Backstage at Omaha Fashion Week spring 2012

27 Mar

Omaha Fashion Week spring 2012 just happened.  It was awesome.  I’ve been busy doing some costuming projects, so I opted not to show a collection at this fashion week.  However, I have a lot of backstage experience and I happened to have the week free, so I volunteered to work backstage all week.

Omaha Fashion Magazine spring 2012 edition

Backstage there’s a constant buzz of models continually of getting dressed, styled, touched up, and accessorized. It’s just hours and hours of this each night.

Backstage, I saw some really fantastic hair and makeup.  I loved watching Kirby Nostradamus Keomysay’s avant garde hair pieces on Donna Faye Couture’s models.  I love when things are over-the-top.  He’s famous for his crazy hairpieces that he created to win Hair Battle Spectacular on the Oxygen Channel.  For Omaha Fashion Week, he put one of the Donna Faye models in a wig/hairpiece/headpiece/whatever that was probably taller than me.  Granted, I’m tiny elf-sized…..but that’s still alot of hair!  It was funny to watch them try to quickly dismantle it afterwards to relieve the neckpain.  After the giant, heavy hair was off her head, the stylists gave her a long scalp massage while she sat in her undies trying to recuperate a bit.  This model is a champ.

Model: Makayla Torrez
Hair: Kirby Nostradamus Keomysay

One of the special guests that Omaha Fashion Week hosted was Jerell Scott.  He’s a designer from L.A. that has been on Project Runway and Project Runway Allstars.  I’ll admit it, I don’t watch the show, so I didn’t have a chance to be starstruck by his celebrity presence.  But, I did enjoy meeting him and chatting.  Cool guy.  He’s self-taught and his attitude about making things happen by going out there and MAKING things happen was good. He doesn’t sit around and wish.  He does stuff.  That’s cool.

Jerell Scott talks to Omaha designers.

After he talked to the group I chatted with Jerell a bit about the menswear market.  He gave me some ideas about where I could find some receptive markets.  He was super easy to talk to.

Audio Helkuik and Jerell Scott

There were so many great things at OFW Spring 2012, and that’s not even taking all the great collections into account. I got to see Princess Lasertron’s final clothing collection up close.  Leah Casper had a crazy cool black-on–black line with hoop skirts and bloomers and lace.  Nuevintage Apparel had suh-weet runway show on Saturday.  I loved Loved LOVED christianMICHEAL’s menswear collection.  So much happened in just a few days.  So much exhaustion.  So much enthusiasm.   Have I mentioned that I love Omaha?

Red carpet shot after working backstage at Omaha Fashion Week spring 2012.



I mentioned some designers and stylists.  Go look at their schtuff:

Kirby Nostradamus Keomysay:

Jerell Scott:

Princess Lasertron:

Leah Casper:


christianMICHEAL menswear:


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