Thursday night's runway show at Grand Hall at Power Light was a refreshing mix of ready-to-wear, evening wear, and several street style inspired designs!
Roger Figueroa is currently a student at Johnson County Community College (JCCC), where he was previously selected as the student of the year by the fashion department. With plans to transfer to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Roger is utilizing his time to expand his brand in the community and fashion industry. His F/W '17 collection was a new refreshing mix of men's and women's looks!
Wiki Wang is a recent winner of the prestigious Pins and Needles Fashion Design Competition in which she competed against the best upcoming designers from across the country! Her innovative looks and styles are effortlessly flattering. Wiki Wang's minimal, clean modern silhouettes have a refined elegance to help women feel more confident in communicating their identity and their personality. Several of Wiki's looks on the runway last night included bell sleeves, flouncy pleated skirts, and details of minimal ruffles.
Amanda is a graduate from University of Hawaii at Manoa in Fashion Design and Merchandising, class of 2014. Once she graduated, she moved to Virginia, where she started her own line in May of 2015. Her design philosophy is based on the duality of hard lines and delicate details, sculptural shapes, refined minimalism, a mix of structured feminine silhouettes, and androgynous shapes. The collection Amanda showed last night featured an Asian influence. Very structured pieces of satin, wrap pieces, and detailed belts.
Madyssen Hrlevich of Madyssen Jean started sewing towards the end of her junior year of high school and showed her first collection in Omaha Fashion Week a year later. She loves femininity with a darkness, and combining the sophistication of Chanel with the edginess of Alexander McQueen. Madyssen has created the perfect storm of inspiration and her craft is devoted to sharp lines, tailoring, and textile combinations.
Madyssen Jean's F/W '17 collection featured a stunning mix of hidden florals, black rich fabrics, and beautiful written embroidery. The dark romantic story that was told through a collection of sophisticated pieces was a crowd favorite.
F/W '17 sponsor Lee Jeans showed a sophisticated collection of denim ready-to-wear looks during last night's showcase. Lee introduced new fall fashions with items like jean jackets with embroidery and distressing, jean vests (yes, they are back!), new girlfriend jeans, and denim with frayed hems, interesting side seams, and tonal patterns.
Lee jeans can be found at major retailers including Macy’s, Amazon, Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Lee.com, as well as regional department stores nationwide.
Designer, Ciara Fortun, is a 16 year old designer from Omaha, Nebraska. Ciara designs mostly evening and formal wear aimed for the young woman who isn't afraid to convey herself in a unique and sophisticated way. Ciara's F/W '17 collection was full of classic pieces with beautiful black and white details. She is definatley a young and emerging designer to watch!
Crystal Brakhage Designs
Designer Crystal Brakhage graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December of 2016. She loves to make women feel confident, comfortable, and powerful. Her target customer is a women age 20-30 who is not afraid to show who they are and be a little different. This woman doesn't follow the norms because her designs definitely don't. She wants to make a statement. People want to go up and meet her or be her.
Last night Crystal debuted a dark and glamorous collection with flashes of gold. The looks were edgy and sophisticated, but still had a street style, cool girl vibe!
More Than Just Fig Leaves + Erin Paige
Eve Emanuel, designer of MTJF, has been at the forefront of creating modest clothing for the modern woman. She aims to provide an option for women to dress in current fashion while maintaining a sense of refined classicism and romanticism in her creations. This season's collection was a collaboration between her clothing designs and Erin Paige's jewelry creations. The inspiration was a street style vibe and also the up-cycle of fabrics and materials. MTJF, short for More Than Just Figleaves, appeals to the modern woman of today who wishes for versatile stylish clothing that is hip refined and classy all in one.
Erin Paige Stegman has had a love for the arts and for people. She believes her designs create an opportunity to serve both passions. "I truly believe the individual who wears my design feels this energy transferred to them and will spread it throughout their lives." Erin's F/W '17 collection features a mix of delicate pieces with larger copper pieces. There is an unique mix of hard and soft edges that pair perfectly with Eve's street style designs.
Photos: Atherton Photography