HFM2014 Week 2! Best Of Instagram

Here’s our picks for the best IG shots around Honolulu Fashion Week and Hawaii Fashion Month 2014! Thanks to all who submitted. Be sure to tag #hfm2014 and tag @hawaiifashionmonth so we can find yours!

Love this shot @davidavidavid got of this oversized sweater from the runway of #HonoluluFW @honolulumag

A photo posted by Amber Fillerup Clark (@amberfillerup) on

This is Chop Suey–a dog, an enigma, a blossoming fashion icon #honolulufw

A photo posted by Eli Schmidt (@schmidtshows) on

A huge mahalo goes out to co founder of #consciousdesignershi and designer of #tsubakihime for an amazing show yesterday! #CDHi #hfm2014 #honolulufw

A photo posted by Conscious Designers Hawaii (@consciousdesignershi) on

Kaua'I Art Factory designers came to Hawaii to be part of #Honolulufw #Honolulufashionweek & # Hawaiifashionmonth #hfm2014 Beautiful models and very talented people were part of this production, therefore #Houseofsantamaria wants to take a moment and express its gratitude for all the hard work. This time I would like to express my mahalo to the front and back of the house as well for making things go smooth and a very especial thank you to Gordon and Lynn Oneal for their support and guidance…# honolulumag #hawaiifashionmonth #kitv4 #KAF #Honolulufashionweek #hfxhawaii # hifi #hfx #Houseofsantamaria #wilhelminahawaii # motiveshi #paulbrown, Therese, Dayna, Rene, Toby, Melissa, Casea, Amanda, James, the models and all the amazing volunteers who came from different places and locations to support. Aswell to Marielle Hellgren with Current affairs for always being available to us From the bottom of #jsjosesantamariaenterprises hearth a big #mahalo #thankyou # grazie #gracias. Jose Santamaria Fashion show producer.

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11.11 // @momok0 x @allisonizu at last week's show to kick off @honolulumag 's #honolulufw .

Representing an amazing company dear to my heart. @hawaiianairlines did a superb job at the Honolulu Fashion Week this past weekend. Heather and I were part of Hawaiian Air's runway that showcased 8 decades of uniforms ending in today's current one. Thank you #teamhawaiianair @lilmisskini @yeahtash @808traveler @hoooooey the rest of the gang who pulled all this together. Mahalo to @ratahiti and @west_leclay for the shot. This was a wonderful and blessed experience.

Thank you @kitfurderer for the photos



#tbt #honolulufw

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Woodland nymph anklets for #honolulufw.

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Nagaue’s Nurturing Work Ethic Earned Her 2014’s GFA Award

Governor Neil Abercrombie presents Joy Nagaue with the 2014 Governors Fashion Award.  Photo Credit: Travis Okimoto

Joy Nagaue is this year’s recipient of the Governor’s Fashion Award.

As the department chair for Honolulu Community College’s Fashion Technology Program, Nagaue has taught fashion students at HCC for 35 years, first as a part-time lecturer and then as a full-time professor and head of the school’s fashion technology program since 1988.

The program, designed to teach students necessary technical skills such as clothing construction, industrial sewing, flat patternmaking, fashion sketching, and designing, also prepares them for a wide range of occupations in the fashion industry. But for Nagaue, the most important lesson she teaches her students is to care.

“Care about what you do, whatever it may be. If you do, everything will fall into place,” she said in an email interview. “Caring about what you do and how you do anything in life will always impact the results.”

Nagaue graduated from from the University of Hawaii with a BS in Fashion Design in 1969 and was a designer for Hilda Hawaii. But she made the choice to stay home and care for her two kids for six years before returning to work. “This time, I knew it had to be a job with a schedule similar to my children’s. So teaching was a good fit at that time,” she said.

Having graduated from UH at a time when she says “fashion was really big in Hawaii,” Nagaue believes that now, more than 40 years later, Hawaii’s community can rekindle that interest. But first, she says, we must also consider how our community has changed. “The population is different, our lifestyles are different. So our designs must fill a need to these changes.”

Nagaue’s interest in fashion started when she was just seven years old and sewing her own house slippers out of fabric scraps and cardboard. When she attended sewing school at 10 and made all of her and her family’s clothes, Nagaue said, “Fashion just seemed like a natural consequence.”

