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Check out the North Omaha Summer Arts Crawl!

Hey fashion friends! We're excited to be a part of the North Omaha Summer Arts Crawl this year, and we wanted to share it with you! You can read the event's press release below for more information.

North Omaha Summer Arts Crawl culminates free festival; Arts Crawl is Friday, August 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.

OMAHA, NE – North Omaha native, resident and artist Pamela Jo Berry saw a need for more art to be infused into her community. So she dreamed up something called North Omaha Summer Arts (NOSA) in order to bring art in all its forms into that underserved neighborhood. With the help of partners and collaborators she’s made it a reality. This free, family-friendly arts festival for the community, by the community wraps up Year 5 with the annual Arts Crawl on Friday, August 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Arts Crawl happens at venues up and down and around North 30th Street. Take a stroll or drive from Metropolitan College Fort Omaha campus north to various churches to Heartland Family Service/Solomon Girls Center to enjoy inspiring visual art and soothing live music by artists from the community. 

Sample the work of artists in a wide variety of mediums and meet some of the artists sharing their work.  Free refreshments and homemade snacks available at each stop.

"I am very excited about the fifth annual North Omaha Summer Arts Arts Crawl." Berry says. "From 6 to 9 p.m. we have five locations showing beautiful art and serving really good food. New this year, the Washington Branch Library is hosting a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and there will be food and art there as well.

"The Arts Crawl features established artists and newcomers, all of whom love to share their art and its story with audiences. The food is wonderful at each stop. The deserts at Parkside Baptist Church are another work of art."

The Arts Crawl lineup:

• Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha campus, Mule Barn Building #21 New this year: Omaha Fashion Week at the Mule Barn
• Church of the Resurrection, 3004 Belvedere Blvd. (just northwest of 30th and Kansas Ave.)
• Trinity Lutheran Church, 6340 North 30th St. (30th and Redick) Featuring a Community Peace mural made by teens and seniors from the North Omaha Intergenerational Human Services Campus
• Parkside Baptist Church, 3008 Newport Ave. (30th and Newport Ave.)
• Heartland Family Service/Solomon Girls Center, 6720 North 30th St. (30th and Titus Ave.)

NEW THIS YEAR:

• Washington Branch Library, 2868 Ames Ave. is hosting an Arts Crawl reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Enjoy art and refreshments at the library.

Berry describes the Community Peace mural that a group of teens and seniors from the North Omaha Intergenerational Human Services Campus made under the direction of artist Pamela Hinson:

"This year we wanted to make a mural about North Omaha," Berry says. "It is a beautiful, vibrant place to live, yes. even with all the attention on the violence and the issue of poverty. There are sweet, peaceful neighborhoods, people of different hues, faiths and languages, families of all generations in the parks, community gardens and small forests. And there is art in all forms. 

"Many people care about North Omaha's redevelopment and the well-being of the people. Better things are on the horizon. There is much prayer for peace in exchange for the violence that seems to linger in the in-between spaces here.. Our mural is about peace in and for North Omaha. Maybe as we focus on the good that can be found here, better ideas for mastering poverty and violence will come forth."

The mural will be displayed at Trinity Lutheran Church during the Crawl.

The North Omaha Summer Arts team invites the general public from all over the metro to come participate in this important milestone of 5 years bringing art to North Omaha. Discover art and artists in our midst whose work deserves wider appreciation and recognition.

Before, during or after the Crawl, enjoy some of North Omaha’s other resources, including the Loves Jazz & Arts Center, the Carver Bank, the Union for Contemporary Art, the Bryant Center, Miller Park and the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation.

Visit the NOSA Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NorthOmahaSummerArts and the NOSA Arts Crawl Facebook Event page.

For more information, email pamelajoh100@hotmail.com or call 402-502-4669/402-709-1359.

