May 4th, 2021 / posted by paularath

Honolulu girl Lynne O’Neill shares her decades of experience on NYC runways with UH-Manoa fashion students. Photo from the cover of MidWeek

There have been a lot of downsides to being a UH student during COVID-19. But for the fortunate seniors in the UH-Manoa Fashion Production class (FDM 430), one significant benefit has landed in their laps: the opportunity to be taught be one of the nation’s most prolific and prized fashion show producers.

Lynne O’Neill, who is originally from Honolulu, has an impressive fashion pedigree, honed primarily in New York City:

  • Producing numerous shows for New York Fashion Week
  • Executive producing HONOLULU Fashion Week 2014, 2015 and 2016 for HONOLULU magazine
  • Launching events with the Rolling Stones and Usher for client Best Buy
  • Fashion show consulting for CW’s “Gossip Girl”
  • Acting as fashion consultant for HBO’s “Sex and the City” (in which she was played by none other than Margaret Cho)
  • Serving as a fashion show expert for Bravo’s “The Fashion Show” and “Sex and the City: The Movie”
  • Countless fashion magazine spreads and retail events

O’Neill has been co-teaching the class with Amanda Stevens, an event planner and fashion writer who has assisted O’Neill backstage during both HONOLULU and New York Fashion Weeks. Under their guidance, students are producing a two-part docuseries on broadcast television featuring the 55th Annual University of Hawaii at Manoa Fashion Show, titled “Road to Runway,” as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with three senior fashion design students.

It has been quite a challenge for the students and faculty to reinvent their annual live runway fashion show as an entirely virtual event.

Now you can see the results of their prodigious labors on May 10 at 6 p.m. on ‘Olelo 53 and at 8:30 p.m. on KFVE 6 and Livestream on

In addition, a Docuseries called “Road to Runway: Meet the Senior Fashion Design Students” can be seen during “Hawaii Fashion Now,” a TV series hosted by Andrew Reilly, PhD of U.H.-Manoa’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Program. Watch it on Olelo 53 at 10 p.m. May 5 or livestream on

It’s a great way to support Hawaii’s up-and-coming designers.

Paula Rath



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Lesa Griffith
May 5th, 2021 at 7:52 pm

Brava! Thanks for the heads up.

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