HONOLULU Fashion Week: Live Aloha and Kini Zamora

(from FrolicHawaii.com 11/21/15 – Amanda Stevens)

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HONOLULU Fashion Week’s runway lit up in a big way Friday night. Led by renown fashion show producer/director Lynne O’Neill —the team transformed the Hawaii Convention Center into a New York Fashion Week-caliber venue and production. Fern Mallis, who created 7th on Sixth (also known as New York Fashion Week) in 1993, was a special guest at the opening of the program, along with Hawaii’s own Harold Koda, who served as the curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 14 years.

The first show — the Live Aloha fashion show — lined up more than a dozen Hawaii-based designers, showcasing everything from swimwear to elegant evening wear. Prolific stylist Don Sumada, who was born in Hilo and now lives in New York, used his keen eye and expertise to bring the local designers’ fashion to life.

For the second show, and his second year showing at HONOLULU Fashion Week, Kini Zamora brought bold designs and spice to the runway. This year, the local designer’s styles ranged from men’s sportswear to high-glam, gold brocade evening gowns worthy of the red carpet.

HONOLULU Fashion Week presented by Hawaiian Airlines continues Saturday and Sunday at Hawaii Convention Center. See the schedule.

Live Aloha Fashion Show – Photos by Yi Lin Hu

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 Kini Zamora Fashion Show – Photos by Yi Lin Hu

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