Archive for March, 2012

Charting spring's makeup looks

March 29th, 2012

Here are the color charts to go with my story in the paper today on spring's makeup trends.

I'm also doing a little giveaway with products courtesy of Sephora and Bare Escentuals, of an cosmetic pouch from Sephora in the color of the season—you should know it by now—that contains Bare Escentuals Buxom Shangri-La-La blush and The Deep End bronzer, Sephora shimmer peach lipgloss, an eyelash curler and mini brush set. Just let me know you want to enter with a comment and I'll draw a name 5 p.m. March 30. Good luck!


The colors in the chart created for "Sunset Glow" look on Jessica Vitale were toned down to give it a more wearable look than the one created for print. Featured are:

Face: Sephora Collection Age-defying moisturizer and Make Up For Ever High-Definition primer, Sephora Collection Mattifying Powder, Sephora Collection "Argentinean Duo" and "Let's Dance" cheek contour.

Eyes: Sephora Collection "Brazilian Sea" eyeshadow quad, Sephora Collection "Rich Chestnut" eyebrow pencil.

Lips: Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year "Luminous" lipgloss.

Stylist tip:Sephora senior artist Lineé says, "Primer is a busy gals best friend! It smooths out lines, pores and helps to ensure the wear of your makeup. Many primers also help with blend ability and discoloration of the skin.




Beatriz Sharp wears the Sephora + Pantone Collection Color of the Year Smoky Eye.

Face: Make Up For Ever High-Definition Primer, High-Definition Foundation, Duo Mat #207, and High-Definition Microfinish powder, Nars "Laguna" bronzer for contour, Stila Custom Color Blush in Coral, Nars "Albatross" blush to highlight.

Eyes: Urban Decay "Eden" eyeshadow primer, Sephora + Pantone Universe quad with "Carnelian" on lid, "Sparrow" at outer corner crease, "Pavement" on outer corner and "Scallop Shell: on brow bone. Make Up For Ever eyeshadow #301 on inner corner, Anastasia Beauty Express "Brunette" for brows, and Stila "Stingray" Smudge Stick eyeliner. Diorshow Lash Maximize and Diorshow "Blackout" waterproof mascara.

Lips: Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip 17C waterproof lipliner pencil, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense #40 lipstick and Make Up For Ever Lab Shine lipgloss.

Stylist tip: Sephora senior artist Lineé says, "Make your pout stand out! Adding a touch of highlight above the cupids bow and in the center of the lip makes lips pop!"



Only Urban Decay products were used to create Chelsea Pang's updated smoky eye and clean, golden spring look.

Face: Pore-perfecting face primer, cream-to-powder foundation, "Gilded" bronzer.

Eyes: Naked2 Palette, "Perversion" and "Demolition" eye pencils, "Brown Sugar" brow box, Super Curl mascara.

Lips: "Midnight Cowboy" lip pencil, "Max" Pocket Rocket lipgloss.

Stylist tip: Finish up with All-Nighter Setting Spray to keep makeup looking fresh for hours.

Michael Costello shares Spring 2012 fashion tips

March 28th, 2012

Nadine Kam photos

Back stage at Ala Moana Center's Center Stage, there was a reunion of "Project Runway" Season 8 designers Andy South and Michael Costello after Costello's Spring Trend presentation there March 24.

"Project Runway" Season 8 designers continue to be like family to us due to the Hawaii connection that season, with the participation of Andy South and Ivy Higa.

Last year, Casanova, Mondo Guerra, Michael Drummond and Christopher Collins came to town for Ala Moana Center Shop A Le'a and Honolulu Community College events.

This year, it was Michael Costello's turn to drop in. It was good timing, considering his recent showing on "Project Runway All-Stars." His first appearance here March 24 came two nights after we learned of his third-place finish in the show, but up until that time, we didn't know if we would be seeing the grand prize winner that night.

Even if he didn't win, he was happy to have made it to the finale, so this time there was no punching walls and no breakdown, like the one he had when he was ousted in Season 8. Hallelujah. He considers the winner, Mondo, a friend, so said he was just happy that his friend won.

On Center Stage, Michael talked about "Project Runway" and shared tips for wearing the spring 2012 trends. (See the videos below.) The night before, he also visited the center, dropping in on the debut of Andy's spring collection at Neiman Marcus.

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Michael Costello talks about the differences between "Project Runway" and "Project Runway All-Stars" with Robyn Gee, and does one of his famous Tim Gunn impersonations.

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Michael Costello talks about ways to wear some of his favorite Spring 2012 fashion trends.

costello2Michael posed with this future designer who's wearing her own creation.

costello fansOther fans wait in line for their time with the designer.

costello3This family waits for individual autographs from the designer.

Isle designers featured during Shop A Le'a

March 28th, 2012

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Allison Izu Song showed her new petite denim collection at Nordstrom on March 24 as part of the week's Shop A Le'a events at Ala Moana Center.

Ala Moana Center's national retailers are well-represented during the mall's annual Shop A Le'a event, but it was also good to see local designers being promoted by two of the biggest retailers in the mall.

