OFW is excited to announce our new designer lineup for February 2019. This is one of the largest groups ever to participate in the spring season, many are new to OFW and come from all over the Midwest.
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The scores are in...OFW Producers announce the top designers from our March 2016 season at the Omaha Design Center. A Top Designer was selected for Student Night and all three designer showcases. Winners each receive a $500 cash prize. Read on to find out who they are!
As we are only a few days from the beginning of Omaha Fashion Week we thought you should get to know a little bit about the Friday night Presenters!
Jessica Lynn Crystal Hobson Alejandra Buenrostro Elda Doamekpo Katie Thompson
Jessica Lynn began sewing at the age of five from her grandmother. Jessica studied at the Art Institutes of Colorado. After she gained industry experience by working in a bridal boutique. Eventually Jessica went out on her own to design her how bridal gowns. Her lines are full of detailed, vintage inspired gowns and have been shown on the runway multiple times.
Crystal Hobson had always had the support of her parents when it came to doing what she loved. Going in to college she began with a Costume Design major. She then found the Textile Design program and fell in love. She graduated from University of Nebraska Lincoln and continues to do what she loves. Crystal showed in the August show and is excited to show here at the March show. Crystal designed pieces for this line that are simple but bring the WOW factor! Look for her designs on Friday night.
Alejandra Buenrostro studied design in Mexico and after college she received a job designing shoes. Alejandra applied to Omaha Fashion Week with the hopes of diversifying herself as well as stepping out of her comfort zone. Alejandra loved the experience and can't wait to expand her lines even more. She hopes to expand in to mens wear as well as continue with designing shoes in the future. This is Alejandra's first show and she can't wait to see what her future holds!
In August, Elda Doamekpo presented a collection that was inspired by her heritage and family. This season Elda will be presenting a line thats inspiration comes from over 100 years ago. She is very excited to present her collection based off the 1920's novel, The Great Gatsby. Elda brings the past and the present together to create beautiful designs. At the age of 17, Elda works to be an example for young designers as she presents her collection at Omaha Fashion Week.
Katie Thompson is anything but a new comer when it come to Omaha Fashion Week. The Iowa State student is constantly presenting fun, elegant, ready to wear collections. Katie works to create business causal clothes that are anything but stuffy. Pieces from Kaite's line are great first impressions and are full of creativity. See what she comes up with next when her models walk the runway.
Click HERE to get your tickets for 3/13!
3/10: Student night: Click HERE for tickets Check out Nebraska’s most talented student designers! View collections from top 4-H students, the Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Studio, Omaha’s Central High School and three OFW newcomers: Caleb Hanner for LeRoy Designs (Evening Wear), Sydney Moore (Avant Garde) and Grace Neary for Grace62 Designs (RTW).
3/11: Methodist hospital survivor show: Click HERE for tickets Celebrate the triumph over cancer as 80 survivors take over the runway wearing looks from local boutiques! Presented by Nebraska Methodist Hospital, part of proceeds benefit the Inner Beauty Salon at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center.
3/12: Designer Showcase I: Click HERE for tickets Debut of brand new F/W 2015 collections by Alison Cloet (Evening Wear), Jessica Collins forJessica Lynn (Children’s Wear), Andrea Hurtt for Amaryillis Designs (RTW), Alyssa Koory (RTW), Molly O’Brien for Molly Elizabeth (RTW), and Hannah Olson for Hannah Caroline Couture (RTW).
3/13: Designer Showcase II: Click HERE for tickets Debut of brand new F/W 2015 collections by Alejandra Buenrostro (RTW), Elda Doamekpo for AFIELDA (Evening Wear), Crystal Hobson (RTW), Jessica Lynn for Jacklynn (Bridal), and Katie Thompson for Katie Thompson Clothing (RTW).
3/14: Designer Showcase III: Click HERE for tickets Debut of brand new F/W 2015 collections by Judy Bales (Avant Garde), Declared (RTW), Jillan Fellers (Bridal), Whitney Rorah for Whitney Rorah Designs (Evening Wear), Erin Tepper for Ezradella (RTW), Kate Walz (Evening Wear).
