By Jake Thacker
On Thursday, Nov. 14, some of the area’s most fashion-forward residents were treated to the new Nebraska Crossing Outlets’ FirstLOOK event before the mall’s grand opening on Friday, Nov. 15. This invitation-only, VIP event showcased what Nebraska Crossing Outlets has to offer the metro area and beyond.
The night started with a celebrity fashion show that included looks modeled by former Huskers head coach Tom Osborne and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch, both of whom garnered much applause from the audience.
Following the celebrity fashion show of about 10 separate looks, another fashion show of 60-some looks took place. A team of four local fashion stylists including Meghann Schense of Esoteric Velvet and Alyssa Dilts of Develop Model Management pulled clothes and accessories from stores and brands in the mall including Tommy Bahama, Brooks Brothers, Wilsons Leather, GAP, Johnston & Murphy, and many more.
The fashion show was broken up into five trends. The team of stylists were filmed discussing the inspiration behind each of these trends and used as a video introduction to the models strutting the looks down the catwalk.
The first trend was monochromatic, which featured many blue, cobalt and denim looks. Models then sported streetwear-inspired looks consisting of skinny jeans, sneakers, hoodies and studs. Menswear-inspired looks for women (vests, ties, wool trousers) offered chic options for a fall
and winter wardrobe. Other trends shown on the catwalk included black and white, prints, and luxe (which was perfect for the impending holiday
Following the fashion show, attendees were invited to shop the mall and visit some of their favorite stores and findgreat bargains. Michael Kors was a popular destination for many women, while men migrated towards superior suiting at Brooks Brothers. Noticeably closed stores included Polo Ralph Lauren, J.Crew and Coach.
The stores at Nebraska Crossing Outlets (21209 Nebraska Crossing Drive, Gretna, NE) are now open to the public. Expect heavy traffic getting in and out of the mall.