Seventeen Prom Contest – Spring 2019


Prom season 2019 is here, yay! For many teens, it’s the very first time to dress up for a formal event. The transformation from kid to young adult seems to happen in the snap of an outfit change. The magazine Seventeen Prom has been a staple for many generations to grab and share with friends. Notating the hottest trends and preparing for the big night will always be a rush of excitement for anxious gals.

For our team, partnering with Seventeen has been a lifelong dream stemming all the way back from our high school days. This year, we have advertised with the publication to spread the JK mission to as many prom goers as possible! What is our mission? To help young ladies feel their absolute best for life’s special events. Our gowns, designed by Johnathan Kayne and Joshua McKinley, are fun, sexy, and dramatic – just like the designers themselves. No matter the style, our designers have a way of taking years of experience cutting fabric to fall in just the right way for your body and image. Finding stellar fashion pieces that feel beautiful has never been easier!

SNAP. TAG. WIN. – $500 Prize!

Because we love our fans so much, we want to reward you for finding our advertisement in a copy of Seventeen Prom. The Grand Prize winner of our SNAP. TAG. WIN. contest will receive a $500 credit to use towards a Johnathan Kayne gown of their choice at a participating retail store.* Other winners will receive a JK prize package.

TO ENTER: Snap a picture of our advertisement in the magazine. Post the picture on your Instagram page (sorry, stories do not count!) Tag our account and our two sponsor retail stores: @johnathankayne, @myformals, @catzformals68. Add Hashtag #JKPROMINSTACONTEST so that we can find you, and ta-dah! you’re entered to WIN!

Contest winners will be chosen Feb 15, 2019.

*Offer valid until 6/1/2019. Must redeem prize at a participating authorized Johnathan Kayne retail store. Offer valid on in-stock merchandise only. Offer limited to one garment only, not redeemable for cash.

JK Mini Miracle Project





Miracles are defined as extremely outstanding or unusual events, things, or accomplishments.  Imagine if the world was filled by extremely outstanding events. Imagine strangers helping each other with compassion and enjoying the human connection.  Dalai Lama has once said, “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”

During the month of December, the Johnathan Kayne team will be reaching out in the community to create mini-miracles for those who need it most. We are living in one of the craziest times in history and the time to spread love and hope is right now. As a brand, we are challenging our fan base to take part in this community driven social media project we’ve named The JK Mini Miracle Project. Partner with us in creating meaningful acts of kindness and share them with us for a chance to win one of several prize packages. The grand prize winner will receive a custom gown by Johnathan Kayne. Together we will create a stream of positive actions that will ripple long after the holiday season.

Follow the contest rules below for a chance to win the Grand Prize: a custom designed Johnathan Kayne gown.  10 additional lucky participants will win a prize package with gifts from our sponsors. Need inspiration for your acts of kindness? Try greeting everyone you encounter for a day, taking flowers to the hospital, or volunteer with a local organization. The possibilities are endless! Why wait any longer?

Contest Rules:

Follow @johnathankayne on Instagram, @johnathan_kayne on Twitter, and like the Johnathan Kayne page on Facebook. Document your mini miracle and submit your story by Dec 31 to be considered in the contest. Click here for the form to fill out. Next gather your video, pictures, written story, or any combination of the three (Pictures and videos are encouraged). Click here to Submit your MINI MIRACLE files! We encourage you to post your experience on Instagram and Facebook, and encourage others to participate with the hashtag #jkminimiracleproject #dogoodfeelgood. The prize winners will be judged on Contest rules, Community impact, and Creativity.


  1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to anyone 14 years or older as of the date of entry. Employees of Johnathan Kayne LLC, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and retailer store owners are not eligible to win, but can participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
  2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of Johnathan Kayne LLC as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.
  3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on November 15, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017.
  4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting your name, email, phone number, address, and project information to the dropbox link provided in this post. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Johnathan Kayne LLC.
  5. Prizes: The grand prize winner of the Campaign will receive a custom gown designed by Johnathan Kayne. 10 additional winners will receive a prize package including gifts from our sponsors. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Johnathan Kayne LLC to use Winners’ names, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
  6. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by a team vote under the supervision of Johnathan Kayne LLC. Winner will be notified by email or phone within five (5) days following selection of Winner.  If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 5 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  7. Rights Granted by You: By entering this content (e.g., photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that Johnathan Kayne LLC, anyone acting on behalf of Johnathan Kayne LLC, and Johnathan Kayne LLC’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent.
  8. Sponsor information included here:

Benjamin Walk Shoes –Somersworth, NH

Kristy Belcher Photography –Nashville, TN

Henri’s Cloud Nine –Columbus, OH

Raelynn’s Boutique –Greenwood, IN

Formals of Litchfield –Litchfield, IL

Buffie’s – Little Rock, AR

My Best Friend Jenna – Jackson, TN

Lined up on the CMA Red Carpet!

