Archive for August, 2012

Beauty spot: Carine Roitfeld for M.A.C

August 29th, 2012

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Carine Roitfeld, former editrix of Vogue Paris, elevated the smoky eye to an art form, and now she's making her signature style accessible beyond the magazine pages, with a M·A·C collaboration of chic eyeshadows, dramatic Kohl Power eye pencil, black Fluidline, two mascaras, and more. It'll hit the boutiques Sept. 6. Check out some of the collection below:

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crjungleCarine Roitfeld  "Jungle Camouflage" full-face kit.

>> Jungle Camouflage
Contains four eyeshadows: "Dew Soft" creamy beige (veluxe pearl), “CamO” muted gray taupe (satin),  "Bad Lieutenant" blackened deep brown (matte), and "Carbon Intense" black (matte), with "Bootcamp Bronze soft, sheer chestnut Cremeblend blush. The cost is $44.

>> Desert Camouflage
Contains four eyeshadows: "Sahara Dust" light neutral beige (satin),  "Cactus Thorn" mid-tone brown bronze (frost), "Desert" shimmering warm taupe (satin), and "Carbon Intense" black (matte), with "Sand Storm" soft, sheer warm caramel Cremeblend blush. The cost is $44.

To help balance and enhance the look:

CarineRoitfeld-Lipstick-TropicalMist-72"Tropical Mist" sheer translucent nude lipstick, $16.

CarineRoitfeld-KohlPowerEyePencil-Feline-72"Feline" Kohl Power eye pencil, $15.


"Blacktrack" Fluidline eye liner, $15.

"Zoomfast" Black Lash mascara, $16.

Spa for a Cause

August 28th, 2012

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Juliet Lighter, center, founder of Women Speaking Out, with Aren Delacruz and Karina Migotti in the courtyard behind Q Laser and Fashionista's Market, where guests at "Spa for a Cause" could relax over drinks, and pupu from M Nightclub.

Juliet Lighter's non-profit Women Speaking Out organization hosted its inaugural "Spa for a Cause"  fundraiser on Aug. 26 at Fashionista's Market and Q Laser on Bethel Street.

Through the intimate spa party, the former Miss Hawaii USA aimed to help raise the awareness of domestic violence, while allowing guests to indulge in a day of pampering. For a $15o donation, guests could enjoy spa services, cocktails, pupu, dessert, music, shopping, and go home with a gift box of product samples from Sephora Waikiki.

At Q Laser Center, guests could choose one elite service from a menu that included a 30-minute massage, laser hair removal, laser rejuvenation, teeth whitening, and chiropractic adjustment. It was a good opportunity to check out some of the services offered at Q Laser. I, for one, am a big chicken, so I wanted to know exactly how hot that laser gets before trying that collagen-boosting treatment.

qlaserOne of the guests gets a laser rejuvenation treatment. The goal is to have a forehead more like Bugsy's, at right below, than the pug at left. The humorous comparison greets visitors to Q Laser Center.qdog

From there, women could move on to Fashionista's Market next door to enjoy a dessert bar with treats from The Mixer, Cake Envy and Candies Cupcakes, as well as a 20-minute neck and shoulder chair massage, hair blowout, and nail color change or nail art from The Nailery, then shop the FM racks with a 10 percent discount.

Funds raised will go toward funding WSO's educational programs focused on reaching women about domestic violence, and to adopt a local women's shelter for the holidays. Lighter, a survivor of domestic violence, created WSO in 2007 to help create social change, but said she's also in the process of rebranding her organization, saying that while she had been focused on education and empowerment for younger women, she has realized such help is needed at all ages.

For Mother's Day, she hosted a similar spa event involving Bath & Body Work and Victoria's Secret for women of the Ewa Beach Domestic Violence Shelter, and said, "We take these things for granted, but some of these women had never had a massage. They were literally in tears and we all left crying. It just made me realize I need to be doing more in the community."

Her aim is to adopt a different women's shelter annually.

For more information on Women Speaking Out, visit
Q Laser Center is at 1183 Bethel St. Call 524-1237. Fashionista's Market is at 1185 Bethel St.

qLighter with Q Laser Center's (and Rakuen's, and Fashionista's Market's) Anita Clemente.

qadjustAnother guests gets an adjustment from Cy Hirota.

qmassageAnita Clemente gets a well-deserved back and neck massage from Sierra Keylin.

qfmStylist Crystal Pancipanci, left, was offering shopping assistance at Fashionista's Market, with founder Alyssa Fung, center, and Moani Hara. The dessert bar was a good place to be! (more…)

Goodwill goes GLAM! opens with fashion shows

August 24th, 2012

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Showing up in support of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii CEO and president Laura Robertson Smith, left, and the organization's fundraiser, were Ginny Tiu, Hawaii's First Lady Dr. Nancie Caraway, Vicky Cayetano and Ben Cayetano. Caraway is the Honorary Chair of Goodwill Goes GLAM!

