Omaha Fashion Week Set for 8/18-23

Omaha Fashion Week organizers have announced the August runway schedule, with tickets going on sale this Monday. Shows are scheduled for August 18-23 under a 20,000 square-foot tent in the Capitol District located in Downtown Omaha. Over 36 regional designers will show brand new Spring/Summer 2015 Collections. The week-long affair is broken down into nightly categories:

· Monday, August 18: Bridal and Children's Wear Showcase

· Tuesday, August 19: Ready-To-Wear Showcase I

· Wednesday, August 20: Avant Garde Showcase

· Thursday, August 21: Ready-To-Wear Showcase II

· Friday, August 22: Evening Wear Showcase

· Saturday, August 23: VIP Runway Finale

OFW is also expanding its independent, off-site shows for designers who are ready to plan their own productions, said OFW Producer, Brook Hudson. Those designers include Jenny Pool, showing on Wednesday August 20 at 10 p.m.; and Buf Reynolds, showing on Friday August 22 at 10 p.m. Both will produce Avant Garde shows in yet-to-be-determined locations. More information on these shows will be released in June.

The VIP Runway Finale will again feature a competition between top designers from weeknight shows who will vie for a large prize package sponsored by the Fashion Institute Midwest. "The Fashion Institute Selection Panel will score designers' collections in early August to determine weeknight show lineups and who will make it into Finale," said Hudson. The list of Finale designers will be released August 4.

Hudson also said that this year's Finale will be a VIP-only event. "Every attendee will receive valet parking, VIP Gift Bag, access to the VIP Pre-Party and two bottles of wine at the table during the show." Finale attendees can purchase either a VIP table for 10 guests or a Corporate Box for 20 guests. "We decided to forgo the individual seats to create a better customer experience for all Finale attendees - we are really excited to take this event to the next level this season!"

Tickets go on sale to the public June 2 and are available at