Oklahoma's emerging cultural identity is evident in many areas, and fashion is certainly one.
The first Oklahoma Fashion Week runs Sunday through April 20, culminating in a red carpet event that will feature about 40 models wearing original 2013 fall and winter designs from an impressive collection of emerging and established designers, most of whom are from Oklahoma, live in the state now or have strong ties.
“Our goal for this weeklong event is to feature some avant-garde fashion, some designers people might know, and some designers with Oklahoma background that you may not know,” said Aaron Edwards, part of the Oklahoma Fashion Week planning team.
A portion of proceeds from the red carpet event will benefit Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League.
Gov. Mary Fallin is scheduled to kick off the week at an opening ceremony, media day and model presentation from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz of Oklahoma City, 1225 N Broadway Ave.
A fashion art show will feature designer Jo Anne Kotlowski's fashion interpretations of works from painter Denise Duong at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Anthaus: Design Collective, 26 NE 10. Tickets are $10 at the door.
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mary Ruppert will present a “Little Black Dress” discussion about the exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive. Ruppert is an assistant professor of apparel design and textile science at Oklahoma State University.
Also, Ruppert and students from the OSU Design, Housing and Merchandising will present the red dress designs they created for “Wear Red for Women Day” at an Orange Carpet Euphoria Fashion Show at 8 p.m. April 19 in the College of Human Sciences Courtyard, 107 Whitehurst, in Stillwater.
The same fashions will be the finale for the Red Carpet event on April 20.
“They're the future of Oklahoma fashion,” said Virginia Boyles, part of the Oklahoma Fashion Week planning team. “We wanted to promote OSU and their design program and really congratulate the progress they have made for the state.”
On April 18, a meet the designer event will feature designer Maria Chaverri. Chaverri's presentation will center on “Designing Beyond the Cure,” a theme she's adopted. Chaverri designs for — and all the women modeling her fashions are — cancer survivors, mostly breast cancer. The presentation is at 6 p.m. at Whole Foods, 6001 N Western Ave.
Whole Foods will offer a “Designer Dishes” food fashion demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, in conjunction with Fashion Week.
Red carpet details
The week's events will culminate with a Red Carpet Fashion Event at Cotter Ranch Tower (aka The Chase Tower), 100 N Broadway.
“We've got about three hours' worth of designers to put in front of you,” Edwards said.
General seating is $45, and VIP tickets are $75. Receive a $5 discount with a Keep It Local card. Tickets are sold online at http://okfashionweek.eventbrite.com. For more information, go to www.oklahomafashionweek.com.
Established designers showing are Orlando Dugi, Joanne Hong, Meredith Lockhart, Danny Nguyen, Sheila Scott, Paul Sisti, and Danh Ta.
Emerging designers who are showing include Charles Brame, Tina Campbell, Maria Chaverri, Sylvia D. Cox, Raul Flores, Kim Jarman, Jo Anne Kotlowski and Tracy Smith.