Fashion

Pa'i Foundation
Pa'i Foundation

The Maoli Arts Movement, or MAMO, Wearable Art Show established a base for native Hawaiian fashion when it began 12 years ago.  Last year, Manaola was the first Hawaiian to step from the MAMO stage into the New York Fashion Week spotlight.  This year, organizer Vicky Holt Takamine says the MAMO runway show features a Maui designer who is ready to take off.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Hawai‘i fashion has an international profile that started with grass skirts and coconuts bras, through sarongs and Shaheen’s silks, then mu‘umu‘us, aloha shirts, and jams of the later twentieth century.  Contemporary local fashion is now emerging and this week, for the first time, a native Hawaiian will debut his collection in New York’s Fashion Week.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

CHANEL
CHANEL

Shoppers in Waikīkī can pick up designer bags and designer watches, but something more might be coming. A famous French designer is offering a familiar item from the Asia Pacific that’s also drawing some criticism. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Kyle Wright, courtesy of PAʻI Foundation
Kyle Wright, courtesy of PAʻI Foundation

Nita Pilago’s Wahine Toa designs were a sell out, again, at the recent Merrie Monarch in Hilo.  Just eight years in, her small Kona company is expanding production in Bali and Pilago has a new line of lava themed pieces planned for the upcoming MAMo Wearable Art Show.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Kyle Wright, courtesy of PAʻI Foundation.
Kyle Wright, courtesy of PAʻI Foundation.

The Hawaiian word, maoli, means native, or genuine. When Maoli Arts Month started in 2006, its founders focused on three aspects of the vision: a gallery show of Native Hawaiian fine arts, a high fashion wearable art show, and an arts market that could fuel a boom in maoli art production. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that eleven years later, opportunities have built capability in the community.

Mu‘umu‘u Month: A Tribute

Jan 30, 2017
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

This month, a group of women have been using social media to pay tribute to a signature island wear: the mu‘umu‘u. The loose-fitting, flowy dress with bold prints is making a comeback in the islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited one woman with a closet full of muumuus and has this report.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

November is Hawai‘i Fashion Month, and Honolulu Fashion Week festivities are getting underway at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.  This year’s Fashion Marketplace features nearly fifty designers of jewelry, clothing, and accessories from across the state.  Free runway shows featuring local and international designers run through today and tomorrow.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Most people who live in Hawai‘i are conscious of a Hawai‘i Style, and over the years many have tried to put a finger on what that style is.  In the 20th century, UH Professor John Charlot wrote about a Hawaiian esthetic, calling it a distillation of our natural environment.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

In the run up through November, Fashion Month, Ala Moana Center is celebrating different facets of Hawai‘i’s fashion industry in a new pop up called the Fashion Annex.  The current exhibition features a view of fashion that is both ancient and possibly futuristic.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa explores the idea of clothing that integrates understanding of culture, materials, and place. 

Shuzo Uemoto
Shuzo Uemoto

 

   Harajuku, on the western side of metropolitan Tokyo, has been a base for Americans and other expats since World War II.  Trendy Japanese flocked there, especially after the ’64 Olympics highlighted Harajuku’s unique style.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that for the last 20 years, fashion trends in Harajuku have enjoyed growing influence worldwide, and we can see them now at the Honolulu Museum.

Allison Izu
Allison izu

 

The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show adjusted retail and food service sales for November are up 1.4% from last year.  Non-store retailers, however, are up 7.3%, and food and drink establishments are up 6.5% from November last year.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found consumers are saying a lot with their actions this year.

Mark Ramelb
Mark Ramelb

  This weekend, Honolulu Fashion Week promises to fill the Hawai‘i Convention Center with the best of local design and styling.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that with the help of off island mentors, local photographers, make-up artists, stylists, and designers will be putting their best foot forward.

HONOLULU Fashion Week runs November 20-22 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.  

Keith Ketchum
Keith Ketchum

  

Hawai‘i Fashion Month is coming to a crescendo in Honolulu and this year on Kaua‘i, they’re wrapping up the month with a Kaua‘i designers’ runway show.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a ground swell of fashion activity on the Garden Isle.

The Kaua'i Chamber of Commerce estimates about 20 designers participated in Kaua'i Fashion Month this year.  The third annual Kaua‘i Fashion Week, a separate event from Fashion Month, was held this past April at the Kaua‘i Marriott.  Gypsy Rain, Kaikini Bikini, and Louda Larrain were among the designers featured there.   

Kaveh Kardan
Kaveh Kardan

    November is Hawai‘i Fashion Month, and the goal is to showcase local talent and promote sustainable statewide growth of this industry.  Events highlight designers, stylists, manufacturers, retailers, photographers, hair and make-up artists, and much more.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an upcoming discussion of the business of fashion.

  

  For its tenth anniversary,  Maoli Arts month has expanded to three months and three islands.  There’s a Native Hawaiian art exhibit at Marks’ garage, and wearable art shows and markets are coming up on O‘ahu and Maui.  HPRs Noe Tanigawa surveys events.

Honolulu Night Market welcomes MAMO  Saturday night, May 16th, from 6 to 11 pm in Kaka‘ako.   

For a list of vendors at Honolulu Night Market.  Note that all food vendors will also be Native Hawaiian, and the focus ingredient will be Kalo!

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   This Saturday, you’re invited for a “Walk on the Wild Side” in Chinatown--- part of a National Kidney foundation effort to get people out walking.  Boutiques and restaurants are offering discounts and Art and Flea will fill Fort Street Mall with artisans and designers. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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   Hawai‘i Fashion Month is pressing forward with more shows, more events, and opportunities to shop local designers.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa surveys upcoming events and profiles a designer who’s gone from Siberia to Kaua’i.

Find out more about upcoming Hawai'i Fashion Month events.

Kaveh Kardan via Hawaii Fashion Month
Kaveh Kardan via Hawaii Fashion Month

    

 

 November is Hawai‘i Fashion Month with runway shows, pop up boutiques, and lots of opportunities to shop local designers.   Last year, the fashion industry pumped 750 million dollars into the local economy, much of it through small businesses that began on a dream and a prayer.

Honolulu Street Style

Aug 15, 2014
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    Yes, Honolulu has its own street style and two local authors have tried to describe it in a new book, Honolulu Street Style.   Noe Tanigawa reports.

The book, Honolulu Street Style, is available through your favorite bookseller.

Click for a synopsis of the publication, Honolulu Street Style

Check Mālie Moran’s Hawai‘i style blog, Hawai'i Red Style

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blogs.wsj.com

  The skies of Honolulu and elsewhere across the islands have long since cleared from Friday night’s fireworks. But in China, Beijing has been suffering some of its worst air pollution in months. And authorities have come up with some new ideas to try to improve the situation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.