WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Governor’s Fashion Awards – Finale to Hawaii Fashion Month

The who’s who of Hawaii fashion last night gathered for the prestigious Governor’s Fashion Awards honoring the past, present and future of the industry while celebrating major local fashion milestones including Hilo Hattie’s 50th anniversary and ‘Iolani Sportswear’s 60thyear of business.

The who’s who of Hawaii fashion last night gathered for the prestigious Governor’s Fashion Awards honoring the past, present and future of the industry while celebrating major local fashion milestones including Hilo Hattie’s 50th anniversary and ‘Iolani Sportswear’s 60th year of business.

The awards, held at The Modern Honolulu, and hosted by the Hawaii Fashion Incubator with support from the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, were the finale to the inaugural Hawaii Fashion Month – a month that put Hawaii fashion in the spotlight and raised awareness of the potential to grow fashion as a billion dollar industry for the State.

“With established Hawaii fashion brands evolving and new generations of designers emerging from throughout the islands, we will soon be considered the ‘Paris of the Pacific’,” said Dale Hope, author of The Aloha Shirt, and MC throughout the evening. “Hawaii Fashion Month brought everyone in Hawaii’s fashion industry together for one action-packed exciting month.”

The evening featured a runway show produced by Ralph Malani capturing the evolution of Hawaii fashion from the colorful tropical prints and designs of the 50s through to the globally-inspired looks of today’s local designers. Guests were entertained by local musicians Mahi Crabbe and Aiden James.

The 2013 Governor’s Fashion Award winners include:

Lifetime Achievement Honoree

·       David “Pua” Rochlen of Jams World

Established Designer of the Year

·       Fighting Eel

Emerging Designer of the Year

·       Coradorables

Major Retailer of the Year

·       Hilo Hattie
Boutique Retailer of the Year·       Muumuu HeavenDesigner – Contemporary·       Andy South

Designer – Aloha

·       Kealopiko

Designer – Couture/Formal

·       Anne Namba Designs

Designer – Jewelry  

·       Jason Dow

Photographer of Year

·       Harold Julian Photography

Wardrobe Stylist of the Year

·       Amos Kotomori

Beauty Professional of the Year (Hair, Make-Up, Products)

·       Paul Brown Salon

Outstanding Professional (Production, Models, Talent, Manufacturing, Arts, Industry Advocate)

·       Don Kang of Hilo Hattie

 

About Hawai‘i Fashion Month (HFM):

HFM is a community-driven initiative of the Hawai‘i Fashion Incubator (Hifi) and the Hawai‘i state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), specifically the Business Development Support Division and the Creative Industries Division.

The month-long HFM celebration is an opportunity to raise the profile of Hawai‘i as a unique, creative and progressive fashion destination while bringing sustainable growth to the local industry, which comprises design, manufacturing, retail, art, education and more.

Hawai‘i Fashion Month supports the year-round efforts of the Hawaii Fashion Incubator. Hifi provides a central resource for fashion information, networking and advocacy. The Hifi COOP at Ward Warehouse is a hub for designers and artists to create, showcase and sell their collections, in addition to being a venue for fashion classes and workshops. Membership in Hifi is open to all members of the industry as well as those that want to support and grow Hawai‘i fashion.

To learn more about Hawai‘i Fashion Month, visit www.hawaiifashionmonth.com. To join Hifi visit www.hawaiifashion.org.

BDSD/DBEDT:

The Business Development & Support Division (BDSD), promotes industry development and economic diversification in Hawaii by supporting existing and emerging industries, attracting new investment and businesses that can create more skilled, quality jobs in the state, and work to increase exports of Hawaii products and services. Business support provides new and existing businesses direct loans, licensing and permit information and referral, business advocacy, planning and coordination of programs and projects aimed at specific business sectors or economically-distressed areas (including rural areas and areas affected by natural disaster).

