Archive for April, 2012

UH APDM's fashion "Revolution"

April 30th, 2012

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Designer Anna Tomita, center, posed for photos with models for her collection, "Timothy & Coco."

Here's a look at the University of Hawaii APDM senior fashion shows from "Revolution," whicht took place April 29 outside Hawaii Hall on the Manoa campus.

uhOne of the models for Feliz Sala's "La Belle Epoque" collection.

uh felizFeliz buried in lei, with her design from the show's "Aloha Wear Revolutionized" segment.

uhaberGuests included Gov. Neil Abercrombie and his wife Dr. Nancie Caraway, and textile artist Akihiko Izukura, who contributed the silks for a "Zero Waste" senior design segment.

uhfaceFacehunter Yvan Rodic was in town documenting the students' work and photographed Crystal Pancipanci enjoying some post-show pupu.

uhlynneAlso attending the show were New York fashion show producer Lynne O'Neill and her husband Bobby, with Crystal.

uhmodelsMelissa Lee with the models for her "Up in the Attic" collection.

uhkateKate Hooven with one of the models for her "Wagon Wheel" collection.

uhjrOne of the junior designers with her model.

uhkittyJunior designer Kitti Kurokawa with one of his creations.

uhninaAngels by the Sea boutique owner Nina Thai came to see the show with Koichi Hozumi.

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"Le Reve" the starting point for HCC designers

April 29th, 2012

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A model for a junior designer walked down runway during the Honolulu Community College fashion show "Le Reve."

Here's a look at the Honolulu Community College senior fashion shows from "Le Reve," that took place April 28 at the wonderful waterfront venue of HCC's Marine Education & Training Center at Sand Island.

hccdtdDesigner Ramie Mariko Sagisi, with flowers, with models for her "Dawn Till Dusk" collection.

hcc tentThe tent as guests arrived.
hccwaterfrontThe waterfront setting made it perfect for photographing Jessica O'Neill's "Fire and Ice" swimsuits after the show.

hcc viewThe view before dark.

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Seniors to take the stage this weekend

April 26th, 2012

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Designer Kate Hooven adds jewelry to the 1920s ensemble she created for the "Goodwill Goes Glam" segment of the University of Hawaii at Manoa's annual senior fashion show taking place Sunday on campus. Kasie Kunishima models, and the funny thing is I also have that same purple necklace that I bought from Catherine's Closet. This particular necklace is from the UH Costume Collection. Details for the UH and HCC shows are in the paper today, and this is one of the photos by Dennis Oda that didn't make it into our cramped dead-tree pages.

It's rare, if ever, that the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Honolulu Community College annual student fashion shows take place on the same weekend, so as far as print logistics, that meant a tight squeeze for photos.

These are some that didn't fit in the paper today, but just wanted to give these students their due as well.

For those who want to see the shows firsthand, here are the details:

University of Hawaii "Revolution"
>> Where: University of Hawaii Hawaii Hall lawn
>> Time: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday
>> Tickets: $25; $50 VIP includes premium seating, gift bag; email
>> Info: 998-4025 or

Honolulu Community College "Le Reve"
>> Where: Honolulu Community College Marine Education & Training Center, Sand Island
>> When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday (doors open 6 p.m.)
>> Tickets: $25, available at HCC Building 27, Rooms 203 and 209
>> Info: Joy Nagaue, 845-9203

hcc1Steven Stinson wears a shirt and short ensemble created by Ryan Ota as part of his senior collection, "Thought Bubbles," that will be shown during the Honolulu Community College student fashion show, "Le Reve," on Saturday night. More details about the student collections are in the paper today. This is one of the photos by Craig T. Kojima that didn't fit into our cramped pages.

swimSwimsuits by Meredith Cliff, left, and Jessica O'Neill, will be among the garments shown during the Honolulu Community College student fashion show Saturday night.

Fashion and food at Il Lupino

April 25th, 2012

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Ace Conlon in Paul & Shark polo ($285) and J. Lindeberg pant ($150), with Loudmouth belt ($80) and invisible (acrylic)  putter embellished with Swarovski crystals ($250), all from Royal Hawaiian Golf.

Koi Boutique and Royal Hawaiian Golf were the featured boutiques during an informal fashion show at Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar, marking Administrative Professionals Day, April 25.

Koi Boutique featured jewelry and fashion by Chan Luu, a Vietnamese designer who became famous for her wrap and semi-precious stone jewelry before moving into apparel.

In addition to golf brands associated with the pros, one covetable object was the invisible putter adorned with Swarovski crystals that sells for $250 at Royal Hawaiian Golf. Gloria Woo said it's been selling well because those browsing the shop realize "it's something they don't have, and they can play with it." It's shown in more detail below.

Koi Boutique is in Building B, Level 1. Call 923-6888.
Royal Hawaiian Golf is in Building A, Level 3. Call 924-0144.


l1Inga Schlingmann catches the eye of a young fan in separates and jewelry by Chan Luu, with a Rebecca Minkoff bag, all from Koi Boutique.

lgolf3From left, Ace Conlon wears IJP (Ian James Potter) dress pant ($175)  and a Ted Baker polo ($120); Crystal Bell wears a Lilly Pulitzer polo ($58) and Loudmouth skort ($90); and Christopher Moon is in a Psycho Bunny polo ($90) with Loudmouth shorts ($90) and Loudmouth belt ($80).

l2Ms. Hawaii Annah Rasul in a Chan Luu dress from Koi Boutique, with pageant director Luana Alapa, who must stay pretty busy directing nine pageants, many of which have boy and girl divisions.

lpinkWith the Pink Palace in the backdrop, Crystal Bell wears a Lilly Pulitzer ensemble, while Chris is in a J. Lindeberg pant with Paul & Shark shirt ($270) and Loudmouth belt ($80).

l3Inga Schlingmann in A7 jeans ($365), Silver Dagger tank ($270), Chan Luu scarf ($245) and Chan Luu jewelry, all from Koi Boutique. Below, a detail of the blingy shredded denim.


l4Stylist Tyson Joines after the show with Mrs. Hawaii Stacey Snee, in Sydney Evan jewelry from Koi Boutique.

hi5A high five after the show.

