Fashion Tribe

Bobbie Thomas's tips for fall dressing

September 12th, 2012

bobbie3Nadine Kam photos
Stylist Bobbie Thomas, second from left, backstage with KITV's Jill Kuramoto, Andrea Abraham, Robyn Gee and Neazel Calaro, after her Fall Trend Workshop on Ala Moana Center's Centerstage, on Sept. 8.

NBC "Today" show style editor Bobbie Thomas made her way to Honolulu for two events that were part of Ala Moana Center's Fall Fashion Event that took place Sept. 6 through 9.

First, the style expert shared the latest trends and tips for wearing them during a Fall Trend Workshop that took place Sept. 7 on Centerstage. I had a scare that night when, while photographing models from the Reyn Spooner fashion show earlier in the day, I put down my video camera in the planters fronting the stage, and forgot to pick it up when I left.

When I remembered I'd left it there, I rushed back and it was gone. So staffers contacted security, and I had a look back stage, just in case. When I came out, a woman came up to me and pulled my camera from her bag. She said she was going to turn it in to security after the show, but in the moment didn't want to give up her seat for Bobbie's show. I was so grateful. The camera had two days of unedited video on it, and I got it back in time for Bobbie's presentation, a part of which is below:

Non-flash video link

Among the fall trends she cited were menswear suiting, mixed prints, florals, brocade and baroque, military, jumpsuits, pleather, peplums and winter whites.

It was great to meet the stylist, who is warm, energetic and down to earth, the same characteristics that made her a good counselor prior to her entering the world of fashion. Not exactly your usual trajectory, but she made it work.

She calls herself a "professional girlfriend" and that's the quality that allows women to warm up to her advice, which is different from others who might come across as scolds or dominatrixes of fashion, forcing their rules on people. That only causes people to rebel, even from good advice, and with her background in psychology, Bobbie understands that doesn't work when all you really want to do is encourage people to do something that will benefit themselves in the long run.

I would have loved to check out her Girl's Night Out party the next night, but was committed to attending the biggest event of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, which overlapped the Fall Fashion Event. So, HFWF may push its 2013 event later next year.

bobbie2Fans of Bobbie Thomas chased her backstage after her Fall Trend Workshop. Here, she gives a young fashionista lessons in posing for the camera.

bobbieThis woman just wanted to find out where to buy a winter white cardigan in Bobbie's show. It was from Nordstrom.

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