Tulsa World, 5/1:
Tulsa has style, and Runway Tulsa will showcase that with a week of fashion events this fall.
“You’ve gotta have that to begin with,” said Jon Terry, president of SRO Productions and co-producer of the event. “Tulsa is known for its sense of style.”
Shows and entertainment during Runway Tulsa 2016 are in the works and dates are set. The dates of Sept. 14-18 will include two lavish runway shows, tea room showings, trunk shows, retail events and a grand kick-off soiree in the elegant showroom of presenting sponsor Lexus of Tulsa.
The featured runway events will give the best area designers the opportunity to show their collections. It will also be a chance for Tulsa audiences to see designers who have dazzled fashion runways worldwide, including L.A. designer Alexis Monsanto who provides fashion commentary for Hollywood red carpet events.
“His presentations are exactly what we wish our shows to provide to the audiences. He is as much showman as he is designer, and the excitement he brings to the runway audiences is what we want every show to be known for,” Terry said.
The ultimate mission of Runway Tulsa is the development of new industry for Tulsa and creating awareness of the city in the global fashion community. Runway Tulsa is committed to establishing stepping stones to success for student designers to go from classroom to showroom. State fashion schools and Tulsa’s Clary Sage will take part in the fifth-annual Student Fashion Show on Friday night during the week.
The show is seeking designers for the 2016 show and will be seeking models leading up to the event. The deadline for designer applications is May 30 and are available online at www.runwaytulsa.com.
“There is wonderful talent here, and we are reaching out to that again. We want Tulsa designers walking and showing their collections on our stages because it’s the best showcase for their products,” Terry said. “In this industry, you have to be bold. If you feel like you have something to show but aren’t quite ready yet, we may be able to help.”
After last year’s show ended, Terry said many people showed an interest in getting involved in the show, from fashionistas to businesses.
“The show has something great to offer. It brought people together who may not have known that each other existed,” he said
SRO Productions is promoting the event, and Terry and his daughter, Tina Terry, are co-producers of Fashion Week-Tulsa. Lexus of Tulsa is the presenting sponsor, and other sponsors include the Tulsa World, ExcellStyle, and Arts Society.
Utica Square is set to host Fashion in the Square on Sept. 15, which will include a garden fashion show, boutique parties, daytime Tea Room fashion shows in select restaurants, a dog fashion parade, music and more.