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Hawaii Fashion Month Kick-Off Event

HFM Signature Event

Kickoff Invite General

Ward Centers presents a red carpet party for the ‘who’s who’ of Hawaii fashion to kick-start the inaugural Hawaii Fashion Month. HFM will unveil a spectrum of inspired looks from emerging and established Hawaii designers styled by Summer Shiigi and a very special fashion show by textile designer Akihiko Izukura and accessories designer Sonya Monique styled by Feliz Salas. Guests will enjoy tasty bites from Kaka‘ako Kitchen, REAL a gastropub, and Gourmet Events Hawaii, plus delicious drinks from Island Distillers, Ulupalakua Vineyards, and Mehana Brewing Co.  Floral displays by J’Adore Floral Design and live music by the Pushoverse and DJ Toma will add to the ambiance. Fashion Show Hair and Makeup by Paul Brown and Models by Niche Models and Talent. This is a night to dress up, don the designs of your favorite local designer and rub shoulders with the fashion-forward. The first 50 ticketed guests will receive the Official HFM Swag Bag.  A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit YWCA’s Dress for Success.

Akihiko Izukura is a world-renowned natural fiber and textile artist who descends from a prestigious line of master silk weavers for the imperial family of Japan. Mr. Izukura is Kyoto-based, and has been splitting his time working in Honolulu for the past couple of years on his Zero-Waste Design philosophy installations. He also teaches workshops on his various raw material techniques at the Honolulu Museum of Art and collaborating with the University of Hawaii fashion students.

Mr. Izukura’s work will be showcased as the main event through a fashion show for the Kick-off event for Hawaii Fashion Month 2013. Twenty of his original silk creations will be shown on live models for the very first time outside of a museum setting. Each piece is intricately hand-woven and beautifully hand-dyed featuring four different techniques: Netting, Braiding, Weaving, and Entwining. After the show, these pieces will then be showcased on a gallery installation next to the runway for public viewing during the two days of OUTFIT: Hawaii Fashion Designer’s Market.