Join Omaha Fashion Week and Develop Model Management for Omaha Fashion Camp June 5-9th! Your child will discover all aspects of the fashion industry: from sketching, photography and modeling, to creating their very own garment or accessory. Camp will culminate in a runway show for parents at the end of the week!
Costume designer Andrew Hale is bringing his blend of narrative, theatre and fashion to Omaha Fashion Week for the first time. The 17-year-old Kearney High school student says the aim of his collection is “to suspend the moments that come between simple emotions.” See Andrew Hale Designs on the runway Feb 23rd!
Elizabeth Scarpino of Single Handedly Liz will show a collection on the Omaha Fashion Week runway for the first time this month.
The 23-year-old Iowa State University Apparel Merchandising and Design graduate tells us her collection is “sophisticated and feminine but sassy.” She utilized current trends in silhouette and color to create a collection of eveningwear that focuses on accentuating the female form while also achieving comfortability.Elizabeth has incorporated the use of hand dyed fabrics, including silk, to execute her vison for a “strong and independent” woman who likes to show off her personality through her wardrobe.
“I wanted to display a visual texture,” Elizabeth shares. “With the ice dye [technique], it made it almost like a watercolor and there are different dimensions to the different colors and hues.”
Over the course of her design endeavors thus far, the designer has developed a keen focus on fabric. “Textile art is my favorite thing in the world and I feel like that separates me from my competition and my fellow designers,” Elizabeth says.
Elizabeth’s focus on fabric in her design practice was born not only out of pure interest but also as a result of her brachial plexus birth injury, which left her with complete paralysis of her right arm. “Since I [only] have the use of one arm, I’ve kind of looked at the world differently,” she says. “Even having to innovate the way the garment is made kind of gives me a unique perspective.”
Modden Studios by Sarah Mader is celebrating her debut collection for the Omaha Fashion Week runway this season on Thursday Feb 23rd. Sarah describes her current collection as a high-end resort wear collection that embodies romanticism, feminine appeal and a feeling of freeness. She was influenced by her visits last year to Morocco and Spain. "I was really inspired by all of the colors and patterns," she said.
We are thrilled to announce the teams that will competing during the Develop Model Management Beauty Show on Sunday Feb 26th: Heathers, MalNiMar, The Mane Attraction, Unicorn Squad and Victor Victoria. On Friday Feb 24th, the teams will draw their theme live from the runway during our Designer Showcase. With no prior knowledge of themes or models, they will have 48 hours to plan full head to toe looks which will rock the runway Sunday night.
Christopher Di Giorgio is an OFW Veteran who began showing at Student Night and has since brought several full collections to the runway. As a contemporary designer primarily focusing on menswear, this collection revisits concepts from his previous works. The phrase “practice makes perfect” is truly brought to life in this collection.
We are thrilled to announce this all-star line up of local Omaha personalities who will keep us entertained and informed during the Kids Rule Fashion Shows taking place February 17 & 18th!
Jane Round's collection is inspired by John Singer Sargent paintings and other decorative art of the American Renaissance period. She will show a collection of “creative separates, dresses, jackets, coats, and accessories.” The 23-year-old designer says this collection is a bit more understated, wearable and city friendly. “My aesthetic changed when I moved here [to New York],” Jane says. Bringing that creative perspective to sportswear has been a great way for her to grow her collections, she tells us.
Crystal Brakhage hits the Omaha Fashion Week runway for the first time Saturday February 25th.Crystal's current collection titled Power Frenzy draws inspiration from Yves Saint Laurent and her own image of a strong woman. “I really like making women feel powerful and confident, like they can take over the world,” Crystal says.
This spring marks 17-year-old-high school senior Mitchell Henderson’s third season showing at Omaha Fashion Week. Mitchell’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection is inspired by the movie Blade Runner and based on America’s failing infrastructure.
“It’s something that’s been prevalent in America’s politics and I feel like it’s really relevant to portray that in a collection right now,” Mitchell told us.
Every year, we are in awe as the Methodist Survivor Night unfolds. Over 120 models will take over the OFW runway on Wednesday February 22nd to celebrate their survivor spirit! We are ecstatic to both announce and extend a huge "thank you" to all of the following boutiques as they are will be dressing the amazing models in their show!
TWENTY DAYS and counting until our February Season! Omaha Fashion Week is locking in all those details that make it such a glamorous VIP experience for fashion fans. Thanks to KETV for providing another amazing lineup of emcees, our headliners Paulie Gibson and Michael Drummond traveling in and an impressive schedule of amazing local and national entertainers for the Pretty in Patina Pre-Party! You'll want to be there, so get your tickets today!
We're thrilled to announce the caterers for our VIP Lounge this February! We've got a great group lined up and can't wait to see the spread they lay out for our VIPs! If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, make sure you upgrade to VIP status so you can try their delectable bites, enjoy free drinks and get complimentary valet parking. Get tickets here!
The temperature was frigid and the rain was coming, but the Omaha Fashion Week crew subscribes to the show biz adage, the show must go on. And so 2010 is often referred to as the year it rained, or the year under the bridge…lovingly, might I add. Although I’m not sure the 45 little girls designer Yolanda Diaz brought along or those poor swimsuit models are the ones referring to this year as their favorite. Producer Nick Hudson, recalls the temperature to have been 35 degrees and even seeing a bit of snow!But even so, 19 designers marched hundreds of models down the 276-foot runway on Saturday September 18th in the finale of Omaha Fashion Week. Designer Highlight: radioactive heart by jennie mason.
Yesterday brought 279 model hopefuls to Von Maur Court in Westroads Mall....a record for Omaha Fashion Week. This was our biggest and most diverse Model Call to date. We are so thrilled at the turnout and can't wait to see so many new faces on the runway next month at Omaha Fashion Week Feb 21-26, 2017 at Omaha Design Center.
OFW is searching for hair and makeup designers to compete in the February 2017 Develop Model Management Beauty Show! The show will be held on February 26 to cap off Omaha Fashion Week at the Omaha Design Center.
Check out this exclusive sneak peek of our Kids Rule garments and be sure to attend our upcoming preview event to check out the garments for yourself!
Sample garments for the Kids Rule Fashion Show have arrived! Join us for a sneak peak on January 8 at the Omaha Design Center!
After its glamorous debut in 2008, Omaha Fashion Week returned in 2009 promising a bigger and better experience. The 2nd year brought together 25 designers (double the previous year), 40 hair stylists and makeup artists, 200 models and volunteers, and a crowd of over 3000! Designer Juantiesha Christian has fond memories of her experience that first year, “My first model walked on the runway and I just felt like I was at New York Fashion Week. I walked back to my seat and a group of people were clapping for me. I had never really experienced that before. It was so cool!”
"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.