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Model Hopefuls

Looking to strut the runway in the OFW March 2013 shows? Join us for the OFW open model calls on Dec 3. and Dec. 10. Don't miss your chance to gain experience and exposure with the industry's top scouts and fashion influencers.

We highly recommend all models attend the OFW Casting Prep Workshop prior to attending a model call. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the new 2013 model procedures. Alyssa Dilts, founder of Develop Model Management, will cover all the basic topics to prepare you for auditions including; what to wear, how to walk, what to say to the judges and more. OFW Producers Nick and Brook Hudson will also be on hand to answer questions. The Casting Prep Workshop will be held on November 11, from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Develop Model Management, 1307 Leavenworth Street.  Please park in the lot to the south of the building.

Models cast for the OFW 2013 will have the opportunity to train with model coach Alyssa Dilts. Those who are cast will be required to attend model boot camp, where they will learn how to interact with photographers on the runway and improve their walking technique.

Attendees should not bring pictures or portfolios/model books to model calls or the casting workshop or model calls. At model calls, the OFW team will collect measurements, photos, video and contact information that will be used by designers to cast their shows.

Casting Prep Workshop:

Nov. 11 from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. @ Develop Model Management on 1307 Leavenworth St. in Omaha

OFW Model Calls:

Dec. 3 @ 6 p.m.  Omaha Marriott on 10220 Regency Circle in Omaha, NE 68114 (near Regency Court/Whole Foods in Omaha)

Dec. 10  @ 6 p.m. Hilton Omaha on 1001 Cass St. Omaha (attached to Qwest Center in downtown Omaha)

Model Boot Camp (for those who are cast in the shows):

Feb. 7 @ Develop Model Management. From 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Feb. 14 @ Develop Model Management. From 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Feb. 21 @ Develop Model Management.  From 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Lights, camera... fashion!

That’s right, it’s that time of year again for all of our creative minds in the heart of Omaha to get together and create something awe-inspiring.  The Style, Shoot, Send contest comes around once a year and is an amazing opportunity for the Omaha community to team up and showcase their true talents. The stylists, photographers, designers, artists, directors, and models that make up our community are nothing short of inspiring. With the collaboration of their hard work, they bring the designs to life. Here are some of the winning teams from last year's contest:

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Each and every photo tells us a story behind the designer's collection and gives us a little insight on the inspiration. That is not all I'm going to leave you with today. For more inspiration to feed your hungry eyes, here are just a couple entries that were not published in last year's magazine. Go ahead. Feast your eyes!

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It is very evident that there is much talent to behold within Omaha. If you are interested in participating in this year's photo contest, simply click here to find out more details and apply! The winning team will recieve a $5,000 prize and the winning look will be featured on the cover of the March 2013 edition of Omaha Fashion Magazine! Not only is this a great way for you as an artist to build your portfolio, but it is also a great opportunity for you to meet and work with many innovative people. So no more second guessing! Get out there and style, shoot, and send!

Interested in fashion? Check out DEVELOPMENT!

Our friends at DEVELOPMENT are hosting scholarship auditions for their next round of classes this weekend!  If you are interested in modeling - or other aspects of the fashion industry from design to photography - we highly recommend these classes.  You will get a well-rounded understanding of the many job opportunities in the industry, in addition to learning the techniques used by successful models.  Here's the event info:
DEVELOPMENT Scholarship Auditions
Saturday, June 9th
10a-12p.
1307 Leavenworth Street
Make sure you're there! Auditions held in Omaha's emerging fashion district near Omaha Fashion Week at the agency, 1307 Leavenworth Street, large free parking lot on the south side.  Visit www.develop-models.com or email info@develop-models.com for more information. DEVELOPMENT is Omaha's premier modeling school and placement agency.
Photo by G. Thompson Higgins.  Features DEVELOPMENT Founder Alyssa Dilts directing model rehearsal at OFW March 2012.  At KANEKO.

