Honolulu Fashion Week set for November
BY NINA WU / email@example.com
The second annual Honolulu Fashion Week is set for Nov. 20 through Nov. 22 at the Hawai’i Convention Center, with Hawaii designers Kini Zamora, Sig Zane and Malia Jones among those confirmed to participate.
“Hawaii is made up of a true melting pot of cultures which has influenced our local customs, food, style and, of course, fashion,” said Honolulu Fashion Week executive director Alyson Helwagen during a press conference Wednesday. “Most of the world is familiar with the aloha shirt, but our mission with Honolulu Fashion Week is to share with the world that Hawaii fashion goes beyond the Hawaiian-print shirt and dress.
“We want to celebrate how Hawaii has inspired and influenced designers all over the world.”
Honolulu Fashion Week will feature at least three shows, a marketplace and model search over the course of three days. All events are free to the public.
Todd Snyder of New York, Kym Ellery (Ellery) of Sydney, Australia, Lie Sang Bong (LIE SANGBONG) of Seoul, Korea, and Yukimi Kawashima (Aula Aila) of Tokyo, Japan, along with Hawaii designer Kaypee Soh, will present capsule collections for Runway to Runway, a show inspired by the fashion markets serviced by sponsor Hawaiian Airlines.
Two signature fashion shows from last year will return. Live Aloha celebrates the wide range of Hawaii’s design talent and their different approaches to fashion, and Get Out! showcases Hawaii street style, swimwear and active wear.
Other participating Hawaii designers include Allison Izu, Bliss Lau, Cameron Hawaii, Florencia Arias, Ink & Tailor, In4mation, Language of the Birds, Mahiku Activewear, Matt Bruening, Moon Collective, Reyn Spooner, Roberta Oaks, Salt Liko and Tiffany Chou.
Jones, having just launched her inaugural Malia Jones spring/summer 2015 luxury resortwear collection in April, was at Wednesday’s press conference, along with Soh. She said she was excited and will likely bring her line of luxurious caftan coverups.
“It’s such a great show,” said Jones. “It’s Hawaii. It was awesome last year, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Soh, who owns a design studio at Ward Warehouse and is better known for home decor, has a line of 1960s-inspired women’s wear that debuted at Fashion Week last year. He’ll showcase his second collection.
Visiting fashion industry pros attending this year include the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute curator-in-charge Harold Koda, New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis, Hawaii-born model Keke Lindgard and reigning Miss Hawaii USA and fashion blogger Emma Wo.
Seats for fashion shows will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seats will available for $25 at honolulufashionweek.com starting Tuesday.