Kini Zamora Spring/Summer 2016
Kini Zamora has been one busy guy, traveling to Austin, Tex., in August for "Project Runway's "Werk" fashion show, to Fashion Week Los Angeles in October, and opening his shop The Clique by KZ, last month.
And sending 40 looks down the runway during his Spring/Summer 2016 showcase at Honolulu Fashion Week on Friday.
Out went last year's sportswear in favor of feminine dresses and jumpsuits. His color palette for women ranged from creme florals to a mix of muted and shiny metal for evening.
Most striking were dazzling evening gowns of feather-light, near transparent silver and orange metallics. There were also short, pleated metallic skirts that the bold-hearted can pull off by day.
More structured pieces showcased the technique that got him to the finale of "Project Runway." (See the video below.)
Interspersed with the women's wear were casual pieces for men who have not advanced as far as women in the fashion realm. T-shirts and tank tops bore the word "Kane," as if none of us could guess by eyeing the beefcake!
Back stage after the show, I spotted designer Sean Kelly, winner of Kini's "Project Runway" Season 13. I tried to shoot the two from a low angle, which had Kelly saying, "I'm up here." So funny because that's the line one of my beautiful friends uses when men are talking to her boobs.
We had a nice chat about his own travels post-"Runway," and how he has to balance design work/time with the demands of celebrity. He also spoke about growing up in New Zealand in a small place where he had nothing to do, so his creativity stems from having to entertain himself.
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 email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.