From left: First Lady Dawn Ige, Desirea Aguinaldo Helsham of HFM Kauai, HIFI Co-Founder Toby Portner, Sara Miura and Taryn Rodighiero of HFM Kauai, HIFI Co-Founder Melissa White
The Hawaii Fashion Incubator held a press conference at THE MODERN HONOLULU on October 2 announcing the third annual Hawaii Fashion Month (HFM) in November 2015. HFM is a calendar of events to highlight fashion talent across the state and strengthen the infrastructure to grow the industry. Events throughout the month showcase designers, photographers, models, stylists and other industry professionals. Events include fashion shows, exhibits, shopping events, panel discussions, networking events, and designer launches.
More than 60 attendees from the media and fashion industry attended, including the First Lady of Hawaii, Dawn Ige, and several special guests from the fashion industry in Los Angeles.
From left: Stylist Therese Wahl, Toby Portner, Kat Malecha and Paul Brown of Paul Brown Salons, Kini Zamora, Melissa White
Major sponsors took the podium to share their planned events during Hawaii Fashion Month, including Lisa DeCambra of THE MODERN HONOLULU, Nani Hanus of Royal Hawaiian Center, Robyn Tucker of Ala Moana Center, and Naomi Hazelton Giambrone of Pacific Edge Magazine.
Nani Hanus of Royal Hawaiian Center announces their annual fashion show to be held November 10
First launched in October 2013, Hawaii Fashion Month (HFM) aims to raise awareness of the state as a unique, creative, and competitive destination and to bring sustainable growth to an industry that encompasses design, manufacturing, retail, art, education, and more. HFM is an initiative of the Hawaii Fashion Incubator (HIFI).
“As HFM enters its third year, we are thrilled to see partners continuing to establish and elevate their events,” said Melissa May White, HIFI co-founder. “In order for Hawaii to become a fashion destination, we need the community to continue to show their best work during November and to add to the excitement for residents and visitors alike.”
HIFI co-founder Toby Portner says, “HIFI’s role as an industry-wide incubator is to build up the infrastructure that allows the industry to grow year round and enables people in the community to get what they need so that each November, Hawaii has a stronger showing of talent and an ever more thriving fashion community.”
Hawaii Fashion Month 2015 sponsors include: Hawaiian Airlines, HONOLULU Magazine, THE MODERN HONOLULU, Royal Hawaiian Center, Ward Village, Pacific Edge Magazine, Ala Moana Center, and AT Marketing. Hawai‘i Fashion Month also has a chapter on Kaua‘i that will produce several events.
Find out more about events and how to get involved at www.hawaiifashionmonth.com.
Photos throughout by Lyle Amine.