CID/DBEDT:

The Creative Industries Division (CID) in the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) is Hawaii’s lead agency dedicated to accelerating the growth of Hawai‘i’s creative economy. Through initiatives, program development and strategic partnerships, the division and its branches expand the business capacity of Hawai‘i’s arts, culture, music, film, literary, publishing, digital and new media industries. Comprising the Hawai‘i Film Office (HFO) and the Arts and Culture Development Branch (ACDB), CID connects creative communities locally and globally, in order to increase Hawai‘i’s creative entrepreneurs’ capacity for export and monetization of their intellectual property. For more information, visitwww.creative-hawaii.com

Prestigious Governor’s Fashion Awards Return As Finale to #HFM2013

The inaugural Hawaii Fashion Month, which officially commenced on Oct. 1, will see the return of the prestigious Governor’s Fashion Awards as the finale to the month-long festival that has put Hawaii fashion in the spotlight and raised awareness of the potential to grow fashion as a billion dollar industry for the State.

Tag us at #HFM2013 and the Governor’s Fashion Awards #GFA2013!

The inaugural Hawaii Fashion Month, which officially commenced on Oct. 1, will see the return of the prestigious Governor’s Fashion Awards as the finale to the month-long festival that has put Hawaii fashion in the spotlight and raised awareness of the potential to grow fashion as a billion dollar industry for the State.

The Governor’s Fashion Awards, hosted by the Hawaii Fashion Incubator with support from the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, will be held at Hawaii’s most stylish hotel, The Modern Honolulu, the official hotel partner of HFM, on Oct. 30 from 5:30 p.m.

The Awards will recognize Hawaii fashion’s past, present and future in more than a dozen award categories from retail and design to photography, beauty, styling and more. The evening will mark two major Hawaii fashion milestones: Hilo Hattie’s 50th anniversary and ‘Iolani Sportswear’s 60th anniversary. David “Pua” Rochlen, founder of Jams World, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Hawaii Fashion Month and the Governor’s Fashion Awards provide opportunities to showcase the Aloha State as an international fashion destination,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “By investing in our local talent, we’re putting the spotlight on the island fashion industry, which has the potential to become a billion dollar industry and further diversify our island economy.”

“The inaugural Hawaii Fashion Month and the revival of the Governor’s Fashion Awards, which were last held more than 10 years ago, provides exposure for both established and emerging designers and retail outlets, aligns opportunities for collaboration, and highlights various fashion identities unique to specific areas, including Kaka’ako, Chinatown, Waikiki, and the Neighbor Islands.”

Co-founder of Hawaii Fashion Incubator, Melissa White, added: “With the rise of emerging talent, the reinvigoration of established brands and collaborations between the two, there has never been a better time for the community to come together to both celebrate and elevate the industry.”

While the Governor’s Fashion Awards will see Hawaii’s fashion community step out to honor its leaders, the prestigious celebration is open to all fashion enthusiasts. Tickets are $125 and available online at HawaiiFashionMonth.com.

The evening will feature a runway show produced by Ralph Malani capturing the evolution of Hawaii fashion from the colorful tropical prints and designs of the 50s through to the globally-inspired looks of today’s local designers. Guests will be entertained by local musicians Mahi Crabbe and Aiden James.

The 2013 Governor’s Fashion Awards nominees include:

Lifetime Achievement Honoree

· David “Pua” Rochlen of Jams World

Established Designer of the Year

· Fighting Eel

· Letarte Swimwear

· SurfLine Hawaii Ltd (Jams World)

Emerging Designer of the Year

· Matt Bruening

· Muumuu Heaven

· Coradorables

Major Retailer of the Year

· Hilo Hattie

· Nordstrom

· Neiman Marcus

Boutique Retailer of the Year

· Muumuu Heaven

· Rix Island Wear

· Jams World

Designer – Contemporary

· Amos Kotomori

· Bernard Foong

· Andy South

Designer – Aloha Nominee

· Kealopiko LLC

· Pili Design

· Coradorables

Designer – Couture/Formal

· Anne Namba Designs

· Feliz Salas

· Andy South

Designer – Jewelry

· Salty Girl Jewelry

· Jason Dow, Inc

· Panacea Designs

Photographer of Year

· Harold Julian Photography

· Mellie Tjoeng Photography

· Dallas Nagata White Photography

Wardrobe Stylist of the Year

· Geremy Campos

· Amos Kotomori Ltd

· Kim Smith

Beauty Professional of the Year (Hair, Make-Up, Products)

