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Backstage Photos from Dillon Gitano

Dillon Gitano is a fantastic on-site event photographer.  He brings a great combination of charisma and calm to each event that allows people to feel comfortable and confident in front of his lens.  Here are some shots he took of my models backstage at Omaha Fashion Week.

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Symieon Harrison
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Aaron Steward
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Dawaune Hayes
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Domy Alai
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Nick Watson
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Chikadibia Ebirim
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Dillon Gitano Photography: http://www.facebook.com/DillonGitanoPhotog

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Fashion Show Trolley Ride

At the Omaha Fashion Week finale runway show last August, the large main backstage area was several blocks away from the small actual-backstage-to-the-runway area.  They had a trolley bring models back and forth when they needed to be on deck for the runway.

My rainbow models entering the trolley (followed by Ellene McClay’s warrior models).

Under different circumstances, this trolley ride would’ve been a super fun time.  Unfortunately, everyone was exhausted from prepping ALLLLLL day and waiting ALLLLLLL evening, and hopping on the trolley meant you were about to hop on the runway, so nerves were high.

Glam-blur models.

Even with the exhaustion and the nerves, my models still seemed to have fun.  They always do.

Chillin’ on the trolley.

The model in blue, Nick, thinks something about the trolley ride is HUH-larious.

It was a short trip, but for some reason the trolley ride made quite a memory for me.  I’m sure a lot of people that rode it just hopped on and didn’t think about it again, but I thought it was cool.  I love taking blurry pictures (sorry! it’s a random hobby!) so a trolley ride over cobbled brick streets gave me the perfect setting for vibrating, blurry pictures.

Rainbow models say goodbye to the fashion trolley.

 

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Omaha Fashion Week “Best of the Week” Runway Finale Show

Omaha Fashion Week had themed runway shows Monday-Friday and held a “Best of the Week” finale show on Saturday of their week of fashion.  I was invited to show my collection at this runway show.  TWO RUNWAY SHOWS IN ONE WEEK = crazy and exciting.

I’ve already posted the photos that g thompson higgins gallery took at the midweek show with all twelve looks from my monoprismatic collection.  You can look at them here.  I decided to show just six looks at the finale runway show.  I showed a pared down version of the color spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet.

Here are the photos by g thompson higgins gallery from the OFW Finale Runway Show.

Model: Symieon Harrison
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Aaron Steward
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Dawaune Hayes
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Domy Alai
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Nick Watson
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Chikadibia Ebirim
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

g thompson higgins gallery: http://www.gthompsonhiggins.com

 

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“Observing Humans”

I call this photo “Observing Humans.”

Dan Richters, a fellow Omaha artist and designer, took this shot of us waiting around at an Omaha Fashion Week photoshoot.  My model, Nick Watson, is chatting me up while Dan Richters model, Karah Linn, stands distant in an otherworldly outfit and watches.

“Observing Humans”
(photo credit: Dan Richters)

Dan Richters’ website: http://danrichters.com/

 

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monoprismatic collection at Omaha Fashion Week 2012

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of debuting my clothing collection titled “monoprismatic” at Omaha Fashion Week’s Avant Garde Runway Show.  Fashion week is always so busy and fast-paced that it’s almost hard to enjoy, which is one reason why I love teaming up with great photographers so I can look through photos after the chaos.  Also, it’s great to relive the runway show from the audience’s point-of-view, since I am backstage prepping models for their entrance.  And you know what, things look alot cooler from the audience’s perspective!

For this fashion week, I had Greg Higgins from g thompson higgins gallery as my runway photographer and he did such a great job capturing my models just as I wanted them portrayed: bold, quiet, and confident.

Model: Symieon Harrison
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Aaron Steward
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Jared Spence
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Chikadibia Ebirim
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Dawaune Hayes
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Dylan Hartnett
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Nick Watson
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Tay Westberry
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Domy Alai
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Brian Clark
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Nolan Nuzum
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Omar Rodriguez
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

I spent a couple of weeks to recover from the fashion week chaos, and looking back through all of these photos, I am just so happy with everything from my show.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the images that Greg Higgins delivered.  And he’s a super great guy, too!

Greg Higgins from g thompson higgins gallery website: http://www.gthompsonhiggins.com

 
 

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Backstage at Omaha Fashion Week 2012

Last night I had my Omaha Fashion Week runway show. I showed on the Avant Garde themed night, and the the whole experience was great.  I’ll probably do a few more blog posts about it, but for now, I just wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from backstage.


Bright, rainbow-ish flowers from my Grandma. Alot of my family drove down to see my show. They’re my number one fans, for sure.

My partner doing some work backstage in front of my rainbow-filled rack.

Lining models up to head out to the runway: the front of the rainbow….

And…..the back of the rainbow!

Showing this collection was just so fun. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much yesterday.  Rainbows make me REALLY happy.

Runway photos to come soon!

 

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Behind-the-scenes: Wolfgang Kaufman sugar.skin.circus shoot

My sugar.skin.circus collection just begs to be part of themed photoshoots.  A really great photographer named  Wolfgang Kaufman was coming through town and wanted to do a photoshoot while he was here in the Omaha area.  The creative director for this shoot, Cherisse McCoy, contacted me to see if I was interested (yes, duh) and for details about my latest collection.  When I described my sugar.skin.circus line, she got really excited to create a very dramatically themed photoshoot, including a custom built set, props, and she even brought in a fire performer and aerial artist.  If anyone knows how much I LOOOOOOVE circus themed stuff, you’d know how much I was nerding out at this point.

Watching all my models get styled at the salon was really exciting.  I let my makeup artist, Amy Burns, go to town.  She painted on mustaches, sprayed on some lacework, airbrushed stylized pink cheeks, and applied glitter lashes.  She’s great at taking an idea and bumping it up about 16 extra levels of awesome.

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Makayla Torrez

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Makayla Torrez

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Nicole Keimig

Once all my models were styled, I finally got a chance to see all the props that were made for this shoot.  It was like a circus dream come true. It took all of my concentration to keep from running and playing with EVERYTHING.

Custom made set and props.

SECRET: The “strongest man in the world” barbell is actually made of balloons.  I was tricked every stinkin’ time I saw anyone pick it up.  I am always worried about overworking my models, so I kept telling them that they could set it down between shots to rest their muscles.   Balloons.  They are a clever illusion, especially for a gullible kid like me.

Model requirements: good-looking, hard-working, easy to get along with, and oh yeah……you must be able to lift one ton without breaking a sweat.

Wolfgang Kaufman was great to work with.  He was so committed to getting the best possible shot:  he climbed on ladders, crawled around on the floor, hopped up on all the different furniture, then hopped down, then did it all again.  Wolfgang is awesome.

Model: Aaron Steward
Photographer at work: Wolfgang Kaufman
(See what I mean about how convincing the balloons are?!?)

Model: Nicole Keimig
Photographer at work: Wolfgang Kaufman

This photoshoot was a dream come true.  Cherisse McCoy, the creative director, imagined a fantastic circus world for my collection to play in for the day.

Hair/makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Creative director: Cherrise McCoy

Wolfgang Kaufman: http://www.wolfman-photo.com/

sugar.skin.circus collection available in my store: http://www.audiohelkuik.etsy.com

 

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