The Ultimate Guide to Omaha Fashion Week 2018 | Events, Local Designers + More

February 15, 2018Add a CommentPosted By

Omaha is known for many things — top-notch steaks, friendly people, beautiful homes, and innovative fashion! Omaha Fashion Week will return on February 27th for its 11th year, bringing local, regional and national designers to showcase their latest looks on the runway. Over the years it has grown to become the fifth largest fashion event in the country, boasting a glamorous red carpet, live entertainment, shopping and more.

The week provides a platform for young, emerging fashion designers to showcase their work, as well as mentoring and education opportunities. In fact, Omaha Fashion Week supports more independent artists and designers than any other organization in the region!

Of course, it’s also a great opportunity for the community to gather and get inspired. Join in the fun at the Omaha Design Center from February 27 through March 4 this year. Here are some of the fashion week events we are most looking forward to, as well as a run-down of some Omaha designers that will showcase their beautiful masterpieces.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Kids Rule

Saturday February 24, 2-4 pm AND 6-8 pm

Sunday February 25, 2-4 pm

$25-$80

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A collaboration between Omaha Fashion Week and the Junior League of Omaha, the Kids Rule show features local kids ages 5-12 strutting fun and colorful kids’ fashions on the runway — no adults allowed. Registered kids will get to participate in a free confidence-building and modeling workshop, select a garment from the collection, wear it in the show, and take it home afterward! The event takes place before Omaha fashion week, and is always incredibly popular. Get your tickets here.

 

Metro Community College Student Night

Tuesday, February 27, 6-10 pm

$10

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This show will feature collections by our area’s youngest up-and-coming designers — students at Omaha Central High School, Omaha South High School, Nebraska 4-H, the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program at the Joslyn Art Museum, and Nebraska FCCLA. There will also be a Q&A panel discussion for students interested in a career in a creative industry such as fashion, photography or design. If you’re a student, bring all of your questions for the industry experts, and get ready to be inspired!

 

UNL Student Showcase

Wednesday, February 28, 6-10 pm

$40-$80

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At this fun event, twenty fashion design students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will show more than 130 original looks! The event will be staffed completely by student volunteers who will run the backstage and front of house under direction from the OFW team.

 

The Methodist Survivor Show

Thursday, March 1, 6-10 pm

$40-$65

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Photo courtesy of Kathy Rae Photography via Omaha Fashion Week

Cancer survivors will take the runway on March 1, strutting their stuff in powerful looks that reflect their strength and perseverance. Each look will be donated to the survivors by local boutiques, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the inner Beauty Salon at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center.

 

ASPIRE Emerging Designer Showcase

Friday, March 2, 6-10 pm

$40-$80

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Whether this is their first show or they are rebranding themselves, 10 emerging designers will showcase a collection to prove that they are ready to take on the wild world of fashion.

 

INNOVATE Featured Designer Showcase

Saturday, March 3, 6-10 pm

$40-$65

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The grand finale of OFW will take place on Saturday! Come see original collections from eight featured designers, all of whom are pushing the boundaries of fashion with their inventive shapes, textures and color combinations.

 

Shop the Runway Sunday

Sunday, March 4, 11 am- 2 pm

FREE

If you saw something on the runway that you think belongs in your closet, this is your chance to snag it. The event is completely free, and will allow fashion fans to shop looks from the designers featured, including custom orders and looks from past collections! While you’re shopping, enjoy a brunch complete with a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar.

 

 

MUST-SEE LOCAL DESIGNERS

Angela Balderston

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Angela Balderston creates wearable works of art with unconventional materials (think: zip ties, Ace bandages, rubber gloves and bubble wrap), and the result is absolutely marvelous. She has made a name for herself in the world of Avant Garde design, presenting her audiences with new colors and uncommon silhouettes that are worth remembering. Look for her pieces in the ASPIRE Emerging Designer Showcase.

 

Zaftig Kitty

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Korinne Zimmerman, the designer behind Zaftig Kitty, is based in Lincoln, Nebraska. She started sewing in high school, motivated by the fact that, as a tall and curvy woman, it was difficult to find stylish clothing in her size. She eventually studied fashion at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and realized she had truly found her calling. She took home the Emerging Designer Omaha Fashion Cup in August, and now focuses on designing vibrant and playful plus-size fashions. She will be the headlining designer for the ASPIRE Emerging Designer Showcase on Friday, March 2.

 

Daniel Muñoz

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Daniel relocated from Guatemala to California at nine years old. Inspired by the colorful streets of Los Angeles, he developed a talent for illustration and a passion for design at a young age. Now, he showcases his collections at fashion shows across the country, and recently attended cosmetology school in Omaha to become a hairstylist. He has a passion for natural fabrics, which you will frequently find in his designs. Look for his work at the INNOVATE Featured Designer Showcase!

 

Miranda Hanson

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Miranda Hanson

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Miranda Hanson, an Omaha Native, started sewing at just eight years old when her grandmother taught her. By the age of 12, she was already making pieces of her own. Now at the age of 18, she makes homecoming and prom dresses for her friends each year, and is involved in Omaha Fashion Week, Kansas City Fashion Week, and Des Moines Fashion Week. In her collection this year, expect intricate, rose-garden-inspired pieces with gorgeous hand beading, her signature stitch and a variety of fabrics. She will showcase her designs this year at the INNOVATE Featured Designer Showcase!

 

AD Designs

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Agustin M. Delgado is a self-taught, up-and-coming designer. Inspired by his family members, who designed and created hand-sewn and tailored clothing, Agustin developed an eye for fashion at an early age. When the time came to take home ec, he was anxious to learn the art of sewing, and even stayed after school to take on extra projects. Now, he is busy sewing gorgeous pieces and developing his personal brand — wearable couture items for all body types featuring embellishments, beadwork and embroidery. Marvel at it yourself at the INNOVATE Featured Designer Showcase!

 

Sushe by J. Tracey

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A Nebraska native turned New York resident, Juantiesha Christian is an Omaha Fashion Week veteran and the designer behind SuShe by J. Tracey. Her knack for creating clothing for Barbies at a young age eventually evolved into a talent for costume and dress design in college. Now she designs eclectic and wearable fashions for the modern woman — helping them stand out in the best way possible. Look for her at the INNOVATE Featured Designer Showcase.

 

Enjoy the Show!

Which OFW designers and events are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!


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