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Booth and Platform Presenters at OFW

Omaha Fashion Week is quickly approaching and along with the shows we have some awesome retailers joining in on the fashion fun! 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)

The Ugly Sister Boutique(March 13th)

Atomic Bombshells (March 13th)

Declared (March 13th)

Nebraska Cancer Coalition: The Bed is Dead(March 11th)

Younkers(March 11th)

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BeYourself Boutique

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Pretty In Patina

10978601_338639059669922_3497006831122902404_n If you are looking for accessories for Omaha Fashion Week , Pretty in Patina  is your one stop shop. Located in the old market area, the boutique is full of vintage, name brand treasures  that are calling your name.With new  items coming in all the time you are sure to find the perfect accessory! You will also be able to shop at their booth every night of OFW and see their merchandise modeled on Wednesday and Saturday.

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318 On The Avenue 

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Alletti Jewelry

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It Works!, Becky Jochim

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 7.33.07 PMDo you want to be a healthier version of yourself. It Works! products may be the perfect addition to your daily regiment. Whether your goals include being more fit or having healthier hair and skin, The It! Works girls have exactly what your looking for. Before you see their booth on Saturday night, get a preview of the products from Becky!

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The Ugly Sister Boutique

Ugly SistersThe Ugly Sister Boutique  is one of the most recent additions to the boutique that will be joining us for Omaha Fashion Week. The Ugly Sister Boutique started with a  love of bling. Judy Alioth had been designing jewelry for a few years and wanted a way to share her passion of glitz and glamour with the public. Judy  wanted a store the emulated her personality and was full  of  creativity. the store was started in 2010 and is now open in Midtown Crossing. Be sure to Checkout this gem before they join on  the Friday night of OFW!

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Atomic Bombshells

Atomic BombeshellAtomic Bombshells brings great vintage elements to a modern women. Atomic Bombshell carries clothing by Bettie Page Clothing, Sourpuss Clothing, and Pin Up Couture and much more. Their clothes are the perfect thing to bring out your inner Bombshell! The store full of petticoats and swing dresses is located in Midtown Crossing. They will have a booth available on the Friday night of fashion week but be sure to stop into their store now to shop and enter their Pink Couch giveaway before the 28th!

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Declared

DeclaredWith and inspiration of the crazy, defining teen years, Declared brings coast minded style to the Omaha area.  The brand started by Amy Lynn with up cycling and and dying denim in her basement. The fashion photographer was then joined by her friend Jake Thacker. The pair creates 90's inspired clothing and accessories worn by stars like Hayley Willams and Vanessa Hudgens. The brand will be showing in Omaha Fashion Week as well as hosting a booth on Saturday night.

 

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Nebraska Cancer Coalition: The Bed is Dead

tanningfact-MostCommonThe Nebraska Cancer Coalition is dedicated to educating the public on the risks  of tanning beds.  Nebraska Cancer Coalition  wants to be involved in young women 's commitment to protect themselves. The organization will be joining us on Wednesday night with their booth for the Methodist Hospital Survivor Show!

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YounkersYounkers

During the Survivor  show Younkers will not only have a booth before hand but is also one of our very generous corporate sponsors! Younkers is dedicated to bringing the latest trends to the community. The Bon Ton owned department store reaches out to shoppers in the area with events like the New & Now Fashion show happening march 28th!

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tat'zTat'z Nail'z

Tat'z Nail'z will bringing the latest technology in nails to Omaha Fashion Week. they will join us Thursday and Friday night.With Tat'z Nail'z  technology meets beauty. Not only can you put any digital image on your nail at photo quality, but you can do it in less than 10 seconds. With their specialized machine fashion nails are just moments away. On their website you have the ability to create you own design to be printed.With Tat'z nail'z your nails will be your best accessory.

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Ensemble

Ensemble is a premium menswear store. They are located in Country side village. Ensemble carries a variety of name brands including Jack Spade, Jonathan Alder, and John Varvatos.  Ensemble works to create a contemporary shopping environment as a mens boutique. The Boutique will have a model presentation Saturday night before the show.

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Be sure to check out all these boutiques before and during Omaha Fashion Week!

