Night Market fashion: La Dernière Mode

(From 5/14/2013) – Amanda Stevens

Nonstop contributor Tyson Joines will be styling and producing Saturday’s Honolulu Night Market fashion show, aptly titled, La Dernière Mode (the latest fashion). The show starts at the main stage at 8 p.m.; Night Market runs from 6-11 p.m. I had a chance to talk with Tyson to get a preview of the show:

What’s the inspiration and theme of your fashion show?

My inspiration is coming directly from Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show. The collection was so effortlessly trendy, yet dramatically complicated. His attention to detail in my opinion was unmatched that season. From the cut outs, to the mesh, to the sheer overlay on clothes, there is definitely a refined chic sexiness to the show. I was so moved by his passion for his craft, that I hope my show does his half the justice it deserves.

Tell us about the designers/clothing lines that are represented in the show?

I’m highlighting three local boutiques in the show, including I AM, Bamboo Sky and Basique Threads. I’m also throwing several surprise pieces directly from my inspiration that will hopefully tie the whole show together. The boutiques I’m utilizing I feel all have a similar esthetic. I wanted the whole show’s color scheme to be black and white, and my one accent color would be splashes of bright neon yellow.

What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?

I hope the audience really pays attention to not just the clothes that the models are wearing, but the overall production element of the show. My first goal when I started planning this months ago, was to give people a show that they’ll remember. How I intend on doing that is by raising the bar in regards to production. I made a conscious effort to use standard mainland and European runway height girls (5-foot-9 and above), and by featuring an amount of looks comparable to something you would see at a particular fashion week. This show, for instance, is featuring 20 models showcasing 40 different looks.

How does it feel to be both the fashion show producer and the wardrobe stylist for this production?

Being given the opportunity to produce and style a show is a blessing and a curse all wrapped in one. On one hand, you have complete control over everything. From the music, to the staging, to the clothes, to the models, to the hair and make-up, you have a say in everything. On the other side, being both a producer and stylist can also wear you down completely, regarding the amount of time and effort that goes into the show. There are no excuses if your show doesn’t go the way you want it to. The stylist can’t blame the production, and the production team can’t blame the stylist because you wear both hats.

The Night Market buzz and audience seems to be increasing. How has the fashion scene impacted or enhanced the Night Market experience?

I think Night Market has impacted the local fashion industry in a huge way. These monthly fashion shows give us stylists a chance to showcase our work and what we love doing. It puts relatively unknown designers on the map, and if you are so lucky enough to have a vendor booth at Night Market, this one particular night of sales can really be the added bonus your business needs to get to the next level.

Check back on Sunday for the wrap-up of the La Dernière Mode fashion show.

Night Market fashion show

Night Market fashion show

I Am runway – photo courtesy of Richie Miao

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