Nashville, TN, Nov 8, 2017 –  The 51st CMA Awards were a huge success for all those in country music. When stars come out to play, fashion follows. Hometown eveningwear expert Johnathan Kayne graciously turned out numerous ensembles for the Red Carpet and Performance Stage. Reba McEntire has been a lifetime inspiration for the designer. The show opened with Reba alongside numerous legends in a smoky charcoal rock-n-roll inspired piece and again performed “Legends” with newcomer Kelsea Ballerini in a stunning off the shoulder, bell sleeve Johnathan Kayne gown. Click here to see some of the other Johnathan Kayne designs at this year’s CMA’s.

“I have been so humbled and thankful for the opportunities to connect and dress so many artists since I moved my business back to Nashville in 2012. It has been an honor to dress my lifetime list of legends, and I look forward to working with the next generation.”

-Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie

Stella Parton @ The Emmy’s

Stella Parton walked the red carpet looking like a dream in her custom Johnathan Kayne ensemble.

Dolly and Stella (sisters) starred in NBC’s ” Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” which was nominated at this year’s Emmy Awards.

The TV movie is a heartwarming tale from Parton family lore. Set in December 1955 in Locust Ridge, Tenn., it recounts the sacrifices made by father (Ricky Schroder) and his children (Alyvia Alyn Lind plays young Dolly) to buy his wife (Jennifer Nettles) an overdue wedding ring, and the explosion in the Smoky Mountains that nearly killed him.

Stella plays Corla Bass, the town gossip.

In addition to her on-screen role, Stella also acted as the on-set Parton family representative, providing the actors with valuable insight into their characters.

Joshua McKinley – 2018 Inspired

Love…we are all searching for it and I think it’s truly one of the most beautiful and complex things about life and humans. You fall into it and out of it with the hopes of finding the one true love that will last a lifetime and for all eternity. This collection and these designs are about that complex journey to find love, comfort, and security and when you do, bask in it with such confidence and luxury that no outside forces can have any influence on you.

With that said, BREAKING NEWS: I fell in love this past year! It’s not “FAKE NEWS” but I know what you’re thinking “Damn, he’s off the market!” Well let me calm you, not with a person…I reawakened my love and respect for New York City.  It may sound peculiar, but love comes in all shapes and sizes…as do our dresses! Wink-wink!

This collection has influences from my early uninhibited days as a design student at The Fashion Institute of Technology, where going out on the town with your friends and exploring the city in outrages outfits was the norm, all the while having the ability to just embrace the freedom of creativity that this city enables you to have. No one was watching over you to tell you yes or no, it was you discovering you! That discovery is really what has molded me as a designer and what has helped to bring this collection to life. As I have matured and developed here in NYC over the past 10 years there are pieces in my collection that are outrageous and innovative, then there are pieces that are more subdued, sophisticated, and thought-provoking.  If you look at Style # 8043, it portrays the layers and the levels of this historic city from a 3-D embellishment feature. Then you get a glimpse of a Studio 54 dancing diva in Style # 8110.

I fell in love again because I began to look at New York City from a different perspective.  As I have always known, it’s hard; it soft, it’s a take-no-prisoners landscape but it always works out the way it is destined to.  As in Frank Sinatra’s song “New York, New York” “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”  That is how I feel about this collection and these dresses.  There is a variety of design styles and a juxtaposition to all of them but as a whole there is a beautiful harmony. It can be a “go-with-the-flow” moment like Style # 8090 or it can be fitted and tough like armor resembling Style #8042.  Whichever style speaks to you the loudest is truly the fairest of them all and what would become of “love” if it weren’t for fairytales!?

I’m sorry the clock struck 12, if you find my glass slipper can you bring it to market; I can’t wait to see you all!

Johnathan Kayne – A Mother’s Love, 2018 Inspiration




My collection is inspired by my mother, Judith Kaye Smith. A very strong woman that unknowingly taught me so much about what makes a woman feel beautiful. She taught me to take time to listen to her, understand her, love her, and most importantly respect her. She taught me how to be in tune with my heart and emotions, and that showing vulnerability is strength, not weakness.

I lost my mom unexpectedly a year ago this past May, which was right before all of the fit testing, photo shoots, sample revisions, and everything else that went into the preparation of our SS17 Collection launch in August.

We had our most successful market ever in Atlanta and it warms my heart to think my mom had a hand in it. I couldn’t think of a better way to honor my mother than to design a collection inspired by her. Part of my healing process was to be humble in the face of this tragedy and to be thankful for the time I had with my mother and the many blessings she taught me.