Goodwill supporters turned out Aug. 23 for the inaugural "Goodwill Goes GLAM!" gala dinner, pair of fashion shows and VIP pre-sale shopping from the more than 50,000 items for men, women and children that will be available all weekend long.

The ambitious Goodwill GLAM! Sale event officially opened at 10 a.m. this morning, Aug. 24, and will continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 26, with $4 admission. A three-day $25 Fast Pass allows for bypassing entry lines, use of the Red Carpet Lounge and expedited checkout. Sales will benefit Goodwill Industries of Hawaii's community programs.

Last night's fashion show opened with an encore of “Goodwill Goes Green,” a collection of re-purposed designs created by 2012 University of Hawaii fashion graduates with materials gathered from Goodwill. This was followed by “The Elements of Goodwill,” which drew on the talents of five local stylists — Reise Kochi, Crystal Pancipanci, Rene Rodriguez and the duo of Kyle Kagamida and Allison Lee, who used Goodwill apparel and accessories to piece together eight ensembles each, based on the respective elements of earth, wind, fire and water.

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goodvalValerie Joseph's Valerie Ragaza-Miao, with husband Joseph, ended the evening with a lot of great finds, including this Banana Republic jacket. Her dress was like Carrie Bradshaw's!

goodwillkaStylist Kyle Kagamida, gearing up to dress celebs for the primetime Emmys next month, returned home for the event, reuniting with fellow stylist and blogger Allison Lee to present the "Water" segment of the "Elements of Goodwill" fashion show.

goodwill2Casting director Margaret Doversola picked up a jacket for her mom, while her daugher Lane found this Vera Bradley backpack with matching wallet for $12. At retail, the coin purse sells for more than that!

goodwillshoesShoes, shoes and more shoes! Designer shoes are in a glass counter area that requires pulling a number to be served.

goodwill3Jill Kuramoto found her pair of shoes, from Elie Tahari. She's with Goodwill's Laura Robertson Smith, and Goodwill public relations and communications manager Amanda Stevens.

goodwillglassesMakeup artist Lorena Takushi picked up this pair of sunglasses.

goodwillbridalShopping for wedding gowns.

Spin Valerie Joseph's 'Wheel of Fashion'

August 23rd, 2012


Valerie Joseph is inviting all to stop by the Ala Moana Center boutique  to donate $5 to Community Helping Schools, and spin the boutique's "Wheel of Fashion" to win discounts of up to 40 percent off, plus the opportunity to win a free dress.

Spin the wheel through Sept. 22, when the boutique will be presenting its 5th annual “Fresh Fashion Rocks” benefit at the M Nightclub at Waterfront Plaza, also benefiting Community Helping Schools, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping public schools obtain supplies and services that aren't included in school budgets.

“Fresh Fashion Rocks” will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., with a fashion show, dessert bar by Hokulani Bakery, silent auction, music and dance performances, and more. Tickets are $20, available at the boutique.

Call 942-5258 for more information.

Art and fashion merge at HiSAM

August 22nd, 2012

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This wall-size painting (it's larger than it appears here) by John Young sold for $25,000 over the weekend.

The weekend marked a celebration of the arts as C.S. Wo & Sons hosted the opening of a retrospective of the work of the artist John Young, celebrating the late artist's 60-year career.

He was a prolific artist whose dozens of images of children and horses resonate today, and many of his calligraphic drawings, bearing his unmistakable bold brush strokes, are available for sale at the event, starting at about $3,500.

The exhibition will continue at the 702 S. Beretania St. store from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September.

young1John Young's daughter, artist Debbie Young greeted well-wishers at C.S. Wo Aug. 17. Many thanks to another artist, Doug Ing, who loaned me his camera for these shots when my camera battery died!

The next day I headed to the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM), where 2Couture's Eric Chandler and Takeo, with Dr. Caroline Hee, presented "A Celebration of Artist Hon Chew Hee," the unveiling of the artist's "King Kamehameha I Uniting the Hawaiian Island Kingdom," as part of the museum's newly open Sculpture Garden.

Hee was Caroline's father and he created the enamel-on-steel mural in 1976, at a time when the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts was looking for permanent works for public spaces, that would withstand the elements.

