Omaha Fashion Week concluded Sunday evening after a weeklong celebration of fashion talent in the Midwest. Over 60 designers and 14 boutiques showed collections on the runway this week. Seventeen designers in three showcases and 42 student designers in the Metropolitan Community College Student Night competed for nightly $500 cash prizes courtesy of SAC Federal Credit Union.
Victor Victoria wins first ever live Style Battle of Omaha Fashion Week. Four styling teams spent 48 hours completing head-to-toe looks including hair, make-up and clothing for six models. On Friday evening the teams drew an Oscar Best Picture winning film to inspire their collection. Earlier that morning over 100 guests attended Shop the Runway Sunday for the opportunity to shop collections from 15 designers that showed on the runway this week.
Record breaking crowds showed up to the Omaha Design Center Saturday February 25th for the final Designer Showcase of Omaha Fashion Week. Todd and Orenda Fink of Closeness played during the Pretty in Patina Pre-Party. Ballet Nebraska kicked off the show with a presentation of Ella from their upcoming show Momentum opening April 1. Headlining designer, Michael Drummond, traveled from St. Louis to stun the crowd with custom-printed florals inspired by his mother’s garden and hand-glittered shoes. Read More...
The snow didn’t stop this show! Omaha Fashion Week presented by SAC Federal Credit Union continued yesterday evening despite the weather. Guests of the Pretty in Patina Pre-Party enjoyed music from Reesa Renee, an artist flown in for the show from the DC Metro-a first for OFW. Designers Paulie Gibson, Nuevintage, Fat Owl Fashion, SKM Fashion, Miranda Hanson, Aaron Sobetski, and Judy Bales Designs brought collections to the runway.
Inspired by the female spies and heroines of James Bond films and novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Madyssen sought out to illustrate a love letter from a heartbroken woman. “I took those aesthetics [from James Bond and F. Scott Fitzgerald] and I’m using them to portray a very dark love story on stage and I’m embroidering that love story throughout the collection,” she tells us. The use of fabrics like wool, chiffon and velvet helped her tell the story and maintain a dark femininity, she says.
Hannah Swanson joins Omaha Fashion Week for the first time with her eveningwear collection. The recent Iowa State University graduate has produced a collection of eight gowns in jewel-toned hues and silver. The collection features beaded lace as well as lightweight fabrics that mimic the flowy movement of water.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln senior says she wanted to create a collection that was inspired by how she first learned to sew from her grandmother when she was 8-years-old. “I wanted to incorporate her throughout [the collection] because she taught me be strong; and so I design for the stronger woman.”
Sydney Moore, only 17, will be showing this year for the fourth time at Omaha Fashion Week.
The young designer has constructed a collection inspired by 90s grunge fashion mixed with the high school environment she sees every day. “It’s really comfortable and casual,” she says. “It’s things that my friends and I like to wear or wish we could wear more. It’s also pushing the limits and boundaries.”
Judy says her collection is inspired water in all of its manifestations like natural waterfalls or thunderstorms and also water in architectural settings where it has been manipulated by man. “As I was experimenting with the materials, they started suggesting water to me, and that’s how the theme came about,” she says.
Elayne's collection focuses on both the LGBT and the differently abled community with clothing made specifically for people with sensory disorders, chronic illness and mental disabilities, in addition to pride and plus-sized wear. Her show this spring will include gender neutral and gender fluid pieces that put an emphasis on accessibility and comfort.
Newcomer to design Margaret Larson joins Omaha Fashion Week for the first time with her label Argeaux.
Margaret's collection, initially inspired by color, transformed into the idea of intertwined colors and eventually led to the idea of the rainbow. The collection, Margaret says, has a deeper meaning of insecurity and overcoming it.
Aaron Sobetski has been designing for two years and has shown at Omaha Fashion week in various student nights and a full collection in the fall of 2016. The 17-year-old designer based his current collection on a modern mix of 1920s to 1940s haute couture and evening wear. Aaron says he was inspired by the late designers Christian Dior and Charles James.
Inspired by the edgy styles of 80s fashion, Miranda says her goal was to create a modern monochromatic daywear collection inspired by the 80s minus the typical neon and loud colors. The collection features a black and white color palette with denim and hints of cobalt blue and embroidery detail throughout.
Terri Buckner joins Omaha Fashion Week once again to showcase her upcycled and repurposed fashion under the label Nuevintage. “Everything is one of a kind, it cannot be duplicated because the materials are being recycled and updated,” Terri says. “All the materials have their own life.”
Despite plunging temps and drizzle, Designer Showcase I was another sold out show at OFW! Audience members were treated to a performance by 13 cast members from the Omaha Community Playhouse production of Rock of Ages, along with a few sets by Shauna B. and the Selficons, during the Pretty in Patina Pre-Party. Six designers competed for $500 cash prize from SAC Federal Credit Union...read on to learn more!
Over 700 fashion fans turned up at the Omaha Design Center yesterday evening to support local cancer survivors. Every model on the runway was a cancer survivor! Several models traveled from other cities to participate with 140 of their peers ranging in age from three to 88! Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Inner Beauty Salon at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Inner Beauty helps those undergoing treatment for various cancers and medical conditions in dealing with cosmetic issues related to their disease.
Over 50 looks by high school student designers were shown on the runway tonight as OFW kicked off it's spring 2017 season at the Omaha Design Center. Over 400 students, parents and teachers were in the audience to watch the runway show and panel discussion that followed. Free student tickets were underwritten by Metro Community College, which now offers an associate's degree in fashion design.
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!
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.