Graduates

After a month of work on the new website and a marathon of one-on-one meetings with OFW designers, I'm finally having a chance to reflect on one of my favorite parts of Omaha Fashion Week - seeing participants go on to the next step in their careers.  This happens in all sorts of ways.  They get jobs, investors, learn a new skill, build a website, get their brand going, get accepted into new programs...and earn their diplomas. We've had a bumper crop of graduates this May.  I'd like to take a moment to recognize a few of them for their great accomplishments and contributions to OFW:

Annie Kawamoto, Production Assistant:

Annie and I have been working together for three years.  I hired her when I was marketing director at Creighton University College of Business and took her with me when I transitioned to producer of OFW.  She and I had a huge learning curve last summer and she was instrumental in making OFW 2011 a success.  She carefully balanced a double major in marketing and finance, held down multiple leadership positions in student organizations and helped me produce OFW.  We couldn't have done it without her.  Her efforts certainly didn't go unnoticed at Creighton, as she received awards for Marketing Student of the Year and Entrepreneurship Student of the Year to go along with her diploma.  Now Annie is employed as a financial advisor for Heritage Financial Services and is spending her summer studying for a series of finance certification tests.  I know...from fashion to finance?  The great thing about Annie is that she has an amazing brain.  No matter what she puts her mind to, she will be able to make a significant contribution.  Fortunately, OFW won't lose her forever because she's already promised to come back to volunteer during show week in August!  When you see her, be sure to congratulate her.

Jane Round, OFW Designer:

Jane has been designing for OFW since 2009.  She is known for the quality of her construction...and for her gorgeous red hair!  She graduated from Millard North High School this May and will go on to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  Here's an excerpt from a letter of recommendation I wrote for her college applications:

...she is someone I can count on to provide great insight and feedback on what Omaha Fashion Week can do to improve the show for audience members and the designer community. I’m always impressed by the courage and clarity she demonstrates in voicing her opinions.

Jane's leadership and communication skills far surpass her age.  She reminds me of how important it is to strive for excellence in everything.  We can't wait to see what she'll do next!

Maximillian Suiter, OFW Designer:

Max produced his first collection for OFW last August and quickly became a star!  His collection of special occasion dresses left the audience wanting more.  Max graduated from Brownell Talbot last week and has been accepted into a design program at Washington University in St. Louis.  Here's an excerpt from a letter of recommendation I wrote for Max:

As a relatively young (31) entrepreneur myself, I can’t say enough about how important it is to have a good team and good mentors. Wise people are humble enough to understand the limits of their ability – and courageous enough to bring in the best people they can find to shore up those limits. Max does just that. He demonstrates leadership, humility, courage and creative vision. All of those qualities have allowed him to attract and retain the team and mentors he needs to be successful in business and life.

Max's diligence and leadership ability will take him anywhere he wants to go in life. We can't wait to see his next collection grace the OFW runway this August.  Come watch him shine on Thursday, August 23 during our evening wear set.

Annie, Jane and Max are just a few of many people involved with OFW who are achieving significant milestones this year.  I wish I could list everyone who is moving on to the next level in their careers - my Facebook Feed is full of photos from OFW models, volunteers and fans who were graduating this May.  To all of you, a HUGE congratulations from Omaha Fashion Week.  We hope to see you near a runway again soon!

Muah,

Brook

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OFW Model Call 2012

Here are some FAQs for model-hopefuls:

Q: I've heard there is an "OFW Model Pool".  What is that and what does it mean for me? A.  Yes, there is an OFW Model Pool.  We started the Model Pool in October as a way to simplify the model selection process for Omaha Fashion Week and participating designers. Being included in the Model Pool means that you have an opportunity to be selected for OFW shows.  It does not guarantee you placement. You may be contacted directly by none, one or several OFW designers.  They will have access to all information we have on file for you - photo, measurements, hair color, eye color, etc.  They may cast you on the spot based on your file, or ask you to come in for an interview.

Q: How do I get into the "OFW Model Pool"? A:   Anyone who wants to be included in the OFW Model Pool must try out at an Omaha Fashion Week Model Call.  We have one coming up on February 20 at 6 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn on 1005 and Dodge (attached to Spencer's). Once you are in the pool, you will not need to attend future model calls to maintain your status.

Q: What can I expect when I arrive at the model call? A:  You will do four things at the model call:  1) Receive a number that should be pinned to your shirt so we can identify you. 2) Get a photo taken. 3) Visit the measurement station, where we will take your measurements and collect your contact information. 4) Demonstrate your walk for the panel.

Q: What will the photo taken of me at the model call be used for? A:  Strictly for identification purposes.  Photos taken at the model calls won't be used publicly.  They help us put a face with the name during the selection process.

