5 awesome moments: HONOLULU Fashion Week

(from FrolicHawaii.com 11/24/15 – Amanda Stevens)

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No such thing as a sophomore curse here: HONOLULU Fashion Week’s second year was a success.

Backstage energy was intense at this past weekend’s shows, and this fashion geek got to see it all. Working behind the scenes under the direction of Lynne O’Neill, Fashion Week’s executive producer, I got to “send” models out on to the runway.

Here are my top 5 moments from HONOLULU Fashion Week. Most of them happened backstage, out of sight of the audience:

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No. 5 – Shooting the breeze with “Project Runway” season 13 winner Sean Kelly, only to find out Kini Zamora took him to Side Street Inn and he loved the pork chops and fried rice. Kelly came to support Zamora’s show on Friday night.

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Snyder at Bloomingdales – he showed at HONOLULU Fashion Week’s Runway to Runway presented by Hawaiian Airlines.

No. 4 – Face to face with New York-based designer Todd Snyder. He launched his new collection at Bloomingdale’s. Another local food fan: Snyder says he’s been to Hawaii eight times and really likes poke.

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New Model Search for Hawaii’s aspiring models led by Roman Young, Bobby Gutierrez and Damon Rutland.

No. 3 – A trifecta of New York agents possibly discovered the next Heidi Klum at the Model Search. This 5’11” beauty is just 12 years old.

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Beautiful Survivors fashion show, presented by Hawaii Pacific Health, produced and styled by Dean Christopher.

No. 2 – The Beautiful Survivors runway show. There was a bit of nerves backstage, but when beautifully spirited cancer survivors like Kassian hit the runway, their personalities shined! Literally not a dry eye in the house.

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No. 1 – Watching and learning from Lynne O’Neill in action. This local girl-turned-New York fashion industry guru gave the models expert direction on how to stay in the light and walk through the music, not to the music.

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