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Omaha Fashion Week Announces August 2012 Designers

Omaha Fashion Week organizers announced this week the designers who have been selected to show collections during the organization's August 2012 shows. They include 12 newcomers, four high school students, two designers who currently  live outside of Omaha and two designers who are launching national  brands. 

“We are really  excited to have Chad Carr and JLynn Hausmann on board,” said OFW producer  Brook Hudson.  Carr is reviving the 1980’s swimwear brand,  Legoons, and Hausmann is launching high-end denim brand, JHaus, based out of  L.A. during the August shows.  Both Carr and Hausmann are  Nebraska natives.  “It’s gratifying to see that designers  view OFW as the ideal platform to launch their brands nationally,” Hudson  said.

The applicant  pool included 64 designers who were narrowed down to 37 for the August  shows.  Designers applied online and a limited number were  selected to pitch their ideas for their upcoming collection with a panel of  industry experts brought together by the Omaha Fashion Institute. The experts  scored each designer and provided feedback that organizers used to make final  selection decisions.

Designers were  placed into categories based on the type of work they do. "Fans can expect a  theme for each night of fashion week," Hudson said. “This allows fans to  select what types of fashions they see.” The OFW show schedule will have  nights focused on the following areas:  Children’s wear,  avant garde, bridal and swimwear, evening wear and day wear.  

One significant  change this year is that designers for the Saturday night finale have not yet  been selected.  “Saturday night will be a ‘best of’ show  that includes our favorite looks from the week. We will be working with  designers over the summer to see how their collections progress before making  final decisions about the Saturday show,” Hudson said.  Show  organizers hope to feature 80-100 looks at the Saturday Finale, which will be  held outdoors on Jones Street.  Weeknight shows will be held  indoors at KANEKO on 1111 Jones St.

OFW August 2012  is scheduled for August 20-25.  Tickets go on sale June 1 at  omahafashionweek.com/tickets <http://omahafashionweek.com/tickets> .  Prices for  weeknight tickets range from $65 for a VIP seat to $50-$30 for reserved  seats.  Ticket prices for the Saturday Finale range from  $1,000 for a 10-person VIP table or $120 for an individual VIP seat to $60-$30  for reserved seats.

Omaha Fashion  Week: August 2012 Designers

Children’s Wear:  Monday Night, 8/20
Aubrey  Sookram for Markoos Modern  Design
Hollie Hanash for Ruffled Runway
Jea Theis for Jake &  Lucy
Rebecca Robbins for Fit for a Princess
Susan Ludlow
Yolanda Diaz  for Little Miss Fashion 

Avant Garde:  Tuesday Night, 8/21
Angela  Balderston for Get Plastered
Audio Helkuik
Dan Richters
Ellene McClay  for FORTRESS
Joi Katskee for Joi Joison
Mai Do
Terri Jen Buckner for  Nuevintage Apparel & Accessories
Tiffany Headley for Donna  Faye

Bridal &  Swimwear: Wednesday Night, 8/22
Chad Carr  for Legoons
Erin Thomas for Toxic Sadie
Jessica Hansen for Jessica  Alyse
Kendra Morgan
Michaela Cawley for Kkini
Sabrina  Jones
Maximillian Suiter for Max  Millian

Evening Wear:  Thursday Night, 8/23
Bertiher De La  Cruz
Buf Reynolds
Fella Vaughn for Fella
Juantiesha Christian for  SuShe by J. Tracy
Kate Walz for Just Because
Lameesha Stuckey for  Stylishly Chic
Leah Casper for Casper Couture
Williams Torres for WILL STYLE

Day Wear: Friday  Night, 8/24
Audra McAvaddy  for Coriander
Daniel Munoz
Eliana Smith
Kaitlyn   Fitzgerald for KAIT Blu
Masey Rost
JLynn Hausmann for  JHaus
Shamina Wiek for Pastel GROOVE House


About Omaha Fashion  Week
On the  inside, Omaha Fashion Week is a talent incubator that seamlessly connects  designers, stylists, photographers, artists and models through nurturing  platforms and engaging opportunities. On the outside, Omaha Fashion Week is  Midwest’s premier fashion event; spotlighting fashion innovations and  celebrating creative excellence. Learn more at www.omahafashionweek.com.

About Omaha Fashion Institute
The  Omaha Fashion Institute is a non-profit operating under the Omaha Community  Foundation that nurtures aspiring fashion designer talent by supporting and  developing the Midwest fashion ecosystem through programming that provides  creative inspiration, training opportunities, resources and business  incubation to unlock the creative entrepreneurial potential in our young  people. Support the OFI at www.omahafashionweek.com/omaha-fashion-institute

About  Kaneko
KANEKO  is a new kind of organization – not a museum – not a gallery – not a library  nor a research center – but an open space for open minds that nurtures and  promotes creativity in the arts, sciences, and philosophy. Through progressive  exhibitions, performances, lectures, symposia, and innovative programming we  encourage people to explore and experience the creative process that is  essential to all human activity. Learn more at www.thekaneko.org




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