Q. Why do you have to take measurements? Do they determine who gets into the shows? A.  We take measurements to help the designers get a head start on fittings.  Each garment is made to fit your body specifically - so accurate measurements are important. Without accurate measurements, a designer could end up buying too much fabric, or cutting a garment too small.  In either case, this is bad for the designer because it wastes their time and resources. The measurements are not used to determine who gets into the show - Omaha Fashion Week doesn't have a specific measurement requirement.  Ultimately, it is up to the designers to select the models who best represent their aesthetic.

Q: What should I wear to the model call? A: The panel of industry experts will want to see your bodyline, how you move and your face.  For ladies, we recommend something form-fitting, such as jeggings/leggings with a simple top and high-heels.  For gentlemen, we recommend jeans and t-shirts.  As for make-up, hair and accessories, keep it simple...again, the panel is looking for natural beauty.

Q: What happens if I am selected by a designer to walk in Omaha Fashion Week? A:  If selected, you will be required to sign a release to walk in Omaha Fashion Week (if under 19, you will need to have a parent/guardian sign for you).  Your designer will provide you with the release and collect it from you.  You will also be expected to meet with your designer as needed for fittings and do your part to help bring their creativity to life on the runway.  The designer is the leader of his/her creative team, which includes a set of models, make up artists and hairstylists.  Participation in OFW is an exciting opportunity to work as a team and all members of the team are expected to do their part to deliver upon the creative vision of the designer.

Q: When will I know if I am selected for the Model Pool?  How about the actual shows? A: You will know no later than Tuesday, March 20. if you will be included in the OFW Model Pool.  This is a list of models from which designers cast their shows.  This does not guarantee you placement.  If you are included on this list, you may be contacted by none, one or many OFW designers to walk for them or to interview for an opportunity to walk.  Each designer approaches their selection process differently and the Model Pool gives them the ability to cast their shows from a group of models that have been vetted by OFW.  Given the individual approach of each designer, OFW can't guarantee an exact time of when you will know that you've been cast.  In fact, there are many instances when designers need to fill a position in their line-up at the last minute - if you are in the Model Pool, you may be called upon to fill-in during such a situation.  Often these are when some of the best relationships form between designers and models.

Q: Once I am in the pool, do I need to attend future model calls to maintain my status? A: No, you do not need to attend any more model calls to maintain your status once you are in the OFW Model Pool - that's one of the perks of being included!!  To maintain your status, you only need to respond to an email we will send you prior to casting for each season.  This email simply asks if you would like to continue being part of the OFW Model Pool.  If you respond "Yes," then your information will be presented to designers for casting.  If you do not respond, or if you respond "No," then your information will not be presented to designers for casting.  This email will arrive in April for August shows and October for March shows.  Please do us a favor and let us know if you change email addresses so we can stay in touch - drop us a line at info@omahafashionweek.com.  Thanks!

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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

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Omaha Fashion Week Philosophy on Nurturing Omaha’s Fashion Industry

From time to time questions arise about whether or not Omaha Fashion Week should pay models, designers, photographers and stylists.  Tonight at our model call, we are expecting a group to be on hand passing out  flyers to attendees asking them to question us on how they will be compensated for their involvement in our Spring Show.  We would like to address this issue publicly by sharing our philosophy on how we intend to help Omaha's budding fashion industry. We agree that talented people deserve to be compensated.  However, the fashion industry here in Omaha is in its infancy and requires sacrifice from all of us.  Our philosophy on nurturing the industry is to first ensure that designers are able to develop viable, sustainable businesses.  Without strong designers, we are kidding ourselves about a fashion industry in Omaha.  Once money flows to designers, they will be able to hire models, stylists and photogs.  This is how it works in other markets.  Until then, we all have to do our part to support designers with our time, talent and treasure...if we are truly passionate about building a fashion industry in Omaha.

That is why Omaha Fashion Week keeps everything free for designers - there will never be fees to participate in the show for designers.  If we would have charged fees in the beginning (as they do in other markets), we NEVER would have gotten this far.  In four years, we have become the Midwest's largest fashion event in terms of audience size and designer participation - and we are the only fashion week dedicated exclusively to indie designers in the Midwest.  Right here in Omaha of all places!

