Omaha Fashion Week continued it’s Spring 2019 season last night with its most emotionally charged showcase of the year, the Methodist & Xenon Survivor Show presented by American National Bank!
The day started earlier than most showcases for these models, with 100+ cancer survivors getting runway ready offsite thanks to Xenon Academy and Surface Hair. The building was bustling with activity as Xenon stylists generously volunteered their time and expertise to make sure every model felt pampered and beautiful. The room buzzed with conversation, laughter, and admiration as survivors caught glimpses of themselves in the mirrors. Each cancer survivor left their styling session with a set of Awaken products to promote hair growth, thanks to Surface Hair!
Back at Omaha Design Center, doors opened to a crowd of attendees for a sold out show. Guests quickly bustled in out of the cold for the Pretty in Patina Pre-Party, with live entertainment from DJ Shor-T that had every foot tapping, and plenty of retail therapy in the Pop-Up Shop Market! With so many pre-party perks to choose from, it was hard to decide where to start! From delicious hors d’oeuvres in the Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery | Dreams MedSpa VIP Lounge, to delicious Abolut Elyx cocktails and shots on the Omaha Fashion Week Red Carpet, every corner of the venue was filled with energy. Some lucky ticket holders even managed to snag appointments at the Surface Styling Bar powered by Xenon Academy, for complimentary on-site updos before the show!
Every seat in the house was full as the clock struck 8:00pm. A slowly fell over the crowd as lights dimmed and a spotlight hit the Allure Med Spa Runway to Beauty. The silence was quickly filled with bright music as American Midwest Ballet kicked off the show! As the sea of ballerinas in red exited the stage, Michelle Bandur of KETV NewsWatch7 took their place to usher attendees through the rest of the evening.
Over one hundred cancer survivors hit the stage over the course of the night, modeling looks generous local boutiques: Dillard’s, Little Mango, Old Navy, Bliss Boutique, Christopher & Banks, Skyz Boutique, Chico’s, Hush la Boutique, Mainstream, Dress Barn, Soft Surroundings, and Christian Nobel! There wasn’t a moment without applause during the whole show, as survivors from 3 to 81 years old danced, spun, and high-fived their way down the runway. In partnership with Methodist Hospital, half of proceeds from the show went to support the Inner Beauty Salon at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, which works with cancer survivors to deal with changes to their image while undergoing treatment.
CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM WEDNESDAY: UNL STUDENT SHOWCASE
Runway | Heather and Jameson
Behind the Scenes | Michael Pysh
Omaha Fashion Week Red Carpet | Jim O’Keefe