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Oklahoma Fashion Week closes with a grand finale

Oklahoma Fashion Week reached a finale Saturday evening with two sessions of runway shows to conclude what had been an exciting and full week of fashion and style.

Taking place on the 50th floor of the Devon Tower, an elegant runway took center stage as guests eagerly awaited the latest collections of designers from all across the country. A total of 12 designers presented collections Saturday afternoon and evening while hundreds of Oklahomans looked on.

The first collection to walk the runway Saturday afternoon was Isabella Rose Taylor. Taylor, a 12-year-old child prodigy, has a junior’s line that is being sold in Nordstrom. A member of Mensa, Taylor is a college freshman who began her career in art before turning to fashion design about three years ago. With a motto, “If art had legs, it would be fashion”, it was easy to see Taylor’s inspiration and creativity. Her collection was both fun and modern without looking too sophisticated for the junior’s market.

Oklahoma designer Alice Stella Thomas was the last to present during the first session. A mix of elegant dresses with architectural flair, the crowd, including Governor Mary Fallin, responded enthusiastically to her pieces providing a standing ovation at the conclusion. Other collections of the first session included WishNow by Victoria Roberts, Karol Andrea, J. Taylor Couture, and Smith II with looks ranging from bright party dresses to menswear to chic evening gowns.

With a packed room for the second show, guests watched in anticipation as six more designers shared their collections. Nine Muses, Orlando Dugi, Cenia NY, Abi Ferrin, Nha Khanh and David Tlale presented their work to rounds of applause and cheers.

Two crowd favorites, Nha Khanh and David Tlale offered designs that were both high fashion, while still remaining accessible and wearable. With different textures and the occasional pop of color, both designers shared some new and unique silhouettes.

Those who attended the shows were treated to drinks and hors d’oeuvres and the chance to take a closer view of many of the collections with separate model presentations taking place after shows. VIP guests enjoyed front row views, a separate lounge and swag bags to take home.

Earlier in the week Oklahoma Fashion Week Director Virginia Broyles said that she had intended to model the week’s events after those taking place in New York and it looked to be a success. With the sophistication and forward-thinking mentality of any larger market, Oklahoma once again proves it’s on par with the best.

Guest Blogger Jamie Reed covered Oklahoma Fashion Week 2014 for KFOR.com