Omaha Fashion Week is moving to a permanent location.
The group that operates the biannual fashion show plans to purchase the Tip Top Ballroom at 1502 Cuming St. and renovate the space for its permanent headquarters, set to open in March.
The Omaha Design Center, as it will be called, will host Omaha Fashion Week’s March and August shows, plus other fashion events. It will include office space, retail space, a bar and a ballroom, which can be rented out for weddings and other events.
“We weren’t able to showcase the event where it was large enough and had the right aesthetic for us,” said Nick Hudson, founder of Omaha Fashion Week. “So we just thought, ‘OK then, we’ll just create our own.’ ”
The deal will be a partnership between Omaha Fashion Week and Cutchall Management Co., which owns several restaurants in town and a catering company, Hudson said. Together, they plan to purchase the building and kitchen and administrative space for $2.77 million. The sale is scheduled to
close today, Hudson said. After remodeling and construction costs, the total investment should be about $4 million for the 30,000-square-foot space.
NuStyle Development, which currently owns the property, declined to comment on the sale.
Construction is slated to begin in January. Hudson said plans call for creating one 15,000-square-foot ballroom that can be sectioned off into smaller rooms, if necessary.
The ballroom will have an industrial feel, with exposed brick and duct work, a polished concrete floor and curtains and chandeliers overhead. There will be a bar area nearby, two catering kitchens, 2,000 square feet of pop-up retail space for rent and rooms for offices and workshops in the back.
Hudson said Omaha Fashion Week wanted to join a growing arts and design district in north downtown that includes The Mastercraft Building, Hot Shops Arts Center and the Co-Lab, which is housed in the Tip Top Building.
“We’re very much part of that creative entrepreneurship community,” Hudson said. He sees the area as a place for creative types to bounce ideas off one another and play to each others’ strengths. “We were really excited about doing something and being a part of this bigger picture as well.”
The Omaha Design Center will give Omaha Fashion Week a place to launch new events, including more opportunities for young designers. The volume and quality of the show’s young designers is beginning to define Omaha’s fashion, he said.
“Having this building is going to be a huge step forward in that process for us,” he said.
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Lauren Goodger revealed her dramatic weight loss as she stripped down to a backless dress for a date night with Jake McLean this weekend.
The former TOWIE star has been religiously sticking to her healthy lifestyle recently, and the results are incredible.
Revealing a tiny waist and some impressive muscles, the star posed with her back to the camera in the risky outfit.
With a beaming Jake opposite her, Lauren looked relaxed and happy as they enjoyed dinner together following a brief break apart recently.
She captioned the shot: "Date night with bae."
The star couldn't resist a pouting selfie too though, and posted a photo shortly after in her signature pose, as she revealed longer eyelashes and full lips.
Lauren confirmed the pair recently reconciled in an Instagram picture captioned "You are a pain in the a**e but I love you".
The brunette beauty announced last month that she was taking a "little break" from her beau , who she is often on and off with, but said she always aimed to get back with him and settle down.
A source told Closer magazine: "Lauren's been really busy focusing on her training and her career and she realised she hadn't been spending enough time with Jake.
"They were having silly rows because she felt that he couldn't handle the new her."
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She is never one to dress boringly.
And, true to form, Billie Faiers put on a seriously buxom display when she indulged in a selfie session on Friday afternoon.
The blonde TV star poured herself into a sexy number from her designer collection, which marked some social-networking marketing for Black Friday.
The 25 year-old wowed fans in the revealing number, which was floor-length but featured slash detail across the chest and thigh.
Putting focus on her curvaceous shape, she certainly seemed proud of her post-baby figure.
Hoping to cash-in on the nation's pre-Christmas spending frenzy, she encouraged people to buy by tweeting: 'Tonight's dress ONLY £9.99 here. And 30% off everything!'.
Garnering plenty of 'likes' and re-tweets, the sexy shot paved the way for a second - less sexy - image, which saw her in a festive jumper and skinny leather-effect trousers.
Also from her design collection, the winter wardrobe choice was emblazoned with the caption: 'I'm on the naught list!', which was suitably cheeky for the mum-of-one.
The shots come just one day after she shared agorgeous bikini snap on her Instagram on Thursday, showing off her tiny waistline, ample chest and shapely hips in the most flattering of ways.
The blonde - who is a proud mother to one-year-old daughter Nelly - wowed in the black and white zig-zag striped two-piece.
The triangle-shape top barely covered her generous cleavage and her whittled-down waistline looked slimmer than ever.
Almost a year and a half after welcoming her little girl into the world, she proved she has well and truly bounced back to her pre-pregancy figure.
She finished her look, taken on a recent family holiday in Dubai, with a pair of classic aviator shades and her blonde locks styled into a perfect wavy beachy 'do.
Along with the snap, she wrote: 'Awww take me back to holiday ... Loving swimwear365! So many fabulous bikinis to choose from. This monochrome bikini is one of my faves!'
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