3/15: Develop Model Management Beauty Show: Click HERE for tickets Watch the metro’s top salons, hair stylists and make up artists compete for a $2,500 prize package from SAC Federal Credit Union! With only 48 hours to pull off 10 head-to-toe looks, the battle will be fierce.
Be There. March 10-15.
- Designer applications for OFW: August 2015 will be available online from Feb. 15- Apr. 3, 2015.
- All applications must be submitted by midnight on Apr. 3. No late applications will be accepted.
- OFW is looking for Spring/Summer 2016 collections to be shown in August shows.
- OFW is looking for designers that fall into the following categories: Women’s wear, men’s wear, children’s wear, bridal, evening wear, swimwear, business wear, day/street wear, alternative, and fashion as art.
- Applications will be reviewed and narrowed down to a set of designers who will be selected to participate in interviews with a panel of independent professionals from the industry. Interview invitations will be sent out via email on Apr. 10.
- Interviews will take place April 21-24, location TBD. Applicants must be available to interview during this time to participate in OFW: August 2015.
- Each interview will take 10 minutes.
- Interviewees must come prepared with at least one garment that represents their ability/craftmanship along with sketches of at least three pieces that will represent their planned collection. The panel will score each interviewee and scores will be used to make final selections for OFW: August 2016.
- Final selection notices will go out via email on Apr. 26.
- Selected designers will be asked to attend an orientation meeting Apr. 29 at 7 p.m., location TBD.
- OFW: August 2015 Designers will be announced on Apr. 27
OFW is growing this Fall Season, with two off-site showcases! Jenny Pool, local Avant Guard costume designer, has a show entitled "Forêt des Rêves" or "forest of dreams." She will be debuting her collection on the evening of August 20, directly following the Omaha Fashion Week show at a separate venue on 10th and Dodge. Doors will open for the event around 9:30 p.m. and the show will start at 10:15 p.m.
Pool, with local theatre The Witching Hour plan on producing a show that will feature an original fairy tale by local author Timothy Schaffert as well as a theatrical experience of clothes.
"I love immersive artistic experiences," Pool said. "And I was inspired to create a collection and an experience for the audience that showcases garments that are beautiful, garments that are frightening, and things very much like clothes you did not know clothes could do."
Local designer and Omaha Fashion Week Vetran Buf Reynolds also plans on debuting a collection during a late night show this August. On August 22, Reynolds is debuting a collection called "Phaesporia-Light Bringer." The collection represents the path of a woman’s metamorphosis from dark to light. Reynolds will present a beautiful new collection that strikes a balance between art and fashion.
"This show is very personal to me. It touches on many aspects of my personal life," Reynolds said of her collection. "But could take on many different meanings for others. There will be a journey to follow on the runway, and in the end it is about freedom."
This event will take place after the Omaha Fashion Week show on August 22 at a separate venue on 10th and Dodge. Doors will open at 9:30 p.m. and the show will begin around 10:15 p.m.
Tickets for these magical late night performances are $20 per person and available for purchase.
Andrea Sanderlin, a first time OFW designer, is debuting her new line, GREY, exclusively at Omaha Fashion Week this August . GREY is a new contemporary line from Younkers' private label, Ruff Hewn. Designer Andrea Sanderlin will showcase the looks on Thursday, August 21. Get Tickets Here!
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OFW Announces Fresh Designer Line Up and New Venue for March 2014 Season
Omaha, Neb. October 28, 2013 – Omaha Fashion Week organizers announced the designers who have been selected to show Fall/Winter 2014 collections during the next season of OFW March 4-9 in 2014. The lineup of 15 designers includes six newcomers, two high school students and all are from Nebraska or Iowa. Organizers have also selected a new venue for the fashion shows.
“This was a very entrepreneurial group of applicants. Several are looking at manufacturing and one has a storefront,” said OFW Producer Brook Hudson. “It’s so exciting to see how far we’ve come as a fashion community in the seven years since OFW began.” Highlights from interviews:
- Hollie Hanash, the designer behind the children’s wear label, Ruffled Runway, is rolling out a line of avant garde pieces for adults.
