Red carpet runway

This isn’t your run of the mill attire.

In fact, this year’s Kauai Fashion Weekend will highlight anything but the same ol’, same ol’, when it celebrates a cross-section of international designers and Kauai’s very own finest.

Kauai Fashion Week Organization is a relatively new group dedicated to placing Kauai on the map in the local, national, and international fashion scene.

It’s third annual Signature Red Carpet Event, themed “Step Out of the Norm,”will give local designers a chance to shine their projects along side the best of what the fashion world has to offer.

“We’re trying to grow it every year,” said Kauai Fashion team member Nannie Ann Apalla, who is helping organize the Signature Red Carpet Event on Saturday at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club grand ballroom. “There are so many things that go into a fashion show.”

This year’s event includes fashion industry superstars.

Internationally renowned designer Louda Larrain, whose collections have been featured around the world, will take part in the show that starts at 7:30 p.m. So will Sha Ali Ahmad of Ahmad Couture — a New Delhi-based designer, whose designs are worn by celebrities worldwide.

Local talent should shine on the runway, too.

“It’s a runway show for our designers,” Apalla said.

The group premiered its inaugural Kauai Fashion Weekend event in February 2013. Since then, it’s increased momentum and aims to become a certified nonprofit that raises money for other nonprofits.

“We are at our incubation phase,” Apalla said.

But word is getting out. Dinner and ticket shows are going quickly and over 400 attendees are expected. Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased at

“We need to grow in order to be strong enough to support our nonprofit partners,” Apalla said of the group’s goal. “The main point is, we want the community to know that Kauai Fashion Week is a vehicle for a brave new Kauai scene.”

Desirea Aguinaldo of Gypsy Rain and Chanterelle Chantara of Chez Chanterelle, many more will share their one-of-a-kind designs.

So will local jewelry designers Sandi O’Shaughnessy of Grasshopper & Cricket, Adove Roden of Adove Fine Jewelry, Tiffany Grande of Grande’s Gems Hawaii and Melea Matthews of Melea Artistry.

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