“There were some tough decisions that had to be made by the selection panel. They’ve spent quite a bit of time with the designers over the summer, so it’s a proud moment for everyone,” said OFW Producer Brook Hudson. “We are thrilled to be able to offer such an extensive prize package to the top designer at Omaha Fashion Week.” The Selection Panel will vote on the winner of the prize package during the Runway Finale.
Since April of this year, designers have been working with members of the OFW Selection Panel during regular group meetings and one-on-one sessions. They’ve discussed target markets, fabric sourcing, runway styling and even post-event sales strategy, all in an effort to help designers make the most of their opportunity at Omaha Fashion Week. “This more in-depth method of mentoring designers and connecting them to the experts on our Selection Panel has led to some incredible ideas, along with new friendships. It has been a deeply rewarding experience for all of us,” said Hudson.
The mentoring program, coordinated by the Fashion Institute Midwest, culminated in the OFW Rack Check held last Saturday, where collections were reviewed and decisions were made about who has what it takes to be in the Finale. The results have been tallied, with the following designers selected for coveted Saturday night positions:
OFW will also feature collections by two special guests – Canadian designer, Dennis Merotto and Kansas City designer, Jeff Hanson. Merotto has been top of the industry for over 20 years and was senior designer for international brand Lida Baday, sold in Sax Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom. He is now in his third season under his own label. Hanson, an OFW alum, is a visually impaired artist who recently achieved his goal of raising $1 million for charity by the age of 20. He is gaining national attention for his one-of-a-kind hand-painted dresses.
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.
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