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.
Another incredible pre-party kicked off our night with the Borsheims Red Carpet, live entertainment, and retailers. INFNTLP of BOTH with special guest CJ Mills gave the crowd a remarkable performance. The hip-hop artists were on set from 6 – 7:45 pm.
After the pre-party, the runway show began with some very special and talented designers. Five veteran designers and one newcomer debuted their latest collection. Leah Kettelson, Chessna Fernald, Buf Reynolds, Audio Helkuik, and Andy Kollath all competed for the $500 prize provided by SAC Federal Credit Union. The winner of last night's show will be announced on Monday, August 29th. Past Fashion Cup winner, Dan Richters, also debuted his latest collection as the headlining designer.
Leah Kettelson, Leah Kareen, Evening wear collection featuring the Pantone Color of the year for 2016, Rose Quartz mixed with an accent color of Serenity. Sophisticated and elegant evening gowns fit for a wedding or gala.
Chessna Fernald, d0ll clothes, Avant Garde collection based on the theme of flora and fauna. Nature-inspired with a romantic and luxurious feel.
Buf Reynolds, Evening wear collection portraying Wednesday Addams, Lydia Deetz, and Dita Von Teese as the same person. This collection ranged from separates that could be worn every day to cocktail and evening wear.
Audio Helkuik, Street wear collection featuring leather accessories; body harnesses, color blocked spandex base layers. Featuring custom printed fabric.
Andy Kollath, AJK, Ready to wear collection. Sportswear inspired looks with a modern utilitarian iteration. Combination of jersey knits, cotton blends, and denim.
Furthermore, Leah Kettelson, Buf Reynolds, and Audio Helkuik have been selected to show in tonight’s finale. Twelve designers were chosen to compete for the Omaha Fashion Cup, a prize package valued at over $20,000. Tonight will complete this season of Omaha Fashion Week. It will be a full house at the Omaha Design Center. We are excited and thrilled to watch this showcase and see who takes home the grand prize. Full tables are sold out, but a select number of individual seats are available at omahafashionweek.com/tickets.