In fashion, I am so mesmerized by texture. Embroidery, beading, sequins, jacquard, three-dimensional construction...all of it. I attended the 5th Annual Kauai Fashion Weekend last month at the breathtaking Kauai Marriott Resort and was in complete awe at the immense talent living on the island and beyond. Collections from Puka Surf, Definitely Baba, Chanterelle Couture, Wahine Toa Designs, Edgar Madamba Designs and Ahmad Couture glided down the runway on models of all shapes and sizes. Prior to the show, there were plenty of red carpet photo opportunities and shopping with local vendors. For VIP ticketholders, a three-course dinner was served before the lights dimmed for the main event.
Kauai Fashion Weekend was founded by Marynel Valenzuela and co-founded by Sha Ali Ahmad of Ahmad Couture, whom I had the pleasure of meeting following the big runway show before my flight back to Dallas.
Perhaps it's the former pageant girl in me, but I know a gorgeous, well-designed piece when I see one and I have a deep appreciation for the hours of dedication that go into handcrafting them. See some of the designs I captured from Kauai Fashion Weekend:
Kauai Fashion Weekend was indeed an inspiration. Usually when traveling, I like to bring home fashion magazines as a souvenir or a piece of clothing (or jewelry) other than a t-shirt, but this time I brought back so much more! I brought home memories from an incredible fashion and cultural experience that I will always remember.