The Omaha Fashion Week runway saw a mother-daughter collection, hand-painted fabric from Nepal and a collection of crocheted dresses and vests featuring animal motifs.
The children's clothing show at 8 p.m. Monday kicked off the first night of the sixth and largest Omaha Fashion Week fall show to date. This year, the show moved from Kaneko, at 1111 Jones St., to a huge tent between 10th and 11th Streets on Capitol Avenue.
While the number of seats for spectators stayed the same, the new location afforded the event more space for private cabanas, retail booths, a VIP lounge and a courtyard, said Omaha Fashion Week producer Brook Hudson.
“It just gives us a bigger platform,” she said.
Hollie Hanash, whose bright, ruffled and often intricate dresses have made many appearances at fashion weeks in Omaha, Kansas City, Mo., and Atlanta, opened Monday's show.
Her collection offered kicky dresses, and sweet age-appropriate separates with fun touches like wide ruffles on the hems of cropped pants and a few one-shouldered tops.
She also featured several coordinating mother-daughter looks, in colors like orange, gray and yellow. The best of these, in my opinion: a black-and-white shift dress for mom, with a coordinating loose-fitting, vaguely retro, one-shouldered dress for daughter.
After Hanash's opening, Stacy Sipp showed a collection of easy dresses and separates with fun prints like chevron stripes and polka dots.
Yolanda Diaz sent her models down the runway in casual black, white and pink dresses. They were much less formal and much more wearable for the average little girl than some of Diaz's recent, more-formal collections.
Aubrey Sookram, another Omaha Fashion Week veteran, incorporated fabric hand-painted by children in Nepal into her playful designs — think bubble skirts, ruffles and tutus. Sookram, who sells her clothing on Etsy and elsewhere, is donating all proceeds from this collection to Tiny Hands International, a charity that aims to keep orphaned children in Nepal off the streets.
But the showstopper Monday night was Susan Ludlow, who has been crocheting for more than 30 years and has a wonderful imagination.
Ludlow showed a collection inspired by animals. The first look she sent down the runway was a simple skirt and crocheted vest. But when the model turned around, the back of the vest revealed the crocheted face of a lion, complete with an impressive, fringed mane.
Little boys modeled crocheted vests adorned with snakes and sharks. One little girl wore a dress with an ocean scene. Another wore a pale pink frock with a full skirt of crocheted feathers; when she turned around, the back revealed a pair of kissing flamingos.
The finale piece was— what else? — a peacock. The entire line was both adorable and extremely impressive and likely one of the most detailed collections to be shown all week.
Monday was the first of six nights of fashion from local and regional designers. Tonight's show, which also will begin at 8, will feature avant-garde collections.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit omahafashionweek.com.