Honolulu Fashion Week in Review

by Elle

Honolulu Fashion Week this year was November 10-12, 2016. We went to check out the shows on Friday, November 11. This year Avela sponsored a giveaway featuring their hand engraved Moroccan Purses. The Ali and Gadea of Avela are super amazing (Thank You ladies for the amazing purse, it will be in many of my future blog posts). I had the opportunity of winning their giveaway. The purse is perfect for a dinner dates and a great piece to highten any outfit. Please check out their online shop at  Avela they have a great selection of coverups, kimonos, and straw bags perfect for spending time at the beach or relaxing and hanging out with friends.

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We went to check out the shows for the day, we got a chance to check out Local Lux which features Malia Jones, Allison Izu, Summer Shiigi of Ten Tomorrow, Ari South and Kojo Coutour. Malia Jones sports wear and swim suit spoke to the surfer girl at heart. Her style esthetic definitely speaks to Active Island Wear. I thoroughtly enjoyed the Sixties inspired silhoettes of Allison Izu’s Collection. Loved that they are layer friendly and work appropriate. Summer Shiigi’s collection spoke to comfort and year round wearability. I completely adored the etheral silhoettes of Ari South. It was romantic and dreamy. Kojo Coutour was inspiring and show stopping with dramatic lines, fits and lengths that flatter every curve of the body.

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We also got a chance to check out the Live Aloha fashion show were the highlight of the show were the reimagining  of traditional Hawaii fashion cuts to transforming Hawaiian prints into new translations. Manuhealii, Manaola, ‘Iolani, and Noa Noa created modern versions of old favorites like the revamping of the Paniolo Shirt, creating latticed necklines and ruffled off  the shoulder shifts reminiscent of muumuus of the mid 1990’s.

In between shows, I got a chance to chat with the designers of the Collective, Allison Izu and Summer Shiigi.

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And of course, chat and laugh with Kini Zamora of Project Runway fame. Also check out Reach the Runway, a program that allows students to shadow and learning about different aspects of the runway. As an Art Advocate and an Educator, I highly encourage you to refer a student interested in various Fashion jobs as well as support the cause by helping the program out. Please check out their website at Reach The Runway.

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I also got a chance to check out the Fashion Marketplace and check out pieces from Keani, MYTENYC, and others.

We even made it to the recap video of November 11, 2016 here: November 11, 2016 Recap

Check it out and let me know what you think.

It was an amazing weekend support my favorite designers and getting to know new ones. Until next fashion week. Please leave a comment or like and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle