WSJ notes Hawaiian inspiration

January 19th, 2012

The Wall Street Journal offered a handful of styling tips to make Hawaiian wear look modern.

In an article entitled “Endless Summer,” that appeared Jan. 14, the Wall Street Journal hailed “the wonders of Hawaii” in fashion.

Last year, I called 2011 the year of the Hawaiian comeback due to the resurgence of Hawaiian prints and styles on European and New York runways, and it’s looking like designers have yet to tire of the motifs.

The continuation was helped, in part, by Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez’s trip here last spring, when I helped send them on a mission to scour vintage shops for pieces of old Hawaii. One of the places on the list I sent over was Catherine’s Closet, the vintage shop at 125 Merchant St. run by Catherine Fong.
In a blog post last April, I posed the rhetorical question, “Could it be safe to guess we may find a bit of vintage Hawaii inspiration on their next runway?”

Photo courtesy Catherine’s Closet
Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough, left, and Lazaro Hernandez, with Catherine’s Closet owner Catherine Fong.

Sure enough, WSJ writer Alexa Brazilian described their spring collection as “a veritable luau of pareu skirts, hibiscus blooms and tiki imagery.”

Brazilian reports that Hernandez said, “We found ourselves fascinated and drawn toward relics of midcentury tiki culture after an extended trip to Hawaii. Primitive things at a time of concurrent obsessions with everything futuristic was interesting.”

Brazilian also noted that others falling under Hawaii’s spell include Richard Chai, Mark Fast, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and Joseph Altuzarra.

Hopefully, local designers will be able to capitalize on the moment as well.

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2 Responses to “WSJ notes Hawaiian inspiration”

  1. Tania:

    I can’t remember what year it was but I was working at Prada and they had a season of aloha print inspired pieces for both Prada and Miu Miu. The prints were simple & graphic with no more than two colors (very Mamo) and many of the pieces were paired with a simple white button down. One of my favorite seasons…

  2. Nadine Kam:

    That wasn’t too long ago, maybe 3 years ago? Did you see current Miu Miu? So girly pink and adorable!

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