Fashion Tribe

A 'Conscious' eco wear showcase

November 13th, 2014
PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comModels in designs by Carlous Palmer wait back stage for their turn on the runway.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Models in designs by Carlous Palmer wait back stage for their turn on the runway.

Conscious Designers Hawaii, a coalition of Hawaii designers dedicated to eco and socially conscious clothing, made its debut on the runway at the Hawai'i Convention Center as part of Hawai'i Fashion Month.

Among designers featured were Carlous Palmer, whose garments opened the show; Big Islander Taleah Smith of Indigo Sage; Love at Dawn's Angela Tomiye, who offers repurposed vintage clothing; Love Me Knots jewelry; Yi Lin Hu; and show organizer Camille Mori, of Tsubaki Himé, whose skirt and blouse ensemble closed the show.

Beyond the runway, CDHi also hosted a Progressive Launch Party Tuesday at Box Jelly/Fishcake, an interactive event that included a fashion installation by eco-friendly designers, panel discussion and networking.

A model's skirt is adjusted to show Love Me Knots' body jewelry.

A model's skirt is adjusted to show Love Me Knots' body jewelry.

More of Carlous Palmer's designs.

More of Carlous Palmer's designs.

A makeup touchup backstage at the Conscious Designers Hawaii showcase at Hawai'i Convention Center.

A makeup touchup backstage at the Conscious Designers Hawaii showcase at the Hawai'i Convention Center.

Yi Lin Hu adjusts his design on his model Caitlin Falls before the fashion show.

Yi Lin Hu adjusts his design on his model Caitlin Falls before the fashion show.

A simple sheath dress shows off one of Love Me Knots necklaces.

A simple sheath dress shows off one of Love Me Knots necklaces.

Conscious Designers Hawaii was founded to promote eco-conscious designs by designers who care about sustainability. Along with providing a forum for designers, the group is committed to connecting with consumers who favor a more eco-friendly approach to shopping.

The event also served as a fundfaiser for Dress a Girl Around the World, a non-profit that aims to help underprivilaged girls feel loved and respected.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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