August 25th, 2011 / posted by paularath

Metallic gold knit dress ($145) available exclusively at Collins & 8th.

“There was never anything else I wanted to be except a fashion designer,” said Heather Guevarra Arcega, a Waipahu girl who attended Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu and the Academy Art University in San Francisco.

After a couple of years working for corporate clothiers such as Hurley International, Lucky Brand Jeans, Joe Boxer and Levi’s Dockers, in 2009 she launched her own line in her new hometown of San Francisco.

Now she’s returning to Honolulu for the debut of her 2012 Guevarra Arcega 2012 spring collection. On Saturday, September 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., she’ll be at Collins & 8th, the new Kakaako boutique (owned by her Sacred Hearts school mate, Maida Montemayor) located at 560 Pensacola Street.

Print "Eve" pump by Heather Guevarra Arcega ($175).

Heather said she learned all the skills she needed to fulfill her dream of being a fashion designer at Academy Art University. “Under the direction of industry fashion big wigs such as Simon Ungles, Alexander McQueen’s former partner, and world renowned fashion illustrator Gladys Palmer, I learned how to sketch, drape, pattern and tailor my own fashion,” she explained. “In 2006, I showcased at the annual Academy Spring Fashion show and was selected by Macy’s to debut my collection at the Macy’s Passport Show.”

Bold red and gold for the bustier dress ($550).

Heather’s aesthetic is edgy yet girly. She usually favors lace and layering in a neutral palette of black, gray, beige and navy. She is not afraid of color, however. Her flirty little chiffon short skort is fire engine red ($79). The metallic gold knit ballet dress (seen above on a merry-go-round) has a double layered skirt ($145).

While Heather clearly enjoys draping (witness her drapey grape asymmetrical tunic, $98), she also employs tailoring techniques in garments such as her riding blazer ($298), pencil skirt ($110) and bustier dress ($550). 

Grape tunic, designed by drape ($98).

Heather opened her own design studio in 2009 and now she’s ready to bring her collection back home to Honolulu. “San Francisco has given me the tools and connections that have allowed me to come this far, but my heart lies back home on the island of Oahu,” she said. “I believe that the island has some great opportunities for home grown designers as well as small business owners. I believe that I can be well received by new fans back home as well as my existing Hawaii fans.”

Information: Phone Maida Montemayor at  593-9696.

– Paula Rath

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