Munelle de Vie

In the past year, I have had the privilege of getting to know Munisa Ky, a young talented designer currently working in Kansas City. Although born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and receiving her early education in both Tajik and Russian schools, Munisa’s true dream was to travel to the United States and become a respected designer (one reason could be that she was actually born on the 4th of July). She is living that dream and now studying and working in Kansas City as a fashion designer.

I first wore my Munelle de Vie Zora jacket last spring to the Kansas City Symphony with a long sheath dress. I  zipped it up a bit, wore the sleeves long and deflated. The rhinestones on the jacket’s band were answered with a rhinestone encrusted clutch by Donald J. Pliner.

Munisa designs with a since of elegance and knows the woman she wants to dress. She designs classic clothes with just a hint of whimsy. Her designs have a strong attitude and if you wear a Munelle de Vie, you will get noticed. I know from experience.

I’ve owned my silver diaphanous Zora jacket since last spring and have styled it a few different ways. The unique design of the sleeves can evolve into about three different looks–an aspect of this design I love. The addition of the large rhinestones adds whimsy detail to make the jacket very individualistic and makes it the stand out it is, which makes the wearer stand out too.

My Zora jacket this summer at a wedding. This time I pushed up the sleeves and took advantage of that lovely puffiness.  I went for more silver with Badgley Mischka heeled sandals, a silver grey vintage Koret bag, a thrifted silver mess belt and a silver tones Stella and Dot necklace.

I asked Munisa earlier this summer, what the inspiration was going to be for her Fall ’17 collection. She mused, “The inspiration is of love and the opening of her heart. It is the story of naive innocence turned into enlightenment.”

The fall collection plays the purity of white against the passion and power of red. She created classic shapes with just a bit of whimsy and I love those glorious sleeves treatments. I thought it was a cohesive collection with pieces that could easily be mixed and that Munisa’s initial inspiration was realized.

Getting a closer look with Munisa at her fall line after a runway show in September. I took my Zora jacket towards casual (or as casual as this piece can get) with a wide patent belt, a hand painted clutch by Carlos Falchi and, although you can’t see them, metallic silver flats.

I am attracted to the white belted coat and would love to see it with long black gloves. . Yes, it’s a bit snug on me. I am not exactly runway model sized!


A photo showing the collection a bit better which is graciously borrowed from Munelle di Vie’s Facebook page.


Who knows where life’s road will take Munisa. Kansas City is lucky to be graced with her presence momentarily but I know she would love to be located on the west coast to continue her career.

I wasn’t at the runway show solo, but had a great bunch of ladies to hang with and here we are!

Me, Beth, Jeanette and Lynn at Nara Japanese Sushi Grill. Japanese cuisine was needed before we headed over to the Vintage KC Runway show at the West Bottoms.

Munelle di Vie is unique for me. Usually I discover a designer after they have been at their craft for a few years. I feel that this time around I discovered someone who is just getting started. It will be a great interest to see where she goes as she matures as a designer. I expect her to make it to a major fashion venue such as LA or NYC. I just might sit there smugly and say to myself: “Ha! I bought the first Munelle Di Vie.

Munelle di Vie Facebook page is HERE and that is the best way to get in touch, at the moment, with Munisa. Her online site is almost ready, but not quite in working order yet. If you follow Instagram, please follow her Instagram Posts.

That wraps it up for this week. I’ll have another blog bit next week. It’s looking to be a pretty busy weekend ahead. By the time this post will be published, I will have hit two shows for Kansas City Fashion Week. On Saturday both daughters are going to be with me so you know I am going to have a great time!

Thanks for stopping by. You are certainly welcome to leave a comment or two or three. I love to hear from you.

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Time for my usual link-up blurb!

It’s time for the October 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup which stays open until October 31st.

Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste the URL in the Linky box, you are good to go!

One item is quite OK—a hat, skirt, pants, shoes, purse, or a piece of jewelry.  That item (or items) can be from a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique, one of the online consignment shops such as RealReal–or even something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.

When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want. To be featured in my collage, which I will put on Instagram along with your links, you have to say what item is second loved. That is a “have to”.


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8 thoughts on “Munelle de Vie

  1. First I love this jacket Terri!! It’s such a unique and gorgeous item. How perfect you were able to get to know the designer!!
    Secondly, I contributed a photo of me in my thrifted camo jeans. I bought these at a local consignment store within the last couple of months. I have to admit, I never in a million years thought I’d be wearing camo as a fashion trend, but I’ve really been loving it. I just heard it described as “men’s floral”—funny, huh?

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    1. Thanks Jodie and I so happy you linked up with your camo! I just noticed that you were at Munisa’s IG and then remembered that i didn’t even think to put that link in my post which I just ran over her to fix that one and so a BIG thank you for that.


    1. Thanks Jacqui, Kansas City is known as a “fly over” city here in the states. But, it’s design community is putting it on the map. I always have a good time when I hang with these ladies.


  2. I missed this when I was away, so I’m catching up now!
    I absolutely love the silver diaphanous jacket, it looks unique and really suits you.
    I hope the fashion shows were good andyou had a good day with your daughters yesterday. xxx


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