Omaha Fashion Week was Wed. – Sat. March 21st – March 24th; my show was set for the last night of shows Sat. March 24th at Kaneko in the Old Market of Omaha, NE. This was a first time for me to show with Omaha Fashion Week and from day one after being selected to participate was looking forward to this show more than any other. OFW and producers Nick and Brook Hudson have been putting this show on in Omaha for the past 5 years and OFW is by far the premier fashion show in the Mid-West, they are truly light years ahead of us in KC. Our plan was to leave KC and drive up early Sat. morning, which I did with with only 3 hrs. of sleep as I was up til 3 am the night before finishing my final runway look, get into Omaha around 11:30 and check into our hotel room at the Magnolia Hotel. We got the car all packed and hit the road by 8:15 am. Omaha is about a 3 hrs. drive and went by fast as the day was beautiful and company in the car was great. We got into Omaha right at 11:30 am and checked into the Magnolia Hotel, a recently renovated boutique hotel that was beautiful and comfortable in every way. I can-not say enough about all the staff at the Magnolia from the valets to the fleet service people to the front desk and of course bar staff, if you ever go to Omaha stay at the Magnolia. After checking into our room we headed over the Kaneko the show event space for a lunch and meet and greet / Q & A with Project Runway All Star Jerell Scott. Was great to meet with Jerell in person as he and I both shared a moment chatting before the formal sit down Q & A outside smoking ( dirty smokers J ) Was great to hear him speak about the biz and fashion industry, his personal experiences, and advice. I was a little surprised by how many designers kept asking questions about Project Runway “ is Kennly really a bitch, how much time do you really have to sew, etc. “ I mean with the opportunity to speak with someone like him my questions would be and were about the industry and advice rather than reality TV. We had to leave Q & A early as it was time to round up my men and head to hair and make-up. Let me say that my hair stylist bailed on me Tues of runway week, but I was able to find a replacement as one of my models manages Tru Salon and Spa in Omaha and all of the team at Tru did an amazing job. They literally saved the day and I cannot say enough about the whole team from Tru Salon and Spa. Along with hair was very talented and dear friend Allie of Grace Designs and Ascetics, she is a huge talent and wonderful to work with. LOVE U GIRL !!!!!!!!! I left all my men in the capable hands of Tru and Grace and headed off to DSW to meet with my official shoe provider for the event, which I also found week of after my first provider bailed. What can I say about DSW aside from the literally saved my life, thank you so much to Charlotte and DSW Omaha NE. From there we wrangled up all the men and headed over to the event space to get checked in with my team and get ready backstage at Kaneko. Only a few hrs. from runway time and fittings to do, got everyone worked out and all things started falling into place.
Posted by Christian Shuster.