"Every Friday afternoon I gather up an armful or two of useful doodads and random tidbits and take my happy butt to a little glass front space at 33rd and Leavenworth. There is a brightly painted concrete planter in the front that stands out against the concrete, brick, and glass of the block and every time I pass it I think I need to make one for myself, but inevitably forget as soon as I get home. Sometimes you can hear a boxing class next door, see a few friendly strangers smoking outside of the VFW across the street, or see any number of neighborhood folks waiting at the bus stop next to the planter." Read more about Buf's mentor experience.
In 2008, there were a number of fashion designers in Omaha, putting on their own small shows in various venues across town. Enter Nick Hudson and Nomad Lounge with a reputation for some of the best nightlife events Omaha had to offer. Nick, whose family has a long legacy in fashion (stemming from his grandfather buying silk parachutes and turning them into garments following WWII) saw an opportunity to bring local designers together. And so, Omaha Fashion Week was born! Plus, designer highlight: Amy Quinn
Dates are set. The designers have been selected and are preparing their collections. And the Omaha Fashion Week team is ready to invite you to be a part of the next season!
Omaha Fashion Week presented by SAC Federal Credit Union will take place February 21-26th at the Omaha Design Center. Each evening will feature the Pretty in Patina Pre-Party (complete with live entertainment, shopping and our VIP Lounge) and the Borsheims Red Carpet Experience.
Tickets are available beginning Black Friday..
Have you been dying to see yourself on the Omaha Fashion Week Runway? We want to meet you! Model hopefuls will need to take a couple of steps before they can rock the runway in February. But don't worry, we've got all the nitty gritty details laid out here!
We are excited to announce the eighteen designers who have been selected to show collections during the next season of Omaha Fashion Week February 21-26. Highlights from interviews include focus on fashion for differently-abled individuals, fashion as a vehicle for social statements, surface design and unorthodox materials, and repurposing and deconstruction.
As we gear up for interviews with designers aspiring to be in the next season of Omaha Fashion Week (February 21-26), we are excited to announce our new Omaha Fashion Week Selection Panel. The panel is comprised of industry experts who will spend the next 4 months mentoring and coaching designers to present their best on the runway in February. Check out more about this season's rock star panel:
One of the most frequently asked questions in our inbox comes from parents looking for opportunities to get their elementary and middle school kids on the runway. Kids Rule is our answer to that question! Kids Rule, taking place Feb. 17-18 next year, is a fun, creative, confidence-building fashion show experience for boys and girls ages 5-12! Learn more at here.
Check out all the coverage from August 2016!
Find all of the photos from August 2016 here!
It’s already time to start thinking about Omaha Fashion Week: February 2017! Are you a designer who wants to present a collection at the nation's fifth largest fashion event? Now is your chance to apply to show your designs on our runway! Continue reading to learn more about the application process and important dates.
Already reminiscing on Omaha Fashion Week? Us too! As you may know, we had an amazing music director this season, Kethro of Make Believe Recordings. With the help from each designer's vision and creativity, Kethro used his talent to create and mix phenomenal tracks that you might remember hearing during runway shows.
The most anticipated fashion event in the Midwest concluded Saturday night after a weeklong celebration of fashion. Omaha Fashion Week guests were able to get the first glance at the latest collections of the most talented designers in the area. Over 30 collections walked down the runway this past week.
The final runway show before we dive into the VIP Finale was held last night. Omaha Fashion Week’s last designer showcase, themed “Back to Nature” blew the audience away. Flora, fauna and desert themes were seen with these collections. In addition, designers brought impeccable evening wear, leather harnesses, unisex looks, and 1970s inspired hair to the runway. It was a mixed bag exploring all things nature…human and otherwise.
If you’ve been coming to the shows this week, you’ve probably noticed some crazy, creative and beautiful make up and hair on the runway. It takes many, many volunteers from the best salons in the metro to make this happen. Before show time, these volunteers are working morning and day to get models runway ready for their big moment. We want to give a big thank you to these amazing people who make this possible!
The Midwest’s most anticipated fashion event continued with last night’s showcase, Designer Showcase IV: Lucid Dreams. From beautiful flowing gowns to free-spirited boho, this night was all about dreams, light and airy vs. dark and brooding. Designers expressed the journey of emerging from depression, created visual representations of yin and yang, and sent dresses down the runway with ethereal, dream-like qualities.
Omaha Fashion Week’s third designer showcase took place last night. The night’s theme was “Fluidity.” A wide range of fabrications explored the fluidity of textures and gender. On the runway, we saw vegan leather, neoprene, and soft beachy fabrics. Looks were inspired by biker culture, women’s empowerment, and androgyny.
Another fabulous night of fashion commenced last night at the Omaha Design Center. Six more talented designers sent beautiful collections down the runway for the second Omaha Fashion Week showcase! The theme for the night was “Global Influence.” Designers took inspiration from global locales in Africa, the Philippines, Portugal, and historic France, to destinations closer to home including our beloved Midwest prairies.
Omaha Fashion Week kicked off this season last night with the first designer showcase. Guests arrived for the Pretty in Patina Pre-Party prior to show time to shop retailers, enjoy the complimentary champagne fountain, strut the Borsheims Red Carpet, and indulge in drinks and hors d’oeuvres. In addition, the house photographers, Heather and Jameson Hooton, presented a special photo gallery. Editorial photos from the latest edition of Omaha FASHION Magazine were brought to life throughout the Omaha Design Center.