By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Saturday, April 4, Oklahoma City will get to experience the sights and sounds of fashion, entertainment, art, music and food at the 4th Annual Walk This Way Fashion Show, benefiting Other Options, Inc.
The sensory extravaganza will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Farmers Market Event Center, 311 S. Klein Ave., in Oklahoma City.
The evening will showcase two designers, the 2002 Critic’s Choice Award winner and Project Runway contestant, Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie, and Oklahoma’s own Jeffery Hammons.
A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Kayne now designs women’s dresses and shoes.
Since becoming an audience favorite on the hit Bravo TV Show Project Runway, Kayne has made numerous appearances on television including on E!, ABC, NBC, Bravo, and The Style Network.
Based in Nashville, TN, the Johnathan Kayne Line can be found in over 3000 retail stores in over 40 countries worldwide.
“Walk this Way is already one of the most anticipated fashion shows in Oklahoma for the 4th year in a row,” says Mary Arbuckle, Executive Director of Other Options. “Those who have contributed to this fashion show are helping put Oklahoma City on the map.
“We are becoming a progressive city; an event of this magnitude with a world renowned designer of this caliber is making people nationwide take note of what we have going on here,” Arbuckle added.
Hammons will be presenting his line of men’s and women’s Jackets during the show.
“We can’t wait to see what Jeffrey creates for the catwalk,” Arbuckle said.
For the first time this year the gala will feature its inaugural Pooch Fashion Parade, where the catwalk will become a ‘dogwalk.”
“The 1st Bella Foundation Pooch Fashion Show is going to be the favorite highlight at this event because we like helping pet adoption groups find loving homes for dogs,” said Arbuckle.
Eric McCune, Bella Foundation Founder and Board Chairperson said, “The Bella Foundation SPCA is very excited and honored to be part of the fashion show benefiting Other Options.
“Our organizational missions run parallel to each other in that Other Options helps people dealing with illness and The Bella Foundation SPCA helps pets owned by people dealing with financial hardship or illness,” he added.
“Never is the human/animal bond stronger than when someone is struggling to provide for themselves and their pets,” McCune stated. “Thanks to Bella and Other Options, Oklahomans are getting the help needed ensuring both they and their pets have a high quality of life.”
McCune came up with the idea to use eight Bella Foundation adoptee alumni in the show. “I wanted to stress the importance of and how great rescued dogs are,” he said.
Emcee for the evening will be Lyric Theatre favorite Renee Anderson.
Ticket prices are $30 for General Admission – Standing; $50 for General Admission – Seating; and $125 for VIP Reserved Seating.
After the Fashion Show there will be a concert featuring DJ Lawayne Cherry, ieshia, and Lucky.
Reserved VIP Tables for eight, including a 4-course dinner prepared by Chef Rob Johnson are available for $1,250.
All VIP seating includes a VIP reception before and after the fashion show, valet parking, and the ability to preview all silent auction items with the opportunity to “buy it now.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit Other Options, an Oklahoma City food pantry that provides food and other items to more than 1,200 adults and children each month, focusing on those affected by HIV and AIDS.
A delivery program for homebound and bedfast individuals and families that provides food baskets and easy to prepare meals is also offered.
“Oklahomans have always been known for coming together to support a good cause,” Arbuckle added. “The Walk This Way Fashion Show allows everyone to share that spirit and have an elegant evening of fashion and entertainment.”
Located at 3636 NW 51st St., Other Options welcomes The Cresap Family Foundation as a top sponsor of Walk This Way Fashion Show as well as Me/CU Credit Union.
To purchase Walk This Way Fashion Show tickets, call 405-605-8020 or for more information, visit www.otheroptionsokc.org.