· Face Art Beauty

· Paul Brown Salon

· Beauty by Tania

Outstanding Professional (Production, Models, Talent, Manufacturing, Arts, Industry Advocate)

· Paul Brown of Paul Brown Salon

· Terri Funakoshi of Pomare

· Don Kang of Hilo Hattie

 

Night Market, Runways, & Art Fit to Wear

Is it art or fashion? That is what viewers ask themselves upon seeing Juxtapose, the new exhibit at CoXist Studios, on view at Honolulu Night Market tonight.

Juxtapose is an art and fashion exhibit about urban transformation expressed through wearable art. It features creations from 10 established and upcoming artists who used materials from urban life that were found, used, or discarded from the city. These garments and accessories are displayed alongside a visual design by local artist Aisis Chen, aluminum ornament dresses by mixed media artist Jen Thario, and a custom installation by sculptor, designer, performance artist, and juror for this show, Robert Reed.

Only recently has fashion been recognized as art worthy of museum exhibitions, according to Reed.

“Unlike runway shows that sell the clothes, an exhibit (like Juxtapose) celebrates them and gives them a narrative”, he says. “By abstracting and putting them in a different context, you see them, their inspiration and creativity. I personally consider wearable art an extension of sculpture.”

Juxtapose aims to portray urban life using many different inspirations, while bringing fashion to items some may have never considered. Materials for the wearables range from bottle caps to shredded basketballs and even live plants. Some of the garments will be for sale, with 100 percent of the profit going towards the designers.

And tonight, while you’re at Night Market (which is themed around the runway to celebrate Hawaii Fashion Month), be sure to check out the fashion show styled by Honolulu Magazine/Honolulu Shops fashion editors Brie Thalmann and Stacey Makiya. They teamed up with Neiman Marcus’s contemporary women’s department, CUSP, to style 15 outfits featuring Alexander McQueen, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg, and more.

It all starts at 6pm tonight—here’s the rundown—on the Block F section of Auahi Street in Kakaako.

Kahala Mall Showcases Local Fashion Photographers in ‘Snapshot of Style’

As part of the Hawaii Fashion Month Shop Your Mall series of events, Kahala Mall will present prints by local fashion photographers in a pop-up gallery exhibition titled Snapshot of Style. Kicka Witte, Keith Kandell, John Hook, David Murphey, and Dallas Nagata White are a few of the photographers featured.

In Hawaii, where basically 100% of this place is photogenic in one way or another, photography (for most of us) is just a hobby. But a growing network of photographers have figured out how to make a career out of it—by taking pictures of beautiful people wearing beautiful things.

As part of the Hawaii Fashion Month Shop Your Mall series of events, Kahala Mall will present prints by local fashion photographers in a pop-up gallery exhibition titled Snapshot of Style. Kicka Witte, Keith Kandell, John Hook, David Murphey, and Dallas Nagata White are a few of the photographers featured.

Nagata White is the photographer behind (and starring in) the infamous “Lava Kiss” photo that went viral last year and ended up on The Atlantic’s shortlist of favorites in the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest in 2012. She is nominated in the Photographer of the Year category in this year’s Governor’s Fashion Awards alongside Mellie Tjeong and Harold Julian.

She admits that, while her photographs are an extension of her original interest in Baroque painting and her desire to be a painter,“It’s easier to be commercially successful as a photographer.”