- Wallflower, a label by OFW newcomers Bryan Frost and Erica Cardenas, has a storefront that will be opening on Nov. 2 at 1402 South 13th Street.
- Children’s wear designer Aubrey Sookram of MarkoosModernDesign is getting ready to sell 500 dresses on Zullily.com. She made all 500 dresses herself in her basement studio.
The applicant pool included 30 designers who were narrowed down to the 15 who were selected. Designers applied and pitched their ideas to a panel of industry experts brought together by the Fashion Institute Midwest last week. The experts scored each designer and provided feedback that OFW organizers used to make final selections.
OFW also has a new venue. The Omar Bakery Building, located at 4383 Nicholas Street, will be the new home of OFW next spring. “The space is beautiful with exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors and great facilities. There is plenty of room for expansion,” Hudson said. The 16,000 square-foot event space at the Omar is under construction and will be open for events starting in December. “We feel very fortunate to be one of the first to book the space.”
A complete schedule of events for Mar. 4-9 will be announced in late November, with tickets going on sale Jan. 15, 2014. Below is a list of designer bios:
Elda Doamekpo is a high school student with a brand called Élle Inspired. Her evening wear collection is inspired 1940’s Dior. Elda is also a runway newcomer.
Kate Walz designs vintage inspired gowns with feminine details and timeless silhouettes. Her Fall 2014 collection is inspired by the Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1967)
Angela Balderston creates avant garde pieces made from plaster and non-traditional materials under the label Get Plastered!
Terri Buckner is the designer of Nuevintage Apparel + Accessories. Her passion is recycling vintage clothing into new one-of-a-kind designs by reconstruction of the original garments and accessories.
Hollie Hanash is the designer of Ruffled Runway, an upscale children’s brand made for the unique kid that wants to stand out. This season Hanash will create a second line of adult avant garde pieces.
Hannah Olson is an 18-year-old designer who loves to make custom garments for all sizes under her label, Hannah Caroline. She is dedicated to improving the selection of plus-sized apparel and helping women feel beautiful in their own skin.
Buf Reynolds has been creating garments for seventeen years. She is self-taught and loves the creative outlet fashion gives her.
Stacey Sipp is a multi-media artist and who specializes in out-of-the-ordinary pieces and specialty dresses for the tweens. She hopes her collection can be a vehicle for young girls to express themselves instead of blending into the crowd.
Aubrey Sookram studied Fashion design and Marketing at the UNL. She designs children's clothing and accessories under the name MarkoosModernDesign.
Fella Vaughn received his degree in Fashion Textiles Clothing and Design at UNL. This will be his fifth year participating in Omaha Fashion Week.
Jessica Collins is a children’s wear designer of modern party dresses who will feature layers of chiffon and lace in purples and pinks with accents of gold and ivory.
Bryan Frost and Erica Cardenas, designers behind Wallflower, will present a collection of ready-to-wear looks inspired by theater, titled “Evening at the Orpheum”.
Crystal Hobson is a UNL graduate with a goal to become a costume designer, either for theater or film. She will show an avant garde collection detailed with quilted elements paired with clear vinyl and sheer chiffon.
Katie Thomspon is a senior at Iowa State University whose designs range from evening wear and menswear, to outerwear and toddler and baby clothing. Her ready-to-wear collection is inspired by Jackie O.
Margie Trembley, Omaha designer of fascinator hats and bridal memory scarves, has exhibited her fiber art at the Chicago Botanic Garden and at her gallery, Springfield Artworks.
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 www.omahafashionweek.com.
About Fashion Institute Midwest: The Fashion Institute Midwest is a non-profit 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 Institute at www.fashioninstitutemidwest.org.
Photo by Greg Higgins. The designer application for OFW: August 2012 opens Feb. 15. Please read on to learn more about the application process and note important dates.
- Designer applications for OFW: August 2012 will be available online from Feb. 15- Apr. 9, 2012.
- All applications must be submitted by midnight on Apr. 9. No late applications will be accepted.
- OFW is looking for Spring/Summer 2013 collections to be shown in August shows.