Her caring and nurturing approach, along with her expertise and experience, has helped produce many successful and well-recognized designers. Some of her famous alumni include “Project Runway” stars Jay Nicolas Sario, Ari Southiphong, and Kini Zamora, as well as Danene Lunn, owner of Manuhealii.

“Every designer is unique in Hawaii,” Nagaue said. “Our weather and lifestyle is so perfect. Designers should design for whatever interests them, like surfing, formal or casual wear, etc. Students need to just look at themselves for inspiration – the success will come.”

She attributes her work ethic and inspiration to her parents, who owned a small grocery store near her house in Palolo Valley. Taking a cue from her parents (who worked 12 to 15 hours a day for seven days a week), Nagaue works a minimum of 14 hours a day, six days a week. “I rest on Sunday,” she said, “if housework is rest.”

Of her 35 years at HCC, she said she’s never missed a single day of teaching, “except to attend ‘Project Runway,’ but I still consider that work days.”

Nagaue’s parents never discouraged her and never told her that she could not succeed. “They did everything possible to help me perfect my craft – sent me to sewing school from 10 to 15 years old, wore everything I made for them, and made sure I received an education to pursue my dreams,” she said.

And now Nagaue has provided that same support, encouragement, and guidance for so many aspiring designers and fashion students.

The Governor’s Fashion Award honors an outstanding individual that has served as an exemplary professional and member of the fashion community for at least 25 years, and has demonstrated leadership and innovation in an area of the industry.

Nagaue was selected unanimously by a nominating committee of respected professionals within Hawaii’s fashion community, including Dale Hope, Amos Kotomori, Nadine Kim, Paula Rath, and Paul Brown, and received the prestigious award on Sunday, Nov. 9, after the HIFI Connects panel, “The Business of Fashion,” at the Hawaii Convention Center.

In recognition of HCC’s contribution to Hawaii fashion, the public is encouraged to support HCC’s Fashion Technology Program fundraiser, titled “Full Circle,” on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 pm. Tickets for “Full Circle” can be purchased here. For more information about “Full Circle,” contact hccrsvp@hawaii.edu.

And The 2014 Governor’s Fashion Award Goes To…

This year, we're giving just one person the GFA award. Here's who it is:

Governor Neil Abercrombie will present the 2014 Governor’s Fashion Award (GFA) during HONOLULU Fashion Week at the conclusion of “HIFI Connects: The Business of Fashion”, which starts on Sunday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

And this year, we’re giving just one person the GFA award, Honolulu Community College (HCC) fashion technology Department Chair Joy Nagaue!

Nagaue was unanimously selected by a nominating committee that included Hawaii fashion and style leaders Dale Hope, Paula Rath, Nadine Kam, Amos Kotomori, and Paul Brown. The committee was convened and facilitated by HIFI.

The GFA honors an outstanding individual who has served as an exemplary professional and member of Hawaii’s fashion community for at least 25 years, and has demonstrated leadership and innovation in an area of the industry.

“Joy’s commitment to nurturing Hawaii’s fashion talent is unwavering,” said Kotomori. “She usually works quietly behind the scenes, but her undeniable contribution to Hawaii fashion speaks volumes.”

At the helm of HCC’s fashion technology program, “Miss Joy” has taught and mentored many of the islands’ foremost fashion talents, including three Project Runway contestants, designers behind brands such as Manuheali’i, and countless others who have flourished in successful fashion careers around the world.

“Joy has been like a mother figure for many of us who have gone through HCC’s program, offering guidance when we need it and maintaining close relationships with us even after we’ve graduated,” said Project Runway alum Ari South. “She also has a keen eye for recognizing when a student is hungry to learn more, which I feel is important for educators at the college level, and will put in the extra time and energy for that student.”

The selection of one of Hawaii’s leading fashion educators is consistent with the GFA’s forward-thinking goal of supporting the infrastructure and individuals that set the stage for the industry’s future growth. In recognition of HCC’s contribution to Hawaii fashion, the public is encouraged to support HCC’s Fashion Technology Program fundraiser and fashion exhibition from HCC’s student designers and alumni, called “Full Circle, A Dining & Fashion Experience,” on Wed. Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at Stage Restaurant in the Honolulu Design Center. Click here for more info or email hccrsvp@hawaii.edu.