Given that we don't charge designer fees, we can't afford to pay for every model, stylist and photog.  It costs us about $5,000 per designer/show for staging, lighting, sound, rentals.  Imagine how our costs would skyrocket if we added payroll for nearly 1,000 contributors who make Omaha Fashion Week possible!  If we followed the business model of paying everyone from OFW coffers (which are empty, at the moment...), it would be a financial disaster for OFW.  It would put us out of business and wipe out the good things OFW has been able to accomplish in its four years of existence.

Bottom line - we are looking for people who understand that it takes a little sacrifice from ALL of us to create a new industry that Omaha can be proud of...one that will provide opportunities to each designer + the models, photogs and stylists who support them.

Does this mean that there is no economic opportunity for anyone involved in OFW? No! It just means that the economic opportunities don't come directly from OFW in the form of a paycheck.  If you are a model, photographer or stylist, this is an opportunity to build your portfolio, make new contacts within the industry and network with potential customers.  As the OFW brand grows, your association with it becomes more valuable as well.  This is your opportunity - leverage it!

As for designers - this is a way to market your brand.  We are working closely with designers for the March show to help them get as much as they possibly can economically from the experience.  We are including a retail experience immediately following each night's show that will allow designers to meet new customers and either sell their pieces off the runway or take orders.  Additionally, we have incorporated OFW into a non-profit corporation with the state of Nebraska and are working on IRS documents to complete our status as a non-profit.  This will allow us to expand our educational and support efforts for designers and ultimately develop a fashion institute in Omaha.

We are very excited about what we can do to nuture the fashion industry in Omaha, and consider it a great honor to be part of building something that will create jobs and opportunities in our community for generations to come.  We hope you will join us!

Nick and Brook Hudson OFW Producers

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OFW Model Call Q&A

Here are some FAQs for model-hopefuls:

Q: I've heard there is an "OFW Model Pool".  What is that and what does it mean for me? A.  Yes, there is an OFW Model Pool.  We started the Model Pool in October as a way to simplify the model selection process for Omaha Fashion Week.  In the past, there was difficulty in matching models and designers directly after a model call.  One example of a problem that frequently arose:  A model had been promised placement by OFW, who for one reason or another, wasn't a good fit for the designer and ended up being removed from the show. The result was several very qualified, displaced models who had received mixed messages.  The process we were using - casting models for designers directly after model calls - was broken.

The reality is that designers need to have more input into who is cast for their shows, and OFW still needs to be able to vet who walks in our shows.  The Model Pool allows OFW to do the vetting...and places the creative control over casting back into the hands of our designers where it should be.

Being included in the Model Pool means that you have an opportunity to be selected for OFW Shows.  It does not guarantee you placement. You may be contacted directly by none, one or several OFW designers.  They will have access to all information we have on file for you - photo, measurements, hair color, eye color, etc.  They may cast you on the spot based on your file, or ask you to come in for an interview.

Q: How do I get into the "OFW Model Pool"? A:   Anyone who walked in August 2012 was invited to participate in the Model Pool by filling out a form by a deadline, which has now past.  Now, anyone (whether you've walked for OFW before or not) who wants to be included in the Model Pool must try out at an Omaha Fashion Week Model Call.  We have one coming up on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at Nomad Lounge on 1013 Jones St.

Q: What can I expect when I arrive at the model call? A:  You will do four things at the model call:  1) Receive a number that should be pinned to your shirt so we can identify you. 2) Get a photo taken. 3) Visit the measurement station, where we will take your measurements and collect your contact information. 4) Demonstrate your walk for the panel.

Q: What will the photo taken of me at the model call be used for? A:  Strictly for identification purposes.  Photos taken at the model calls won't be used publicly.  They help us put a face with the name during the selection process.

Q. Why do you have to take measurements? Do they determine who gets into the shows? A.  We take measurements to help the designers get a head start on fittings.  Each garment is made to fit your body specifically - so accurate measurements are important. Without accurate measurements, a designer could end up buying too much fabric, or cutting a garment too small.  In either case, this is bad for the designer because it wastes their time and resources. The measurements are not used to determine who gets into the show - Omaha Fashion Week doesn't have a specific measurement requirement.  Ultimately, it is up to the designers to select the models who best represent their aesthetic.

Q: What should I wear to the model call? A: The panel of industry experts will want to see your bodyline, how you move and your face.  For ladies, we recommend something form-fitting, such as jeggings/leggings with a simple top and high-heels.  For gentlemen, we recommend jeans and t-shirts.  As for make-up, hair and accessories, keep it simple...again, the panel is looking for natural beauty.

