Monday, October 14, 2013

AlumHI & Basique Threads

Hello all!  I know I've been pretty M.I.A. lately, and obviously haven't been sticking to the routine posts I set out to do.  Which is why it will continue to be a tentative posting schedule, and nothing that is set in stone.  Besides that, I just kinda wanted to drop in and share with you all a bit of what I did this past weekend, although I never seem to feel as though my weekends typically entail wondrous and exciting things.  Anyway, this weekend I was briefly able to attend the AlumHI event that was held at Fishcake in Kakaako (Ward Area), a fashion show of recent graduates of the University of Hawaii and Honolulu Community College's fashion design programs and a photography exhibition of locally based fashion photographers.  As expected, there was a terrific turn out, with tons of fabulous people I often see at these types of occasions, which is always a nice.  When I arrived, the fashion show had already finished, but I was able to see glimpses of the models who posed for pictures in various nooks of the venue.  I kind of regret not squeezing through the hoards of people that were there, so I could have snapped some photos of the models to show you all the amazing garments they were dressed in.  If I'm able to find great photos someone else took from that night, I'll try to link that off for you to see.  Aside from that event, there were some great shopping events going on at the Ward Warehouse area, that I of course had to stop by and browse through.  Ultimately, I ended up with adorable white overalls from Basique Threads that I'm eager to wear despite the fact that it's now fall.  Below are a few pictures I took of my time at the AlumHI event, as well as my purchase from Basique Threads.  All photos taken by me.  =]

 Overview of the AlumHI event.

 h2o photo series by Daniela Voicescu

 White overalls I got from Basique Threads.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

HFM - Outfit: Hawaii Fashion Designers Market

As some of you may know, Hawaii Fashion Month is a week under way, and several festivities have already taken place as far as events associated with it are concerned.  I was able to both assist with and attend Outfit: Hawaii Fashion Designers Market on behalf of the First Lady The Movement street team.  The event was held on both the 2nd and 3rd of October in the bottom warehouse space of TJ Maxx in Ward (Kakaako).  This event posed an amazing opportunity for up & coming and established local designers, to showcase their creations to the fashion community and bring exposure to the public.  There were an abundance of local creative talent that displayed pieces they have crafted, ranging from clothing, to swimwear, jewelry & accessories, and artwork.

Aside from the vendor type of booths that were being exhibited, there were also displayed installations of established local businesses such as Hilo Hattie, Reyn Spooner, and Goodwill Hawaii, that really exemplify who they are in a way that was visually stunning.  Other visual installations that were displayed were features of local fashion designers, some of which are recent graduates of the University of Hawaii system of programs.  Along with the stationary visual displays, there were also fashion shows that went on during the course of the event, as well as do-it-yourself activities held in the Hifi (Hawaii Fashion Incubator) Lounge run by Art & Flea Hawaii.  All in all, I found this event to be successful, and a great culmination of creativity in the local community.  I'll be attending a few more events for Hawaii Fashion Month, so be sure to check out my posts on those sometime soon.  Below are pictures from the Outfit Hawaii event, most of which were taken by me (except the one I'm in, of course).  =]

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View from outside of Outfit Hawaii Fashion Designers Market.

Maryrose a.k.a. "Maryberry" and I at the registration table outside, volunteering for First Lady The Movement.

The stage/runway in the center of the event.

Side view of the stage/runway.

End of the runway, where the models posed during the fashion show.

The Hifi (Hawaii Fashion Incubator) Lounge, where DIY projects run by Art & Flea Hawaii were happening.

 At the Hifi Lounge, you could decorate canvas tote bags, and make bracelets.

Local fashion designer Allison Isu's booth.

Local jewelry designer Panacea Designs booth.

Local jewelry designer Mango Luxe's booth.

Installation of garments by up & coming local fashion designers.

Installation of garments by up & coming local fashion designers.

Display by Hilo Hattie, with the HUGE aloha shirt in the background (I think it was sized as 400 XL).

Display by Reyn Spooner and Goodwill Hawaii.