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Where do the fashionable go in Omaha? To the 3rd Annual Omaha Fashion Week runway finale show on Saturday, September 18th-that’s where. Courtesy of the vision, dedication and diligence of the Omaha Fashion Week team, we now have an exceptional reason to get dressed up for a runway show the likes of New York - and it's right here in the Heartland. So what are the secrets of style and unwritten rules of what to wear to an event such as this?


Dress the Part

Designers and labels count—wear designer, if possible. Head to toe designer ensembles are preferable, though you can opt for an indie designer or cute vintage find. With 38 featured designers, it would be quite easy to find an independent designer’s garment to wear to the show. The week of events planned at Nomad Lounge will certainly give you an opportunity to see talented designer’s work. For a vintage find, Scout Dry Goods and Trade and The Giving Tree Boutiques—two great local locations.

if you’re stumped on what to wear, go for a no fuss dress. Black is always a fashionable back-up. Go cocktail style, with an unexpected twist—one shoulder or tulip hemmed dresses are easy to find and offer an elegant option.

An outdoor evening fashion show warrants layers—just in case. Plan to bring a light silhouetted jacket complimentary to your dress, or a pashmina to cozy yourself with. The show will last well into the night—we’ll want it to— but temperatures can drop significantly as the night goes on.

Hair and Make-Up

The occasion warrants it. Stick with one make up wow factor—highlighting either your eyes or lips. Red lips for the red carpet—red lips are in this fall—truth be told they’ve never really been out. But they are making their way into the magazines this season. Red makes a statement and pulls together any outfit.

if you opt to bring out your eyes, I recommend a classic smokey look—heavy liner with tones of grays-or have fun with color; mixing tones depending on your eye color. The more your eyes stand out the better. MAC, the trendiest of counters, offers advice and consultations. A trip to Sephora may also be necessary.

Visit one of our favorite salons for an updo or loose curls. Salons that are hitting our fashionable radar for Omaha Fashion Week include: Thomas Sena’s T’eez Salon, Creative Hair Design and, for the Aveda enthusiast, Five Salon.


The most fun, versatile part of your look—accessories bring it all together. Shoes are very important. Never underestimate the impact of stilettos—choose fabulous over function. With a seat at the show, you can strut your stuff on the red carpet and then sit comfortably and fashionably while you watch the show. Make a statement with a bold designer bag or go for an understated label with a bright, vibrant color.

Your final accessory—a Blackberry, iPhone or any device to capture pictures and notes throughout the night. You’ll see lots of inspiration and will need a road map on where to find the designers and pieces you love after the show. For fashion at your fingertips, take home an Omaha Fashion Week program that highlights the work of local designers. Contact information is also included.

There you have it—you are officially ready to rub elbows with fellow couture and ready-to-wear, loving friends while you enjoy all 260 feet of the runway. See you on the red carpet.

Why go any other way than VIP? A VIP ticket gets you into the exclusive finale pre-party, red carpet treatment with photo opportunities, front row seating with the best views and swag bags galore. Tickets are available online at omahafashionweek.com. 


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