Top 2014 summer trends – Part 2

Over-allsAcid wash, stone wash, high-waisted jeans, distressed cut-offs and overalls — denim is back in a big way. While denim jackets are ultra versatile and here to stay, there are a few jeans interpretations that are surprisingly hip.

Case and point, the dreaded high-waisted “mom jeans”:
Jessica Simpson was chastised for donning a pair during a concert in 2009, but perhaps the singer/designer was just ahead of the trend. She was also a decade ahead of the Daisy Dukes cut-offs trend that is huge right now.

Acid denim and stone-wash jeans, I’m literally eating my words:_B2A2068I never thought the two would make such a huge comeback. But respectable brands like Rag & Bone, Diesel, J Brand, Oliver Spencer and Acne Jeans have taken the 1980s new-wave acid wash and the 1990s grunge-rock versions and updated the silhouette and fit. Some designers have added ink stains, paint splatters, batik effects and abstract art to turn up the edge.

_B2A1575Short shorts are everywhere:
This is definitely not a good look on everyone. But if you do dare to go there, pair the shorts with a flowing top for a sweet boho look as seen on model Keala, or tucked in for a more preppy vibe.



Shorteralls, you guessed it,_B2A2109 overall shorts and skirts:
Alexander Wang’s spring 2014 collection seemed to legitimize overalls, and now they are everywhere. But don’t expect to see the frumpy, heavy denim versions of decades past. The looks are lighter, closer to the body, from minimalist long designs to flirty short looks.



We were at the Discover Windward event this past Saturday and checked out the denim and summer looks on the runway:

Discover Windward fashion show

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-Photos by Travis Okimoto


Kini Zamora impresses on ‘Project Runway’

Feature photoOn Thursday, Hawaii’s own, or specifically Kapolei’s own, Kiniokahokuloa “Kini” Zamora made his debut on Lifetime’s “Project Runway” season 13.

Zamora, a graduate of Honolulu Community College’s Fashion Technology program, furthered his studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He’s the fourth from Hawaii to make the show. Previous contestants include Jay Sario of season 7, and Ari South and Ivy Higa in season 8. Zamora has a KZ and KZAloha line under KiniandDinko and has been making quite the splash in Hawaii’s fashion scene. I had the chance to work with Zamora in preparation for two fashion editorials for Expression magazine in 2011 and recognized his self-confidence and timeless sense of style.

Last year, during Hawaii Fashion Month, some of his elaborate statement pieces were showcased on the runway at the Governor’s Fashion Awards. To recap, there were two episodes, the first featuring final presentations from 19 designers where the judges would make the final cut, narrowing it down to 16 designers. When it was Kini’s turn to showcase his rack of looks, I knew he made it through when Nina Garcia, the shows toughest judge said, “I. Love. It!” His name was called in the middle of the pack, which indicates that he is in safe mode.

Once the actual show began, and they settled into their apartment, you could see that Zamora’s personality would be strong enough to garner future air time. But, I was disappointed to see that he had no air time in the work room, and we didn’t get a chance to hear Tim Gunn’s advice for Zamora’s first challenge.

Here’s my critique of the looks for this episode, starting with Kini. Judge Zac Posen’s tweet says it all:

KiniI was impressed with Zamora’s clean lines and perfect pleats. I wish the model kept the denim jacket on longer. Known for his quick and intricate sewing skills, he seemed to have finished with time to spare.

FadeMy favorite design was by Fade. I loved the Chanelesque vibe of the dress, something definitely first lady worthy. I can’t wait to see what else he does.

MitchellMitchell was super sweet, but his one-piece romper was unpolished and passé – and not at all ’80s homage that he told Tim Gunn he was going for. He should have been sent home instead of Jefferson.

SandhyaThe judges fell in love with Sandhya from final presentations. They love her social statement pieces and she’s great at sharing the back story and inspiration behind her looks.

She might have won the challenge, but I think her look was over-rated and reminded me of a very fashion-forward victim of the zombie apocalypse.

Perhaps, next week, I’ll get why they love her.

Night Market fashion: The Cut Collective

Slide27The Cut Collective, a design and manufacturing co-op that’s breaking new ground in Hawaii, created a cohesive runway show for last night’s Honolulu Night Market fashion show.

Here’s a short rundown of each collection:

Allison Izu’s new collection IZU, is a younger, trendier line, offering denim and casual pieces with playful details.

Haus of Quirk by Jenna Sato incorporates a mix of prim and whimsicality. She designs for the women who want to stand out and express personal style with the use of hide-and-seek motifs.

Rumi Murakami’s Fall 2014 collection is inspired by unique fabrics with rich textures sewn into modern tailored separates.

Mari Nakamura’s Duality collection is inspired by both soft and hard elements and incorporates contrasting textures, and asymmetric lines.

Ten Tomorrow by Summer Shiigi was all about the white on white and featured classic lines and silhouettes inspired by fashion icons.

Allison Izu Collection - HNL Night Market July 2014

Mesh dolman tee and polka dot Diamond Head shorts. Model Caitlin - Wilhelmina Hawaii.

-Photo by Tracy Chan

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Urban Appeal Eclectic Goodwill

Eclectic and quite electric describes the third annual Goodwill Goes Glam gala and pre-sale. As an insider who produced the first two shows, I can tell you it takes a ton of blood, sweat and fashionable tears to direct this high profile runway show. Kudos to Paul Brown Hawaii and his team – the electric blue bob wigs and kabuki inspired make-up made it fun and edgy. Brown chose to layer the looks on each model to showcase multiple Goodwill finds. Models gingerly removed the top layers piece by piece and managed to keep it classy. Lead stylist Amy Azada guided the team of more than a dozen stylists, most coming from Paul Brown Hawaii. Once the show was over, Hawaii News Now anchors, and Glam emcees Steve Uyehara and Jennifer Robbins, gave the audience the green light to hit the pre-sale floor. A fun night of fashion with a cause.

Here are a few of our favorite moments of the fashion show and pre-sale:

Urban Appeal Eclectic Goodwill fashion show

Goodwill employee Duane (groom) model Madison (bride) with Makana and Jill open the show. This is Duane's third GLAM fashion show.

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Photos by Mark Ramelb


2014 Goodwill Goes GLAM! fashion show & pre-sale

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Photos by Bianca Bystrom Pino

Sneak peek: Goodwill Goes GLAM

On Wednesday, I received exclusive access to the Goodwill Goes GLAM sales floor at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, even before the VIP pre-sale that takes place tonight. I felt like Tim Gunn was breathing down my neck, in a fun way.  I had a half hour to make it work and identify my glam picks for our bargain-hunting readers.

But first I spoke with Laura Smith, President/CEO of Goodwill. “Last year, there were 200 people waiting in line to come in on the first day, and we expect even more this year,” she said. “They know that when they purchase items at Goodwill, they’re helping people with employment barriers, to get jobs.”

Here’s a look at some of my GLAM picks:

GLAM sale preview

This LV travel bag is in great shape.

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Photos by Lyle Amine

Goodwill Goes GLAM! sales days
Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
Friday, July 18: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 19: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 20: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
For a $2 off admission coupon go to