Category: Cause-Driven Event

Hawaii Fashion Month Launch

Governor Abercrombie and the Hawaii Fashion Month Steering Committee

Governor Abercrombie and the Hawaii Fashion Month Steering Committee – photo by Travis Okimoto

Yesterday, at The Modern Honolulu, Governor Neil Abercrombie proclaimed October as Hawaii Fashion Month (HFM), announcing the launch of the inaugural month-long event to celebrate and promote all aspects of Hawaii’s fashion industry.  State Sen. Will Espero led the announcement and was joined by Hawaii Fashion Incubator (Hifi) co-founders, Melissa White and Toby Portner, along with Mary Alice Evans, Senior Director of the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), who are part of the team spearheading initiative.Hawaii fashion designers, wardrobe, hair and make-up stylists, fashion writers, manufacturers, retailers, artists, educators, business leaders and others were in attendance, filling up the Sun Suite venue.  The goal of the month-long initiative is to engage the local community, along with visitors from around the world, to connect with, purchase and learn more about Hawaii fashion. To learn more about opportunities to get involved, and the more than twenty events on the HFM calendar, go to hawaiifashionmonth.com.

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First Lady: The Movement Shines a Spotlight on Local Vendors

(left to right) First Lady The Movement founder, Donna Mae Rizando and creative director/partner, Rachael Ranchez-Bosque

(left to right) First Lady The Movement founder, Donna Mae Rizando and creative director/partner, Rachael Ranchez-Bosque

The 4th Annual First Lady: The Movement event took place at the YWCA Oahu, Laniakea Courtyard on Tuesday, July 23.  The Movement’s philosophy encourages and empowers women to fulfill their potential and live their dream.  The event shines a spotlight on local female entrepreneurs and provides them the opportunity to network with like-minded men and women in the community.

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Photos by Lyle Amine.
Local vendors showcased their apparel, jewelry, accessories and artwork.  This year, for the first time, the event included a fashion show with looks from local boutiques.  The fashion show directors were Reese Sakauye and Ericka Bueno.
Raised in Hawaii, Donna Mae Rizando founded First Lady: The Movement while living on the mainland, after going through a significant life-change at the age of 18.  She realized that there were many women her age, going through similar challenges and decided to start an organization that celebrates and empowers women and their talents.  At the age of 18, Rachael Ranchez-Bosque was a single mother, and by fate, came across information about First Lady: The Movement.  She was so moved by the organization and became fast-friends with Rizando, and is now a partner.  For more information about First Lady: The Movement and future events, contact Rizando at firstladythemovement@gmail.com.

Polo for a Purpose

(from NonstopHonolulu.com 6/12/12 – by Amanda Stevens)

Polo for a Purpose, on the North Shore’s Honolulu Polo Club on Sunday, was an all-white attire summer soiree and sexy summer fashion show hosted by the United States Polo Association’s Circuit Governor of Hawaii and Christopher Dawson, with Creative Director Crystal Pancipanci.

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