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Omaha Fashion Week Bridal and Children's Wear Showcase Recap 2014

Wow! What a great start to a week of Omaha Fashion, independent designers and wonderful talent. We kicked off the week with our Children’s and Bridal Wear showcase. yPwYnINRkZWz0IsJhSOM0O1XbcaVR2vialaBtx_4x48

The show started with designs from Susan Ludlow and her children’s wear line Designs by Suey. Susan’s designs were all hand crocheted with a jungle feel to them. The extreme details in these pieces like the small additions of sparkle, leg wear and hair pieces added a fun pop to the line.


Jessica Lynn Children’s Wear by Jessica Collins had a rock ‘n’ roll vibe that we were loving. Collins was inspired by the 1950′s and her collection features denim and leather with pops of bright pinks and yellows. The models threw on a pair of sunglasses for their final walk to add to the 50′s vibe.


Aubrey Sookam for Markoos Modern Designs created her collection as an ode to her parents. She created flower girl dresses with a 1970′s vintage feel. Her designs included lots of tool and moveable fabrics with a sweet and whimsical vibe, and made all of her models strut their stuff barefoot to add to the flower child nature of her collection.


KKINI by Micheala Cawley featured a unique array of different eye-catching bathing suits and cover ups. Her collection stressed unique backs, some having neon strings across the back and others having a metallic front and a printed back. She wowed the audience with her first-ever children’s swimsuits and one pieces.


Margie Trembley from Margie Trembley Chapeaux really got the audience talking when she started her show with a trumpet player dressed in full costume. Trembley, who is a FIM Grant Recipient, has a new line called “Going To The Races” line which was inspired by the Kentucky Derby. Her collection features large floppy hats, bright colors, feathers and floral additions to each hat.


Maxmillian Suiter for Max Millian had dresses with tons of black and white tool and pops of red. His designs had high necklines and sheer moveable fabric with a sexy but elegant style.


Jessica Lynn for Jacklynn Bridal was inspired by the glamour of the 1930s. She concentrated her designs on body conscious silhouettes, sparkle and silky glamorous fabrics. Her dresses had pops of pastel pink.


Whitney Rorah Designs, designed by FIM Grant Recipient Whitney Rorah, has a collection titled “Primavera.” Rorah was inspired by blooming cherry blossoms and hydrangeas. She used lots of pastels, ivory and creams on her gowns which featured long trains. Each dress had flower like details that took 45 hours to create.

August 25 Finale Designers Selected



Designers Selected for Omaha Fashion Week Runway Finale

Omaha, NE, July 20, 2012 – Omaha Fashion Week organizers have announced the line-up for the Runway Finale on August 25.  “This year we have made a big shift in the way we select designers for the Finale,” OFW Producer Nick Hudson said.  “We’ve waited until now to cast Saturday night designers so we could see how their collections are shaping up and select the very best looks.”  This will make the much anticipated OFW Runway Finale a “best of week” show, allowing for a broader selection of designers to be seen by thousands of attendees on the 400-ft runway than ever before.

The Fashion Institute Midwest, formerly the Omaha Fashion Institute, pulled together a selection panel of industry experts to review and evaluate designers’ collections last Saturday at the OFW Hanger Check.  Members of this panel selected 37 designers to show during the week out of 64 applicants in April.  The results have been tallied, with the following 22 designers being selected for coveted Saturday night positions:

Angela Balderston for Get Plastered Audio Helkuik Buf Reynolds Dan Richters Eliana Smith Ellene McClay for FORTRESS Fella Vaughn for Fella Hollie Hanash for Ruffled Runway JHaus Kate Walz for Just Because Jessica Hansen for Jessica Alyse KKini Leggoons Maximillian Suiter for Max Millian Terri Jen Buckner for Nuevintage Apparel & Accessories Tiffany Headley for Donna Faye Erin Thomas for Toxic Sadie

Emerging Designer Micro Collections: Elizabeth Medina Emely Valadez Lauren Birkentall Jeff Hansen Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

*This line up is subject to change as collections are finalized over the next four weeks.

Omaha Fashion Week is set for August 20-25 in Omaha’s Old Market.  Join the organization for its fifth anniversary by purchasing your tickets at  Ticket prices range from $65-$20 for weeknight seats and $120-$30 for Runway Finale seats.  VIP tables for the Finale are $1,000.


About Omaha Fashion Week On the inside, Omaha Fashion Week is a talent incubator that seamlessly connects designers, stylists, photographers, artists and models through nurturing platforms and engaging opportunities. On the outside, Omaha Fashion Week is Midwest’s premier fashion event; spotlighting fashion innovations and celebrating creative excellence. Learn more at

About Fashion Institute Midwest The Fashion Institute Midwest, formerly the Omaha Fashion Institute, is a non-profit operating under the Omaha Community Foundation that nurtures aspiring fashion designer talent by supporting and developing the Midwest fashion ecosystem through programming that provides creative inspiration, training opportunities, resources and business incubation to unlock the creative entrepreneurial potential in our young people. Support the OFI at