I was thrilled to attend Omaha Fashion Week on the night that designers were showcasing the glitz and glam side of fashion – something I always love to shop for and rarely have to wear.
Jillian Fellers started last Thursday’s show with a gorgeous collection of bridal wear inspired by the Roaring Twenties. Bias-cut silhouettes with fluttering sleeves and slip-like fits had models sauntering down the runway with matching 1920′s-inspired hairstyles – the perfect touch.
Hannah Olson provided an introspective collection inspired by her personal and difficult experiences with bullying and depression. Her provocative collection, “Battle Scars,” is a plus-sized collection of cocktail dresses in black and gunmetal – some with interesting hand painted details. (A look from her collection is photographed above by Black Sheep Photography.)
Fella Vaughn chose a black, white and red pallet for his latest collection. Many of his designs included oversized hoods, bold shoulders and Red Riding Hood-checked fabrics. Fella’s collection was nothing short of dramatic, and as my guest pointed out, had a bit of a “tango” flare too.
SuShe by J. Tracy also boasted plenty of fringe. The coolest green satin cigarette pants and an even more surprising bustier joined her retro-inspired, plus-sized cocktail dresses.
Kate Walz might be young, but she’s no stranger to Omaha Fashion Week. This was her eighth collection to appear on the Omaha Fashion Week runways. Her entire collection looked like an interactive version of the Degas ballerina paintings and was dedicated to Walz’s ballet teachers. The final model wore a white slip dress enveloped in a watercolor “coat” embellished with rhinestones. While it looked more like a robe you might see on a Hollywood beauty in an old movie, it was absolutely one of my favorite pieces of the whole night.
It was another big crowd at the show that has surpassed Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis and St. Louis in attendance and number of designers served.
I can’t wait to see what Omaha Fashion Week has on tap for the spring shows.
For more information on the designers, 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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