She was only eight when she released her first handbag. By the age of 10, she’d expanded into clothing, working with a local seamstress to turn her sketches into stylish juniors’ apparel. Now preparing to start middle school, Destinee Duncan (below, left), co-founder of Glossy Girls, is already a runway success following a celebrated show during Austin Fashion Week.
Talented, articulate, and expressive, Destinee’s experience as a child actress has helped foster her confident perspective, and she’s currently balancing her designer dreams with roles in national commercials and films. However, her multi-faceted creative ambitions would be impossible without the collaboration of her mother, Danette, and little sister, Kenadee (above, right), also a budding silver screen star.
These Glossy Girls redefine the triple threat. Get to know our newest favorite North Texas fashion family today, quote by candid quote.
Fashionable firsts . . .
“My handbags, shoes, and jewelry were often mysteriously missing,” Danette laughs of her daughters’ younger years. “The girls have always had a penchant for accessories.”
Recounting her first foray into design, Destinee explains, “I really, really love cute purses, but I usually didn’t find anything I wanted in stores. So, I thought of making my own with different fabrics, flowers, and shiny details!”
Sketching signature style . . .
“I usually see something in my mind first before I start sketching my design, and the style doesn’t change too much once I’ve started drawing,” says Destinee of her creative process.
Going Glossy . . .
Naming the label was easy, according to Kenadee, who giddily tells us, “It’s Glossy Girls because we loooove gloss!” Mom Danette credits time spent on set for modeling and acting roles for her girls’ colorful addiction.
Frocks that rock . . .
“The purple corset dress with the asymmetrical skirt is my favorite piece so far,” gushes Destinee, who cites her affinity for mix-and-match shoelaces as the inspiration for the frock (shown at top).
Inside Austin Fashion Week . . .
“I’d never had to dress models in my looks before,” Destinee admits. “One of the looks didn’t go in the show because the model wasn’t able to make it, and it didn’t fit anyone else! That was really hard, but getting to walk the runway at the end and seeing everyone standing and clapping was the best part!”
Crimes of fashion . . .
Defining the Glossy Girls’ fashion “don’ts,” Kenadee shudders over shoulder pads, and Destinee just doesn’t get turtlenecks. She wonders aloud, “Why would anyone ever want their neck to look bigger? I don’t understand!”
Latest label love . . .
“Rachel Roy is my favorite,” Destinee reveals of her own design crush. “I wore her clothes when I was younger – I mean, younger than I am right now.”
Designer dreams . . .
When it comes to long-term plans, the young designer states, “I want to keep designing everything – clothes and bags and shoes. Someday, my dream is to go to New York Fashion Week.”
Summertime travels . . .
More immediately, the family is headed to the Great Lakes for a month this summer. Destinee tells us that, though she’s always working on new sketches, design takes backseat to swimming and seeing old friends during the sunny weather.
Glossy Girls fall fêtes . . .
Finally, set for dual shows this fall, Destinee and Glossy Girls will be making an appearance at Dallas Fashion Week in November, and the label will also soak up the spotlight during a pending runway event in Houston. In the meantime, fans can scoop up Glossy Girls apparel on Etsy, and followers can connect with Destinee, Kenadee, and Danette via Facebook.
All images, courtesy of Glossy Girls.