Just as fashion is nothing without its designers, Nagata White says fashion relies on a photographer to show it to the people. “What consumers see more than anything is the photography, because imagery is everywhere,” she says. “Photographers are the ones who bring fashion to potential customers. Because, even if they don’t go out to buy whatever was pictured, at least they’ve seen it and are aware of it. Fashion, in itself, is an art form, but if it’s not bought, at least it gets appreciated through looking at photos of it.”

Lifestyle photographer John Hook, also featured in Snapshot of Style, is known for his fashion editorials for Flux Magazine. He explains that he only feels successful as a fashion photographer when both he and the designer walk away from the shoot creatively satisfied.

“I don’t understand fashion at all, why some things are so popular, why designers are good. To me, I’m like the average Joe,” he says. “I just make images that somebody like me would relate to. […] Most people are going to get their fashion taste or what they like about fashion from seeing images. That’s the easiest way for someone to relate to something. ‘I see it and I get it’, or I love it or hate it, or whatever. Photography is so important, because you have to portray the designer’s ideas and have your own kind of style to it, too, while bringing the designer’s vision to the average person. That’s a lot of responsibility. Sometimes, in the end, the photographer plays more of a role; the designer has to trust that person to get that vision across.”

In addition to seeing the works of these photographers, guests at the Snapshot of Style event will also enjoy a store crawl with light refreshments from Southern Wine and Spirits and pupu from Kahala Mall restaurants. A scavenger hunt will send participants to find five featured photographs hidden in five participating stores. All you have to do is check in at center court for your VIP Event Pass—it’s free and includes a one-night-only 25%-off coupon. Return your completed scavenger hunt pass to be automatically entered to win a two-night stay at The Modern Honolulu, a Kahala Mall shopping spree, and other prizes.

The five scavenger hunt photographs will also be featured in a silent auction held on Oct. 16 that benefits Kapiolani Medical Center’s Campaign for Children.

Want more fashion photography? Be sure to check out the exhibition, xthree, at fishcake, featuring the work of Sergio Goes, Chris McDonough, and Daniela Voicescu, on view through Nov. 13.

Snapshot of Style starts at Kahala Mall’s center court, 4211 Waialae Ave., Wed., Oct. 16, 5:30–8:30pm, free. For more information and to see which stores will participate,  visit kahalamallcenter.com.

“Lava Kiss” photo, copyright Dallas Nagata White, courtesy of Kahala Mall Center.

‘Cine à la MODE’ is Fashion for Your Brain

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Hifi (Hawaii Fashion Incubator) and Interisland Terminal present three outstanding and unique documentary tales of how, why and what we wear. Over three evenings during Hawaii Fashion Month from October 21-23, 2013, films will be screened nightly starting at 7pm in the Kaka’ako district at R/D (microcinema), 691 Auahi street, Honolulu.

Limited seating and donations will be accepted at the door in support of both presenting non-profit organizations. See more information on films below.

Monday, October 21: GOD SAVE MY SHOES, 60min / USA / director Julie Benasra

Addiction is a part of all of us and Julie Benasra spotlights women and their undying relationship with shoes. From top designers, Manolo Blahnik to Christian Louboutin and vast array of notable women, see and hear what drives the multi-billion dollar business.

Tuesday, October 22: PAUL SMITH, GENTLEMAN DESIGNER, 52min / France / director Stephane Carrel

Take a steady gaze at men’s fashion through a portrait of Paul Smith who has 400 shops and outlets in 35 countries, 12 clothing lines and over 400 million euros earned in annual revenue. Savvy business partnerships with companies like Apple and Evian have also pushed his sales ahead of others such as Chanel.

Wednesday, October 23: SCHMATTA: Rags to Riches to Rags, 72min / USA / director Marc Levin

The history and present day of New York City’s famous garment district is not to be missed. An unforgettable journey of an inevitable metamorphosis that ripples through society from immigrants, union laborers, designers, retail stores to its customers.

