final challenge. Teams will demonstrate extraordinary transformation skills while they reveal the best kept beauty & style secrets of the pros - for the first time, in front of the world. People are saying it's “Chopped” meets “Project Runway”.

At the gorgeous venue, where such fashion stars as Gianni Versace have shown their work, guests were treated to a full experience spread over three floors, including a cotton candy bar and a gifting lounge. The super popular app, PERFECT365 was on hand to create a unique user experience for guests, who could try on Kalani looks featured in the runway show. Additional event sponsors were CHI, who did the hair for the runway models and Kalani, PromGirl, and Christopher Guy who provided the chic furniture for the venue.


KALANI HILLIKER: Kalani first entered the spotlight when she won Disney’s Ultimate Dance Off contest in 2011, and was then featured on Disney Channel’s series Shake It Up. She was a series regular on ABC family’s Bun Heads in 2013, and after making the final four on Lifetime’s Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, she and her mother, Kira Girard, joined the cast of Lifetime’s Dance Moms. She has also made a splash in the social media world, becoming a social influencer for tweens and teens amassing a large following across the world. Kalani continues to work professionally, having appeared in numerous music videos, movies and print campaigns as a dancer, actress and model. 
 Young Hollywood, fellow Dance Mom’s cast members, and the top fashion & beauty influencers are coming from around the globe to support Kalani in her newest venture!


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