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Dancing down the runway on opening night?
In some ways, opening night of Omaha Fashion Week more closely resembled a dance recital than a fashion show, with proud and nervous parents filling many of the seats for the children's apparel collections.
A few of the young models did steal the show; a solemn little boy who walked so seriously down the runway in his shorts and tie by Jea Theis; a girl who spun down in a ruffled dress by Rebecca Robbins. But fashion was still front and center.
Theis, Robbins and Aubrey Sookram all presented bright, modern looks high on bright colors, tulle, ribbons, ruffles and polka dots that toed the line between practical and dress-up.
Hollie Hanash presented a line that was part goth, part rock 'n' roll and part can-can line with corset tops, full tiered skirts, lots of lace and glittery combat boots.
Tomorrow night, eight designers will present avant-garde looks.
-- Cara Pesek
Daddy along for 5-year-old model's catwalk debut
Five-year-old model Skyler Lindeman of Ralston was petrified.
She didn't want to walk Omaha Fashion Week's runway alone.
But she also didn't want to give up the polka-dotted dress by designer Jea Theis that she was wearing.
So daddy was called in to give her a pep talk.
"She didn't want to go," said dad Derrick Lindeman, 31, who tried to soothe his teary-eyed daughter.
The compromise: Daddy walked alongside her on the runway.
She buried her head in his thigh as they walked.
At one moment, she turned back and glanced at the spectators.
She cracked a toothy smile, then held dad's hand and finished the runway to the backstage area.
-- Josefina Loza
Big O was Latina designer's inspiration, theme
Every designer has a theme in mind when creating their looks for Omaha Fashion Week. For Yolanda Diaz, it was Omaha.
The Latina designer takes great pride in her city.
Omaha is home. Home to opportunities, she'll tell you.
Diaz graduated in Fashion Design at Juarez School of Art in Durango, Mexico.
She has been designing children's clothes for more than 20 years.
But it was Omaha Fashion Week that gave her a platform to display her Little Miss Fashion clothing line to the masses.
Back to Yolanda's theme, every outfit gave tribute to the Big O.
If you looked closely, you'd notice the intricate "o" designs and cutouts.
--- Josefina Loza
Fashionable fibers: Hooked on artistry
Designer Susan Ludlow crocheted all of her looks for Omaha Fashion Week.
That's right --- hand-crocheted goods.
You have to be a crocheter to truly appreciate her artistry, everything from a watermelon dress to iris/orchid flower designs crocheted and stitched on the children's dresses.
Ludlow has been designing children's wear for 30 years.
Just ask her daughters. They've all worn originals by mommy.
--- Josefina Loza