My mother was full of layers and depth. She was one of the sweetest, most caring people you could ever meet. She was passionate, loving, and beautiful. She was vulnerable, but strong. My mother, like most women, was fearless, especially if you messed with her children. She was gentle and knew just what to do to make you feel better. My mother was incredibly humble and never wanted to inconvenience anyone. She always took care of everyone else, and rarely took care of herself. Her sense of humor was adored. My heart is my favorite gift from my mother. From the literal sense because each beat gives me vivacious life, and from the figurative sense because she taught me to love people and be compassionate. I began designing because of my admiration for women and the feeling in my heart when I helped someone feel beautiful when they didn’t before.

Just like my dear momma Judy, this collection is full of layers like an onion and cannot be described as just one thing. There are soft, angelic moments of silk chiffon, strong inner construction, romantic moments of lace, simple silhouettes, dramatic beadwork, and functional design innovation. With this collection you can be powerful, sensitive, romantic, fearless, and empowered. It is a collection with a heart and a valuable purpose: To empower you to feel beautiful at life’s special events.


Total Divas LOVE Total Glam!

Total Divas is a reality TV series on E! that follows the life of WWE superstars, like our friend CJ Perry. CJ, a.k.a Lana has teamed with Johnathan Kayne to provide her with one of our most beloved styles, the 461. The full sequin gown is just the right kind of sparkle for the ring and the red carpet. Lana asked Kayne to customize her ensemble with a halter strap and high slit.

WWE Superstar Lana is a professional wrestler, dancer, actor, and model. She launched her career in the movie Pitch Perfect as a singer. She also made a name for herself dancing back up for superstars like Nelly, Pink, Usher, and Akon. Since she signed with WWE in 2013, the superstar’s popularity has skyrocketed. Click here to join her 2.4 million followers on Instagram and be sure to watch her on Total Divas on E!.

New Collection, Major Gratitude!

During the height of prom season, store owners and designers alike switched gears to celebrate new collections for Fall 2017. The Johnathan Kayne team traveled to Atlanta for the Americasmart VOW New World of Bridal show and market. The JK Fall/Winter 2017 collection was our third autumn launch, and the outcome was better than ever. Fifty fabulous new styles were shown, and you all responded. Kayne’s newest collection offers a glamorous edge, complete with fun designer prints, sexy fitted style, and luxurious tones in velvet. Tenured retailers as well as new raved that the JK collection is “unlike any other line that we carry.” Drawing inspiration from our fan base and local celebrities, Kayne is utilizing premium resources to deliver the next level social occasion gowns and dresses.

“Each market is such a humbling experience. I am so thankful that you trust in us to provide fresh, fun and sexy fashion each season. Your excitement fuels my creativity! Y’all better watch out, it just keeps getting better!”~Johnathan Kayne

Traveling Overseas

Last month Kayne and Joshua visited our production facilities in China. Our designers came back raving about their experiences, and now we would like to share some with you!

For those whom are not familiar, our creative design process starts with Kayne and Joshua’s sketches. Each style is sent to our factories with “tech packs” full of construction details and material selections.

Our facilities create a sample based on the details sent. Once the guys arrive in China, they have the opportunity to make sure the samples turn out to their specs. All of the translations have to come out perfectly for the sample to be created to their vision. Kayne has mentioned that it is rare that a gown is created exactly like he envisions.

The time they spend in China is primarily revising the samples for the best collections possible. Countless hours are spent choosing new colors or fabrics, or creating entirely new styles from inspiring new fabrics and beading.

Once our team arrives at markets with samples, a ton of time has been spent on each style making sure the fit, quality, design, and price will make it a great seller for your store.

“When you show up to the design studio, there are new fabrics that would make a drag queen lose her wig. Sometimes you just have to stop what you are doing and drape a masterpiece.” ~ Joshua McKinley

 Providing Food with Fashion

Our Spring 2016 line featured our “Hunger Action” gown, Style 346 in emerald. We pledged to donate the profits from this style to the national organization Feeding America. This past month, after a year of sales, we were able to provide over 15,000 meals!

Kayne met with local chapter Second Harvest Food Bank to learn how each food bank is able to turn donations into life changing meals. One way they get goods are actual food donations from individuals as well as grocers with “soon to expire” goods. They are able to turn money donations into multiple meals with large discounts from the food manufacturers.
All of their goods are warehoused in regional distribution centers like this. This chapter distributes to pick-up zones like churches and schools, they create backpack meals for school children, and even frozen meals for elderly. We were told that they turn over the entire food inventory in the warehouse every 7 days!

“Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. The issue of hunger is one that is close to my heart. It means so much to be able to make a difference in so many lives.” – Kayne