By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
Honolulu Community College graduating designer Jocelyn Belden posed on the red carpet with one of her models after the student fashion show that took place April 27. This model had a walk I've only seen on New York runways.
It's great to see so many more people becoming interested in a career in fashion design, but for a program accustomed to dealing with about eight graduating seniors each year, the minting of 19 fashion graduates posed a bit of a logistical problem for Honolulu Community College.
The number of grads meant each designer's turn on the runway was limited to a five-piece collection. In spite of the brisk pace and abbreviated collections, each designer was easily able to get their point of view across, in a show that took the audience from the beach into the evening.
Just as last year, the event took place at the school's oceanfront Marine Education & Training Center, where a red carpet and impressive buffet dinner awaited guests.
The students—Kitri Rowland, Pualei Beter, Thanh Apostolides (I want your gray dress!), Sera Brand, Yuka Kanno, Wanda Martin, Monica Pacleb, Jodi Park, Pong Cheung, Chai Siang Lim, Ian Ramos, Tiare Kaopua, Jacky Lau, Elizabeth Chang, Jocelyn Belden, Leina Kelly, Moses Gouveia, Christina Wong and Milan Narag—did a great job.
I look forward to seeing you all out in the real world!
Senior designers Kitri Rowland, left, and Pualei Beter take their bows after the show.
Senior designers Yuka Kanno and Wanda Martin have their turn on the runway.
Senior designer Monica Pacleb beat Jodi Park to the front of the runway.
Senior designers Ian Ramos ad Tiare Kaopua appear ready to take on the real world.
Senior designer Jacky Lau, trailed by fellow designer Elizabeth Chang.
From left, Christina Wong, Milan Narag and Moses Gouveia presented the last three collections.
A couple of looks by junior designers were shown before the senior collections.
A bountiful buffet of lumpia, pork, chicken, baked salmon and more was provided by JHTW Foods, with dessert of mochi ice cream from Bubbies.