Category: Fashion Show

Beverly Horton Resort Collection Showcased at Lujuria

photo provided by Beverly Horton

photo  by Mariela Flores

Lujuria, the fashion experience, owned by JS Jose Santamaria enterprises, continues to showcase local, mainland and European designers. On August 16, 2013, at the Modern Honolulu, Addiction Club,  Lujuria showcased a Beverly Horton collection and jewelry by Panacea designs.

About Beverly Horton:

After several years of experience in the New York City luxury retail industry, Horton relocated to Oahu.  Her resort wear collection represents  Horton’s past and present: the sophistication of NYC, and the vibrant imagery and unique island culture of Hawaii.

The design style esthetic combines feminine silhouettes with sophisticated accents and bohemian cool.  The collection complements the woman looking for ease, comfort, simplicity and style.

Horton’s new collection is composed of three themes: Gentle Nature (floral motifs in a soft colorful palette); Dark Nature (smoky shades of neutral colors);  and Southwestern Fusion (sun washed colors infused with tropical and aquatic bright along with tribal prints).

The garment silhouettes are easy, and versatile and can be work as a swimsuit cover-up by day, or for a night out on the town, or even as lingerie.

To learn more go to and visit the Lujuria – the fashion experience page on Facebook.

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

Abstract Noir Fashion Show

(from 1/12/13 -by Amanda Stevens, photos by Tracy Chan)

photo by Tracy Chan

photo by Tracy Chan

The Abstract Noir fashion show by Caleb Shinobi attracted an eclectic crowd Friday night at the Coexist Studio, located in the urban arts district in Kakaako. The ambitious show opened with an aerialist couple’s performance. Their creative and somewhat steamy presentation on the silks set the stage for the evening. Before the show, Shinobi briefly described the idea behind the show: “Abstract Noir is a fashion concept that will reflect the raw edge and art we find weaved within the urban landscapes on the island.”

photo by Tracy Chan

photo by Tracy Chan

Some formidable artists assisted Shinobi with the show. Shinobi’s avant-garde headpieces were complemented by the fantasy hair and make-up fashioned by W Salon and Christian from Heaven on Earth. Another show-stopper was the golden halter made of nails created by wearable art enthusiast Kellie Vaughn. Artists Colin Andrew Wood and Sarah Rasul each created a body art look with pops of color in unexpected shapes that enhanced the garments in those ensembles.

photos by Tracy Chan

photos by Tracy Chan

The structure of many of Shinobi’s headpieces and face masks mirrored the surrounding behemoth buildings on Oahu’s waterfront. Some of the sleek black leather garments were literally dripping with architecture of varying sizes, each with their own personality. The large headpieces often had the audience in awe as the models strutted down the runway, undaunted by the weight of the creations. A head-to-toe stand-out look was the short ensemble made of mirrors and lined in white.

photo by Tracy Chan

photo by Tracy Chan

photo by Tracy Chan

photo by Tracy Chan


The show closed with a firedance performance and an impressive finale walk. We got the chance to interview Shinobi after the show:


Now that you’ve done the show, what are your thoughts about the process and the outcome?

Caleb Shinobi:
I just hope the audience liked what they saw, behind the scenes things sometimes can get chaotic. The models and everyone involved worked so hard.

Well we in the audience didn’t see any fashion faux pas. Where do you see yourself going from here?

I want to keep growing and evolving as an artist and continue to be inspired by the raw beauty and art that surrounds me.

The Legacy of Alfred Shaheen

By Amanda Stevens from (Photos by Lyle Amine)

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It was like going back in time, witnessing the epitome of East-meets-West fashion originating from Hawaii. The HI Fashion – Legacy of Alfred Shaheen event on Saturday at Bishop Museum highlighted the work of this innovative, ground-breaking aloha wear designer.

Alfred Shaheen, pioneer of the textile and fashion industry in Hawai‘i, 1955. Photo courtesy of Camille Shaheen

Alfred Shaheen, pioneer of the textile and fashion industry in Hawai‘i, 1955. Photo courtesy of Camille Shaheen

The fashion show paid tribute to Shaheen, the pioneer of aloha wear. A special collection from Reyn Spooner introducing reinterpretations of the original textile designs developed in the 1950s and 1960s opened the show. The second line of the show featured some of Shaheen’s timeless aloha shirts with high-quality fabrics and distinct textile prints. The third line featured some of Shaheen’s exquisite dresses highlighting the classic feminine silhouette. The finale showcased Hawaii’s own Andy South, who unveiled a capsule collection inspired by Shaheen.

“I was truly inspired by the story of Shaheen, his culturally authentic aesthetic and his dedication to doing everything in Hawaii,” South said. “In putting together this collection, I tried to think like one of his designers — channeling his aesthetic sensibilities into the world of today.”

The regal Beverly Noa, Shaheen’s signature model was at the event and performed a beautiful hula before the fashion show.

Beverly Noa - Alfred Shaheen's former muse and model

Beverly Noa – Alfred Shaheen’s former muse and model

The exhibit runs through Feb. 4, 2013. For more information, call 808-847-3511 or visit

Polo for a Purpose

(from 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.