Honolulu Fashion Week
When you think of fashion, the runways of New York, Paris, Milan or Tokyo are most likely what come to mind. However, for the past several years now, Hawai‘i is beginning to break onto the high fashion scene, proving to one and all that the Islands have much more to offer than mere sand and sun.
A prime example of this emergence is HONOLULU Fashion Week. First launched in 2014, and hosted by Honolulu Magazine in cooperation with Hawaiian Airlines, HONOLULU Fashion Week was first established to celebrate Hawai‘i’s local fashion industry and uber-talented, yet often underrated or lesser-known fashion designers. International and recognized names within the industry, including world-renowned stylists and other industry experts, also join the yearly lineup of haute couture creators.
From what we’ve hear, however, Honolulu Fashion Week will not be happening in November 2017. Though we have not caught wind of any official announcements, none of the usual anticipation is in the air and no dates have been set, even as of this update on November 1, 2017. Please visit the Honolulu Fashion week website at www.honolulufashionweek.com for the most up-to-date information and enjoy the highlights from 2016!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM HONOLULU FASHION WEEK 2016
Local and international designers join the roster of Honolulu Fashion Week for events every year over a long weekend at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Among the visitors in 2016 were Dion Lee from Sydney, Pameo Pose from Tokyo, Greedilous from Seoul and Marissa Webb from New York. This past year, they were joined by local designer Jeffrey Yoshida during “Hawaiian Airlines Presents: Runway to Runway” at 8 p.m. on November 11.
Also in town were New York-based menswear designer Asaf Ganot. The twin brother of Eran Ganot, coach of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s men’s basketball team, showed a collection of athletic wear at 6 p.m. on November 10.
Following the Ganot show was “Neiman Marcus Presents: The Art of Fashion” at 8 p.m. on November 10.
“Local Luxe” at 2 p.m. on November 11 featured local brands Allison Izu, Andy South, Malia Jones, Ten Tomorrow and Kojo Couture, while “Live Aloha” at 4 p.m. on November 11 highlighted Noa Noa, ‘Iolani Sportswear, Manaola Hawai‘i and Manuheali‘i.
Reyn Spooner marked its 60th anniversary at 6 p.m. on November 11 with a showcase of fashion through the decades.
Manaola Hawai‘i and Kini Zamora each had solo runway shows at noon and 2 p.m., respectively, on November 12.
Japanese model Rinka presented her trendy lifestyle line Li Hua at 6 p.m. on November 12 during “LeaLea Presents: RINKAgram.” Wedding dresses by Four Sis & Co. were also featured in the runway show.
And survivors of life-threatening diseases walked the runway during “Hawai‘i Pacific Health Presents: Beautiful Survivors,” at 8 p.m. on November 12.
*Photos from Honolulu Fashion Week 2016 – Nov. 10, 11 & 12, 2016 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Article adapted from Nadine Kam of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 2016.
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