At Nordstrom on March 24, there was a display of vintage Tori Richard designs juxtaposed with current designs to celebrate the long history of the island brand. And over in the Petites department, Allison Izu Song was showing her latest denim collection.

She's had an arduous journey to get to this point, so it's great to see her get this attention. In my interview with her the previous week, she said there were many times she felt like giving up, but petite women will appreciate the fact she didn't.

From there it was on to Neiman Marcus, where Andy South was showing a small, brilliantly edited collection of dresses and separates in bright yellow, blue-grays, tan and white.

It was amazing to see the collection on the floor, having been there—and feeling frantic about it myself—when it was created, literally, in about three days.

Interestingly, with American shoppers still feeling strapped for cash, both Allison and Andy are setting their sights overseas.

tori1Vintage Tori Richard on display at Nordstrom.

tori2The new Tori Richard looks.

izu1Fans of Allison Izu denim browse the racks at Nordstrom.

allison2Allison with Ki-ele's Marylea Conrad. They started their businesses at the same time,  and met during a trunk show at Split Obsession in Hawaii Kai.

allison3Allison's husband Young Song and daughter Olive.

andysAndy South with models Justine Leilani Edwards, left, and Breanne McClary. South's designs are at Neiman Marcus.

andy2More of Andy's designs on the floor ...

andy1... and on the models.

Spiral Girl on Center Stage

March 27th, 2012

spiral6Nadine Kam photos

Spiral Girl showed casual dresses and separates as one of  were among the shops featured March 24 on the Ala Moana Center Stage during Shop A Le'a.

They were among seven retailers featured in fashion shows that day. The others were Loco Boutique, Sunglass Hut, DVF. Maui Divers, White House/Black Market and Cache. Showing on Sunday were Splash! Hawaii, Valerie Joseph, Banana Republic  and Betsey Johnson.

If you like any of the pieces here, head to Spiral Girl.






Bikinis on Center Stage

March 27th, 2012

loco5Nadine Kam photos

Loco Boutique and Sunglass Hut were among the shops featured March 24 on the Ala Moana Center Stage during Shop A Le'a.

Rather than bringing all the retailers together in one show as in past years, which led to confusion as to whose garments were being shown, retailers were given their own segments so it was clear whose designs were on stage.

I know I wanted to go to Sunglass Hut after seeing some of the Tom Ford glasses in the show. I've been wanting a pair since trying them on the Big Island. Glad I didn't buy it there though because the pair I want is $30 less on this island.

loco1Fashion show watchers who saw the banner poster of Daniela Abe hanging over Center Stage throughout Shop A Le'a, could also see her on stage.

loco2Fun fringed bikini on Angela Byrd.

We don't see plaid swimwear too often here.

loco6Tankini and feathers.

W Salon introduces Linear Collection for hair

March 26th, 2012

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Angela Byrd, center, in one of W Salon's avant garde styles.

W Salon at Ala Moana Center presented "Innovation with Style," a show of its Linear Collection for spring and summer 2012, on March 21 on Center Stage.

Hawaii being Hawaii, very conservative fashion-wise, you're not going to see much avant-garde from designers hoping for beaucoup sales, so it took a salon to bring it.

W Salon creative director Thi Nguyen and his staff showed color, glamour, men's and avante garde styles in a dramatic showcase that had the audience transfixed throughout.

One of the points he made is that hair today "is not about pretty," but about individualism. I think most women would fear that statement because we do want to look pretty, but, just as with clothing, pretty is rarely interesting. A pretty dress might win coos from other women and looks from men, but a fashion person would just go "meh."

Bold color was shown throughout, including ombre orange effects in keeping with the year's color trend. The stylists covered a variety of techniques, from extensions to modern perms that look effortless, as if you just took a curling iron to a few locks.

By the end of the show, I wanted a hair change. One of the styles reminded me of the very linear Aeon Flux 'do I had in the '90s, though it's been updated here with bands and layers of dramatic color.

Of course such a commitment would lead to a wardrobe overhaul. I amassed a lot of pretty dresses that just don't go with an assassin's hair.

A lot of Hawaii models have moved to the mainland over the past couple of years, so it was nice to see Brigitte Patton back on stage as a co-emcee with Star 101.9's Hudson.

W Salon's models with creative director Thi Nguyen at left.

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wavantMore avant garde styles. Former Miss Hawaii Teen USA Courtney Coleman looks pretty fierce at right.



wavantcCaleb Shinobi, center, helped dress the avant garde models in some of designer Reise Kochi's creations.

Ala Moana welcomes spring with Shop A Le'a

March 22nd, 2012

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Robyn Gee and Nathan Kam go pink for spring at Ala Moana Center's Posh Pau Hana March 20, part of the weeklong Shop A Le'a event celebrating the new season.

If you read my story about spring color in the paper today, I mention construction workers and road crews as models for the bright, traffic-stopping colors of spring in their chartreuse, lime and orange safety colors. I wasn't kidding. Just take a look at the photo below and compare with the brights you're starting to see on the streets, on people who don't have to be overly cautious about being seen by drivers.

