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OFW Designers Take on College

This year many of our OFW designers are embarking on new milestones in their lives. Some are about to graduate high school and make their way to college; while others are graduating college, and starting to build a career.  Stay up to date with what is going on with a few of our studious designers right here:  

Katie Thompson

Katie, winner of the Designer Showcase II, is a graduate student at Iowa State University. Thompson will be graduating with her Masters in May of 2016. The Iowa State student is currently focused on textile design with a specialization in digital textile printing. The OFW alum found that from narrowing her focus to textile design rather than the broad topic of fashion design it allowed her to figure out what direction to take in her future career goals. Katie hopes to get a job in textile printing or textile design with a company stationed on the coast. "I prefer to move around quite a bit so in 10 years I see myself in a different city at a new job, I have no idea what it may be.", says Thompson.

Walker Greene

Walker Greene is currently a foundation student at Paris College of Art. Next year Walker plans to go into fine arts. Don't worry, this does not mean an end to fashion for him. "I want to be more open to experiment and use different mediums rather than just focusing on one thing," says Greene.  Walker plans to mesh his fashion emphasis with his love for art- much like he learned through the Kent Bellows Studio and various art teachers he had. Walker attributes much of his success to the teachers he has had throughout his life."Some of the main art teachers that helped me throughout the years are: Debie Plog, who runs an art studio out of her basement,  Jeremy Caniglia, my art teacher at Creighton Prep, and Dan Richters who taught me almost everything I know about fashion and design," says Walker.

11065897_10152827652881553_504045060279513310_nKate Walz

Kate is a senior this year and definitely knows her way around the runway. The OFW alum will be making her way to New York in the fall  to attend Parsons the New School for Design.  Parsons has been a dream school for Kate since a young age and she is extremely grateful to not only be accepted, but to be receiving a scholarship as well. The senior is excited to be surrounded by the diversity in New York City. "I want to feel scared and uncomfortable as I think this will help me grow as a person and artist," says Walz. In 10 years Kate sees herself owning her own boutique in New York or Paris and to design exclusive collections for high end department stores. She understand this is a big goal but is excited to achieve it. "I often find that those who fear to voice their aspirations don't truly believe in their ability to achieve them," says Kate.

Join in on the Summer Fun: OFW Fashion Camp

Join in on the Summer Fun: OFW Fashion Camp Every kid goes to basketball camp, dance camp, or your regular old sleep away camp, but stray from the status quo this Summer and register send your child in the OFW & Develop Model Management fashion camp.

10629517_10152391917571553_1509002789398662300_oJoin the OFW Team and Develop Model Management for our Fashion Camp! Your child will learn about all aspects of the fashion industry, from sketching, photography and modeling, to creating their very own garment or accessory. Camp will culminate in a runway show for parents at the end of the week!

Fashion Camp will be held at Develop Model Management. Price includes all materials for the week- meals and snacks are NOT included.

Check out coverage of lasts year's camp by KMTV Action 3 News!


Session I/Kids Camp: $225 June 8th-12th  8am-noon  (6-10 year olds)

KIDS (6-10 y/o) FASHION CAMP SCHEDULE Day 1: Project introduction:  Design basics Day 2: Project introduction:  How to make a bag Day 3: Project introduction: How to decorate your bag and jewelry accompaniment Day 4: Topic and Group Discussion: How to model Day 5: Pick out matching garment from Goodwill. All group fashion show and photo shoot

Session II/Preteen+Teen Camp: $225 June 8th-12th 1pm-5pm (11-17 year olds)

PRETEEN/TEEN (11-17 y/o) FASHION CAMP SCHEDULE Day 1: Topic and Group Discussion:  Your personal style and creating a brand Day 2: Topic and Group Discussion: Mood boards Day 3: Topic and Group Discussion:  Fashion industry jobs Day 4: Topic and Group Discussion: How to produce a fashion show, what goes into planning Day 5: All group panel discussion with OFW producers Nick and Brook Hudson. All group mood board presentation and fashion show and photo shoot

PLEASE NOTE - There will be an Advanced Program for 11-17 y/o campers if they participated in the 2014 summer fashion camp or if they have advanced skill levels.  The Advanced Program curriculum will include instruction by expert fashion designers and sewing instructors.  At the culmination of the camp, there will be 6 campers chosen to showcase their designs at Omaha Fashion Week in August on platforms before the runway show starts!  If you would like more information regarding the qualifications for entering the Advance Program, please email with the subject line: Advanced Camp and someone will respond with additional information.

Register HERE:


Fashion Camp will be held in the Younkers Court of the Oak View Mall between American Eagle and Victoria's Secret, in the old Disney Store.

