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Crystal Rose LeE

Crystal Rose Lee was born with a dreamy awareness of the world and she tries to create pieces that are synonymous with that perspective: ethereal designs she imagines could be worn in quixotic fairy tales or by the undaunted and eclectic.  

From her early years living in Seattle and Ashland, she whiled away her tech-less time by changing outfits five times a day, and chose fashion accessories like outrageous hot pink patent boots and rainbow colored coordinating set.

Spellbound by books at a young age, she discovered that she could fall into mysterious worlds not entirely her own. 

Her aesthetic for her individual designs comes from the romanticism of the stories she’s read throughout her life, and she decided to render those visuals through sentimental details in her collection.  She enjoys embroidery and embellishing as a hobby and expressed that by focusing heavily on those techniques for her pieces.

Crystal has always wanted to roam the expanse of Europe, and she hopes to find a place among costume designers or wardrobe stylists for a globetrotting television or film company.  She’d also like to someday work under Elie Saab, one of her favorite designers that has influenced and amazed her throughout the years. 


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KANAKO LORENZANA

 


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ZOE WANG

Zoe Wang, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, is unfortunately not related to Alexander Wang or Vera Wang whatsoever. However, their designs and creative aesthetics inspire her to hopefully someday be the third Wang to join the fashion force. Ever since Zoe was born, fashion has always been a huge part of her growing up. She believes that what you choose to wear is what you directly say to others without speaking a word.

"I think the way someone dresses can tell you a lot about the person: where they went, where they are going, where they're from, who they are, and all of that jazz. It's expressive."

While Zoe definitely has her own sense of style now, she credits the two most important and stylish women in her life, her mom, Carry, and her Aunt, Nicole, for her love and pursuit for fashion.

For her collection, Zoe's inspiration comes from her upbringing as a 1st generation Chinese American. Her design showcases an interpretation of Chinese aesthetics in the Western world in an exclusive menswear line. She chose to only do a menswear line to challenge herself and to push the boundaries of menswear.


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TAYLOR KOMATSU

Taylor, born and raised in Hawaii, has a passion for everything creative. She enjoys learning and experiencing new things and in her free time likes to dance, do Tae Kwon Do,  and practice her Korean.

Taylor became interested in fashion from observing Japanese and Korean street style. She describes her aesthetic as minimal and geometrical.

Her collection named “Katachi," which means shape in Japanese, draws inspiration from her heritage and traditional art of Japan. Printed and dyed textiles such as katazome and shibori are a key feature in her collection, which juxtaposes against the modern and contemporary styles of her designs. She hopes that her collection will inspire young students to become future designers.

In the future, Taylor hopes to launch her own fashion brand called "Monochrome." 

Taylor 's goal is to change the fast fashion industry and to provide better working conditions to all. She plans on giving back to the community by helping to provide jobs for the less fortunate in hopes that they acquire job skills for future opportunities.


 

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MICHELLE NINO

 

Michelle describes herself as a visual person. For a long time, fashion design was a way for her to satisfy the visual aspect of her personality while also fulfilling her creative side, a side that is much more tactile and hands on. The decision to pursue a possible career in fashion design began at an early age in which she was influenced by TV shows and magazines that included or centered around fashion. One show in particular was an old Disney Channel favorite, That’s So Raven.

Michelle's collection, "Enchanted," takes on the darker side of fairy tales in which a happily ever after ends in tragedy. The soft romance often seen in these tales is merged with the grim reality of death and mortality. 

Between star-crossed lovers in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Enchantment romances death with the idea of two fated souls meeting again. 

Taking inspiration from Italian gothic themed weddings and the ambiance of gothic cathedrals, Enchantment is meant to immerse the viewer in a dark, unconventional fantasy wedding after death


Jayme was born and raised in Hawaii. She had always shown an interest in fashion design and her grandmother was the first to teach her how to sew as an intermediate school student. Her design aesthetic can be described as feminine, with a hint of modern and bohemian vibes. She also likes to utilize line and color frequently and loves pieces that have a lot of movement and freedom. 

The inspiration for her collection is based on the legend of the red string of fate. It is an eastern myth that says we are all connected by a red string tied around our pinky finger to people that will have a major impact on our lives. The string may tangle and stretch, but will never break. Although this idea can apply to anyone significant, the most common interpretation involves being connected to one’s soulmate. 

She chose this as an inspiration because she is a romantic at heart and found this story really interesting. She also wanted something that reflected part of her cultural background.

The girl she envisions wearing these pieces is a traveler. She jet sets around the world to various resorts and spends most of her time lounging by the pool. She basically has the life that many of us aspire to have.

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Kaycee yoshioka

As a child, Kaycee’s passion for art and design were unmistakable. She spent many days in her room drawing and crafting, but it wasn’t until the summer before university that she decided to pursue fashion design. “At the time I was experimenting with my own personal style and wanted to recreate looks that I couldn’t get my hands on.” Kaycee enjoys pushing the boundaries of her creativity and figuring out how to translate what’s on paper to real life. Her goal is to not only design what she loves, but to design something that makes someone feel empowered and confident.

Her collection, titled “VIPER,” was inspired by the song “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses. “I wanted to take this idea of combining the fashion styles of the 60s and 70s rock scene with the colors and textures of the rainforest. The jungle is a wild and unforgiving place with some of the most fierce and dangerous creatures; I wanted to bring that feeling to my collection.”

Kaycee’s dream is to someday open a business of her own that produces ethically made, sustainable clothing. Her mission is to bring greater awareness to

environmental and social issues and to support local businesses and organizations with the same values. 

“I would like to thank my teachers Ms. Cynthia Tsark and Mrs. Minako McCarthy for your guidance, my parents and sister for your never-ending support, my friends, my family, and especially my grandmother who was my very first sewing teacher.”

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KAIMI KAJIYAMA

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Originally from the big island, Kaimi always knew he wanted to pursue a career in fashion. Growing up poor, he didn’t have the means to buy and experience fashion, which made it glamorous and magical to him. It was that mystical quality that drew him to looking at Vogue and Cosmopolitan whenever he had the opportunity. He was always drawn to doing anything creative as a child, and drawing was a huge outlet to express that creativity.

His collection was inspired by pierrot clowns, commedia del’arte and theatre. His pieces are designed to be both playful and expressive. The pierrot was a figure in theatre often depicted as a sad clown, symbolizing tragedy and naivete. For him, fashion is a performance, and the clothes we wear each day help us express our inner selves. 

Kaimi is also heavily inspired by drag culture and gender performances, and the transformative properties imbued in clothing. What we wear is not who we are, but who we want the world to perceive us as. 

Kaimi would like to thank his family, classmates, coworkers, Sarah Barry, Nicole Kahoopii and all the other people who have supported him on his journey. He’d also like to express a huge thanks to his sewing instructors for being their guidance, the knowledge they’ve shared, and for helping him to execute his vision.