By Nadine Kam
The culinary community has Eat the Street to promote grassroots food purveyors, and Honolulu Night Market, in the heart of Kakaako, promises to do the same for the retail and fashion community.
Every month, the event combines food and drink, shopping and fashion, including retail pop-up shops and a themed fashion show presented by an up-and-coming stylist who is given carte blanche to showcase his or her vision.
This time, Tyson Joines was tapped, and he created a study in black and white, inspired by Alexander Wang's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, with designs running the gamut of sporty and evening chic, utilizing apparel from Wang, plus local boutiques Basique Threads, I AM., and Bamboo Sky.
Over the eight months the monthly Honolulu Night Market has been in existence, the shows have grown, and this was the largest to date, with 21 models showing 42 looks. Past shows have featured about 25 looks on 12 to 15 models. It's great as more in the fashion community—from stylists to makeup artists—now have a large venue to showcase their work and turn their ideas into reality.
It's great for young artists and designers as well as Kakaako-area businesses, enabling people to come together in forging collaborations that will have lasting long-term benefits for the economy and community. Gov. Neil Abercrombie was there to show his support for the fashion community and contratulated Tyson after the show.
This month, the event took place May 18 at 683 Auahi St., where pop-up shops set up inside the Pinch of Salt warehouse. Among them were B.E.A.D.S. HI (custom bracelets), Deanna Rose's Indigo Elixirs (skin salves and balms), Padma & Pickles (custom jewelry), Bamboo Sky, House of Aria, Florencia Arias, Jenny Cao-Wu's Freshionable.com, and more.
The next Honolulu Night Market will take place 6 to 11 p.m. June 15.
Nadine Kam photos
Keiko Bonk with husband Michael Christopher.
Christa Wittmier and Sarah Honda.
The fashionable Hokulani, in Doggles and polka-dot ensemble attended with Norman Dung. You can check out her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hokulani/256027414429844
Stylist Tyson Joines after the fashion show with Gov. Neil Abercrombie and First Lady Nancie Caraway.
Bamboo Sky's Tiffany Young set up TiffHeartFashion's Preloved Clothes, and I scored her Elizabeth & James cropped silk top for $25. Yay!
For those who like their clothes all-new, her Bamboo Sky pop-up was packed with shoppers.
House of Aria was a first-timer at Honolulu Night Market. Owner Melody Domingo, second from right, was there with, from left, Adrianne Quiane, April Domingo and Jessica Tabucbuc.
Jenny Cao-Wu's brought her Freshionable.com pop-up to Pinch of Salt.
You could order customized black pearl jewelry from Kelsey Nishi's Padma & Pickles.
Florencia Arias offered her dresses for women and girls.
In time for graduation season, R&D was offering Sweet Lady candy lei. Find out more at www.sweetladylei.com
Out on the street, people could shop for artwork.