The colors and exuberance of the late artist proved to be an inspiration for Takeo, for whom a fashion show of five gown ensembles marked his comeback following his hospitalization and open heart surgery last spring, which had left him in a coma.

He now wants to leave his mark as an artist and has set ambitious new goals for himself.

And HiSAM's new Sculpture Garden area proves to be a beautiful new site for fashion shows, and I hope more designers will be able to use it. Right now, the cost of the garden rental in conjunction with another space is $1,000. You can learn more and file a request here:

tartHon Chew Hee's "King Kamehameha I Uniting the Hawaiian Island Kingdom" is a centerpiece of HiSAM's Sculpture Garden.

tcarolineDr. Caroline Hee with Gov. Neil Abercrombie in front of a detail of her father Hon Chew Hee's work.

tFrom left, Ron Amemiya, Takeo, Caroline Hee, Julian Lee and Eric Chandler.

tmodelsTakeo's models from left, Emma Wo, Pono Fernandez, Meshelle Hirashima, Brianna Acosta and Crystal Bell.

Grouplove at The Republik

August 22nd, 2012

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From left, Grouplove's Andrew Wessen, Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi and Sean Gadd.

There was so much love, or something like it, pouring from the audience during last night's Grouplove concert at The Republik, that my ears are still ringing from the night. It wasn't the band that was deafening, but a crowd of people who just like to hear themselves scream, causing the band to remark at one point, "You guys sure are loud."

It would have been nice to hear more of the band. I'm just sayin'. Oh, and I wish I hadn't been standing next to Ms. "Night at the Roxbury," who kept whipping her high ponytail into my face with her neck going to the left, to the left, to the left.

But, the band welcomes that let it all out abandon with its rootsy, carefree sing-along (even if you can't) vibe. They're in the vanguard of bands with an anti-pop star communal sound, and everyone except drummer Ryan Rabin had a turn at lead vocal last night, with nary an autotune moment.

Lead vocalist Christian Zucconi's primal, off-kilter, out-of-control voice is one of a person who doesn't give a damn about what any critic thinks, and that's part of the charm of this band. Pitchy? Not a problem. They're just putting their heart and soul out there, and it's so refreshing to get a break from the generic formulas of the handful of songwriters employed by the industry to turn out hits for so-called "artists."

Their imperfect sound isn't supposed to be commercial, yet ironically, that "think different" vibe made their song "Tongue Tied," a natural fit for an Apple iPod Touch commercial, which is where I first heard them.

The band played a tight, energetic hourlong set of songs from "Never Trust A Happy Song," saving "Tongue Tied" for the encore, with a bit of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" sandwiched between that song and the haunting "Colours."

What was funny was, right before the encore, someone yelled "Free Bird," from the crowd of mostly people born way after that song was released in 1973. Some concert traditions never die.

gpopenSing the Body, Zack Shimizu and Elijah Oguma on stand-up drums, a real power duo, opened the show.

gp2Hannah and Christian.

gp3Christian rocks.

A toast to Fendi Baguette's warm welcome

August 17th, 2012

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At Fendi Aug. 16, Anne Young, with Alan Young, tries to choose between the Fendi Baguette Zucca, left, and Fendi Baguette Paglia, two of six of Silvia Fendi's favorites, reissued in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the handbag that helped usher in the era of the "It" handbag. It took her an hour to decide on the embellished Zucca style.

The dress code at Fendi last night was "Baguette," so I was half expecting someone with a sense of humor, and no baguette in their wardrobe, to come in with a loaf of French bread tucked her
arm in honor of the handbag's namesake.

No such moment arrived, but it was still fun to see women with the baguettes they had chosen over the years from the more than 700 styles created in the familiar flat, elongated shape that fits so well tucked under a woman's arm.

Silvia Fendi created the first baguette in 1997 and its immediate and phenomenal success helped usher in the decade of the "It handbag." With its eye-catching stream of creative embellishments and fabrications, it fueled an appetite for ornamental designer bags.

fendi1Fendi district manager Cammy Maheras with her first baguette, a 2012 Lurex fabric version that she loves for its shimmer and versatility. It can be paired with denim to dressy evening ensembles.

"Baguette Mania" events at Fendi in the Royal Hawaiian Center Aug. 14 and Ala Moana Center on the 16th were highlighted by a champagne toast accompanying an exhibition of archival baguettes. You can still view them through 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Ala Moana Center store.

