Maui fashion designers weave a network of support, belonging in wake of devastating wildfires

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Walking through Wailuku, it’s hard to miss Caramiya.

The clothing boutique’s storefront is framed with bright pink paint and these words are displayed prominently on the main window, “Fashion – Art – Made on Maui.”

It’s a simple message, but Caramiya is anything but — especially in the wake of the catastrophic wildfires that destroyed Lahaina town in August, claimed at least 101 lives and threw Maui’s economy into chaos. Despite economic hardship, Caramiya is still going strong.

And so are other Maui-grown fashion brands — all buoyed by the support of their community.

“I’ve seen what Maui does. Maui supports itself,” said Caramiya Davies-Reid, on a recent day in her namesake store, which features lovingly-made dresses in a rainbow of colors. Her walls are full of life, too — painted in vibrant hues that reflect the joy, the love, and the resiliency of her island.

Walking through Wailuku, it’s hard to miss the fashion boutique Caramiya. The storefront...
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The Designer Behind Sophia Webster Is As Fun And Fabulous As You’d Expect

Minimalism? We don’t know her! For the maximalists in our midst, thank God there’ll always be Sophia Webster to reach for. The namesake designer behind the first word in fantasy footwear is now inviting fans to delve into the stories behind her awe-inspiring brand, with the publication of her coffee table tome-meets-walk down memory lane Oh My Gosh, I Love Your Shoes! All illustrated by hand-drawn images of her signature wowza butterfly-adorned stilettos, pearly platforms, embellished sandals, fancy flats, and more. There’s no shortage of sweet anecdotes about building the business from the ground up, her unconventional inspirations, and heartfelt dispatches from someone who still feels like your favorite girl next door, who happens to also be an award-winning force to be reckoned with. Right this way! 

What’s a surprise fact about you or hidden talent that you have?
I was a competitive disco dancer when I was a

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The Best Designer Clothing Brands For Kids: 2024 Edition

Kids in designer clothing. Discuss…

So, depending on your priorities – whether you are a parent or not, your interest in fashion, how you want to project your image of family, your disposable income, and a vast number of other intangible variables – dressing your children in designer clothing might be perfectly normal, or perfectly mental. Both are understandable.

As a parent myself, and someone who has worked in fashion for 20 years, I get both sides of the equation. I have a 12-year-old son who is more interested in his Fortnite skin than his own wardrobe, and a 15-year-old daughter who is the Griselda Blancos of Depop, practically running an import/export business in her mum’s second-hand designer clothes.

From a parent’s point of view, designer clothes for kids are a sunk cost because children grow fast. But by the same token, you’re much more likely to pass on

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Valentino’s longtime designer Piccioli announces his departure from the brand after 25 years

Valentino’s longtime creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, on Friday announced his departure after 25 years at the storied Italian fashion house.

In an emotional statement shared on Instagram, Piccioli reflected on his 25-year tenure with the brand, thanking co-founders Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti and the team that contributed to the brand’s success during his time. The designer, known for infusing Valentino with contemporary romance and bold creativity, will leave as the brand prepares to usher in a “new creative organization.”

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Pierpaolo Piccioli

Designer Pierpaolo Piccioli accepts applause for the Valentino Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2024 collection presented in Paris, on Jan. 24, 2024. Valentino’s longtime creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, has announced his departure from the storied Italian fashion house. In an emotional statement shared Friday on Instagram, Piccioli reflected on his 25-year tenure

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Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten is stepping down as creative director at the end of June

BRUSSELS — Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, who for almost four decades dazzled the fashion world with his luscious use of colors and fabrics, said Tuesday that he will step down as creative director of his namesake brand at the end of June.

Van Noten, 65, a master of blending the old with the new, said in a statement that the 2025 men’s spring-summer collection will be the last in his current role. He added that the women’s collection will be designed by his studio.

Van Noten’s successor will be announced at a later stage, he said.

“I have been preparing for this moment for a while, and I feel it’s time to leave room for a new generation of talents to bring their vision to the brand,” Van Noten said.

