KINI and DINKO in B/W
KINI and DINKO's runway show Friday at the Hawai'i Convention Center, marked the highly anticipated debut of the brand's inaugural ready-to-wear collection, the first from Dinko Dean Satta and Kini Zamora, post the latter's "Project Runway" Season 13 showing.
Word I received from Hawaii watchers in the audience for Zamora's New York Fashion Week show, before anyone but Kini knew about his third-place finish, was that they worried about the lack of color in his black-and-white finale collection.
But Zamora told me in an earlier interview that he was thinking long past "Runway," and about his next move for Spring/Summer 2015. The idea was to create classic separates that could be used from season to season and incorporated with pieces from future collections to come from KINI and DINKO.
In a collection that came together in little over a month upon his return from the "Project Runway" competition, he embraced fashion's sportswear trend by showing a mix of bodysuits, moto vests, sporty tops with cape back flourishes and neoprene dresses, plus a bare midriff look for evening.
As a result, in a day I made a fashion about-face. When the Alexander Wang X H&M collection of sportswear-inspired garments launched on Thursday. I told one of my friends, a manager at H&M, that I wasn't going to be camping out there because "I'm not sporty."
So what did I do at the shows? I bought a boatload of ... sportswear. I guess I had a change of heart after seeing all the amazing shows. At the KD Hawaii/KINI and DINKO popup at the Convention Center, people were able to pre-order pieces from the KINI and DINKO spring/summer 2015 collection.
My picks were the black cropped moto vest and the black neoprene dress. I would wear them both now if I could. The vest will be great with sportswear pieces I picked up from Kristi Yamaguchi's Tsu.ya line, shown Saturday during the Get Out! show of sports, casual and beachwear. More on that when I can catch up on the extremely busy weekend.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.