Waikiki Roots and Royal Style with fashion mob
Saturday afternoon, Waikiki in front of the Royal Hawaiian Center. Out of nowhere Tahiti Mana drummers and Tahitian dancers appear at the crosswalk, their high-energy drumming and dancing followed minutes later by 40 models crossing the street in a perfect X formation. This is the first Waikiki fashion mob of Hawaii Fashion Month, maybe the first ever fashion mob in Waikiki. The models pose for crowds taking photos and videos, then head for the runway at Saturday night’s fashion show.
The theme of the evening was Waikiki Roots and Royal Style, hosted by the Royal Hawaiian Center. This was the second fashion mob I’ve produced and styled, and it took a village to make it happen. I wanted to pay homage to Waikiki’s past with vibrant prints updated with layered textures and rich designs that are not only on trend but fashion-forward. The fashions were pulled from locally owned boutiques Allure & Princess Tam-Tam, Lole Hawaii, Island Slipper, Fighting Eel, Royal Hawaiian Golf Shop, Island Fashions, Contemporary Hats, Western Classics, Pink Sands and Aloha Aina Boutique.
Photos by Eric Baranda