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Designer Application for August 2015

The designer application for OFW: August 2015 opens Feb. 15. Please continue reading to learn more about the application process and note important dates. IMG_1438re




  • 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




Good luck!

OFW Preview Party

Last night we had a stellar time!


The OFW Preview Party took place last night at the SAC Federal Credit Union Headquarters. Every attendee was able to snag a sneak peak of what our talented designers have in store for their upcoming shows, March 10th-15th. The amount of talent and leadership in the building, was unreal. How exciting to spend a night with the industries most talented, business-savvy individuals.

Thank you for hosting our first Preview Party, SAC Federal Credit Union! KS_FtvLjoh_uIoFckhBlIjweQFB4-bPVEf9pdgDML38

Still need tickets to the show? No problem! Click HERE.

Nebraska Stories and OFW

Thank you to Nebraska Stories for featuring Omaha Fashion Week and our designers in your segment! How cool that we get to show OFW to even more broad of an audience through the release of this story! Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 3.36.50 PM

Snag a sneak peak by clicking HERE!

The segment will go live online, Feburary 13th. Click HERE to stream live.

You can also view it by tuning into NET1 at 9pm to get an insider look at Omaha Fashion Week on Feburary 16th and 9pm!

Live tweet with us if you are watching with hashtag, #ofwonnestories

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 

Omaha Fashion Camp 2015

Join 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:




Be a part of our OFW VIP "Swag Bags"!

Attention all businesses, no matter the size!  Do you love Omaha Fashion Week and wish you could be a part of it, all while promoting your own business and/or product?  Now is your chance!!  All VIP ticket-holders will receive an Omaha Fashion Week “Swag Bag” at the F/W 2015 show this March, and we want YOU to help make it fabulous. If you'd like to participate every night of Fashion Week, you must be able to provide 1,000 products/offers.  If you're not able to provide this quantity, you can still participate by providing products/offers in increments of 200. One night: 200 Two nights: 400 Three nights: 600 Four nights: 800 All five nights: 1,000 *Which nights your products are featured in our bags will be chosen at our discretion

Click here to find out more and to apply for this awesome opportunity!

Application will close February 23rd.  Products will need to be sent to the OFW office by March 2nd (107 S. 55th St., Omaha, NE 68132).

If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to contact

Calling all PRESS!

If you're a member of a media outlet interested in attending Omaha Fashion Week & sharing the amazing experience with your audience, you can now fill out an application for a press pass here! The application deadline is February 26, 2015 for March 10-15 shows. You will hear back from us on March 2 with the status of your application. Reporters, writers and bloggers will receive seating, if seats are available.  If seating is not available, standing room only tickets will be issued. Photographers and videographers will be allowed to shoot from the press stand. No cameras are allowed backstage.

OFW March Retail Opportunities

Welcome to the one-stop shop for Boutiques, Salons, Retailers and Brands to engage the Omaha Fashion Week audience!  You can reserve a Retail Booth, Platform Session or an ad in Omaha FASHION Magazine ALL RIGHT HERE!  MORE DETAILS!Retail Opportunies Flyer  

Retail Booths:  Showcase your merchandise in front of a captive audience during Omaha Fashion Week! OFW will be promoting retail participants through all channels, including website, social networks, magazine, media outlets and email blasts to fashion fans and ticket-holders. By the numbers glance:  *150k+ Website Views  *40k+ Magazine Readers  *20k+ Social Media Followers  *10k+ Email Database.

Presentation Boxes/Platform Modeling:  Showcase your product on live professional models during the Younker’s Pre-Party at OFW!  OFW will provide the platforms, models and backstage dressing area. You provide the merchandise and up to four members of staff to supervise.

Magazine Ads:  Gain exposure to 40,000 fashion fans in the region’s only Provigil 200mg the Midwest fashion scene.  Full page, 1/2 page and 1/3 page options available.

For more information or assistance contact Assistant Producer, Kylie Bollwitt at:

Click HERE to secure your retail spot at Omaha Fashion Week:

Hair Stylists & Make Up Artists: Apply for the Develop Model Management Beauty Show at OFW!

Hero Image 4 OFW is looking for 8 teams of hair stylists and make up artists who want to compete for a $2,500 prize package at the Develop Model Management Beauty Show at Omaha Fashion Week on Sunday, March 15. The package includes $1,000 cash prize, an exclusive VIP table at the August 2015 Finale valued at $1,000 and a full-page ad in Omaha FASHION Magazine. Applications are due by January 23.

