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With New York Fashion Week coming to a close last Thursday, island fashionistas still have Hawaii Fashion Week to look forward to. Taking place Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at LUX at Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk, this annual event features a fashion show and performances by local artists. Singer/songwriter Anuhea has been selected as the Face of Hawaii Fashion Week 2013, and on the runway will be fashions from GORG by Liana Green Wright, Tiare Teiti, Kini Zamora, Waru, Missing Polynesia, 88 Tees and Tali’s Polynesia. There also will be performances by Duncan Kamakana, Aidan James, Miss Polynesia and Mr. Polynesia.

“I wanted to give the local design community a chance to be seen by a bigger audience,” says founder/executive director Ralph Malani, a fashion stylist who also owns a Polynesian model and talent agency and started the Mr. and Miss Polynesia Pacific Pageant. “The only thing that sets us apart from other island resorts around the world is our host culture, and I try to showcase that aspect of design because it makes us unique. Many local designers don’t have the resources to put on a big show and hire a publicist, so we give them those tools to succeed.

“People who come will see stylish, fresh, unique new designs with a touch of island that keeps it special. You always will know you’re in Hawaii at any of my events, and the pride I have for the place I love most on earth is the reason I work so hard to celebrate it.”

Tickets can be purchased at HawaiiFashionWeek.EventBrite.com. For more information, call 398-4944.

Photos by Leah Friel
On location at Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk

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