This time next week, we will be getting ready to kick off our first designer showcase of Omaha Fashion Week March 2016! We have six designers taking the stage next Thursday. They include Yolanda Diaz, Tirzah Beam, Chessna Fernald, Bertiher De La Cruz, Maria Barmettler, and Kate Bruce. Continue reading to learn more about each of these designers.

Yolanda Diaz

Diaz will be showing a children’s clothing line under the label of Little Miss Fashion. This collection will include dresses, pants, skirts, tops and accessories. They will all have a vintage style in pastel colors of pink, blue and ivory. Currently, Diaz sells her garments through and hopes to expand her market.

Tirzah Beam

Beam is a designer from nearby Treynor, Iowa. She began sewing at the age of seven through her involvement with 4H. Beam is an Iowa State University alum and hopes to make a career as a designer in the fashion industry. The inspiration for the collection she is showing comes from a haunted hotel. She will feature tailored and drape-y pieces alike with a simple color palette and unique details.

Chessna Fernald

Fernald is a self-taught designer. She often designs clothing out of unconventional and recycled materials. “I use fashion design as my primary outlet for creativity. I love designing and making pieces that speak to me,” she says. The collection she is showing is called “Wasted”. This is a street wear collection that is a reflection on life.

Bertiher De La Cruz

De La Cruz is a designer from Mexico. He is the owner of SpoiledLittleMama. The collection he will be bringing to our runway will feature woman’s wear. This collection is casual and will include short dresses with some ethnic touches.

Maria Barmettler

Barmettler is a current student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the designer of Ave Maria, a clothing line meant for independent, fashionable and passionate women. “The type of women I want representing my clothing brand are the ones who are go-getters, determined, live each day to the fullest and spread unconditional love and positivity,” she says.

Kate Bruce

Bruce is a senior at Iowa State University. In the future, she hopes to run her own company, creating upscale ready-to-wear apparel and accessories. She has previously held internships with Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade. The collection she is showing will be comprised of women’s ready-to-wear. This collection was inspired by the work of Andy Warhol. Interestingly, this collection is centered on this idea that features beauty found in office supplies.

Only one week away until you will be able to see these fabulous collections hit the runway! Make sure you get your tickets here before they sell out! See you there!


Photos: Heather and Jameson Hooton

Models: Develop Model Management