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.

On the runway, designers Aubrey Sookram, Orchid Richards, Frank Fu, Abbey Parodi, Sydney Moore, and Karissa Goosic debuted their latest collections. New this year, OFW nixed using categories to organize the week. Instead, every showcase employs a theme, last night being “Surface Design.” Playful, textural elements were the hallmark of the collections by these designers. The audience viewed origami-inspired shapes, hand painted fabrics, tie-dye and laser cutting techniques.

Aubrey Sookram: Aubrey’s children’s wear collection used fall hues and designs. Suitable for everyday wear, as well as the fall and winter holidays.

Orchid Richards: Orchid showed a street wear collection combining both futuristic and feminine features. The inspiration for this line came from architecture, movement, and geometric shapes.

Frank Fu: Frank’s collection incorporated a mixture of unconventional materials, including paper and acrylic. Clean lines and sharp edges conveyed a futuristic look.

Abbey Parodi: Abbey brought an evening wear collection featuring dark hues of purple and black. The collection was based on the women of Greek tragedies.

Sydney Moore: Sydney showed a dreamy and whimsical collection featuring tie-dyed fabric. Inspired by the oceans colors after a storm.

Karissa Goosic: Karissa debuted a playful, quirky, and sporty street wear collection. The line featured bold fabrics, inspired by Keith Haring.

Photos by Heather and Jameson Hooton
Models by Develop Model Management and Miss Nebraska

Did you like what you saw on the runway and need it in your closet? Join us on August 28th for Shop the Runway Sunday! OFW designers will be in house with their creations for you to peruse while enjoying Petits doughnuts, a mimosa bar and a bloody mary bar...and coffee it you are into that kind of thing.

The winner for the Designer Showcase I will be announced on social media on August 29th. We had some tough competition for our first showcase, and can’t wait to see who will be taking home the $500 cash prize presented by SAC Federal Credit Union.

Last night was just a taste of what’s to come this week! Tickets for the rest of the week can be purchased here. See you there!