I recently attended Omaha Fashion Week, a production that highlights talented local designers and their ready-to-wear collections.
Omaha Fashion Week has become the fifth largest show in the United States since its inception six years ago. The venue moved from Kaneko to a large white tent at 11th & Capitol. The accommodations were roomier and were decked out with unique chandeliers, sultry mood lighting and leggy spokes models walking around with trays of sunglasses for sale at one of the interactive shopping booths.
Wednesday’s runway show opened with Terri Buckner’s Neuvintage Collection – a bohemian-inspired collection of dresses constructed with silk, lace and crocheted details. The collection (photographed above by Black Sheep Photography) was ethereal on the runway and is definitely geared for a younger market.
Caine by Caine Westergard was next on the runway. This designer was one of my favorites from last year and her current collection didn’t disappoint. My favorite piece of the show was the iridescent swingy trench coat first out on the runway. Caine’s feminine designs are both sexy and sophisticated, which appeals to a broader demographic.
Buf Reynolds took this season’s color blocking trend seriously. Many of Buf’s current designs feature unfussy lines with a drapey effect and a body-conscious silhouette. It was almost more fun to see the models walk back down the runway for the surprise detailing on the back of her pieces.
Joi Katskee’s Joi Joison collection of upcycled pieces were very cool – a little bit rock n’ roll, a little bit biker, a little bit Goth topped off with some tie dye. Joi creates customized, one-of-a-kind apparel using thrift store, garage sale and deadstock materials. Whether the style appeals to you or not, it’s easy to appreciate the uniqueness of each item and the inventiveness of her collection.
The Maximillian Suiter Collection by Max Millian made me feel like I could’ve been in a DEVO music video. More color blocking, sharp shoulders and straight lines defined this collection of untraditional suiting. It’s definitely not “bankers” attire, but it is certainly a “power suit.”
Finally, Sara Gadeken’s Sara Marie Collection made a statement with gorgeous leather bustier-style bodices juxtaposed with softer, more moveable fabrics. Many of the leather bodices boasted dramatic stitching and peek-a-boo, boot-like detailing in the back. Again, this is a collection for the young. And thin. And leggy.
All in all, a great night of high style right here in Omaha.
Check back for my take on Thursday’s show featuring evening wear collections from talented designers.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit omahafashionweek.com
Amy Grace is a part-time working mom with three children.
You can read her every Friday on momaha.
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