Hawaiian designer makes historical past with Europe trend tour

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Hawai’i continues to make historical past via trend. 

Final yr, it was the New York Vogue Present the place Dezigns by Kamohoalii and different designers made their presence recognized. 

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However this yr, it’s about Dezigns by Kamohoalii being invited to not only one different, however three different of the world’s finest trend exhibits together with London, Milan and Paris.

To search out out extra, we’re right here with designer Micah Kamohoalii of Dezigns by Kamohoalii. 

Inform us a bit bit about this journey, this tour you’ll be taking subsequent month all through the month of September.

“We’re heading over the pond, as they mentioned, to London, Milan and Paris and we’re taking a ray of fashions from dwelling,” mentioned Kamohoalii.

Kamohoalii continued, “Every runway for us is a distinct theme.  We’re that includes Hawaiian arts at its finest: feathers at our first present, kapa, in addition to weaving at our final present.”

I like the very fact although, talking to you earlier to this, that you’re placing on live shows at every of those places nevertheless it’s actually the tales that you’re sharing at these live shows. 

Inform us a bit bit about these mo’olelo.

“Along with trend, we’re internet hosting our live performance collection,” mentioned Kamohoalii.

“It’s referred to as Ka Momi taken from a chant from Kalakaua travelling the world.  We’re telling the story of our homeland.  I’m from Waimea on Hawaii island and loads of our households have English ancestors.  So, we’re type of retracing their steps in addition to steps our monarchs, Queen Liliuokalani and King Kalakaua, and we’re telling the tales and chants that have been written about London,” mentioned Kamohoalii.

“After which we make our strategy to Milan and do the identical with the tales and chants in Italy, after which lastly in Paris as nicely.  So, three totally different live shows and our collection is named Ka Momi,” defined Kamohoalii.

That’s superior and simply the truth that you discover a chance via trend to inform these tales is good so thanks for that. 

However I’ve to say that I’m assuming this takes loads of work and that you just want loads of assist to convey all of it collectively. 

How can we aid you guys out?

“We do have a GoFundMe. It’s. There may be about 35 of us that’s going,” mentioned Kamohoalii.

“My cousin Amy Hanaialii is singing in these live shows in addition to Kainani Kahaunaele, one other cousin of mine, Jeff Peterson. My halau can also be going to carry out in these live shows in addition to a few of them will likely be fashions.  After which our fashions, so it’s a complete staff,” mentioned Kamohoalii.

Okay, nicely that being mentioned, I’m simply assuming, I imply I’m carrying your garments already and that you’re on the lookout for fashions possibly sooner or later. 

So, I feel that I type of wish to apply be a mannequin in order that I can journey with you to London and all these fancy locations. 

So, train me be a Dezigns by Kamohoalii mannequin.

“One of many largest issues I discover is that we are inclined to slouch,” mentioned Kamohoalii. 

“And so, we got here up with this technique the place we take some home items as a result of we’re from the homestead, that’s what we do.  However a broomstick, we stick it within the again like this, and what it does it type of pulls your shoulders again and it brings it down after which we’ve them stroll this fashion as a result of it forces them to have the physique go up,” defined Kamohoalii.

I can do this. 

So, that is the deal then. 

I’m going to do this and then you definately commentate like a trend present commentator. 

I’ll strive my finest. 

Hitting the runways now, Kamaka Pili, right here at Dezigns by Kamohoalii at Pearlridge. 

Modeling his Hinaikamalama print. 

I feel I’ve a brand new job.  

Once more, Dezigns by Kamohoalii they are going to be leaving for this tour come Wednesday, Sept. 14. 

You could have the possibility to, if you’re right here on Oahu, two model new retailer entrance places which they’re nonetheless in a mushy opening part right here at Pearlridge Mauka and in addition Windward Mall. 

For extra details about Dezigns by Kamohoalii, click on right here.

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To study extra about their GoFundMe, click on right here.

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