Tips to navigating OUTFIT's two-day trade show

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OUTFIT: Hawaii Fashion Designers Market
Presentations, interviews and runway shows grace the main stage.

It happens more often than you care to admit. You rush out the door, you start the car, and then it hits you: You have no idea where you're going. In hindsight, you probably could have spent five minutes Google-mapping directions (but then your hair wouldn't look absolutely ah-mazing!).

That's where we come in. We slipped into OUTFIT early this morning to figure out all the key tips and tidbits you'll need to navigate your way through this two-day trade show. All you have to worry about is how to take home your fabulous finds.

Plan your visit around the entertainment. Debating whether to stop by today or tomorrow? Consider all the runway shows, presentations and workshops you'll want to see, including fashionable guest speakers like blogger Wendy Nguyen of Wendy's Lookbook, Benni Leigh of Maker Studios and Hawaii Five-0 costume supervisors Michelle Moder and Anthony Scarano. (Don't forget the runway show styled by HONOLULU Magazine's Brie Thalmann and Stacey Makiya at 3 p.m. today!) Check the schedule on OUTFIT's website and plan your visit accordingly.

All 50+ vendors are stationed in one area for easy browsing. Booths are set up in two rows to the right of the main stage (you can check out some of the apparel, swim and accessories designers here and here). Plus, don't miss new arrivals from these Lei Chic regulars:

  • Allison Izu - Preview of her new family line, Love & Aloha
  • Gaya - Gorgeous tunics and flirty rompers in soft lavenders and blues for Spring 2014
  • Mango Luxe - Stackable bangles and rings with scalloped, hammered finishes
  • Organik - Limited-edition, organic "Sew Local" tees designed by Lauren Roth
  • Lily Lotus - Expanded resort wear line of dresses, separates and new ruched jeggings

Explore gorgeous fashion exhibits. The entire left side of the runway is filled with stunning fashion displays. World-renowned natural fiber and textile artist, Akihiko Izukura, showcases 20 of his pieces in an exclusive gallery installation. Vintage Hawaiian apparel comes to life with displays of Hang Ten's Duke Boyd, Hilo Hattie, Jams World and Reyn Spooner. And freestanding mannequins model pieces by contemporary local lines like Khush Clothing and Pure Joy Adornments, and archived looks from the Costume Museum at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Feel free to hang out! Grab a drink or sweet from La Tour Cafe, then head for the Hifi Lounge next to the main entrance. This urban, multimedia space was designed by Lauren Makk and features upcycled fixtures and seating by carpenter Mike Sorrenson. Art & Flea workshops and meet-and-greets will also be held here (see the full schedule).

OUTFIT is open to the general public today through 6 p.m., and tomorrow, 1-5 p.m., on the ground floor of Ward Village Shops, 1170 Auahi St., $3 admission. For more information, visit OutfitHawaii.com.

OUTFIT: Hawaii Fashion Designers Market
More than 50 apparel, swim, accessories and beauty booths take up the right wing.

OUTFIT: Hawaii Fashion Designers Market
Freestanding mannequins showcase pieces by emerging Hawaii designers like Jenna Sato and Ryan Hanaoka.

OUTFIT: Hawaii Fashion Designers Market
Walk through an exclusive gallery installation by world-renowned natural fiber and textile artist Akihiko Izukura.

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