If you want to enter this contest, complete this form: Application Form

We've gotten lots of great questions about how we are running the competition…here they are + answers:

How does the Beauty competition work? Style teams will draw a theme from a bowl on Friday, March 13  during the Designer Show Case II (tickets will be provided to contest participants).  They'll have 48 hours to develop & execute their concept based on the theme they've drawn. Sky is the limit on creativity!

What are the themes? You'll have to find out on March 13!

How many people can be on a team? We recommend four – a team leader, hair stylist, make up artist + stylist to put it all together.

How many models can be in each collection? There will be 8 looks in each collection.

What will the models will be wearing? (Leggings & tank top? Button down & dress slacks?) Good question. It’s up to your team! We want this to be a visual explosion! Bring your theme to life however you want! ...however no swimwear or lingerie allowed :)

Will the designers be choosing their own models or are they assigned? Models will be assigned by Develop Model Management on Friday, March 13. You will be given all of your models' contact details immediately after the show.  We encourage you to reach out to your models ASAP when you receive their information.

Can style teams choose number of male and female models? Teams do not get to pick their models.

What are the judging categories and who will be doing the judging? A dedicated panel of beauty industry experts will judge teams on creativity and visual impact.  This panel is separate from the OFW Selection Panel.

Do we have to pay for tickets to the show? Participating styling teams will receive backstage passes plus a set of complimentary tickets for additional guests.

Styling teams will be announced on Jan. 30!

Email us at if you have other questions to add to this list.  Thanks!!

OFW Team

Student Groups: Apply for Free Tickets to OFW's Student Night!

Check out Nebraska's most talented student designers on March 10 at OFW's Student Night!  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). Student groups are invited to apply for free tickets to OFW's Student Night, scheduled for March 10. Groups of middle school, high school and college students are welcome to apply using the form below.

Enjoy the Borsheims Red Carpet Experience and shop at the Younkers Pre-Party from 6-7:45 p.m.  Show starts at 8 p.m. and is followed by a panel discussion of industry experts. At the end of the night, find out which designer will win the SAC Federal Credit Union "Look of the Night" Prize!

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Dates you should know if you want to model in OFW

Want to be a model on Omaha Fashion Week? Here are the dates you need to know: December 15, 6pm- Model Prep Workshop taking place at Develop Model Management

January 17, 2pm- Model Search (ages 12+) at Von Maur Court in the Westroads mall.

January 28- Model selection notices/confirmations go out to designers.

February 12, 6pm- Model Bootcamp at Develop Model Management

March 9, 6-8pm,- rehearsal at the venue

March 10th to 15th- Showtime!

See you there!

Event Schedule, Prizes Announced for March 2015 Shows

OFW organizers have announced the schedule of events for the March 2015 Season.  New this season will be prizes awarded every night to the designers, boutiques and salons that create the top looks.  Prizes are provided by OFW presenting sponsor, SAC Federal Credit Union.  "We really appreciate SAC Federal Credit Union's commitment to supporting small entrepreneurs and the way they are carrying out that commitment through OFW," said Brook Hudson, OFW Producer. Decisions will be made by the OFW selection panel.  The panel includes the following individuals:

  • Panel Co-Chairs: Richard Carey and David Scott, "The Style Guys"
  • Sam Hohman, Fashion Institute Midwest board member
  • Judy Davis, Fashion Institute Midwest board member
  • Meghann Schense, Omaha FASHION Magazine editor and creative strategist
  • Alyssa Dilts, founder of Develop Model Management
  • Vanessa Barrett, artist and publisher of the Scout Guide
  • Robyn Kortan, former department store buyer

March 2015 Shows will be held at the Omar Arts & Events space on 4383 Nicholas Street just north of Midtown. Shows are scheduled for March 10-15 and tickets go on sale to the public at on January 12. Ticket prices and show schedule are listed below.


VIP I, $80: Includes valet parking, Borsheims Red Carpet experience, access to the Peroni VIP Lounge for complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 6-8 p.m., premium front row seating and VIP Gift Bag.

VIP II, $65: Includes valet parking, Borsheims Red Carpet Experience, access to the Peroni VIP Lounge for complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, premium second row seating.

