Category: Fashion Show

Amazing Hawaii Comic Con 2016 Day 3

By: Amanda Stevens May 23, 2016

Day 3 of the Amazing Hawaii Comic Con crowd was pretty impressive — aisles were buzzing and many attendees stayed until the very end. The Frolic team made it a point to visit as many panel discussions as we could.

It was great to hear behind-the-scenes insider scoops from Hawaii’s own Mat Nastos, creator of Shogun Knight, along with other heavy hitters at the Robot v Kaiju panel. Also very interesting and quite earth-friendly was the Hawaii Indie Filmmaker panel featuring local guy Sam Campos, creator of Kamenaze (think “The Walking Dead” meets “Kamen Rider”). Campos designs and makes the coolest costumes and masks from recycled materials.

Here’s Day 3, followed by my favorite looks from the Cosplay Red Carpet featuring Twisted Cuts on Friday night:

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-Photos by Amanda Stevens

Honolulu Night + Market: Refresh

(From 01/18/2015) – Amanda Stevens


The first Honolulu Night + Market of 2015 kicked off Saturday with an emphasis on new beginnings through physical and spiritual well-being. Exciting new vendors, food trucks and features were introduced. Some fresh faces we spotted were fashion vendors Uptown Closet, operating out of a converted tour van; Brue Bar, with an innovative traveling coffee station operated by two of its employees; national bikesharing system Citibikes; a comic book table run by Other Realms; local painting genius Andy Lee working with students from Kamalamahoe; a gems and minerals table with rocks from all over the world; and the nearby BJ Penn UFC gym.

In addition, Night Market hosted a five-course pop-up dinner by Ho’oku’i Catering LLC, called INIHAW (Tagalog: To grill or cook over open fire). These new pop-up dinners are a unique dining experience in the middle of the event, located in the fashion alley behind the retail warehouses. Guests were seated and treated to grilled meats in traditional Filipino style with a modern twist, done up by Chef Abraham Jazmin.

-Tracy Chan and Grant Shindo

Inihaw Pop-Up

The first Honolulu Night Market runway show of 2015 incorporated sleek monochromatic sportswear ensembles with strategically placed pops of color. University of Hawaii senior Rance China set the tone of the show, styling a strong first look, a black shawl top transformed into a hooded pseudo cardigan from Ten Tomorrow, tank by Vizume and valley glasses from We Are Iconic. The men’s looks had a super relaxed feel, with drop crotch joggers and pieces with fun zippers and innovative pockets. By far, my fave look of the night was a one-piece cutout swimsuit paired with a faux leather skirt from We Are Iconic, accessorized with a bullet necklace from About the Goods. The hair and makeup fully complemented the sportswear vibe, with aerodynamic hair themes and linear makeup lines by Risa Hoshino, Jasmine Mullins and Ashlee Valeros. Other shops and designers featured  in the runway show were Allison Izu, Rumi Murakami, Dolce, About the Goods and Basique Threads.

-Amanda Stevens

Honolulu Night Market: Refresh fashion show

Honolulu Night Market: Refresh fashion show

‘Project Runway’ recap – Zamora wins rainway challenge

By Amanda Stevens Sept. 12, 2014

Kini and Frank

Kini Zamora fans gathered at the Pau Hana Lounge on Thursday night to watch “Project Runway” episode 8, the rainway challenge. We all knew it would be an epic runway show — we’re talking rain on the runway; but no one could have imagined the level of avant garde excellence we’d see from Zamora.


The judges loved Zamora’s design, but they were split between his design and Sean’s transformative design. When activated by water, Sean’s creation morphed into a genius look (thanks to Rit powder dye). Ultimately, Sean and Kini were deemed co-winners and the fans watching the episode with Zamora went wild, sharing high-fives and cheers.

Fade was sent home, but the consensus is that Korina would have been packing her bags, if she wasn’t granted immunity from last week’s win.

We had a chance to sit with Zamora at the viewing party and chat:

Kini design

How does it feel to be back from Fashion Week in New York City and here watching this episode with family and friends?

You know, Hawaii has been so supportive, and I hear so many people tell me that they have viewing parties, even people that I don’t know. So I knew that I wanted to do something when I came back to say, “thank you for your support,” and that’s why I wanted to host a viewing party and have it open to the public. It feels surreal to be here with my family, friends, colleagues and fans.

Kini's reaction

Your “rainway” design is next-level caliber, what was your inspiration and when did you know, “I got this?”

I was inspired by the parameters of the challenge, and knew I would be doing an avant-garde reverse umbrella design, but it was more than that. I knew I really had to let go, and to go beyond, and take it to the next level to prove that I deserved that win. The judges expect a lot from me and I knew it had to be epic. I guess you could say I knew it was going to be a good result when I heard the judges’ reactions.

