Students put on a show to help the Life Foundation

By Jacqueline Miszuk, Ka La staff writer

This article was published in the Ka La’s January 2014 printed edition.

Fashion Technology student Olotania Tokelaukaehau Alalamua headed a fashion show fundraiser at Hula’s Bar and Lei stand to help raise money for the Life Foundation last semester.

Life Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers free HIV testing and counseling with confidentiality. The benefit helped to earn money while showcasing Fashion Technology alumni from the Honolulu Community College and UH Manoa fashion programs.

The opening showcased geisha-inspired creations which included a kimono dress made by Alalamua himself.

“I love butterflies,” admits Alalamua, which was evident in his choice of fabric.

Designers ran the gamut of styles and creations from dresses made out of T-shirts to jewelry. One designer took the stage while her models walked around her as she cut into the jersey T-shirt worn by Ari South and made cutouts completely changing the aesthetic and creating a unique look of her own.

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Everything from accessories to garments were displayed with the professionalism and expertise of Alalamua’s eye for fashion.

Between model segments, a professional dance team performed a routine that got the crowd pumped up during the show. Drag performances also gave the audience an entertaining change of pace, while giving the models a break backstage. Anyone who made it to the event got plenty of entertainment for the small price of their ticket while donating to a good cause.

This spring break the HonCC Fashion Society will be hosting another show at Hula’s with a mix of performances to please the crowd.

All ticket proceeds will go to the senior fashion show held at the end of the academic year to spotlight designing students’ talent.


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