Reserved, $40: Includes the Borshiems Red Carpet Experience, access to the Younkers Pre-Party, free parking close to the venue, seating in rows 3-6. Valet parking available for a fee.

Date Time Location Theme Description
3/10 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 OFW Student Night 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 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 Methodist Hospital Survivor Show 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 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 Designer Showcase I Debut of brand new F/W 2015 collections by Alison Cloet (RTW), Jessica Collins forJessica Lynn (Children's Wear), Andrea Hurtt for Amaryillis Designs (RTW), Alyssa Koory (RTW), Molly O'Brien for Molly Elizabeth (RTW), Hannah Olson for Hannah Caroline Couture (RTW) and Monica Winslow for Monika Spook (RTW).
3/13 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 Designer Showcase II Debut of brand new F/W 2015 collections by Alejandra Buenrostro (RTW), Amande Dreesen for Dendinger (Evening Wear), Elda Doamekpo for AFIELDA (Evening Wear), Crystal Hobson (RTW), Jessica Lynn for Jacklynn (Bridal), and Katie Thompson for Katie Thompson Clothing (RTW).
3/14 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 Designer Showcase III 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 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 Develop Model Management Beauty Show 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.

Model Casting Prep Workshop (and why you should go)

I have been designing and working with models for a long time now. I have seen some really great models and many that could definitely use some coaching. Anyone can stand around and be ridiculously good looking, but it takes a lot of practice to walk a runway, look confident, know cues, and make the garments you are wearing truly look amazing. Working with Develop Model Management has created a more polished look on the OFW runways and set a new standard for the models being cast. They know the business inside and out and are continuing to work with some outstanding models, sending them all over the world.

The casting prep workshop provides invaluable information, hints, and tips. Since it is free to attend(!), there is really no reason to not go! Designers notice the models who have gone to the workshops. Those models try a little harder, look more poised, and make us want to cast them. If you want to walk the runways, take the time to learn the basics. It can make all the difference to models and designers. See you there!

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Check out the Facebook event page here!


December 15th, 6 pm Develop Model Management 1307 Leavenworth St Omaha, NE 68102

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:


Spring Show Designer Line Up Announcement!

WOW 8 years of OFW ~ We can't believe it either!  We are already busy planning our upcoming Spring 2015 Showcase taking place March 10 - 15, 2015 at the Omar Bakery Building, located on 43rd and Nicholas Street!Tickets go on sale Jan. 12, 2015! 

We are sooo EXCITED to announce our Spring Showcases Designer Line-up selected to show Fall/Winter 2015 collections during the next season of OFW presented by SAC Federal Credit Union.  The lineup of 22 designers includes 13 newcomers, six high school students and eight out of state designers, coming from North Carolina, Iowa and South Dakota, all with Nebraska roots.

Nineteen of the 22 designers will compete for nightly prizes during designer showcases on March 12-14.  The top designer from each nightly showcase will receive a $500 cash prize from SAC Federal Credit Union.  Winners will be selected by the seven-person OFW selection panel. “Three of the 22 designers are high school students who will do capsule collections during Student Night on March 10,” said OFW Producer Brook Hudson. “This was a very diverse group of applicants.  We are seeing a higher percentage of designers from markets outside of Nebraska and more student designers – several of whom were inspired to apply after attending our Fashion Camp last summer,” said Hudson.

There are always a few fun highlights from our designer interviews that stand out.  Declared, the brand developed by Omaha native Amy Lynn Straub, worn by celebrities and featured in Nylon Magazine will be on the OFW runway. Evening wear designer, Kate Walz and children’s wear designer, Jessica Lynn Collins are both expanding their brands to new markets.  Kate is just returning from showing her collection in Paris, and Jessica will soon show her collection on a runway in Florida. Gothic seems to be an emerging theme for next season, with several designers drawing their inspiration from architectural elements like stained glass windows.

The applicant pool included 27 designers who were narrowed down to the 22 who were selected. Designers applied and pitched their ideas to a panel of industry experts brought together by OFW last week. The experts scored each designer and provided feedback that OFW organizers used to make final selections. The designer line up for each show night will be announced in early January.

