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It's coming: Oklahoma Fashion Week, April 14-20

Linda Miller Published: April 8, 2013

It has been a long time since Oklahoma City devoted a week to fashion. And, yes, Oklahoma City used to have a very successful Fashion Week with a style show, trunk shows, designer appearances and special events at clothing stores across the city.

Fast forward a couple of decades and fashion again will be the focus for a week.  Oklahoma Fashion Week kicks off April 14 and concludes with a red carpet event on April 20. Sandwiched in between are special presentations and a fashon show at OSU in Stillwater.

Oklahoma Fashion Week organizers and supporters hope to increase the state’s fashion consciousness while creating a showcase for fashion students, as well as emerging and established designers. Through a partnership with Oklahoma State University Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising, the group shares a vision to make Oklahoma a regional fashion hub and a place for young, creative talent to be nurtured.

The event, which will bring together local models, makeup and hair artists and sponsors, will benefit Reginal Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League.

Open to the public, Oklahoma Fashion Week will offer general admission and VIP tickets online through Eventbrite. VIP admission allows guest to mingle with designers in an intimate lounge setting.

The schedule includes:

April 14:  Opening ceremony and media day. (Location and time not yet determined)

April 16: 6:30 p.m. OSU professor Mary Ruppert discussion on the Little Black Dress; Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive near NE 23 and Lincoln.  Free. www.wimgo.com/oklahoma-city-ok/little-black-dress-discussion/events/286795

April 16: 8 p.m.  Jo Anne Kotlowski Fashion Art show featuring Denise Duong at Anthaus: Design Collective, 26 NE 10. $10.

 April 18: 6 p.m. Lindsey Liebscher Designer Dishes demonstration at Whole Foods, 6001 N Western.

April 19: 8 p.m. OSU College of Human Sciences Department of  Design Housing and Merchandising Orange Carpet Euphoria Fashion Show, College of Human Sciences Courtyard, 107 Whitehurst Stillwater. Tickets $15; VIP, $50.  www.humansciences.okstate.edu/euphoriafashionshow

April 20: 7  p.m. Red Carpet event at Cotter Ranch Tower, also known as Chase Tower, 100 Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City.  Tickets $45; VIP, $75.  www.okfashionweek.eventbrite.com. Alex Wehrley, host of OklahomaLIVE! on KSBI will host the event. Show your Keep It Local OK card at the door and save $5.

Emerging designers who are showing include Charles Brame, Dallas, menswear and womenswear;  Tina Campbell, womenswear;  Maria Chaverri, Oklahoam City, womenswear; Sylvia D. Cox, Stilwater; Raul Flores, Tulsa, menswear and womenswear; Kim Jarman, Owasso, womenswear; Jo Anne Kotlowski, Oklahoma City; and Tracy Smith, Los Angeles.

Established designers showing are Orlando Dugi, Santa Fe., N.M., womenswear; Joanne Hong, New York, womenswear; Meredith Lockhart, Nortonville, Kan.; Danny Nguyen, Houston, womenswear;  Sheila Scott, Little Rock, Ark.; Paul Sisti, Chicago, Ill; and Danh Ta, Dallas.

For more information, go to oklahomafashionweek.