Tuesday was the vernal equinox, marking the beginning of spring in the Northern hemisphere, and the official start of the new fashion season. Ala Moana Center celebrates spring's arrival every year with Shop A Le'a, a week of fashionable soirees, shopping events and shows that began March 19 and continues through the 25th, highlighted by retailer fashion shows on Saturday and Sunday, as well as Center Stage appearances by "Project Runway" Season 8 and All-Stars competitor Michael Costello at 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Tune in to "Project Runway All-Stars" on Lifetime tonight to see if he wins the competition. It would be great if he wins, making the Honolulu appearances his first post-win. Of course he would have to beat Austin Scarlett, a star in his own right, and fan favorite Mondo Guerra, who we saw on Center Stage and the Honolulu Community College stage last year, as a guest of fellow competitor Andy South.

safetyWhile photographing Mila Kelsey for Old Navy, as seen in today's paper, we met up with construction, fire and electrical workers Mike Seper, Ian Hoy and Josh Moniz in their work clothes that are inadvertently in line with spring's color trends!

Shop A Le'a fun started with a Posh Pau Hana event March 20 on the third-floor Nordstrom wing, a social media gathering to get the buzz going. Vendors such as Nordstrom, Anteprima Wirebag, Maui Divers and Max & Co., shared some their latest collections, while guests in spring's pink, orange and yellow hues enjoyed cocktails and cuisine from Romano's Macaroni Grill.

There's a lot more to come. Keep up with all the event updates and special offers on the Ala Moana website:

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Here's a look at a fashion show of spring trends shown by Neiman Marcus on March 2.

shopflowersTables at the Shop A Le'a Posh Pau Hana event were dressed with flowers in the colors of spring.

shoplEmcee Lance Rae with Terri Sasaki, left, and Alysha Miyamoto in the spring season's new neutral, yellow.

shopyellowYellow, on Catherine Fowler, shows its impact when shown against the blacks and grays worn by Melissa Rivera, Malie Moran and Katie Gardner, who were hanging out inside the Max & Co. tent.

shopanteprimaA rainbow of bags from Anteprima Wirebags, along with the newest color-blocked designs.

shopcolorA rack from Nordstrom held print, lace and this color-blocked dress and purse.

shopfoodAlso dressed for the occasion, Emi Espinda and Brian Campbell, serving food from Romano's Macaroni Grill, including mushroom ravioli and decadent tiramisu, below.


shoptentThe clear, lighted tent set up in the Nordstrom wing, viwed from the third-floor parking lot.

UH team wins Kahala stylist competition

March 21st, 2012

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Kahala Mall stylist competition winners Gabby Herrera, right, and Calisa Yun with two of their models, from left Te'a Leong and Mildred Schwarz, in colors reflecting the team's Miami theme.

Congratulations to Calisa Yun and Gabby Herrera, winners of Kahala Mall's 2012 Stylist Challenge on March 17.

The 2nd annual competition gives students of Honolulu Community College's Fashion Technology program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Apparel Product Design and Merchandising program the opportunity to gain some real-world styling experience by working with mall merchants, with the guidance of Ryan Brown and Tyson Joines from Wilhelmina Hawaii.

Calisa and Gabby's win marks the second in a row for a UH team. Both schools had two teams. Also from the UH were Kahea Montgomery and Hayley Hisaka.

Representing HCC were Facebook poll winners Randy Leaño and Melanie Ruaburo, and the team of Kitri Rowland and Leina Kelly.

Like last year, the stylist/designers had the opportunity to dress a professional model, a beauty queen, a "real woman" represented by members of the Junior League of Honolulu, and a child. Of course the little girls were hambones who stole the show!

This year, though, the teams were given the opportunity to interpret the spring trends and come up with their own theme, to present a cohesive collection. I was one of the judges, along with MidWeek's Yushing Ting, Hifi's Melissa May White and Honolulu magazine's Alyson Helwagen, and the themes made it easier to judge when all the models were on stage and you could see how pieces worked together.

It's one thing to have cohesion in a single designer's collection, but much more difficult when you're pulling pieces from a variety of stores, so the students had a lot of legwork in advance of the competition, but it all came together beautifully.

You can see more great photos from the event by Mark Ramelb on his Flickr page and photographer Travis K. Okimoto's Facebook page.

As the winners, Calisa and Gabby will be assisting me on a fashion shoot. Looking forward to it!

kahala1HCC's Kitri Rowland and Leina Kelly with models in their Africa-themed collection.

kahala2fashKahea Montgomery and Hayley Hisaka with models, including Miss Hawaii USA 2012 Brandie Cazimero (second from left), in their Caribbean-themed showcase.

kahala3HCC's Melanie Ruaburo, center, and Randy Leaño, with their collection based on movement in the form of flowing chiffons, fringe and scarf accessorizing. As a shortie, I'm a big fan of movement. (more…)

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