High Schoolers

  • Elda Doamekpo, AFIELDA, Evening Wear
  • Caleb Hanner, LeRoy Designs, Evening Wear (showing on Student Night) Sydney Moore, Avante Gard (showing on Student Night)
  • Grace Neary, Grace62 Designs, Ready To Wear (showing on Student Night)
  • Molly O’Brien, Molly Elizabeth, Ready to Wear
  • Kate Walz, Evening Wear

Runway Newcomers

  • Judy Bales, Avante Gard
  • Alejandra Buenrostro, Ready to Wear
  • Alison Coet, Evening Wear
  • Amande Dreesen, Dendinger, Evening Wear
  • Andrea Hurtt, Amaryillis Designs, Ready to Wear
  • Alyssa Koory, Ready to Wear
  • Declared, Ready to Wear
  • Erin Tepper, Ezradella, Ready to Wear


  • Jessica Collins, Jessica Lynn, Children’s Wear
  • Jillian Fellers, Bridal
  • Crystal Hobson, Ready to Wear
  • Jessica Lynn, Jacklynn, Bridal
  • Hannah Olson, Hannah Caroline Couture, Ready to Wear
  • Whitney Rorah, Whitney Rorah Designs, Evening Wear
  • Katie Thompson, Katie Thompson Clothing, Ready to Wear
  • Monica Winslow, Monika Spook, Ready to Wear

Spring Event Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Mar. 10: Student Night exclusively featuring High School designers on the runway. Blocks of complimentary tickets will be available for student groups in January.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 11: Methodist Cancer Survivor Show, featuring 80 cancer survivors modeling looks from local boutiques.  Part of proceeds benefit the Inner Beauty Salon at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center.
  • Thursday, Mar. 12: Designer Showcase I (prize awarded to top designer)
  • Friday, Mar. 13: Designer Showcase II (prize awarded to top designer)
  • Saturday, Mar. 14: Designer Showcase III (prize awarded to top designer)
  • Sunday, Mar. 15: Hair and Makeup Showcase (prize awarded to top styling team)

Images from last Spring's Showcase!

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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.

Join OFW for Trendevous Sept. 20 at Younkers Westroads!


We CAN'T WAIT for Trendevous at Younkers Westroads on September 20!  This is our favorite time to shop (outside of getting Red Carpet Ready for OFW)...why?  Because Younkers pulls out all the stops with great deals on all of their brand new fall merchandise!  Those deals also include the hottest new cosmetics and skin care in the beauty department.

Trendevous includes an in-store fashion show featuring 50 head-to-toe looks put together by a team of professional stylists, along with free makeovers, free food and a DJ.  Show organizers provide you with a detailed description of each look in the event program...and then you can shop those looks - all organized on racks - immediately following the show!  We are especially excited to see the ruff hewn GREY line by Andrea Sanderlin that debuted during OFW in August!!


The best part is that 10% of every dollar you spend goes back to the Fashion Institute Midwest.  This is the PERFECT time to get a great deal on a stellar outfit for the upcoming Fashion Impact Awards Gala.

Join us Saturday, Sept. 20 for Trendevous!  Doors open at 10 a.m. and fashion show starts at 11 a.m.  You can RSVP Here:

Omaha Fashion Week Evening Wear Recap

The evening was hosted by Pat & JT from our sponsor Q98.5 and had tons of colors, gorgeous gowns and a very happy fairy tale for one of our local designers. The night started off with a collection from Bridget Mahoney's line Bridget Julia from Kansas City. Mahoney, who is a FIM grant recipient, created a collection inspired by Marilyn Monroe called, "I want to be loved by you." The line was full of a sexy but sophisticated elegance that captured the superstar's essence. There were lots of colors, sparkles and fun elements like pieces of boa's and feathers.

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Model and designer Lauren Birkentall designs under the label Lauren Nicole. Her collection was inspired by the movie Coraline and Birkentall loved the magical yet sinister element of the movie. There were lots of triangles, patterns and a graphic element to her collection with bright pops of color.