Also available for sale will be copies of the new "Fendi Baguette Book." Pictured on its pages are vintage, rare, limited-edition and one-of-a-kind artist baguettes, including interpretations from such artists as Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.

fendiredThis red embellished baguette is one of about 10 owned by Kazuko Rodriguez.

fendi2Bobbette Adcock brought in this baguette of woven leather in all the colors she favors in her wardrobe and suiting the colors of her other accesssory, her dog Cha-Lee.

fendi5Jinhee Oh with her own Fendi purse, left, and another 2012 design. This was my favorite. From afar, it looked like pony hair, but up close the pattern comprises beadwork, with baguette-cut crystals gracing the hardware.

fendinewA closer look at the baguette.

fendiizumiIzumi Montenero with her Fendi, and Chizu Kiriki.

fendiAt the front of the shop, Fendi craftsman Luis Villar was working on custom Selleria baguettes.

fendisChoosing your leather color is the first step toward owning your own Selleria baguette. I was mightily drawn to the purple.

fendiluisRepresenting the University of Hawaii College of Arts & Humanities, dean Peter Arnade and Hye-Ryeon Lee admired Luis's work. Funds raised from a percentage of sales during the event will benefit arts programs at the school.

fendidisplayKazuko Rodriguez and Jenine Goto at an interactive display of Fendi baguettes included in "The Baguette Book," which I swear weighs 20 pounds. Jenine's baguette dates to 2005, a Zucca with a floral pattern.

A limited quantity of Silvia Fendi's six favorite baguettes have also been reissued in conjunction with the anniversary event, and stores had to fight over these in-demand handbags. In addition to the two considered by Anne Young at the top of the page, the reissues are:

FENDI Baguette GiallaFendi Baguette Gialla

FENDI Baguette JeansFendi Baguette Jeans

Fendi Baguette Tucano

FENDI Baguette SpecchiettiFendi Baguette Specchietti

Fall 2012 fashion preview at NM

August 16th, 2012

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Neiman Marcus offered a preview of fall trends last night. Among them, several shades of green, as shown in this combination of a Halston dress with Helmut Lang jacket and accessories.

With fall season set to begin, in stores if not quite in the air yet, Neiman Marcus is abuzz with trunk shows and previews of what's to come.

Informal modeling is taking place in the store today, and the store hosted two preview fashion shows offering a glimpse of the season's top trends, many inspired by London and the classic chic style of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

The season's mix is highlighted by digital prints, mixed greens, menswear, structured and retro-style jackets, leather leggings, navy as the new neutral and sparkling ladylike brooches worn in unexpected ways.

nmdprintDigital prints combined with leather leggings, hemmed to showcase booties and all your fab footwear.

nmgreenMore green in a Donna Karan dress and DVF coat with Alexis Bittar jewelry and Prada Art Deco sunglasses.

nmgreen:blueMixed with green is blue as the new neutral.

nmbeckhamLadylike classics are inspired by the style of new fashion icon Kate Middleton. This dress, paired with leggings, is from Victoria Beckham.

nmmenMenswear influence in a bomber jacket from Burberry, layered with a cashmere cozy.

nmmensMenswear gray flannel pinstripe suiting by Jean Paul Gaultier, paired with pearls to soften the look, plus brooches worn at the shoulder rather than the lapel.

In-store events for early fall include:

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Pieces from David Yurman's Labyrinth Collection.

“Up Close: David Yurman”: During store hours through Aug. 19. The event offers a peek at the jewelry designer’s NM Exclusive Labyrinth Collection featuring pieces in sterling silver with diamonds. You'll be able to earn InCircle bonus points with Yurman purchases of $1,000 or more. Spend $1,000 and get 2,000 bonus points, $2,500 and get 5,000 points, $5,000 for 10,000 points, and $10,000 for 20,000 points.

Buccellati trunk show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18.  View the latest collection in Precious Jewels Salon, Level One

"Up Close: Brunello Cucinelli": Earn InCircle bonus points when you spend $1,000 or more on regular-priced men's or women's Brunello Cucinelli merchandise when you use your NM or BG credit card Aug. 23 to 26.

Beauty Event preview: Snag an NM Exclusive tote bag and beauty samples with your cosmetics or fragrance purchase of $100 or more, and visit participating counters for other special offers. One tote per customer, while supplies last. In Cosmetics, Level One.

Piazza Sempione event: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 5, and 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6. View the Fall 2012 Collection in Designer Sportswear, Level Two.

Stuart Weitzman trunk show: View the Fall 2012 Collection from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 in the Shoe Salon, Level One.

Guy Bedarida for John Hardy: Meet creative director and head designer Guy Bedarida and view the latest collection from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 in Designer Jewelry, Level One.

Christian Louboutin trunk show: View the Fall 2012 Collection from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 15, and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Shoe Salon, Level One.

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