One of Omaha’s most popular annual events, Omaha Fashion Week, will return February 23-29 for its 13th year, bringing local, regional and national designers to showcase their latest looks on the runway. Over the years, Omaha Fashion Week has become the fifth largest fashion event in the country. But even more than that, it has served as an outlet for the community to come together, learn, and celebrate some of the city’s best fashion talent.
Though it is a glamorous red carpet event, Omaha Fashion Week also nurtures the youngest of fashion designers by providing mentoring opportunities and a professional platform to showcase their work. The event connects these budding designers with national artists, photographers and models recognized across the globe.
So if you’re interested in attending this iconic event—check out our guide! We’ve rounded up our most anticipated OFW events along with the bios of some Omaha locals who will be featured throughout the week. So read on, get your tickets, and get ready to immerse yourself in the world of fabulous fashion!
Schedule of Events
Sunday, February 23, 2-6 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Rae Photography via Omaha Fashion Week, Models courtesy of Develop Models, Designer: Livis Designs
Getting married sometime soon? Or do you know someone who is? Head to The Aisle Premier Bridal Salon and Fashion Showcase—the first event of Omaha Fashion Week—and take in some of the best runway bridal looks in the Midwest. Grab a glass of champagne, walk the red carpet, and enjoy the curated collection of wedding professionals who specialize in bringing wedding daydreams to life.
Tuesday, February 25, 6-9:30 p.m.
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!
Wednesday, February 26, 6-10 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Heather and Jameson via Omaha Fashion Week, Models courtesy of Develop Models, Designer: Samirah Alotabi.
At this fun event, more than 30 fashion design students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will show more than 100 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.
Thursday, February 27, 6-10 p.m.
Cancer survivors will take on the runway on February 27, 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 the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center.
Friday, February 28, 6-10 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Heather and Jameson via Omaha Fashion Week, Models courtesy of Develop Models, Designers: Xi 2 Si and Elem by M.L.
Whether this is their first show or they are rebranding themselves, 11 emerging designers will showcase a collection to prove that they are ready to take on the wild world of fashion. Here, you’ll get to experience a wide range of fashion, from streetwear to formal London styles. You can find the full list of presenting designers here.
Saturday, February 29, 6-10 p.m.
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. You can find the full list of featured designers (and get a feel for each of their work) here.
Must-See Local Designers
A Nebraska native, 2020 OFW featured designer Anisha Fashionista has been a well-known local designer for several years. In fact, she even designed an iconic wrap top for Amanda Kreft, the Vice President of Omaha’s Fashion Institute Guild, for FIG’s Fashion Impact Awards in Omaha in 2017. We love looking at her past collections, most of which feature bright colors, floral patterns and twists on traditional styles.
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No stranger to Omaha Fashion Week, Lauren Glowaki has spent many seasons attending and volunteering at shows. This year, she’ll be showcasing her work for the second year in a row as an emerging designer. Based in Fremont, Lauren pulled her inspiration from her latest collection from ‘90s styles and a giant mural from Chicago along with female empowerment—crafting a collection that is colorful, edgy and powerful.
Just 21 years old, University of Nebraska-Lincoln student Alex Scarpello—known professionally as RoninScar—is one of the most promising upcoming designers in the Midwest. He is presenting his work during the Emerging Designer Showcase on Friday night, and you can expect to see unique, out-of-this-world designs presented in unusual ways. Want a peek at his previous collections? Check out his online portfolio.
Hannah Nodskov, owner and operator of Hannah Caroline Couture, has always loved fashion. After finding that the fashion industry wasn’t super welcoming to people of different sizes, she took to YouTube and taught herself to sew. Years later, she’s the proud owner of one of Nebraska’s favorite online destinations for wedding dresses and other special occasions. You can see some of her incredible work during the Aisle Premier Bridal Salon & Fashion Showcase.
Based in Lincoln, Samuel Macke is one emerging designer we can’t wait to see. His recent collection is a “nod to the past that pushes into the future” with an emphasis on effortless wear. According to Macke, the perfect garment is something that is both extravagant and easy to wear—and we tend to agree!
What will you do during OFW?
Which events are you planning on attending during Omaha’s most fashionable week? Let us know in the comments!