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Still interested in being apart of the OFW?

Contact Assistant Producer Kylie Bollwitt, at Kylie@OmahaFashionWeek.com

Omaha Fashion Week Ready To Wear I Showcase Recap

Pops of color and sparkle were all the rage on the runway for Tuesday night’s Ready To Wear showcase, and we’re not just talking about the lovely Brandi Peterson as emcee! We started off our showcase with designs by Vessela Zarankova for her line ZARANKOVA. Her collection was titled, “Games of the Human Brain” and each look represented an emotion. We saw lots of reds and yellows to represent different emotions. Each dress also had printed silk details to represent brain waves.

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Samone Davis and Britney Rose for Legalized Rebellion named their collection “Royal Blood” and it was inspired by the African Military. Most of the designs were accessorized with a small piece of fringe covering the eyes, which added to the military feel of the collection. Legalized Rebellion featured golds, blacks, reds and olive greens with pops of metallic. The duo designed for both men and women and most designs had a structured, sleek silhouette.

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Hannah Olsen for Hannah Caroline Couture had Chicago on her brain when she designed her line, “Midnight City.” We saw flattering silhouettes, sparkle and pops of bright color on black. Olsen also added fun, body positive bags to her collection.

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KT Thomspon, designed by FIM Grant Recipient Katie Thompson, called her line “Sea, Sand and Sun.” She was inspired by the waves of the sea crashing into the shore. Each print on the dresses were hand printed by Katie based on photographs she took in Myrtle Beach. We saw lots of scallops and ocean themed colors like corals and blues.

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Tamara Newson for Iconic by Tamu is another FIM Grant Recipient. Her line was inspired by the Swahili language and featured pops of bright colors and a subtle sexiness. We saw lots of unique cut outs and asymmetrical lines.

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Denise Ervin Designs pleased the crowed with tons of sparkle on her western themed clothes. She featured neutral colors, whites and denim. She designed skirts, pants and shorts but her fringe chaps really wowed the crowd. From Denise we saw structured button ups, suede and laser cut out details.

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Both Denise Ervin Designs and ZARANKOVA were chosen to show their collections on Saturday night during the finale and vie for the Fashion Cup and $10,000.

A Little Theatrics Introduced to Omaha Fashion Week

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.

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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."

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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.

Tickets:

Phaesporia-Light Bringer

Forêt des Rêves

Get Your Name Out: OFW Swag Bag Application

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Omaha Fashion Week continues to grow and this year we are anticipating over 7,000 people in attendance. That's great exposure for any company, brand or product and we want to help.

We're giving away around 750 VIP gift bags to OFW attendees and we want your product in their to help make these bags really special for our VIPs. If your brand or company is interested in giving away a product or item please let us know by applying to be a part of our Swag Bags.

Requirements 1. Must be able to provide a item or product for 750 swag bags. 2. Must be a tangible product or offer that adds value. 3. Deadline for products must be sent to OFW office by Aug. 12.

Please take note that we reserve the right to accept or deny any applications.

Some past examples of products are... Travel or full size hair and makeup products (shampoo & conditioner, mini mascara, lip gloss) Edible items (cookies, dog treats, coffee beans, cupcakes, gum/mints) Special offers (spa treatments, clothing store discounts) Other items (candles, shot glasses, nail polish)

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Get Red Carpet Ready for Fashion Week at Borsheims

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Guest can enjoy complimentary hair and make up done by Kontempo Salon,  hors d'oeuvres and sparkeling cocktails, and play our Jewelry Stylist game where the winner  receives a prize package including a pair of VIP tickets to one weeknight OFW show and a little something from Borsheims.   A special trunk show by Florida jewelry designer, Stephanie Kantis will also be featured at Red Carpet Ready!

The first 5o guests will receive a gift bag!

