From runway to OK! 

While OFW is still on a smaller scale than New York, Paris or London fashion weeks, this year’s gathering was bigger and included more events than ever before. In fact, it marked the first in which designers came in from cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Chicago.

The opportunity for Oklahomans to be a part of something bigger, as well as show off local talent, was truly exciting for all involved. And a few of the metro’s fashion-savvy crowd didn’t miss the chance to be part of it.

For example, The Beauty Lounge Boutique (15013 Bristol Park Blvd.; 844-8988) in Edmond is a small shop with a big heart for all things pretty. It’s located inside Ladai’s Mecca Beauty Salon. Call before planning a trip, because the hours are limited.

The lounge has a collection of fashionable sunglasses, handbags, accessories and shoes, which were all showcased during OFW.

Koslow’s Furs (5637 N. Pennsylvania; 842-8400) didn’t miss the chance to show off its niche. Koslow’s donated a mink fur for modeling, with all proceeds going to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

One of my favorite runway looks was Oklahoma-born JOLYNN by Joanne Hong, who is now based out of New York. Hong reconnected with her roots. Her classy collection played with a lot of structure, clean lines and bright whites and blacks. See more from her at joannehong.com.

A few of my other favorites were spotlighted by Oklahoma State University Design, Housing and Merchandising students Cassady Wehba, Grace Lim, Rebecca Vang and Audrey Hamker.

Hamker and Vang nailed the texture, colors and structure for what’s important in fashion right now. They paired a bright lime with tan and periwinkle blue. The garment itself had a high-low hemline and was made from a satin material, making it perfect for summer parties.

Wehba and Lim, along the same lines of young and breathable structures, went bold with a plunging V-neck. They used a soft nude and green/blue accent, but also stuck with the varying-length hemline.

All in all, Oklahoma, you should be excited about the talent we have in our state.

Check out the looks from OFW on Facebook or at oklahomafashionweek.com. Get into your local shops and tell them what you’d like to see in-shop for purchase. They’ll listen. Let’s shop, OKC!

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