I know you can’t say much about the rest of the season, but we did see images of you showing in New York this past week…

As you know, “Project Runway” does have contestants showing at fashion week who are not in the top three, it serves as a decoy, but at the same time, those who get to show their collection are so blessed to get that experience. I can tell you and your readers, keep watching. It gets very interesting, there will be so much creativity and it will be exciting.

Reverie – UH Manoa Senior Fashion Show

(From 04/28/2014) – Amanda Stevens


The UH Manoa fashion program celebrated its 48th anniversary Sunday night at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. Every year, I look forward to witnessing what could be a major diamond in the rough and possibly the next Ari South, Matt Bruening or Allison Izu. From the collections on hand, to quote Tibuk3 “the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.” Let me start with the junior collection, Transitions, the definite stand-out was the imaginative, sexy and colorful stingray design worn by model Kyiah Mason.

On to the senior collections, with Amanda Casarez, who opened with the Conquista collection. I loved the structured equestrian pants, dramatic Spanish flowing skirt and sexy silhouettes. She even added an obi-style belt to one of her looks. Tori Speere designed the Wind Swept collection that incorporated the perfect placement of lace. The collection was tres romantic with classic Americana and obvious Ralph Lauren influences, perhaps the chicest line of the evening. Christine Om captivated me with her co-mingling of Korean influences and Western couture-style gowns. It was obvious that her fashion influence comes from John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

Camille Lanier’s Dead Film Star collection included an all-male model line-up. They hurriedly glided across the runway as if to catch a train, wearing vintage fabrics, faux fur and structured pants. Ashley Castro’s Salute collection incorporated an interesting blend of military structure and camouflage shades with gold accents. Her high-low design, worn by model Emma Wo, was definitely one of the evening’s best. Chelsea Otsuka’s Café Noir collection had a nostalgic 1960s schoolgirl ease and elegance. Her stand-out piece was an empire dress worn by model Rebecca Lin. I seriously think actress Zooey Deschanel would purchase some of the pieces in her collection. Sarah Yamashige’s Redamancy collection included brocade fabric with details inspired by the Victorian era with a vixen type of sophistication. Some of her looks are gala-ready-to-wear.

Reverie – UH Manoa Senior Fashion Show

The who’s who of fashion came to support the UH Manoa Fashion Design and Merchandising program.

Photos by Lyle Amine

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

Fashion in the Forefront

(From 06/13/2013) – Amanda Stevens

Hawaii’s fashion industry is being infused with a dose of New York flair for a great cause. The Lawrence Blake Group International recently organized two runway shows to benefit Afterschool Art, a nonprofit that encourages art appreciation among Hawaii’s at-risk youth.

Last Friday, the Honolulu Fashion Invitational event featured runway presentations from up-and-coming designers, hand-picked by wardrobe stylist Summer Shiigi, of Summer Style Hawaii at Chinatown’s new The FIX Sports Lounge and Nightclub. The First Friday event featured a unique melding of fashion, music, dance and art. One highlight was the presentation of locally made paintings and sculptures walked down the runway by models wearing looks by emerging designers such as Bejan Moers, Nicole Vermillion, Feliz Salas, Jenna Sato, Gina Brown and Ryan Hanaoka.

The night before, at Thirtyninehotel, the inaugural Fashion Front Awards Hawaii honored individuals and businesses that have positively affected Hawaii’s fashion and art communities. Honorees included; Bob Grossman PhD., Kim Taylor Reece, Roberta Oaks, Allison Izu Song, Lyle Amine, Lance Tsuchiya, Summer Shiigi, Nickie Q, Gelareh Khoie and members of the Cherry Blossom Cabaret. Throughout the evening, the runway show/competition featured segments by Urban Gypsy, Unleash Studio, Honey Girl Water Wear, Tiare Teiti, and Missing Polynesia.

During both events, the music was as diverse as the fashion, with performances by Ethereal Monkey, IVO, Erin Smith, Summer Derrickson, Super Groupers, Chuck Davis, Genius PHAACE and Nikki Nansen.

Lawrence Blake Group International plans to hold monthly Hawaii Fashion Weekend events on Oahu to benefit various community organizations. The first of these monthly events kicks-off on June 27, at The Fix Sports Lounge and Nightclub.

Hawaii Fashion in the Forefront

Hair and Make-up artists prepping for the show: Jason Victorino and Sheldon Yamauchi of Salon 808 with Guillermo Sanchez-Diaz (G Dolce) and Chloie Abeyta

Photos by Lyle Amine

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.