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Kauai Fashion Weekend ends on high note


Kauai Fashion Weekend ends on high note
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Jeanne Russell was more than thrilled Saturday night during the 5th annual Kauai Fashion Weekend red carpet signature event at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.

“She bought an Ahmadcourture!” gushed Leonora Orr.

For Russell, it was not about getting something designed by international designer Sha Ali Ahmad, a co-founder of KFW with Marynel Valenzuela of Inkspot Printing, who appeared in an Ahmadcourture.

“This is very functional,” Russell said. “I tried it on, and I liked it. My daughter is one of the models tonight, and we came to watch her.”

But the purchase during the show preceding the catwalk fashion presentation gave Russell some notoriety as she was allowed a walk on the catwalk with Jennifer Davis’s Pineapple Pilates group, prompted by Dickie Chang — who was fashionably garbed in bright yellow pants and a gaudy aloha shirt.

More than 400 people took advantage of the event to dress up, shop, enjoy dinner in the company of special guest Meghan King Edmonds — an actress with “Real Housewives of Orange County” — and enjoy the creations of local and international designers like Edgar Madamba of the Philippines.

Kauai Fashion Weekend capped a flurry of activity, where professionals like Ahmad and other off-island design professionals like Florida-based photographer Natasha Kertes were able to share their knowledge with Kauai residents. Kertes worked her magic aboard a yacht for a Na Pali series.

“We heard about this, and thought we would come to check out what this is about,” said Sara Miura and Eric Miura of Deja Vu Surf, a fourth-generation retail operation. “This is our first time at the Kauai Marriott event.”

Local designer Kristyl Apeles of Puka Surf not only presented her items, but accessorized the presentations with items from other designers including “wearable art designed, stitched and dyed by Christiane Love.”

Susan Tai Kaneko of the Kauai Economic Development Board, Sue Kanoho of the Kauai Visitors Bureau, Edie Ignacio Neumiller, and other familiar Kauai faces had an opportunity to grace the catwalk in fashion created by Kona designer Nita Pilago of Wahine Toa who incorporates the elements of culture into high-demand fashion.Read more at:cheap formal dresses


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Museum of Wisconsin Art examines the ‘state of fashion’


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A unique opportunity to better understand how people “design themselves” is coming to the Museum of Wisconsin Art. A State of Fashion opens June 11 at the West Bend museum.

A State of Fashion chronicles high-end historic and contemporary styles, ranging from before the Civil War to today.

All the exhibits have distinct ties to the Badger state and consider how people use fashion to design themselves, according to Laurie Winters, MOWA president and CEO.

“People think of Wisconsin as the land of green-and-gold jerseys and don’t think of high-end fashion emerging from the state,” Winters says. “But I think once they see the exhibits, people will be stunned by the caliber of Wisconsin fashion and design.”

Propelled by both happenstance and opportunity over the past 18 months, museum officials decided to concurrently present four distinct exhibits in this summer-long show. They are:

The Roddis Collection: American Style and Spirit

From haute couture to everyday wear, this collection dates to before the Civil War and includes fashions from 1850 to 1995.

The collection was uncovered in 1972 in an attic in the Marshfield home of the Roddis family, which owned a lumber and veneer firm in the city and was active in civic affairs.

Worn by six generations of Roddis family members, the clothing is now housed at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.


The collection also is the subject of American Style and Spirit: The Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family by Jane Bradbury and Edward Maeder, a New York Times Best Seller catalogue.

“We wished that we had known about the collection before it went to the Ford Museum,” Winters says. “Fortunately, we were able to make a deal to bring the collection here.”

Florence Eiseman: Designing Childhood for the American Century

A collection of high-end children’s garments from the Milwaukee-based Florence Eiseman Company illustrates why the clothing line was instrumental in fashioning the standard look for the post-World War II American child.

The exhibit offers a cultural history of the Eiseman look from its inception in 1945 to the present — through more than 125 historic garments gathered from museum and university collections, private collections and the company’s own archive.

Eiseman’s work attracted the attention of A-listers — Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor, the Kennedys and the Obamas, who commissioned the company to design special baby gifts.

Contemporary Threads: Wisconsin Fashion

This exhibit fast-forwards to now, offering a look at haute couture that pushes the boundaries of fashion.

Featuring the work of 10 contemporary designers, including four Project Runway alumnae and a designer for Lady Gaga, Contemporary Threads offers creative and astonishing works from trend-setting designers with Wisconsin connections.

“During the exhibition, our website is going to offer a who’s who among recognizable people in Milwaukee and Madison,” Winters explains. “We want to know what clothing they wear to work and what they wear for a night on the town.”

Daniel Arnold: A Paparazzo for Strangers

The final exhibit of the four will present a series of fashion photographs seen through the lens of New York City street photographer Daniel Arnold.

The Milwaukee native has his work regularly featured in Vogue, The New Yorker and The New York Times.

“Daniel Arnold has become the go-to street photographer for fashion,” Winters says. “He’s never done an exhibition before and we thought this should be his first.”

The combined exhibits offer an exhaustive look at fashion’s past, present and future.

“We define art as more than just 2D and 3D works hanging on a wall,” she explains. “We include fashion, animation, graphic arts and commercial design, which we will be doing in the near future.”

“It’s the things you live with, the kind of furniture you have, dishware that you use and, yes, the clothes you choose to wear,” she adds. “How people design themselves is very interesting thing.”Read more at:plus size formal dresses


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Four African countries to participate in Lagos fashion show


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Four African countries, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana and Zambia have confirmed their participation in the African Fashion carnival, scheduled for Lagos on June 3 and June 4.

The Chief Executive Officer of the African Fashion Week, Ronke Ademiluyi, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos on Wednesday.

She said that top models and designers from the four countries would be joining their Nigerian counterparts to showcase the best in contemporary African fashion.

The carnival is billed for the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

Ms. Ademiluyi, who has been promoting the show yearly since 2014 in Lagos and London, said that the designers would showcase their skills alongside 52 top Nigerian fashion makers.

According to her, the event is meant to promote African cultural values, to make African fashion outputs competitive in the international arena.

“Leading African designers, who have featured in fashion shows in Morocco, Senegal and London, will add colour to the show, using colourful African prints to create shapes and quality garments.

“The catwalk will showcase African designers’ global cultural experiences and their rich heritage, which will be the highpoint of the two-day show.’’

Ms. Ademiluyi cited the Senegalese designer, Eve, as a unisex `haute couture’ brand, who focuses on evening street wears and accessories.

“The Cameroonian designer, Alexander II Akande, aims to redefine the public perception of African fashion, challenging established ideas with the use of African fabrics such as Ankara.

“The designer from Zambia, Africawala, bridges western and African fashion, local arts and crafts, joining efforts with the Ghanaian designer, Nipo Skin, to display traditional fabrics in African styles.

Ademiluyi said the decision to use the National Theatre was to bring the creativity of African fashion to the culture pantheon as represented by the National Theatre.

“The National Theatre in Lagos is where Africa’s culture was showcased in all its grandeur 40 years ago.

“That was the very place that Nigeria hosted World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77), if we do not appreciate what we have, nobody will blow our trumpet for us.”

She said the Africa Fashion Week, which commenced in 2014 in Lagos and London had provided a platform for fashion and cultural enterprises to project the diversity of Africa’s rich heritage.Read more at:long formal dresses


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