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Runway Tulsa to Introduce Exciting Changes to 2018 Show


FASHIONABLE TIMES: This photo is from the 2017 Runway Tulsa at Cox Center with an encore walk by models of Project Runway designer Michelle Lesniak of Portland, Oregon (Lesniak pictured at back).


Photo by RIP STELL


Runway Tulsa is announcing the production of its 2018 fashion show with the largest offering to-date. On Saturday, Oct. 13, Runway Tulsa will present eight designers in a show that will be staged at a new location: Tulsa’s most fashionable shopping center and major sponsor – Utica Square.

“‘Taking A Bold Step Forward’ could easily be the mantra of the dedicated Tulsans who are now in their fourth year of producing high-end and entertaining runway fashion shows,” said Runway Tulsa Producer Jon Terry. “The thought of producing a show that would attract national and international fashion designers to Tulsa was bold to begin with, but that only meant every year after we had to take our bold initiatives to a whole new level.”

Honoring the tradition of New York Fashion Week, this year’s show will be held in a large tent on the east side of Utica Square, bringing all focus to the star of the evening: fashion. Designers from Ghana, Vietnam, Minneapolis, Dallas, Maryland, and Tulsa will be showing their latest collections.

Tulsa designer Ariel Lev, who presented in last year’s emerging designer show, was immediately asked backstage to create a new collection and return as a featured designer for this year’s show.

“Lev epitomizes bold, forward-thinking design methods and will feature a line of 3D printed accessories, fabrics, and even entire garments,” said Terry. “This will be the first offering of this new technology on the Tulsa stage. Lev is also including several designs using repurposed materials that are elegant while still keeping with Runway Tulsa’s commitment to sustainability and less waste in the fashion manufacturing process.”

International designer Stevie Boi will show both men’s and women’s collections, as well as his line of fashionable eyewear.

Minneapolis-based Jacqueline Addison, who is originally from Ghana, will present her Akua Gabby line and is known for effusively feminine, decorative maximalism.
Dallas-based Khanh Nguyen, who is originally from Vietnam, will present her Nha Khanh collection. It’s best described as “feminine elegance with a modern edge.”

Talented emerging designers that will be on the runway include Saraya Harmon (Tulsa), Kara Rainey (Tulsa), Crystal Emerson (Oklahoma City), and Tabitha Andelin (Los Angeles).

In addition to presenting sponsor Lexus of Tulsa, sponsors include, Utica Square, élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges, GTR Newspapers and Arts Society.

A limited number of tickets for this year’s Runway Tulsa are now on sale at Eventbrite.com and a link is available at www.runwaytulsa.com. Front row VIP tickets sell for $140 and include a pre-show VIP reception, free valet parking, and a deluxe swag bag. Second row tickets are $70 and include reserved seating, a swag bag, and free valet parking. General Admission tickets are $35.

2018 co-chairs for Runway Tulsa are Cindy Morrison, Chera Kimiko, and 2015 Mrs. America Michelle Evans. The Runway Tulsa finale will be hosted by K-HITS morning show co-host Tara McClure.

About Runway Tulsa
Runway Tulsa is owned by long-time Tulsa events producer SRO Productions of Tulsa, Inc. It is staffed by a collection of Tulsa area professionals, many of whom have been part of this project since the beginning.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Oklahoma Fashion Initiative.
For updates, follow at www.facebook.com/runwaytulsa.

Updated 09-13-2018

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