First-ever HONOLULU Fashion Week to debut

HONOLULU Fashion Week will bring together more than 30 designers plus industry experts to showcase Hawaii’s unique fashion talents when it kicks off Thursday.

The first-ever event presented by HONOLULU Magazine will take place Nov. 6-9.

“Fashion has been a part of the Hawaiian culture for years. Our rich heritage has influenced not only the designers that reside in the islands but also those designs seen on international runways this past spring,” said Alyson Helwagen, HONOLULU Magazine publisher. “We couldn’t be happier to champion our influence on the industry with this event that would not be possible without our many partners and sponsors, who are helping to catapult Hawaii’s own fashion industry into an international spotlight.”

HONOLULU Magazine is partnering with Japan Fashion Week Organization, Hawaii Fashion Incubator, and the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to present the runway shows and sponsored lounges at the Hawaii Convention Center.

The weekend will kick-off with a VIP cocktail reception on Thursday, Nov. 6, including the “Live Aloha” runway show that will feature an exclusive collaboration between renowned Hawaiian wear designer Sig Zane and New York-based Saturdays Surf NYC. Acclaimed local interior designer Kaypee Soh will debut pieces from his first-ever womenswear apparel collection. The night will also include a highly anticipated performance from acclaimed Hawaii musicians Amy Hanaialii Gilliom and Willie K.

On Friday, Nov. 7, retail sponsor Neiman Marcus will present “The Art of Fashion: The Best of Neiman Marcus,” a runway show of the latest collections from some of the world’s best designers.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, Naissance, the Japanese line by designer Takashi Kumagai and Tsu.ya, the line of activewear by Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi will debut in the “Get Out!” runway show of active, swim and surf inspired designs. Both Kumagai and Yamaguchi will make an appearance during the event.

Additional exclusively designed items for the “Live Aloha” and “Get Out!” shows will be presented by Allison Izu, Ari South, Cameron Hawaii, Florencia Arias, Tiare Hawaii, Reyn Spooner, Salvage Public, Amos Kotomori, In4mation, Iolani Sportswear, Jams World, Manuhealiʻi, Roberta Oaks, Issa de’Mar, Posh Pua, Tiffany Chou, A. Wattz Designz, Bliss Lau, Kai Ea, LK Atelier, Salty Girl Jewelry, Ecolicious, Jana Lam, Meleana, Ink&Tailor, Matt Breuning, Malia Jones, M.Nii, Aloha Sunday and Quality Peoples. W Salon and Sephora will collaborate to create the beauty looks for each show.

Hawaiian Airlines will serve as the event’s official airline sponsor with hotel accommodations provided by The Royal Hawaiian. Bank of Hawaii will present the onsite pop-up boutique designed by local Hawaii artists John Koga and Lawrence Seward, which will allow visitors to shop between the runway shows. Additional sponsors include INspiration Interiors, Mercedes-Benz of Honolulu, Obun Hawaii Printing, H.I.S. Travel Agency, and Securitas.

Click here for a full schedule of events and more information.


Schedule of Events:

HONOLULU Fashion Week, presented by HONOLULU Magazine, a first-of-its-kind fashion event highlighting local and national design talent will feature fashion shows, entertainment and shopping via an exclusive pop-up boutique presented by Bank of Hawaii, designed by local Hawaii artists: Art + Flea, Ma`oli Arts Month, Conscious Designers Hawai`i, and Kaua`i Art Factory. Visitors invited to experience exclusive sponsor activations including: Paul Brown Beauty Bar, Hawaiian Airlines Exhibit and Lounge and Inspiration Interiors lounge areas. 2 p.m.–9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7; 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8; noon–4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9., Hawaii Convention Center Exhibition Hall, free.

Runway Show: HONOLULU Magazine Presents Live Aloha, This VIP event will kick-off the weekend featuring an exclusive collaboration between renowned Hawaiian wear designer Sig Zane and New York-based Saturdays Surf NYC. Acclaimed local interior designer Kaypee Soh, will debut pieces from his first-ever womenswear apparel collection. The night will also include personal appearances by the designers for the fashion shows and pop up stores as well as a highly anticipated performance from acclaimed Hawaii musicians Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom and Willie K. Reception 5:30 p.m.; runway show at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6. *This event is private and not open to the public. Admission is by invitation only.

Runway Show: HIFI Presents Kauai Art Factory, a collective of designers and artists from the Garden Isle land on Oahu to show their latest work with support from HIFI and the Kauai Chamber of Commerce. Featured designers include Gypsy Rain, Chez Chanterelle, and Bikini 808. 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, free, limited capacity.

Runway Show: Art of Fashion: The Best of Neiman Marcus, a showcase of the latest collections from some of the world’s best designers in an exciting and cutting-edge runway presentation. 6:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, free, limited capacity.

Runway Show: HIFI Presents Kini and Dinko, Kini Zamora of Project Runway Season 13 and partner Dinko Satta unveil the much anticipated s/s 2015 collection of their eponymous line, Kini and Dinko. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, Hawaii Convention Center, free, limited capacity.

Runway Show: HONOLULU Magazine Presents “Get Out!” featuring active, swim and surf wear from featured designers, including Naissance, the Japanese line by Takashi Kumagai, and Tsu.ya, the line of activewear by Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. Both designers will be present at the show. 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8., free, limited capacity.

Runway Show: HIFI Presents Conscious Designers Hawaii, a nascent coalition of Hawaii designers dedicated to eco and socially conscious clothing make their debut on the runway at HNLFW. Featured designers include Indigo Sage, Love at Dawn, Kahulalea, Tsubaki Hime, Carlous Palmer, Organik, Wooden Wave, and Thanh Apostiledes. 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, free, limited capacity.

Runway Show: Hawaiian Airlines Presents MAMo Wearable Art, a showcase of Native Hawaiian artists and designers presenting everything from Hawaiian tattoo, traditional designs, contemporary designs, and traditional cultural practices. Featured designers include Baba Yap, Maile Andrade, Puamana Crabbe, Wahine Toa, Manaola, Keone Nunes, and Marques Marzan. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, free, limited capacity.

Industry Conference: HIFI Connects: The Business of Fashion, Coffee and Dialogue. World-renowned fashion professionals from across the industry share what goes on behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week and beyond. An international HFX Mentor Panel includes professionals from New York Fashion Week, Opening Ceremony, Parsons School of Design, Wilhelmina Models, and more. 10 a.m.–noon, Sunday, Nov. 9, $25, limited capacity, register online.

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