Omaha Fashion Week started with a bang. The venue, a massive tent sponsored by Pepsi, included a lounge area for drinks and mingling prior to the show. The staff did a nice job of moving the line as people entered. It was quick and organized. Upon entering the cordoned parking lot transformed for the event, a Borsheim's lounge cabana with faux leather sofas along with a red carpet and photographer welcomed event goers. The VIP tent was catered by Jones Brothers Cupcakes with sandwiches and more. Two Fiats parked in the back of the VIP tent were well visited by attendees hoping to win one and checking out the features of the cars.
This warm August night left some fanning themselves to ward off the humid air but once the sun went down and the show began the temperature was off the minds of attendees. The fashion faithful attended in shorts and flip-flops all the way to cocktail dresses. On a summer day, every type of garb seemed in place for the event.
Five Midwest designers showed off their Spring 2014 children's line to the delight of the many attendees. Local children modeled the clothes while volunteers and staff worked behind the scenes to make everything go off without a hitch. Doors opened at 6pm allowing folks to mingle, take in the atmosphere, and take pictures. The show started at 8 p.m. and lasted approximately an hour. Five minutes before the start staff announces the event is about to begin and people casually took their seats. There were no bad seats in the house. The seating was three deep on each side of the runway allowing all to get a nice view.
Generally, the designs were charming. Some wowed, some were a bit of a misstep but each designer's collection had something impressive for the upcoming season. Little boys and girls everywhere would be lucky to wear clothes from any of these designers. Check out the slideshow of the event which includes one outfit from each of the five designers- Hollie Hanash, Stacy Sipp, Yolanda Diaz, Aubrey Sookram, and Susan Ludlow. Tomorrow, check out the Examiner articles on each of the designers.
Omaha Fashion Week is in its sixth year. It has become the fifth largest fashion week in the United States thanks to the many corporate sponsors (SAC Federal Credit Union, Kiewit, Pepsi, Borsheims, and more), the OFW staff, the local models, regional designers and the many volunteers. Omaha Fashion Week is helping prove out that Midwest designers have a lot to offer.
For tickets to shows later this week go to http://omahafashionweek.com/tickets. The lounge also sports a shop area so purchases can be made on sight.