- OFW is looking for designers that fall into the following categories: Women's wear, men's wear, children's wear, bridal, evening wear, swimwear, business wear, day/street wear, alternative, and fashion as art.
- Applications will be reviewed and narrowed down to a set of designers who will be selected to participate in interviews with a panel of independent professionals from the industry. Interview invitations will be sent out via email on Apr. 11.
- Interviews will take place Apr. 13-14, times and location TBD. Applicants must be available to interview during this time to participate in OFW: August 2012.
- Each interview will take 10 minutes.
- Interviewees must come prepared with at least one garment that represents their ability/craftmanship along with sketches of at least three pieces that will represent their planned collection. The panel will score each interviewee and scores will be used to make final selections for OFW: August 2012.
- Final selection notices will go out via email on Apr. 20.
- Selected designers will be asked to attend an orientation meeting Apr. 22 at 5 p.m., location TBD.
- OFW: August 2012 Designers will be announced on Apr. 23
Omaha Fashion Week has assembled a panel of experts who will interview designer candidates for the next season of Runway Shows, scheduled for March 19-24, 2012. Panelist input will help organizers make final selection decisions. Read panelist bios below. Interviews are by invitation only and are scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Nomad Lounge on 1013 Jones St. Designers will receive an invitation to interview via email on Oct. 17, at which time they can sign up for an interview time-slot on a first-come, first-served basis. Designers must complete an interview with the panel to be considered for the March shows.
Each interview will take 10 minutes. Designers must come prepared with at least three sketches of what they are planning for the Fall/Winter 2012/13, along with a sample garment from a past collection. Portfolios, mood boards or any other items that demonstrate the concept for the upcoming season are also welcomed. The panel will ask questions based on information provided on the application by the designer. They will be looking for a clear concept that ties each collection together, along with creativity in design, construction quality (based on garment provided) and seasonal appropriateness.
Wendy Chapman Wendy is a retail consultant who has made deals with national chains through her work at One Pacific Place and RED Development. She brought Anthropologie, Trader Joe’s, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Coach and many others to Omaha. She now works independently as principal of Chapman Retail Consulting, which allows her to work directly with retailers, placing them around the U.S. Prior to working in real estate, she managed merchandizing and fashion shows at One Pacific Place.
Hal France Hal became KANEKO's first executive director in May 2008 bringing nearly 30 years of leadership experience as a conductor of opera and symphonic music. He was the first musical director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and was formerly the principal director of the Omaha Opera. As executive director of KANEKO, an open space for open minds, he is actively engaged the organization's mission of supporting and promoting freedom in creativity.
Barb Trout A UNL faculty member since 1981, Trout teaches many aspects of apparel design and visual merchandising, as well as history of costume. She is curator of the historic costume collection in the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design.
Mary Ann Vacarro Mary Ann is a nationally acclaimed fashion designer whose couture dresses, suits and separates have been worn by highly successful women and featured in national publications including Town & Country Magazine. Along with running a design studio and workroom, she ran a Fashion Advertising business in five states, had a New York showroom for her Ready-to-Wear collection and designed freelance bridal and evening wear for New York manufacturers.
Wendy Wiess Wendy is a UNL faculty member in the Textiles, Clothing & Design Department. She teaches courses in textile design, including woven and non-woven textile construction, surface design and a special topic graduate seminar. She also serves as the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery Director, where develops local and international exhibitions and educational programs for diverse audiences.
By Sabrina JonesA few months ago I was approached by a new client who loves the fashion of the 50’s. She is getting married this summer and wanted me to create a custom designed wedding dress inspired by that era. I began to research fashion trends of the time, as well as some of my favorite designers -- Balenciaga, Chanel, Jacques Fath, and Christian Dior. Those familiar with my designs are well aware of my love of corsets and my passion for historic fashion. Although my client initially pushed me to study the 50’s, I was immediately drawn to the femininity and grace of this era. The voluminous swing skirts, emphasizing tiny little waists, and the overall head-to-to glamour, which included hats, gloves, and handbags, had me hooked.
This is a sneak peek of my 50’s inspired fashion line for OFW 2011 and an inspiration piece by Dior.