First Native Hawaiian designer prepares for New York Fashion Week – KITV Honolulu

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A primary for Native Hawaiians! Designer Manaola Yap is the primary Native Hawaiian designer to current genuine Hawaiian tradition at New York Fashion Week.

After simply two years on the native trend circuit, MANAOLA will debut an unique runway assortment on the worldwide trend stage of New York Fashion Week 2017. Celebrated amongst Hawai‘i’s subsequent technology of designers, Yap is lending a new voice as a storyteller, cultural practitioner and luxurious trend designer. 
“I'm honored and grateful to have been invited to point out my assortment at New York Fashion Week,” says Manaola Yap, designer and founding father of MANAOLA. “Sharing our indigenous tradition by means of the medium of trend on a world platform has all the time been a dream of mine. I’m proud to share our Hawaiian trend tradition that encompasses centuries of mind and visible imagery captured in design.”
At age 30, Yap has reworked the normal methodology of kapa adornment into excessive trend designs worthy of Hawaiian monarchs. Deviating from the colourful floral prints usually related to Hawai‘i, his geometric patterns are redefining Hawaiian trend for a worldwide viewers together with his luxurious line, MANAOLA. Trendsetters noticed sporting MANAOLA embrace Shailene Woodley, Colbie Caillat, Auli‘i Cravalho, and Louise Roe.

Yap is one in every of 24 designers chosen by Oxford Fashion Studio to share his unique designs at New York Fashion Week 2017. Yap will current his luxurious Hawaiian label on September eight, 2017 at Studio 450 in New York Metropolis. A platform to help rising artists, Oxford Fashion Studio highlights designers with unique ideas for each nationwide and worldwide trend exhibits world wide and from greater than eight,000 designers worldwide.
As a Native Hawaiian trend designer, Yap’s distinctive course of showcases his expertise as a hula practitioner, reworking the intrinsic magnificence, vitality and historical past of Hawai’i into visible artwork. Using the normal Hawaiian stamping methodology often known as ‘ohe kapala, he hand-carves every design onto bamboo laths that embody repetitious patterns present in nature. Every print tells a deeply private story vital to the designer which is elevated by intent. Via the lens of trend, MANAOLA preserves these indigenous tales and ideologies by means of a medium that defies classification and perpetuates the wealthy cultural heritage and traditions of Hawai’i.
In 2016, MANAOLA left an indelible mark on Hawai‘i’s trend historical past at Honolulu Fashion Week together with his black and gold appears to be like in honor of the ali’i (Hawaiian royalty) and their worldly travels. Every of his exhibits start with conventional Hawaiian protocol together with oli (chant) and hula as the muse of his creativity. 

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