I had never been more aware of the word “so” than at Wednesday’s Kaypee Soh spring 2016 runway presentation at YWCA Laniakea, with so many attendees using the word with puns intended. “Soh amazing, Soh chic, Soh talented.” You get the idea.
Although Soh is well known for his bold, vibrant and luxurious home decor, he began last year designing apparel, which is what was featured at Wednesday’s show.
Throughout the year, I’ve followed his progress and seen his sketches morph from concept to construction, and now to the runway. Soh’s collection has strong references to the 1960s and early ’70s, with a twist on the urban Pacific vibe unique to Hawaii. He also shared how rainbows and nature influence his prints and silhouettes. “There was one particular rainbow that was truly special, he said. “I noticed how the colors in the rainbow appeared to be reflecting off the water and the plants around me. It was something I hadn’t seen or noticed before. I tried to create this same feeling by using varying tones of color on color in this line.”
The show’s standouts were his printed denim and chambray, along with chiffon with layers of color on color to create a weightless draping flowing effect, a lot like a rainbow. The looks in his Over the Rainbow spring 2016 collection included women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, plus leather handbags, tees, and men’s aloha shirts, shorts and pants.
Here’s a look at some of our favorite red carpet and runway moments:
The program began with a special performance by Hālau Nā Kamalei O Līlīlehua under the direction of Robert Cazimero. The all male hālau who celebrated 40 years of hula this year has taken the overall trophy on their last two performances at the Merrie Monarch Hula Competition as well as being the subject in the award winning documentary “Hālau Nā."
Emma - multi bloom box pleat dress.
Sydney K. - red palaka cap sleeve crop top, multi bloom box pleat maxi skirt.
Carrie - multi bloom bat sleeve shirt, wide pleated culottes.
Tjan - white tie-neck long sleeve blouse, multi palaka cropped wide leg pants.
Janae - multi palaka sleeveless blouse, hibiscus wide-leg chambray pants.
Jennifer - white tank with watermelon print, hibiscus paper bag tie waist chambray pants.
China - teal bloom a-line dress.
Melody - red fern wrap dress.
Runway photos by Bobby Coello