Omaha Fashion Week organizers made the official announcement this week of designers selected to participate in the organization’s spring 2012 shows. OFW veterans like Emma Erickson and Jane Round were selected along with four newcomers, three high school students and two designers from outside of Omaha. “We set up a more rigorous application process for the upcoming season – and the fashion design community really stepped up and presented some great ideas,” Nick Hudson, OFW producer stated. 

The current list of selected designers is as follows: Angela Balderston, Terri Jen Buckner, Leah Casper, Amanda Clark, Bertiher de la Cruz Trinidad, Emma Erickson, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Hollie Hanash, Tiffany Headley, Megan Hunt, Jane Round, Christian Shuster and Kate Walz.

Along with the designer announcement, OFW producers hinted at the possibility of more designers being added in the coming weeks. Spring shows will take place March 19th-24th at KANEKO, located at 1111 Jones Street in Omaha. Tickets go on sale in January at

Highly acclaimed local designer Eliana Smith announced the date of her upcoming fall 2012 fashion presentation this week. Produced by STEP Group, Smith’s show will take place on Saturday, November 19th at Nomad Lounge in Omaha’s Old Market.

“This collection will chronicle a charming story of a young lady in the early 1960s on an international expedition, experiencing the colors and flavors of the Indian subcontinent. Ostrich feathers, custom prints, peacock blues and radiant orange hues are a few of the elements sure to dazzle event attendees,” stated STEP Group in a press release.

Tickets for this event start at $20 for general admission with VIP tickets available for $40, which includes pre-party, premier seating and a gift bag. Tickets are available for purchase now at For more information on Smith, visit

Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik is a stylist, costumier, wife and freelance writer based in Omaha, Nebraska. Her style blog can be found at

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