Thanks, Hawaiian Airlines, for keeping our style as worldly as our passports. For this year’s Runway to Runway fashion show, the airline has handpicked five designers to showcase and show off their collections to us on the HONOLULU Fashion Week runway. Flying in from New York, Australia, and places in-between, these designers are some of the best in the biz.
From Seoul is Younhee Park, owner and designer of South Korean label Greedilous. Injected with Park’s own bubbly energy, the brand of urban wear has earned a loyal following among South Korea’s fashionistas with its complex, stained glass-like geometric prints, poppy color combos and incredibly wearable designs. Not made for wallflowers, Greedilous embodies the spirit of creative ambition Park lives her life by. On the runway, you’ll get a chance to check out her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, with rich, delectable pastel pinks and blues that make us greedy for more.
PELI is a woman of many talents. In addition to being the owner and designer of boutique-turned-fashion-brand Pameo Pose, she’s also enjoyed a successful career as a DJ and has performed at numerous high-fashion events. Based in Tokyo, she likes to keep it fresh with a different design concept every season—as a result, Pameo Pose offers an eclectic range of style, with everything from romantically girly jewelry to androgynous pieces worn by both men and women. You’ll have a chance to see her in action as she shows her Spring/Summer 2016 collection, tropical-inspired swimwear dominated by frills and neon hues, and her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, inspired by Barcelona and full of elegant silhouettes, carnation motifs and an air of effortless summer.
Though he’s flown under the radar for a few years, you’ve probably seen—and coveted—Jeffrey Yoshida’s vintage-inspired aloha designs, which have been featured in multiple local magazines. Specializing in bridal, evening and aloha wear, Yoshida works on a made-to-order basis for private clients, meaning you’ll never have to worry about running into someone else wearing the same outfit. He’ll be showing a collection of retro-style Hawaiian couture inspired by the works of Alfred Shaheen, Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior and Gianfranco Ferre. The designs feature silhouettes with structured fullness and signature draping.
Hailing from New York, designer Marissa Webb’s fearless cool-girl attitude shines in her eponymous label. An almost superhuman drive has led her through an impressive career, including a place as Banana Republic’s global creative director and executive vice president of design. Elements of masculinity, such as tailored menswear-inspired pants and shirts, combine with strong feminine touches for a collection that makes a woman feel almost superhuman, too. She’ll be showing her Resort and Spring 2017 collections with designs that continue to focus on contrast. Look out for lovely, delicate floral shapes that are turned architectural with the use of structured fabric.
Dion Lee of Sydney, Australia is a bit of a wunderkind. At 23 years old, he had already established his namesake label and debuted at Australian Fashion Week, featuring a collection that stunned, awed and put him on the fashion scene’s global radar. Known for ultra-precise tailoring skills, Lee’s style combines modern, almost futuristic, silhouettes with a keen awareness of the female form. Lee will debut in Hawai‘i with his Resort ’17 collection, which draws inspiration from glass and reflective surfaces to create a splicing of sheer and opaque in sculpture-like pieces.
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