*A short and lively discussion will be held after screening with local guest speakers (to be confirmed)

Suggested donation at the door: $5

For more information: www.interislandterminal.org

HFM: What’s Happening – Oct. 12

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Discover Kakaako: Ward Centers shines a spotlight on Hawaii fashion during October’s Discover Kakaako.  Experience the best local boutiques and retailers who call Ward Centers their home with fashion shows, “Half-y Hour” discounts, food, fashion shows, and live entertainment. Parking lot of Ward Warehouse, across from Ward Theatres, 5–9pm, fashion show at 7:45pm. Free.

Shop Your Mall @ Windward Mall: The “History of Hawaii Fashion” show features 200 years of monarchy gowns, the Holoku collection, and contemporary fashions. Sales, special offers, gifts with purchase, and more, at Windward Mall. Windward Mall, 46-56 Kam. Hwy., Kaneohe, 12–2pm. Free.

AlumHI @ fishcake: Fishcake presents a fashion show featuring the new work and collections by alumni of Oahu’s two university-level Hawaii fashion programs, the UH Fashion Design and Merchandising Program and Honolulu Community College’s Fashion Technology program. Mark Arbeit will screen a documentary about his mentor and friend, the late fashion photographer Helmut Newton, and an exhibition of fashion photography is on view. Peep this preview, via Honolulu Magazine’s Lei Chic. 307c Kamani St., 6pm (doors), 7pm (documentary screening), 7:30 (performances by Cocoa Chandelier and Giinko Marischino, 8pm (fashion show). More info. Free.

Sunset on the Beach Celebrates a Century of Film in Hawaii: The Hawaii International Film Festival screens the classic Blue Hawaii on the 30 foot screen at Queen’s Beach. This is a free family event. Come early and enjoy music and a sunset before the film begins. Queen’s Beach, 7pm, free.

Video of HCC’s 2013 show, POSH, courtesy of Nadine Kam, Star-Advertiser

How to HFM Today – Oct. 11

It's another aloha Friday for Hawaii Fashion Month, so here's what to do/where to go.

It’s another aloha Friday for Hawaii Fashion Month, so here’s what to do/where to go:

Fiji Meets Fashion @ The Republik: Fiji celebrates 20 years of music with a fashion show by HI Finest, SG Swimwear, and Hula Hearts. Local Uprising and DJ Osna support. The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd., 8pm, $10, 18+.

Manuhealii Fashion, Food, & Social: Enjoy live music and live models in a showcase of modern designs that celebrate tropical beauty and rich culture. 930 Punahou St., doors at 6pm, fashion show at 7pm, $30, cash only.

Celebrate Sixty Years of the ‘Iolani Experience’ with HFM!

To celebrate its whopping 60 years in style, Iolani Sportswear has teamed up with the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific for a night of revelry!

Since debuting in 1953, Iolani Sportswear nears the realm of retro. Yet, with its ability to blend traditional and contemporary, Iolani knows how to stay on top of the game. The brand is now presided over by the second and third generations of the Kawakami family—Lloyd and his wife Carla, as well as Nick.

As one of the largest clothing manufacturers in Hawaii, Iolani Sportswear offers both authenticity as well as history. This legacy is synonymous with aloha wear, a result of what Lloyd Kawakami calls the “Iolani experience”.

To celebrate its whopping 60 years in style, Iolani Sportswear has teamed up with the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific for a night of revelry! All proceeds from the party will benefit patients of the rehab hospital, also celebrating its 60th year! With music by ManoaDNA and Kapala, appearances by Miss Hawaii and Miss Outstanding Teen Hawaii 2013, food from Side Street Inn, fashion from Iolani on Kona Street, and wine and beer, this will be a great event! Congratulations, Iolani, on establishing such an enduring and multi-faceted legacy. May the spirit of this place live on in your stitches!

Thurs., Oct. 10, 6pm, at the rooftop of the Iolani building, 1234 Kona St., $34 presale rate can be purchased online: https://iolani60.eventbrite.com; $40 at the door.