Lovelessizm at Lujuria

April 25th, 2012

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Guests at “Lujuria—The Fashion Experience” on April 20 got a sneak peek at Richie Miao's new women's collection.With the models are Lovelessizm creator, center, and party host Jose Santamaria.

Fresh from a trip to Beijing Fashion Week, where he was interviewed regarding his Lovelessizm brand, Richie Miao offered a sneak peek of his women's collection during "Lujuria—The Fashion Experience,” hosted by Jose Santamaria at The Modern on April 20.

Dark, urban streetwear came down the runway, punctuated by a wide range of fringed bags and clutches also new to the brand. You can see some of the new pieces at his I AM. boutique at 1221 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 111, and another show is slated to take place May 9 at Fishcake.

What we saw that night was just a small glimpse of Richie's empire building beyond our shores. It's sometimes hard to gauge how well a homegrown brand could perform based on Hawaii shoppers, who tend to be conservative and few. But my recent trip to Shanghai was an eye-opening experience when—led to Helen Lee's post-show reception—I saw his shop within at shop at the upscale DBHK in the Xintiandi Style mall. DBHK is a rapidly growing Hong Kong-based company that aims to introduce Hong Kong style around Asia to start, then who knows? DBHK stands for "Designed, Distributed and Developed by Hong Kong."

Richie is seeking wider distribution in China, due to a growing economy and shopping scene in which every major luxury brand is well-represented.

lujuria2Richie, center, hams it up with, from left, model Roman Mysin, Melissa Rivera, Jose Santamaria and Malie Moran. Melissa may be our next TV celeb, set to appear in HGTV's "The White Room Challenge" on May 8.

lujuria1Jeffery King in a headdress that stood out in the crowded room.

lujuria4Dr. Alvin Chung with Miss Hawaii USA Inga Schlingmann and Matt Akiyama.

lujuria5Artists produced their work on the spot.

Moanalua students in running for VANS top prize

April 24th, 2012

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Designs by Moanalua High School, entered into the VANS Custom Culture competition. Voting in the competition ends May 3.

There's some amazing art talent at Moanalua High School, which is among the 50 high schools nationwide that have made it into the finals of the VANS Custom Culture competition.

Voting for the winning school is taking place online at for the chance to win $50,000 for their high school art program. The winning school's four designs will be made available at retail later this year.

Out of 1,000 submissions, only the top 50 made it to the public vote, with five regional winners to be selected. Hawaii is included in the Southwest region. (Our closest neighbor in sun-and-surf style is California, which in this competition is considered a region unto itself.)

The five winning schools will be granted a travel budget for a showcase in Los Angeles, where celebrity judges will help pick the winner. The four runners-up will receive $4,000 for their school.

The annual competition invites high school students across the United States to embrace creativity.Voting closes on May 3.

Models needed next week

April 20th, 2012

Mona Wood-Sword is looking for four to five female models and one male model for an informal fashion show on Administrative Professionals Day, April 25.

She's looking for models of any ethnicity who look like they're between 21- and 30-years-old, and 5-foot-7 or taller, who can fit a size 0 to 6 dress and extra small to medium top, from Koi Boutique and the Royal Hawaiian Golf Shop.

The show will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar, in the Royal Hawaiian Center, Building C, Level 1.

Models will do their own make-up and hair in a “day” look.

Models will receive a complimentary lunch after the fashion show, a $50 gift letter from Il Lupino, a copy of the fashion show photos on CD.

If interested, send Mona your photo at with the following information:

Name, cell phone, height, dress size, shirt size, pant size

Macy's Caprice Willard in town to talk 'Fashion Star'

April 20th, 2012

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Caprice Willard stopped into Macy's Ala Moana on April 19, to see how she can improve the women's apparel mix.

Typical fashion coverage focuses on designers and products, but the success of NBC's "Fashion Star" takes us into the world of the buyer, and Macy's Caprice Willard was in town today to fill us in on some of the thoughts that go into determining the how, why and all-important how much that goes into deciding whether or not to extend a buy offer to  a designer.

As the Vice President/Regional Planning Manager for Women's Apparel for Macy's Southwest Region, which includes Hawaii, she was in town simply as a matter of doing her job, checking in on stores to determine whether her team's last buys are working out, and pick up a wish list for Spring 2013.

My interview with Caprice will appear in the paper prior to the "Fashion Star" finale on May 15, during which the series' winner will be revealed. The reality competition series started with the idea of searching for the next big brand in fashion. The series is giving 14 unknown designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize to launch their collections in Macy's, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue.

But to me, the designers on the show—working for the sale rather than to break new ground in fashion—take a back seat to the buyers' work.

I wondered how she could be so assured that the garments she picks will sell, but after 18 years in the business, she said she's learned a lot about what customers want, and she said the show, because of its immediacy—with winning garments offered online for purchase right after the show—has actually given her important feedback. Where she might have been more conservative in the past, the sold-out offerings have shown her that shoppers are more daring than she thought, and she'll be shopping in the future with that in mind.

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