Greater Tulsa Reporter
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Runway Tulsa is bringing back national, local and student talent for a week of fashion and arts events with a philanthropic purpose.
Runway Tulsa will host a week of events Sept. 14-18, including a media night, fashion show at Utica Square with prize giveaways, a runway show starring Clary Sage’s fashion design program, an Oklahoma artists’ showcase and grand runway finale. Runway Tulsa’s presenting sponsor Lexus of Tulsa will be giving away a Lexus car to benefit children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition through Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Fashion in the Square – Thursday, Sept. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Utica Square.
The always fashionable Utica Square hosts this fun, open-to-the-public and free fashion event. Participating Utica Square merchants will hold in-store parties from 5-7 p.m. All attendees will be provided with Passports that will list each participating store or restaurant.
Clary Runway – Friday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cox Business Center Assembly Hall
Clary Sage’s fashion design program presents their fifth annual student and alumni runway show at the Cox Business Center Assembly Hall. Clary Runway is a show unlike any other, calling on the skills from not only the fashion design program, but interior design, cosmetology and makeup. Proceeds from the event go directly to fund scholarships for the students who need it the most. For more information please visit www.claryrunway.com.
Oklahoma Artist Showcase – Sept 16 at IDL Ballroom at 10 p.m. (Doors open at 9 p.m.)
The Oklahoma Artist Showcase will debut the best local talent in fashion, fine art, poetry, spoken word, film and more. The lineup of artists includes the Nuns band, painter John Hammer, Good Villains Band, spoken word artist Claire Collins, poet Benjamin Myers, clothing designer Hattie Eubanks, filmmaker Hugh Westhoff and poster artist Zack Raw. The Oklahoma Artist Showcase will continue as a monthly event highlighting Oklahoma’s finest artists. For more information, please visit www.okartistshowcase.com.
Grand Runway Finale – Sept. 17 at Cox Business Center at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m. VIP reception at 6:30 p.m.)
Runway Tulsa’s Grand Runway Finale is the culminating event of the week and is a fashion show featuring designers from all over the country, showing their latest creations. Tulsa’s own local designers K. Nicole and Nikki Warren will be presenting their designs as well. Immediately following the fashion show, an after-party will be held in the lobby of the Aloft Hotel, featuring a DJ, designers and models.
“I am excited to kick off Runway Tulsa for a second year with famed designers and local talent,” says Jon Terry, co-producer of Runway Tulsa and president of SRO Productions of Tulsa. “We are looking forward to making Tulsa a fashion hub and promoting the need for sustainable opportunities for Tulsa’s aspiring designers.”
Runway Tulsa’s week of events will be chaired by Mrs. America 2015 Michelle Evans, Emmy Award Winning Journalist Cindy Morrison and locally-renowned TV personality Chera Kimiko. Runway Tulsa is a major undertaking by a highly engaged staff of 14 Tulsans, Los Angeles Fashion Advisor and Runway Tulsa’s Designer Coordinator Hope Tomorrow, and Southern California filmmaker Stephen Gregory.