On Saturday, at approximately 5:30 p.m., in front of the Royal Hawaiian Center, out of no where Tahiti Mana drummers began playing and four Tahitian dancers spontaneously began to dance at the cross walk. Minutes later, they switched from dance-mode to high fashion runway-mode with some 40 models crossing the street with them in a perfectly timed X formation. This was the first Waikiki fashion mob during Hawaii Fashion Month, and perhaps the first ever fashion mob in Waikiki. The models stopped to pose for the hundreds taking photos and videos, then eventually ended up on the runway at Royal Hawaiian Center’s The Grove.
The theme of the evening was Waikiki Roots and Royal Style, hosted by The Royal Hawaiian Center. This was my second fashion mob to produce and style, and it took a village of talented individuals to make it happen. My styling inspiration was to pay homage to Waikiki’s past with vibrant prints, updated with layered textures and rich designs that are not only on trend but fashion forward. The fashions were pulled from locally owned boutiques, Allure & Princess Tam-Tam; Lole Hawaii; Island Slipper; Fighting Eel; Royal Hawaiian Golf Shop; Island Fashions; Contemporary Hats; Western Classics; Pink Sands; and Aloha Aina Boutique.
Photos by Eric Baranda