Oklahoma’s second annual Fashion Week wrapped up in grand style and positioned itself as an up-and-coming fashion event that’s catching attention in and out of the state.
“I’d say overall it was much bigger and better than last year, which was impressive to me,” said Christina Fallin, development director of the planning committee for Oklahoma Fashion Week. “I think the coolest part was we had all types of businesses participating this year. We had great turnout at each event. In short, the important factor is it’s growing.”
Sponsorship and support is growing, too, she said. “It’s so huge to get community support from businesses,” Fallin said. “Even interest is incredibly flattering.”
Last weekend’s finale runway event was at Devon Tower. The second session was sold out. Designers came in from across the country to showcase their designs. Also there was a designer from South Africa and Oklahoman Stella Thomas, who at one time lived in Thailand and was a designer for that country’s queen.
Designers flew in on their own dime to show their designs in Oklahoma, Fallin said.
“They saw value in that. They saw value in spending their own money and time … and that needs to manifest itself in the community. Outsiders have respect for Oklahomans and for what we’re doing here.”
Fashion Week is not only important to designers but to photographers, stylists, makeup artists and hairstylists. It’s helping create an industry for them because of the annual event and fashion events planned throughout the year, Fallin said.
And that will bring even more excitement and support for next year’s event.