Manaola 2018 S/S NYFW Collection
We at TRA love when our photographers enjoy the shows they cover, after all we love what we do but there is a level of enjoyment when fashion and art are celebrated. Manaola Yap had plenty to celebrate as this was his debut on the New York Fashion Week Fashion Week stage. Having presented oli, hula and hula dressing with authentic Hawaiian culture made them the first Native Hawaiian designer to show on that very platform. This is not the only thing that makes them stand out. If you thought you would've seen large island flowers and aqua colors that resemble Maui you need to think twice. The runway dawned a geometric pattern buffet in black and gold metal through scarves, shorts, wrap dresses, dramatic skirts and hand bags. While onlookers who don't know the companies history may just see pretty fabrics there is a spirituality and education that Yap also thrives to teach. From his ancient technique of using bark and bamboo tools they create repetitious patterns emulated in nature. Just like nature each piece created is one of a kind.