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“Project Runway” designers host show to benefit AIDS Walk

The AIDS Walk this year will have a fashion show a few days before the walk to raise funds for AIDS-related causes in Oklahoma City. “Fashion Fights AIDS: Couture for a Cause” features spring fashion collections by Johnathan Kayne and Mychael Knight of “Project Runway.”
Oklahoman Published: September 22, 2011

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‘Project Runway' designers host show to benefit AIDS Walk

The grandson of a minister, Oklahoma fashion designer Johnathan Kayne said he was raised in a family that was dedicated to helping the community.

“I grew up in a very loving, churched-based family,” Kayne said. “If you don't have the money to help someone, you can find the time to help someone.”

This week, Kayne and fellow designer Mychael Knight are giving their time and talents to a special event to support AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City.

The two will exhibit their spring collections at “Fashion Fights AIDS: Couture for a Cause.” The fashion show will be at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Tickets are $50. A discount of $15 is given to those who are friends with AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City on Facebook.

All of the ticket money will be donated back to the walk, Kayne said.

Both Kayne and Knight were top designers on the third season of the television show “Project Runway” and have remained friends since. Kayne is from Norman and Knight is from Atlanta.

Kayne said he hopes the event raises awareness of AIDS in Oklahoma.

“It is a lot of work to put on an extra show,” he said, “but in the grand scheme of things, it's well worth it.”



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