Designer and Kumu Hula Micah Kamohoaliʻi is bringing Hawaiʻi to the stage at three European vogue week occasions this month.
The tour began with the London Style Week present on Sept. 17, 2022, that includes an immersive cultural presentation themed Hulu Ali’i – The Royal Feathers. Utilizing conventional native arts in his trendy vogue, Kamohoaliʻi offered on the UK’s Hyde Park within the heart of London.
The crew made an look amongst the hundred thousand to pay homage to the late Queen Elizabeth II. The procession included conventional malo and ahu’ula or feather capes, hand-held kahili, feather Lei, and a ti-leaf lei about 750 toes lengthy made by the contingency to honor the Queen’s casket as she handed by. They got a particular place in entrance of the Prince Albert Monument to supply their condolences.
Along with his crew of 40 Hawaiian fashions and musicians in tow, he then traveled almost 800 miles to Milan Italy to current at Milan Style Week on Sept. 24, 2022. The present on the well-known Sala Barozzi was themed Hale Kua – the Kapa beating home, and featured his household’s barkcloth materials.
He labored with Maui Divers Jewellery to create unique jewellery items utilizing his personal patterns and designs. There, he unveiled 20 huge items, together with an all gold 7-pound Maile Lei that Kamohoaliʻi wore on the finale of his showcase whereas dancing to a track about Kalākaua and Kapiʻolani’s crown jewels that got here from Italy.
Lastly, the crew visits the famed Eiffel Tower and the American Cathedral of Paris France to shut out the European Style Tour at Paris Style Week. His theme for Paris, Ulana Ho’oheno – The class of plaited leaves, showcases Hawaiʻi’s lauhala woven fibers.
The crew of 41 have all arrived in Paris and have already been noticed dancing hula the Eiffel tower and the Arc De Triomphe, in accordance with the newest replace. Kamohoaliʻi will current on Friday Sept. 30, 2022 at The American Cathedral in Paris.
The three appearances mark the primary time a Hawaiian designer has been invited to current on these platforms.
His one-of-a-kind attire, Designs by Kamohoalii, brings indigenous Hawaiʻi to life by way of conventional designs, daring colours, metaphoric imagery, and powerful cultural symbolism.
In his runway reveals Kamohoaliʻi introduced the essence of Hawaiʻi to Europe by way of the three half cultural showcase that includes Hawaiian runway fashions (together with his quick relations), kapa pounding, chanting, and performances by award-winning vocalists Amy Hanaiali’i, Kainani Kahaunaele, musician Jeff Peterson; and dancers from his Hālau Nā Kīpuʻupuʻu performing historic and trendy dances.
“Kamohoaliʻi’s Hawaiian lineage is on the coronary heart of his designs, an artwork that encompasses Hawaiʻi’s pure environments and honors their wealthy legacy,” in accordance with a pre-event press launch.
His ardour for artwork led him to review graphic design, and his household’s legacy in Hawaiian kapa led him to find his ardour for vogue. Kapa, a smooth bark material, is an artisan custom that dates again to historic Hawaiʻi and is now thought of a uncommon artwork kind. The method of making kapa consists of gathering the bark and beating it to loosen the fibers, and the top result’s an extremely smooth material that may be dyed to create distinctive seems to be with vibrant patterns.
“Dezigns by Kamohoalii characteristic layers of ‘ike kuʻuna,’ or conventional Hawaiian data, embedded in every design,” in accordance with the announcement.
“Our garments are religious totems, they recount our historical past,” mentioned Kamohoaliʻi. “There are such a lot of deep connections in our designs and it’s who we’re. We’re honoring the breath of life from our ancestors by perpetuating, preserving, and retelling our tales within the designs we put on on our clothes.”
By collaborating in Style Week Europe, Kamohoaliʻi mentioned he hoped to supply perception and training into genuine Hawaiian vogue, arts and tradition.
Kamohoaliʻi additionally simply opened his first of two new shops on the island of Oʻahu on the Pearlridge Heart uptown location and at The Windward Mall, Kaneʻohe location.
To preview Designs By Kamohoaliʻi, go to www.dbkamohoalii.com.