18 Reasons We Love Hawai‘i Fashion
From chic beachware and bold, nature-inspired prints to cool collabs and fresh spins on sartorial traditions, here are 18 reason we’re crazy about Hawai‘i fashion.
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Combine the hustle and bustle of a major city with year-round sunshine, picturesque beaches and lush, natural surroundings, mix in a rich cultural history and a thriving tourism industry, and you’ve set the stage for Hawai‘i’s unique fashion scene. And, fittingly, the designs that it inspires are just as one of a kind. Here, we delve into some of our favorite Island style signatures, from our penchant for aloha prints to great neighborhood boutiques to our knack for pairing rubber slippers with any and every type of outfit. Of course, this doesn’t cover every last attribute—there’s only so much you can jam into one story. But, it’s our way of celebrating some of the many things we love about Hawai‘i fashion.
No.1: Inspiration From Mauka to Makai
Mauka: Top and pencil skirt, custom designs by Allison Izu Song. Meredith Hanh Tatum ring, $97, spike ring, $74, Riches Kāhala, Kāhala Mall, 737-3303. Alexis Bittar Lucite drop earrings, $125, Miss Havisham mother of pearl and crystal cuffs, $175 each, pyramid-capped Lucite cuffs, $145 each, Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center, 951-8887.
Makai: Crop tank and pleated skirt, custom designs by Allison Izu Song. Omnia Alinea sterling silver cuff, $240, Fighting Eel, Kāhala Mall, 738-4912. Misa Jewelry ring, $170, Riches Kāhala, see left. Lana Mini Prix opal and 14K gold earrings, $1,200, Eddie Borgo Single Prickle sterling silver and crystal ring, $225, Neiman Marcus.
Art Direction: Kelsey Ige and Kristin Lipman / Wardrobe Styling: Stacey Makiya and Brie Thalmann / Photography: Harold Julian / Models: Krista Alvarez, Kathy Muller Talent and Modeling Agency, Ocean Hay, Wilhelmina Hawai‘i / Hair and Makeup: Kecia Littman