By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
A trio of looks by Montsuki come down the runway at the Hui Makaala fashion show Oct. 21.
Guests at the Hui Makaala 43rd annual fashion show were treated to not just one, but a trio of fashion shows to benefit the Okinawan association's scholarship fund.
The event took place at the Sheraton Waikiki, opening with Okinawan music, dance and drumming before the showcase of women's gowns, jewelry and contemporary men's shirts by Amos Kotomori, including a segment featuring models from Hui Makaala, followed by new clothing and Paradisus Jewelry designs by kumu hula Sonny Ching, and closing with Asian-inspired designs by Montsuki's Patty Yamasaki.
Because of the one-of-a-kind nature of the vintage Japanese silks and brocades that she uses, Patty said her collections are not theme, but fabric-based, and presented 14 groupings of clothing arranged by color or texture.
"Montsuki," a variation of the formal Japanese black kimono with border print at the hemline and mon at the upper body.
"Tokiwa," or Earthenware vintage silk and linen kimono fabrics.
"Plantation Mix" of gray mist textures in washable silks and linens, paired with vintage kasuri cotton (Japanese and Okinawan ikats).
And who knew kumu hula Sonny Ching had a longheld desire to be a fashion designer, which he felt he couldn't fulfill because he was destined at birth to carry on his family's dance tradition? Well, he's now taken fashion on with a vengeance, starting with original prints done by hand and on computer.
And, given his connection to his culture, one might expect Hawaiian style, but during an interview for my story in the paper, he said there are too many other designers doing Hawaiian fashion well, so he wanted to go in a more contemporary direction.
Benefiting from the event are 2012 scholarship recipients:
Lauren Asato: Kapolei High School
Jayna Funakoshi: Maryknoll
Leia Shinsato: Moanalua High
Matthew Taira: Pearl City High
Evan Kawamura: Hanalani Schools
Taylor Preza: Kaiser High
One of kumu hula Sonny Ching's contemporary designs, to date available in about 70 boutiques and department stores in Japan.
Sonny Ching's pieces for men and women were paired with his dramatic designs for Paradisus Jewelry.
Montsuki's washable silk-and-linen dolman sleeve top/jacket enhance with multi-pieced vintage cotton kasuri/ikat diaganol pattern inserts ($395), worn with vintage kasuri cotton work pant ($195).
Hui Makaala fashion show honrary chair Ann Kobayashi, modeling for Montsuki.
Montsuki's models after the show.
Montsuki designer Patty Yamasaki with one of her models in aqua vintage silk”shibori/rinzu” kimono waist length silk-lined jacket with knotted closure ($575), worn over a matching double-zipped bustier ($225), with aqua sueded silk “mompei” Japanese work pant ($255).
Amos Kotomori, left, with Sonny Ching.
Sonny with Akemi Ueda of Paradisus Jewelry, whose longstanding collaborations started him on the designing path.