How To Win At Halloween This Year

Here's how to win a whole year of shopping at Goodwill stores—Hint: It has to do with scary movies.

“This is a really volcanic ensemble your wearing!” –Duckie, Pretty in Pink

Goodwill is a mogul’s muse—the untapped, un-curated madness that begs for personal opinion and control. Halloween is every person’s chance to try on a writer’s hat—redefine the boundaries of the flesh and create someone more. Film is a tool for imbuing passions and hatching ideas in the sequestered corners of unsuspecting/suspecting minds. When the three band together for a single event, there is no telling what they may inspire. The Goodwill Hawaii International Film Festival Halloween costume contest is one such event!

In the contest, held in conjunction with Hawaii Fashion Month and celebrating 100 years of cinema in Hawaii, participants are tasked with creating a film-inspired Halloween costume, the accouterments of which must be found at a Goodwill Hawaii location between Oct. 1 and 31. May I recommend the Beretania Street store for dresses and the Kaimuki store for shoes?

The final step (here is a list of rules) is to snap a quick photo of your new persona to upload onto the Goodwill Facebook page! Try to get into character here—Voldemort isn’t called, “He who must not be named” for nothing. Besides the undoubtable joys of trying on a fake dalmatian fur coat, plaid kilt, and knee-high white socks (think Cruella De Vil meets Clueless), the best part is that the grand prize winner will receive one year of free shopping at Goodwill! If the prospect of an unlimited supply of well-loved and one-of-a-kind pieces doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, then you must be a zombie!

HFM What’s Happening – Oct. 6

What to do today for Hawaii Fashion Month on Sunday, October 6!

Children and Youth Day Fashion Show

Children & Youth Day is an annual event celebrating Hawaii’s keiki and families. Enjoy a runway fashion show featuring local designs, including Allison Izu, Mamanu, Henry Hats, Love & Monsters, Coradorables and Haute Sand.

Ala Moana Center’s The Fall Fashion Event, Day 3

TFFE continues for its third and final day today with fashion shows down the super long runway. Here’s the rundown:

  • 12pm: Macy’s
  • 2pm: Forever 21
  • 4pm: Valerie Joseph

The Fall Fashion Event Sweepstakes:
Entry Dates: October 1 – 6, 2013
• 50 Minute Elemental Nature massage, Shampoo & Style for two at Hoala Salon & Spa – Aveda ($280)
• Dinner for two at Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room (excludes alcohol) ($90)
• $1,000 in Ala Moana Center gift cards
Total Value: $1,380
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to U.S. residents, age 18 or older. Entry dates: 10/1 – 10/6/13. Limit 1 entry per person. ARV: $1,380. For Official Rules, visit AlaMoanaCenter.com.

Gift with Purchase:
Receive an exclusive Ala Moana Center Silk-Cotton Scarf with receipts totaling $250.
While supplies last. Limit 1 gift per person. Receipts must be dated 10/4 – 10/6/2013 and redeemed during these dates at our Customer Service Center. Must be 13 or older. No more than 3 individual receipts per store & receipts for a gift card purchase will not be accepted. No substitutions. No cash value.

Dress For Success Honolulu
Give working women a fashionable step forward. Ala Moana Center asks you to donate your gently used suits and career staples to our designated Dress for Success ® Honolulu drop-off locations. Your generosity helps women thrive.

Dooney & Bourke
Folli Follie
Maui Divers Jewelry
Neiman Marcus
Papyrus
Tapestries by Hauoli
Trade Secret
Valerie Joseph
Victoria’s Secret
W Salon
White House ǀ Black Market
Red Carpet Contest

Strut your stuff on The Fall Fashion Event Red Carpet and enter for a chance to win a $50 Ala Moana Center gift card. Post a picture of you on The Fall Fashion Event Red Carpet on Instagram or Twitter using @alamoanacenter and #TFFE. One winner per day. See AlaMoanaCenter.com for official rules.

 

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