Photo slideshow: Omaha Fashion Week, Day 3.
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Six designers presented ready-to-wear collections Wednesday, the midway point of Omaha Fashion Week's August show.
All six were practical, wearable and interesting. The collections were also very wide-ranging and included boho, cowgirl and rocker-inspired collections.
Terri Buckner opened with a collection of bohemian dresses made in part from vintage silk scarves and accented with crocheted and patchwork embellishments. She styled her pieces with silk flower crowns, leather belts and cropped cowboy boots paired with thick socks; the boots provided a rustic contrast to the otherwise romantic looks.
Caine Westergard showed a collection of polished, simple separates including pants, skirts, coats, a dress and one polka dot bustier.
Buf Reynolds followed Westergard with a collection of easy separates — long skirts, loose-fitting pants with a ruffled detail at the waist, flowing tanks, a few graphic capes. Many garments were black or gray and were often made from jersey. Most also included an unexpected element — a panel of pleated red chiffon or a lace back. It was a nice collection, made more impressive by the fact that it was the first of two collections the Omaha Fashion Week veteran will show this week; she also designed an avant-garde collection for Friday night's 10 p.m. Vessel show.
Joi Katskee showed a rocker-inspired collection made entirely from upcycled materials. A dress with a handkerchief hem was made from an old maternity shirt of her mother's; several looks featured her brother's old band T-shirts, which she had reworked. She made a cropped denim jacket from a pair of jeans, and she spent six hours adding studs to another jacket that she otherwise left as-is. My favorite piece was a distressed sweater she had dyed, embroidered and distressed, unraveling parts of the sleeves and shoulders. All of her pieces were “sliced, diced and julienned,” and she accented with upcycled jewelry, made by Liz Moldenhauer from things like old license plates
Young designer Maximillian Suiter showed a collection of graphic power suits made of elements such as cropped black pants with contrasting cuffs, bold jackets with geometric color blocking in primary colors and long, fringed belts.
Sara Gadeken ended the night with a collection of cowgirl-inspired sun dresses. All had tooled leather bodices that echoed patterns more commonly found on boots and saddles. Cotton, jersey and tulle skirts softened the leather — and got a big reaction from the audience.
Buckner, Suiter and Gadeken will show their collections again during Saturday's 8 p.m. finale, which will take place in the tent on Capitol Avenue, between 10th and 11th Streets. Tonight's show, which starts at 8 p.m., will feature evening wear and will also be held in the tent on Capitol Avenue.