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Fella by Fella Vaughn was inspired by the late 1960s and early 1970s for his collection. It featured bright colors and bold patterns and was sophisticated and elegant. There was a disco aspect to some of the designs with tons of oranges and yellows.10608772_10152382368021553_7619274968864830092_o 10582850_10152382359756553_8627398348493902310_o WaXLY8yGQYcv3svcfjFs46-9w6iEdYhtqCz2USuje_o


Adrienne Anderson for Quite-A-Riot created a line out of mosaics. She hand stitched every piece of the fabric together to create the unique look. It was a very feminine line with elements of the late 1920s and early 1930s.Za9o8A4YlZDI7LM2FPm23GHqUZVVb-eQ8wfUBrJo_vE -4S10FEZGR2Il1LFk1pftYsfToVAHSFklNStq1HoKhM 1_591ncjIhcjzdf8kT_nqPeSipvpbvcqROYNJkKs1f8


Elda Doamekpo designed her line Afielda after her native West African routes. She used traditional African fabrics with bright pops of purple and pink and paired them with ornate headdresses to get a really unique line of evening wear.

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At the late show "Phaesporia: Light Bringer" presented by Buf Reynolds, was an inspiring collection of beautiful gowns that showed the metamorphosis from dark to light. The long draped gowns were made with silk and had elements of tapestry and gold leaf. To top off the night, Buf got engaged!aEp4ewZPddDRZiDet8jcPBOa0K2jU3b0sQA6L2dxfJ0 8oiFShf4oonO5xhoGzEz9oUw4-SLAOKLK91Zpng7vZ0 10421241_10152382598936553_6402861800538365243_n

Fella, Bridget Julia and Kate Walz will all compete tonight for the Fashion Cup.






Omaha Fashion Week Ready To Wear Showcase II

Emceed by Dara Newsom from KMTV Action 3 News, our second night of Ready  to Wear styles was a big hit. The evening started off with designs from Wallflower in a collection they called "Sister Mod." It was inspired by the 1960's mixed with St. Cecilia's Cathedral in Omaha. The collection featured tons of vinyl and stained glass-like details. They featured bright pops of summer colors with a sunny vibe. We loved the clear vinyl skirts over high-waisted shorts.

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Jane Round is a Fashion Institute of Technology student in New York City. Her designs were inspired by the modern architecture as well as French rococo paintings. Her line had tons of deep blues, olive greens and grey. Her line also is crafted with hand dyed cotton twill, cotton jersey, silk chiffon, silk crepe de chine, and silk china silk.

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Three designers that showed this evening will be competing for the Fashion Cup and $10,000 prize package at our finale saturday night. Those designers are Erica and Bryan from Wallflower, Juantiesha with SuShe by J.Tracy and Jane Round.





Omaha Fashion Week Avant Garde Recap

Last night's runway collection featured Spring/Summer 2015 designs from some of our favorite Avant Garde designers. The show kicked off with a special presentation from Louis Alvarez and his team of stylists. They featured large, back combed styles that made an impression on the audience. Alvarez and his team brought in three members of the Joffery Ballet to dance down the runway and showcase the styles.

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The first designer down the runway was Angela Balderston for Get Plastered! Angela is a FIM grant recipient. Her collection was inspired by tribes of Africa and featured clothing made of plaster and large African-style headpieces. The line had extreme details, animal-like clothing and body paint that wowed the audience.

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Kristen Van Hessche's Japanese-inspired line tells the story of a fox that changes into a woman to seduce a man. Each kimono was hand painted by Van Hessche to bring the story to life. Her models wore fox-like masks and each silk kimono was intricately detailed.

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Claire Landolt had a collection inspired by the duality of the vulture. Vultures, to Landolt, are both beautiful and grotesque and she tried to feature that duality in her line. Each look had a cast iron claw or chicken leg to add to the bird-like feel to her line. We saw tons of texture with Landolt's line as well as fringe, leather and crocheting.

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Little Shell Designs by Michelle Kleineweber had a collection inspired by traditional anniversary gifts. Kleinweber is an OFW newbie from Kansas City who was showing in her first Omaha Fashion Week. Her Victorian-inspired collection featured unique materials and small touches that really brought the collection alive on the runway.

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Reigning Fashion Cup winner Dan Richters did not disappoint on the runway last night. His collection, "Lore," was inspired by mythology, folk-lore and fairy tales. Each item was hand crafted by Richters and included light up details as well as other stand out pieces.

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The independent late night showing of Jenny Pool's collection, "La Foret Des Reves," combined fashion and live performance to unfold the story of a girl lost in the forest. The line featured Victorian inspired elements and moveable cream fabrics that added to the theatricality of the line.

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Angela Balderston for Get Plastered! will have a chance to compete on our Saturday Finale for the Fashion Cup and a prize pack of $10,000.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.