Thank you to Creative Mornings Honolulu especially to Meredith and Noah for inviting me to speak.
Watching one of Ara Laylo’s Instagram stories can be a disorienting experience, but that’s the point. A quick glance at her daily curated collection of disparate, provocative art finds can leave you feeling dizzy with the randomness of the imagery, selected by Ara to purposely disrupt Instagram’s algorithms. After a few moments, however, it becomes impossible to deny that there is a common current underlying the collage, a subtle fluidity to the palate that’s difficult to articulate and impossible to replicate. Her disdain for the norm extends to fashion as well, where her eclectic vintage wardrobe was recently profiled in Vogue. That boundary-pushing tendency and exploration of states of change is the secret sauce that’s made Ara one of Honolulu’s top creative talents and a leading force in redefining what Island-style is in the 21st century.