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Methodist & Younkers Cancer Survivor Show

Methodist  & Younkers Cancer Survivor Show: Next Wednesday, March 11th. "There is an amazing feeling when you are treated at the Methodist salon. They make you feel beautiful in your own skin especially when you don't feel that way at all." States, OFW Survivor Show Coordinator, Jessica Guerrero. Jessica was diagnosed with stage 3B Melanoma in July of 2011. She had several months of surgery and Chemotherapy to beat her rapidly growing disease and has been cancer free since October of 2012.1961010_10152055000191553_672122897_o

Guerrero was a part of her first show in the middle of her chemo round. “I had very little hair- but being treated like I was gorgeous for one night- when I really wasn't feeling it- gave me some part of "me" back”, said Guerrero.

“Having people cheering for you and being pampered after everything you've gone through, medically; is an amazing feeling. It's a night to show cancer that it did not win.” said Jessica. The audience are not the only people cheering for these survivors.

1622373_10152055037686553_252066452_oLori Fuchs, Also a OFW Survivor Show coordinator, works at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center at the Specialty Salon. Lori and the salon for survivors work with cancer fighters like Jessica with head shaves, breast prosthesis, wig fittings, along with bra fittings, beauty classes, make up application, and skin care help.

OFW is working with Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center for the Survivor Show. The show will be March 11th. Doors open at 6pm and the show will begin at 8pm.


Omaha Fashion Week would like to say a big thanks to all the following boutiques for being apart of our Survivor Show!


Atomic Bombshells

All About Me Boutique

Bliss Boutique


Christain Nobel

Christopher &Banks

The Garment District





Old Navy

Paperdoll Vintage

Posh Princess

Post and Nickel




Atomic Bombeshell

all about me

bliss boutique

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paperdoll Vintage

posh princess

post and nickel




Join us for an outstanding night of fashion!

Purchase tickets to the Methodist Cancer Survivor Show HERE

OFW March 2015 Lineup: Join Us Alongside the Runway

OFW March 2015 Lineup: Join Us Alongside the Runway VIP Swag Bags

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 tickets20120821_dm-8469-2 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.

Doors open at 6 pm and shows begins at 8 pm.   20120825_cc_5919-2

                           Be There. March 10-15.

OFW Announces the March 2015 Lineup

Omaha Fashion Week Announces the March 2015 Line-up:

Congratulations to all of the designers involved in this season's shows!


Tuesday: Student Night

- Click HERE for Tickets

4H Sydney Moore OPS Caleb Hanner Kent Bellows Grace Neary for Grace62

Wednesday: Methodist Survivor Show

- Click HERE for Tickets

Atomic Bombshells All About Me Bliss Boutique Chicos Christian Nobel Christopher and Banks The Garment District Gramer City Katinas McLovin Mesh Old Navy Paperdoll Vintage Posh Princess Post and Nickel Skyz Younkers

Thursday: Showcase I

-Click HERE for Tickets

Andrea Hurtt for Amaryllis Alyssa Koory Jessica Collins for Jessica Lynn Hannah Olson for Hannah Caroline Couture Molly O’Brien Alison Cloet

Friday:Showcase III

- Click HERE for Tickets

Jessica Lynn for Jacklynn Sister Cities Cystal Hobson Alejandra Buenrostro Elda Doamekpo for AFIELDA Katie Thompson

Saturday: Showcase III

-Click HERE for Tickets

Declared Jillian Fellers Erin Tepper Judy Bales Kate Walz Whitney Rorah

Sunday: Develop Model Management Beauty Show

-Click HERE for Tickets

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Be There. March 10th-15th.

Here come the boutiques of Omaha!

Get your wallets ready..... Here come the boutiques of Omaha!  before you make your way to your seats at Omaha Fashion Week's March 2015 shows, take a moment to browse and shop the latest trends found in these local Nebraska boutiques:

BeYourself Boutique (March 13-14th)

Pretty In Patina (March 10-15th)

318 On The Avenue (March 11th and March 14th)

Alletti Jewelry (March 14th)

It! Works, Becky Jochim (March 14th)


Show your inner YOU with BeYourself Boutique.beyourself newThis boutique centers on how the clothes make you feel rather than what size you are wearing. BeYourself has a unique sizing pattern based on colors rather than numbers. BeYourself was founded in 2005 by two sisters, Kim Vasey and Jennie O’Dell with the mission to boost the self- esteem of women with beautiful clothes. The idea was so popular that the company grew in October of 2010 with the opening of a Lincoln store. The entire team  works to bring the latest trends while building the self confidence of the women of the Omaha area.


pretty in patina newAre You Looking for name brand designer accessories but want something with a little more character?- Then Pretty in Patina is the perfect place for you! Pretty in Patina is a local Omaha boutique full of vintage treasures. The store carries name brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and Louboutin. Pretty in Patina is located in the Old Market area.  Owner Elizabeth Kittell began the company about two years ago selling online. In late 2014, Kittell decided a brick and mortar option was exactly what her company needed.