Q: What happens if I am selected by a designer to walk in Omaha Fashion Week? A:  If selected, you will be required to sign a release to walk in Omaha Fashion Week (if under 19, you will need to have a parent/guardian sign for you).  Your designer will provide you with the release and collect it from you.  You will also be expected to meet with your designer as needed for fittings and do your part to help bring their creativity to life on the runway.  The designer is the leader of his/her creative team, which includes a set of models, make up artists and hairstylists.  Participation in OFW is an exciting opportunity to work as a team and all members of the team are expected to do their part to deliver upon the creative vision of the designer.

Q: When will I know if I am selected for the Model Pool?  How about the actual shows? A: You will know no later than Tuesday, Nov. 22 if you will be included in the OFW Model Pool.  This is a list of models from which designers cast their shows.  This does not guarantee you placement.  If you are included on this list, you may be contacted by none, one or many OFW designers to walk for them or to interview for an opportunity to walk.  Each designer approaches their selection process differently and the Model Pool gives them the ability to cast their shows from a group of models that have been vetted by OFW.  Given the individual approach of each designer, OFW can't guarantee an exact time of when you will know that you've been cast.  In fact, there are many instances when designers need to fill a position in their line-up at the last minute - if you are in the Model Pool, you may be called upon to fill-in during such a situation.  Often these are when some of the best relationships form between designers and models.

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OFW Fall 2011 Model Call 4

We are having a new model call for those who haven't made it to one of our past three calls.  If you have already been to one of our calls for the fall 2011 shows, do not come to this one as we've already got your paperwork on file. Thursday, June 2 5-7 p.m. Nomad Lounge, 1013 Jones St. Facebook

Here are some pointers for OFW Model Calls:

Q: What can I expect when I arrive?

A:  You will be given a short form to fill out, your measurements will be taken, you will meet our panel of industry experts who will ask you a few questions, and then you will demonstrate your walk.  At past calls, we have had approximately 200 applicants, so be prepared to wait.

Q: What should I bring?

A: Bring a pen to fill out your form and your BEST HANDWRITING. We can't emphasize the handwriting enough.  If we can't decipher your writing, we can't notify you about your selection.

Q: What kinds of models are you looking for?

A:  We often get questions about height, weight and age for models.  Our goal is to provide models that will allow our designers to bring their creative vision to life.  Therefore, models are selected based on the needs of designers.

Q: What information will I be required to provide on the form?

A:  You will provide your name, email address, phone number, mailing address and measurements (measurements will be verified by OFW volunteers).  This form will also include a preliminary commitment statement that you will need to sign, which states that you will make yourself available for fittings with your designer and that you will be available the week of August 22-27 to walk in Omaha Fashion Week, should you be selected.  Remember to write legibly – this is our only way to reach you with news about your participation in the fall show.  Also, if you are under 19 please have a parent or guardian with you to sign the commitment statement on your behalf.

Q: What should I wear?

A: The panel of industry experts will want to see your bodyline, how you move and your face.  For ladies, we recommend something form-fitting, such as jeggings/leggings with a simple top and high-heels.  For gentlemen, we recommend jeans and t-shirts.  As for make-up, hair and accessories, keep it simple…again, the panel is looking for natural beauty.

Q: What happens if I am selected?

A:  If selected, you will be required to sign a release to walk in Omaha Fashion Week (if under 19, you will need to have a parent/guardian sign for you).  You will also be expected to meet with your designer as needed for fittings and do your part to help bring their creativity to life on the runway.  The designer is the leader of his/her creative team, which includes a set of models, make-up artists and hairstylists.  Participation in OFW is an exciting opportunity to work as a team and all members of the team are expected to do their part to deliver upon the creative vision of the designer.

Q: When will I know if I am selected?

A: You will be notified via email in the second week of June if you are selected.  This will be our only method of communication about the selection process, so please make sure you check the email you included on your model call form for notification.  If you are unsure about whether or not notifications have been sent out, check the Omaha Fashion Week facebook page – we will post a status update when notifications go out.

Q: What if I have other questions?

A: Post a question in the comment box below this entry and we’ll do our best to get you an answer quickly.  Thanks!

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Model Calls for Fall Runway Shows

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