HONOLULU (KHON2) – As New York ramps up for 1 of the world’s biggest fashion displays up coming 7 days, a Indigenous Hawaiian feminine designer from the island of Hawaii is packing her bags and finalizing her preparations as she’ll be hitting the catwalk in the Major Apple for the very first time.

Sharayah Chun-Lai, owner of Ola Hou Patterns, has created record in the Hawaiian trend realm as remaining the 1st Indigenous Hawaiian wahine to acknowledge remaining featured at New York Fashion Week on Runway 7. 

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Just after only being in business for two a long time, Chun-Lai bought the desire phone that each and every style designer hopes for and she explained:

“I in fact received an electronic mail and a connect with on Oct. 6 from Runway 7 and the director, she acquired in touch with me and she claimed, ‘we have been pursuing you on Instagram, we have appeared over your web page and we appreciate the prints and the tale that you tell at the rear of it.  We have never ever found just about anything like that ahead of and we would adore to have you explain to your tale on the runway.’ And I just broke down in tears.”

Chun-Lai drew inspiration from her grandmother, who she claimed was often trendy and stylish.

That inspiration led her to earn her degree in Manner Design and Merchandising from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Chun-Lai uses her types to convey to a story. 

“My incredibly initially collection was the Aalii simply because that’s my daughter’s center title is Aaliikumakani,” stated Chun-Lai.

“And so, just about every time I do deliver out a new style and design or a new collection, I normally make certain to share that story so that persons know what they are wearing, and they genuinely are wearing a illustration of my coronary heart and my everyday living and my loved ones,” explained Chun-Lai.

Chun-Lai and her Ola Hou Patterns staff, which involves 41 Indigenous Hawaiian designs, musicians and hula dancers, go away for New York this Saturday, Feb. 5. 

They are scheduled to strut down Runway 7 on Thursday, Feb. 10th at 4 p.m. HST. 

The trend display will be live-streamed. 

“I’m really honored for this opportunity and just to be ready to present the world that right here in Hawaii, we can, we can do what all people else is performing,” mentioned Chun-Lai. “You know, I’m energized to be equipped to inspire and I hope I do inspire youthful ladies and business people and designers that want to stick to their enthusiasm.”

To give credit score in which credit rating is due, Chun-Lai will not be the only 1 from Hawaii who will be highlighted in New York Style 7 days this thirty day period. The brand Lotus & Lime will there be as well. 

People can purchase on the web streaming tickets for Ola Hou Designs’ present on the net or obtain in-man or woman tickets at Sony Hall.

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