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HIFI Will Host Kauai Designers At HONOLULU Fashion Week

The Hawaii Fashion Incubator (HIFI) will present a fashion show comprised of designers from the Kauai Art Factory (KAF) during HONOLULU Fashion Week on Friday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center as part of Hawaii Fashion Month (HFM). The show is free, but seating is limited. General admission tickets are available here.

The KAF Show, dubbed “A Journey To Kauai” will showcase a range of looks that bring together the designs of six Kauai designers, featuring a blend of apparel, swimwear, jewelry and handbags never before seen together on a runway. Jose Santamaria is the lead producer, with models from Wilhelmina Hawaii, styling by JS Jose Santamaria Enteprises and Therese Wahl, makeup by Motives Cosmetics, and hair by Paul Brown. Tamara Rigney is designing custom botanical headpieces.

Established in 2013 with a goal of providing a “dynamic hub for the arts” on the Garden Isle, the Lihue-based KAF is a group of art enthusiasts, novice artists, as well as creative professionals from a variety of art disciplines, including fashion design.

KAF designers who together will make their Oahu debut include:

  • Jewelry designer Veronica Groepler of Veronica Jewels
  • Chanterelle Chantara of Chez Chanterelle
  • Lucia Peterson of Bikini 808 Hawaii
  • Handbag designer Jennifer Todice of Tikishiki
  • Accessories designer Audrey Auld of Salt Designs
  • Jewelry designer Melea Matthews of Melea Artistry

HIFI’s presentation of the show comes less than a month after the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce announced November as Hawaii Fashion Month–Kauai.

“The Kauai Art Factory Show on Oahu is just one example of HIFI’s blossoming partnership with Kauai and other islands,” said HFM co-founder and co-director Toby Portner. “Now is the right time for these designers to show what they have to offer to Hawaii fashion.”

Here’s our listing of other HFM-Kauai events.

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