“HIFI Connects: The Business of Fashion” is a morning of networking, presentations, and discussions about the business of fashion in Hawaii and abroad, hosted by the Hawaii Fashion Incubator (HIFI). Those interested in attending HIFI Connects and the awards presentation can purchase tickets here. Tickets are $25, and seating is limited. RSVPs are required. Tickets are free for members of the Hawaii Fashion Exchange, as well as for students and faculty of HCC and UH.

HIFI Will Host Kauai Designers At HONOLULU Fashion Week

The Hawaii Fashion Incubator (HIFI) will present a fashion show comprised of designers from the Kauai Art Factory (KAF) during HONOLULU Fashion Week on Friday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center as part of Hawaii Fashion Month (HFM). The show is free, but seating is limited. General admission tickets are available here.

The KAF Show, dubbed “A Journey To Kauai” will showcase a range of looks that bring together the designs of six Kauai designers, featuring a blend of apparel, swimwear, jewelry and handbags never before seen together on a runway. Jose Santamaria is the lead producer, with models from Wilhelmina Hawaii, styling by JS Jose Santamaria Enteprises and Therese Wahl, makeup by Motives Cosmetics, and hair by Paul Brown. Tamara Rigney is designing custom botanical headpieces.

Established in 2013 with a goal of providing a “dynamic hub for the arts” on the Garden Isle, the Lihue-based KAF is a group of art enthusiasts, novice artists, as well as creative professionals from a variety of art disciplines, including fashion design.

KAF designers who together will make their Oahu debut include:

  • Jewelry designer Veronica Groepler of Veronica Jewels
  • Chanterelle Chantara of Chez Chanterelle
  • Lucia Peterson of Bikini 808 Hawaii
  • Handbag designer Jennifer Todice of Tikishiki
  • Accessories designer Audrey Auld of Salt Designs
  • Jewelry designer Melea Matthews of Melea Artistry

HIFI’s presentation of the show comes less than a month after the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce announced November as Hawaii Fashion Month–Kauai.

“The Kauai Art Factory Show on Oahu is just one example of HIFI’s blossoming partnership with Kauai and other islands,” said HFM co-founder and co-director Toby Portner. “Now is the right time for these designers to show what they have to offer to Hawaii fashion.”

Here’s our listing of other HFM-Kauai events.

The Best Way To Attend HONOLULU Fashion Week? Volunteer!

Aloha! If you want access to the great events, panel discussions, and fashion shows happening during HONOLULU Fashion Week, pay attention:

We have immediate volunteer needs to support the exciting fashion shows and the epic retail pop-up space (unlike anything ever seen in Hawaii) at the Hawaii Convention Center Exhibition Hall Nov. 6 through Nov. 9. Please email Amanda Stevens (Director of Volunteers & Talent) at amanda@hawaiifashionmonth.com to confirm if you are available to volunteer this week and indicate your day, shift, area of interest, and T-shirt size.

  • Thursday, November 6: 4:00pm-10:00pm
    (pop-up event support, dresser)
  • Friday, November 7: 12:00pm-5:00pm or 5:00pm-10:00pm
    (pop-up event support, dresser)
  • Saturday, November 8: 11:00am-4:30pm or 4:30pm-10:00pm
    (pop-up event support, dresser)
  • Sunday, November 9: 10:00am-4:00pm
    (pop-up event support)

Of course, you may volunteer for more than one shift, with a break in-between. As always, mahalo from the Hawaii Fashion Month team!

Who Will Win The #HFM2014 Instagram Prize?

Fear Of Missing Out got you down? Don’t fret! Here are some of our favorite photos posted during Hawaii Fashion Month 2014’s first weekend! (Stay updated on all HFM events with our officially super handy calendar.)

To add to all the fun, we’re throwing an Instagram contest that takes you through the HFX Fashion Photography Showcase, currently on view in store windows at Ward Village. Up for grabs are tickets to exclusive VIP events and prize packs, courtesy Ward Village! Here’s how to play:

  • Follow @HawaiiFashionMonth and @WardVillage
  • Locate where the 10 Hawaii Fashion Exchange displays are
  • Take a photo of the display
  • Caption must include: Photo credits along with hashtags #HFM2014, #HFXHawaii, #fashionforward and #wardvillage
  • Turn your Instagram profile public so entries can be viewed and confirmed
  • Each photo will give you an entry into the drawing (up to 10 entries per user)

Below, our favorite #HFM2014 pictures from the first weekend of HFM 2014!

