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The fourth night of Omaha Fashion Week, on Friday night at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St., showcased ready-to-wear designs by five Midwestern designers and one special guest.
Amanda Valentine, a contestant on this season of the television reality show “Project Runway,” showed a mini collection to start the night. Valentine, who grew up in Lincoln and attended both high school and college there, described the six looks as an introduction to her style.
Those who have watched the show were likely already familiar with Valentine's love of color and pattern, which were on display in a vibrant paneled maxi dress and a two pairs of fitted pants. Fringe — another of her favorites — also made an appearance on a skirt and a long, dramatic dress.
“I kind of have a vibe,” she said.
Valentine, who also served as an emcee during Friday's show, praised the organization of the event, as well as the talent of the other designers, one of whom — Jessica Seeley — she had known in college.
“It's cool to reconnect and just jump back into the college camaraderie,” Valentine said.
Valentine will be back for tonight's shows, in the audience.
Friday night highlights:
» Caine Westergard, who is studying apparel design at Iowa State University, showed a collection of skirts, tops and dresses in pale pastels and chevron prints inspired by sailboats. Westergard likes the nautical themes prevalent now, but she said she wanted to do something a bit different than the navy, red and white palette that typically accompanies nautical clothing. She took her inspiration from the color of the sky and water, and the movement of the sails.
The collection featured short, full, pastel skirts, off-the-shoulder navy tops and one of-the-moment navy peplum top, made a bit more interesting with orange panels and racing stripes.
» Millard West senior Hannah Olson showed a small collection of party dresses for plus-sized girls. The highlight of the 1940s-inspired line was a black sleeveless dress with a rhinestone embellishment at the neckline and a plunging back. It's a good bet that she'll be back.
» Omaha Fashion Week veteran Seeley showed a carnival-inspired line of dresses and separates in a palette of red, gray and sherbet-y floral. The very first look — a knee-length red skirt with a tie detail at the waist, floral sleeveless top and red jacket — was among my favorites of the week so far.
Tonight's sold-out finale will feature swimwear, avant garde clothing, menswear and evening wear.
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