RSVP to Red Carpet Ready at Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts! Very excited to have more friends from Peroni Nastro AzzurroKontempo.Design Parliament and Develop Model Management involved!  It's free and we hope to see all of our fashion fans there! #omahafashion

RSVP Here: http://omahafashionweek.com/redcarpetready

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The event will be held at Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts which is located in Regency. Mark your calendars for Thursday July 17, at 5:30 p.m.

A look back at past events! 

RSVP Here: http://omahafashionweek.com/redcarpetready

For more information check out our Facebook event.

Summer 2014 Tips and Trends feat. Gramercy

Last week, Esoteric Velve'ts Meghann Schense had the opportunity to put together a few looks from the amazing clothes at Gramercy, a women's RTW boutique located in Countryside Village, for a group of young professionals. She had so much fun styling their clothes and answering questions from young professionals about how to best dress for work, travel, weddings or errands. Here are some of the outfits, tips, tricks and Summer 2014 trends she loved:

426AumdaK0qrJ-IbKoTIX2KMkQgxMSWCPHESCuc5f48This first outfit is great for travel. Maxi dresses are super comfortable and lightweight which makes them easy to wear and easy to pack. You could also layer a cardigan over if a plane ride or car gets too chilly. The accessories I found were perfect for a day in the sun, the blue hat is actually packable and folds down but still retains it’s shape. I decided to keep it simple with a statement necklace for jewelry. Pair this with some flip flops and you’re good to go.

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I thought this outfit would be perfect for shopping, brunch or a girls night out. The white skinny jeans have a forgiving 360 degree stretch as well as a “butt lift” in the back so it’s flattering on every figure. The outfit pairs great with the Chinese newsprint flats Gramercy has, as well as the brown clutch.

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This outfit is also perfect for day to day activities, especially if it’s a little warmer. The shorts have an elastic waistband and the grey silk top is a very breathable fabric for summertime. I paired this look with one of Gramercy’s fun printed scarves. You could wear it as an infinity scarf, tie it like a regular scarf, throw it around your shoulders if you get chilly or even use it as a beach cover up.

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For a more modest look I found this wonderful printed kaftan and belted it around the waist with a matching coral belt. I paired this with the same white skinny jeans and dressed the look up with a big statement necklace.

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I loved this laid back look for running around with kids or running errands. The army green pants are some of Gramercy’s best sellers, the drawstring front is popping up here and there for summer and they are super comfortable. I paired this with a graphic tank with a slightly open back, rose gold jewelry and this fun light pink bag that will hold anything and everything. Graphics, open banks and gold hues are huge for summer so this outfit is perfectly on trend.

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This dress is perfect for a summer wedding, and I know there are going to be plenty of those this season. I love the bright neon color, a huge trend, and the silhouette is very flattering on most figures. I added a pair of fabulous earrings and a long statement necklace, some of our favorites from Gramercy’s top-notch jewelry. They have jewelry designers from both India and London that are huge sellers with great statement pieces like the ones pictured above. The great thing about long necklaces that hit at a natural waist is that they are going to draw eyes downwards and give the illusion of an elongated torso. This will make anyone look and feel slimmer.

I also always think it’s best to “edit yourself” before you leave the house when it comes to accessories. This often means removing one or two pieces. There are three types of big accessories: an arm party of bangles and chunky bracelets, statement earrings or a statement necklace. I think it’s probably not a great idea to do all three, but there are always exceptions to every rule. That’s why editing yourself is so important.

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Gramercy also has some wonderful work-to-night-out looks like the one pictured above. For a chilly office, I paired the outfit with this great jacket and infinity scarf and a pair of simple black kitten heels. I also, once again, added some on-trend rose gold jewelry. For a night out all you need to do is add a sassier pair of heels, remove the jacket and scarf and add a statement necklace. For a more corporate look, Gramercy also offers a variety of wonderful black dresses and neoprene patterned dresses from one of their best selling brands, Clover Canyon.  Neoprene is great fabric because it really retains it’s shape so it’s a purchase that will last a long time.

Let us know if you love any of these looks and be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like our page on Facebook!