Big changes were announced this week regarding the next season of Omaha Fashion Week shows. KANEKO, an organization fostering creativity in the arts through progressive exhibitions and programming, will host the upcoming spring fashion shows scheduled to take place in March 2012. “The event has grown to the point where we need a larger space, plus we love the idea of working with Kaneko. What we do in terms of fostering creativity in fashion design fits so well with their mission,” stated Omaha Fashion Week producer Nick Hudson in a press release.
In addition to utilizing a larger venue, KANEKO was also chosen to align Omaha Fashion Week with fashion weeks in larger US markets such as New York and Los Angeles. "The backdrop in KANEKO is a blank canvas," explained Hudson. "It’s literally all white – and we want to keep it that way so the clothes you see on the runway are the focus."
Along with the venue change, an educational component will be offered for Jr. High and High School students along with current designers as well as a retail element at each evening's post-show event. “We are encouraging attendees to consider purchasing what they see on the runway,” said Hudson. Show attendees with be able to place orders for custom pieces, buy ready to wear items and meet the designers in person after each runway show. “All of this is part of evolving the fashion industry in Omaha and nurturing the talent that exists here,” said Hudson.
Omaha Fashion Week’s spring 2012 shows will take place March 19-24 at KANEKO on 1111 Jones Street in Omaha's Old Market district. Tickets will be available starting in January at omahafashionweek.com.
Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik is a stylist, costumier, wife and freelance writer based in Omaha, Nebraska. Her style blog can be found at fashflood.com.