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Though you won’t find these clothes in Omaha, this Norfolk based boutique has the perfect addition to every wardrobe. Three Eighteen On The Avenue  was started by Marie Schroeder in October of 2013. Marie earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, after her son was born she decided it was time to get out from behind the desk and get involved in the fashion industry. Three Eighteen’s contemporary, unique style flourishes in the Norfolk area. The team is dedicated to  finding all of the up and coming trends while keeping to affordable prices.The boutique’s unique clothing is available in store along with online.


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Are you looking for a miracle? Well, at least a skin care miracle. Becky Jochim, Independent distributor for It Work!, is bringing just that to Omaha Fashion Week. The company started with the body applicator or Crazy Wrap thing and has grown from there! Becky has been a distributor for the company since May of 2014. Becky is a passionate entrepreneur who is invested in bringing healthy and life changing products to the area.



alletti newBeautiful, unique,one of a kind, and affordable, these are all words to describe local jeweler, Alletti Jewelry. Alletti Jewelery is located in Rockbrook Plaza and is known for its one- of-a- kind jewelry and silversmith. though known by its name today, it hasn't always been called Alletti. Patra Pakieser  opened The Silversmith Jewelry and Workshop in September of 2008.  The company soon grew, in 2010, Patra began by selling at wholesale and by 2011 she began manufacturing as Alletti Jewelry. The company not only sells beautiful jewelry but also teaches others through classes and workshops.


Want to join the fun? Get involved with Omaha Fashion Week!

Contact Assistant Producer, Kylie Bollwitt, at 

OFW Invites You to Nebraska Crossing Anniversary Fashion Show!


Join OFW at Nebraska Crossing Outlets for a fashion show benefiting Teammates on November 14 & 15!  Get the inside scoop on the latest trends, just in time for the holidays! All attendees will enjoy:

  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Red Carpet Paparazzi Event
  • Exclusive sales
  •  Hors d'oeuvres and wine from Dean & Deluca at the pre-party
  •  ...and those who download the NEX App will be eligible for thousands of dollars in prizes given out during the fashion show!

Limited seating available...get yours now.  We'll see you alongside the runway! Ticket sales proceeds benefit Teammates Mentoring Program:



OFW: March 2012 Show Schedule and Venue Map

Tickets for OFW: March 2012 go on sale January 23.  Attendees will be able to purchase a specific seat within the venue.  Prices range from $30-$50 for a reserved seat and $60 for a front-row VIP seat. View the venue seating map here: VENUE SEATING. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21: Survivor Style Show KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Omaha Benefiting Inner Beauty: A Specialty Salon for Cancer Survivors at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. This special night features cancer survivors modeling clothes from local boutiques. Collections by: All About Me! Boutique, Chocolate Peacock, Post & Nickel, Roots & Wings, SKYZ Boutique, Togs.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22: OFW Set 1: Children’s Wear & Fashion as Art KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Omaha Collections by: Hollie Hanash for Ruffled Runway, Yolanda Diaz for Little Miss Fashion, Leah Casper, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Olajide Cooper for Kotero and Angela Balderston for Get Plastered.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23: OFW Set 2: Day Wear & Street Wear KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Omaha Collections by: Emma Erickson, Megan Hunt for Princess Lasertron, Jane Round and Paddy Tarlton for Dancin Yogi.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24: OFW Set 3, Glam & Men’s Wear KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Omaha Collections by: Christian Shuster for ChristianMICHEAL, Just Because by Kate Walz, Terri Jen Bucker for NueVintage Apparel & Accessories,  Amanda Clark for I Design with Love, Bertiher De La Cruz Trinidad and Tiffany Headley for Donna Faye Couture.



OFW Wishes You A Season of Light and Love!

 Here's to a holiday season filled with light and love! Thank you for supporting Omaha Fashion Week in 2011.  With your help, we were able to provide a professional showcase to 40 local designers during our August shows and 13 local designers during our March show.  Omaha Fashion Week has become the region's largest supporter of independent fashion designers, and we are dedicated to providing more opportunities to those interested in pursuing this career path, especially young people. We are excited to announce the formation of the Omaha Fashion Institute, a non-profit organization that will provide creative inspiration, skills development, resources and business incubation to aspiring Midwest fashion designers to support the fashion ecosystem that is developing here.  We are working alongside community leaders and look forward to launching the first set of Institute programs for designers during the OFW: March 2012 season!

Tickets for OFW: March 2012 will go on sale January 23. Prices range from $30-$50 for a reserved seat and $60 for a front-row VIP seat.  Check out our show schedule and map of our new venue, KANEKO, here.

Information about volunteer opportunities for OFW: March 2012 will be up on our website in January.

Thank you to all who have been involved in Omaha Fashion Week - models, hairstylists, make up artists, volunteers, photographers, ticket holders, sponsors, members of the press.  Only in Omaha can a community rally to this degree - and take a city known for finance and insurance companies - and turn it into a regional fashion hub!

Wishing you all the best in 2012,

Nick and Brook Hudson OFW Producers