Although he will relinquish his role as creative director, Van Noten will still be involved in the fashion house.

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Fashion Trends And Brands To Know From Spring 2024

As may have been expected, fashion forecasts for Spring 2024 showcased an abundance of florals. Bloom-shaped appliqués were plentiful at Balmain, Loewe and Margiela. There were botanical prints of all varieties: Some were eye popping and vibrant, while others more were dramatic and hyperrealist. Other trends that re-emerged this season included sleek, tailored suits in neutral tones, tiers of sheer, color-blocking and a playful spin on country club dressing.

Of all the style propositions presented on the runway for 2024, however, there were two trends that truly felt, well, groundbreaking.

Return To Bohemia

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Luxury Furniture Brands For Your Next Interior Design Upgrade

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Best Luxury Furniture Brands

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There were many interior gems and trends found at Paris Design Week 2024 earlier this year, and it’s time to put them into practice. Craving a new statement chair like the one wrapped in Dedar fabrics via the Invisible collection? Perhaps head to Perigold or Industry West for new upholstery. For the mid-century modern fanatics, the style that has most recently moved en vogue, a treasure trove of delight awaits at Kelly Wearstler and All Modern. Or, did the whimsical presentation at Loro Piana inspire you to have a bit more fun with your interior? For those who are still keen on timelessness, RH is always a good destination.

Regardless of trends, collecting fine furniture pieces has several benefits. Aside from the aesthetics, you are investing in quality. Pieces sold by

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Fashion designer Dries Van Noten to step down from namesake brand

Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, who for almost four decades dazzled the fashion world with his luscious use of colors and fabrics, said Tuesday he will step down as creative director of his namesake brand at the end of June.

Van Noten, 65, a master of blending the old with the new, said in a statement that the 2025 men’s Spring-Summer collection will be the last in his current role. He added that the women’s collection will be designed by his studio.

Van Noten’s successor will be announced at a later stage, he said.

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“I have been preparing for this moment for a while, and I feel it’s time to leave room for a new generation of talents to bring their vision to the brand,” Van Noten said.

Although he will relinquish his role as creative director, Van

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Notable Women Jewelry Designers Who Launched At Paris Fashion Week

I’m celebrating International Women’s Day 2024 by recognizing some female designers who launched at jewelry shows that took place during Paris Fashion Week.

Designed in London and handcrafted in Europe, Anoona Jewels debuted in the Nouvelle Box showroom during Autumn/Winter Paris Fashion Week 2024. Inspired by the moon’s eternal presence, Anoona designs also draw their substance and style from the mysterious power of lunar cycles over earth’s tides and human biology. From antiquity through today, the moon has served as a constant and compelling motif in jewelry history. Given the moon’s poetic power and because of the sheer beauty of its designs, Anoona Jewels embody an elemental, universal appeal emanating from their ruling motif and energy source, the moon.

As Anoona’s Creative Director Sadhbh Roux-Fouillet notes on the

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Catching up with Atlanta fashion designer Abbey Glass

Catching up with Atlanta fashion designer Abbey Glass
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Atlanta-based fashion designer Abbey Glass is starting 2024 with a bang: a new spring/summer collection, a new bridal capsule, two new retail stores, and a spot in Dillard’s new concept, the Coterie. Here, she shares her inspiration and how she’s expanded her business.

You have a lot going on! Let’s start with the spring/summer collection. What was your inspiration?
Spring was very much inspired by florals—groundbreaking, I know! There’s also the influence of our muses, our 1960s-style icons. This spring, it was heavily influenced by Grace Kelly, with royal- and coastal-inspired pieces, and lots of dramatic bows. There’s a beautiful blue and yellow fabric that’s almost like an interior fabric, which I think will be really popular, and aqua and green organza pieces. I’m excited about a focus on floral fabrics and attention to isolated dramatic details on classic shapes.

Catching up with Atlanta fashion designer Abbey Glass
A dress from
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