HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – International couture designer Amir Sali held his first Hawaiian fashion show at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Saturday night.
Nicknamed the “Prince of Beads,” Sali, born in the Philippines, studied in Paris, France, on a scholarship with the help of the daughter of the King of Saudi Arabia and has designed gowns for royalty and big names in Hollywood.
Sali is known for his sophisticated pieces that feature elaborate embroidery, beading, and other embellishments, and that blend Filipino touches with different cultures.
“I love the texture. And I think Filipinos are intricate people, we like frills, we like decorations. From Luzon to Mindanao, we can see different cultural traditions, I think we have a lot to show,” Sali said. “Most of the collection has fringe, because I want it to have a Hawaiian feel, like grass skirts, but on a dress.”
Sali’s designs are sought after by many celebrities, including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Halle Barry, and Carrie Underwood.
Models in Sali’s “Touch of Heaven” Holiday Collection 2022 Fashion Show included members of local organizations in Hawaii and was produced by Sarah Hosaka of Hawaii-based En Vogue Productions.
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