An unconventional fashion show disguised as a poker game! #hfm2014 #yourdapper

A photo posted by @chants808 on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:29pm PST

#HFXhawaii # HFM2014 featured fashion photo by Eric Tagayuna with Model Sam Armitage @sammyboy808

A photo posted by Miss Mayhem (@motivesmayhem) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:08pm PST


We’re kicking off #hfm2014 with a splash in the #GreyGooseDayclub at the @modernhonolulu with our friends. It’s going to 6pm tonight so come down!


A photo posted by Hawaii Fashion Month (@hawaiifashionmonth) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:03pm PST

We’re at #fashionforward at @wardvillage to launch #HFXHawaii and kick off #hfm2014! Do you know about our Instagram giveaway?

A photo posted by Hawaii Fashion Month (@hawaiifashionmonth) on Nov 11, 2014 at 10:01pm PDT

@yourdapper – @hawaiifashionmonth launch event. #hfm2014 photo credit @tokifoto

A photo posted by Toby Tamaye (@atmarketing) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:37am PST

It’s about that time! @hawaiifashionmonth #hfm2014

A photo posted by Katrina Aguirre (@kacheena) on Nov 11, 2014 at 1:09am PST

HFM 2014: Here’s Your Guide To The Weekend

Photo credit: Travis Okimoto

Hawaii Fashion Month 2014 is officially here! With our calendar full of fashion shows, pop-up boutiques, workshops, and panel discussions, here is your guide to the first weekend of HFM 2014. Head over to Frolic Hawaii to see the full guide to the 2nd-annual Hawaii Fashion Month.


Saturday, Nov. 1

Fashion ForWARD Opening Event
Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m.
IBM Building, 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard
By invitation only

It’s the Hawaii Fashion Month 2014 VIP Kickoff Party! Join the Hawaii Fashion Exchange (HFX) at hawaiifashionexchange.com and find the access code on the HFX Opportunities page to gain access to the official launch of HFX and HFM 2014. Presented by HIFI, Ward Village and FLUX Magazine, the VIP party will feature DJ Mr. Nick and models wearing Randy Leano. This event is by invitation only.

Opening of HFX Photography Exhibition
Nov. 1-30
Ward Village Shops, 1142 Auahi St.

Starting Nov. 1, when you walk through Ward Village during Hawaii Fashion Month you’ll see stunning images featuring members of the Hawaii Fashion Exchange on display in store windows.

We’re installing 12 huge photographic prints in all — images made by such photographers as Dallas Nagata White, Adam Jung, and Daniela Voicescu, and featuring the work of the many local fashion professionals who make a fashion photograph possible: designers, stylists, models, makeup artists, and assistants.

In conjunction with HFM’s kickoff on Nov. 1, a walking map of the photos, designed by FLUX Magazine, will be available at various storefronts throughout Ward Village and Ward Warehouse to guide you through each of the photos.

Sunday, Nov. 2

Grey Goose Day Club
Nov. 2, 12-5 p.m.
MODERN Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard

Join Grey Goose and the MODERN Honolulu as they host a special Grey Goose Dayclub featuring Kaimana Beachwear, MAIA Couture, and jewelry from Lane Tanner Designs as a part of Hawaii Fashion Month. It’s also a fundraiser for Miss Hawaii.

Addiction Nightclub resident DJs Compose and Anit, in addition to Wittmier as SuperCW, will set the vibe with music ranging from tropical house, chillwave, and nu-disco to old school hip-hop and the top hits. They’re joined by special guests Partius Monsterious and Taylor from OMIA.

Roque Cozzette Workshop – Bridal Beauty Makeup Techniques
Nov. 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
HIFI COOP, 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard, Level 2
$349 or $395 at the door

During this seminar, Roque Cozzette will discuss the synergy of airbrush and how to identify correct product choices that make or break a bride on her most important day. Register online: roquecozzette.com/events