Seven teams of hairstylists, makeup artists and accessories designers faced off in a reality-style battle during Omaha Fashion Week's Wednesday night show.
The teams, which had been randomly matched through a drawing the night before, had 24 hours to present a cohesive look. At stake: $1,000 cash and other prizes.
“It just was like magic,” said Leslie Wilson, one of several stylists and makeup artists who formed a team they called Welcome to the Dojo. None of the stylists got much sleep, Wilson said. But somehow, the looks came together.
Children's accessories designer Hollie Hanash and a team of stylists and makeup artists from Kontempo. salon won the contest with a collection of whimsical accessories — tutus, necklaces made from fabric rosettes, wands — complemented by teased, cotton-candy-colored hair.
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Hanash, who also designs children's clothing, said designing accessories gave her a chance to be more creative than with a clothing line.
“I was thinking theatrical,” she said.
This was the first year for the accessories show, which Omaha Fashion Week Producer Brook Hudson said was added to give stylists, makeup artists and accessories designers — people who normally work behind the scenes without much recognition — a night to shine.
Overall, she said, she was pleased with how it went, and Hudson expects the competition will be a part of Omaha Fashion Weeks to come. But some details — like figuring out the best way to showcase jewelry and other small accessories that aren't easily visible from the runway — have yet to be worked out.
» T. Justine Reilly presented a collection of chunky bracelets, pendants and rings made of resin. Vibrant colors — mint green, pale pink, orange — as well as glitter and images set into the resin, made the pieces attention-grabbing yet still wearable.
» Welcome to the Dojo created some of my favorite hairstyles of the night. Their looks included a braid accented by a zipper, buns accented with small braids and, in one case, small round mirrors, and a finale hairstyle that was essentially a hat made out of hair.
» Salon Fusion used what appeared to be balloons as a base for some of its hairstyles. The result was a series of playful, dramatic updos, one of which was topped with a smart blue hat from the crocheted accessories line Crafty Hands.
» Accessories designer Courtney Zurcher created dramatic versions of her bridal headpieces for Wednesday's show. The most interesting was a crocheted peach cowl that covered both the head and shoulders and was topped with a crown of pink silk flowers.
Tonight's show, at 8 p.m. at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St., will feature bridal wear and children's styles. Tickets are available at www.omahafashionweek.com.
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