Archive for September, 2012

Fall trends hit Ala Moana Centerstage

September 12th, 2012

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Models dressed for the Juicy Couture fashion show that took place at noon Sept. 8 on Ala Moana Center's Centerstage, part of the mall's 2012 Fall Fashion Event that took place over four days.

Ala Moana's Fall Fashion Event was highlighted by more than a dozen fashion shows, including those by Old Navy and Neiman Marcus on Fashion's Night Out, and menswear by Reyn Spooner on Sept. 7, with the bulk of the shows taking place Sept. 8 and 9 on Centerstage.

Saturday's lineup, beginning at noon, was: Juicy Couture, Banana Republic, Diane Von Furstenburg, Jimmy Choo and Cache, Spiral Girl and Cache.

Valerie Joseph opened Sunday's showings, followed by: White House/Black Market, Maui Divers and White House/Black Market, and Cinnamon Girl.

It must have been challenging to pull off that many looks every hour on the hour, but stylist Amos Kotomori and his crew of mostly Honolulu Community College Fashion Technology students and graduates pulled it off in style.

On Saturday, I was only able to attend the first three shows before heading off to the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival's "Farm to Table: A Makahiki Festival" event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

On Sunday, I decided to rest and didn't go anywhere, but stayed home to edit all my videos. I was all achy from the mix of standing all week and being slumped over a video screen all day, but I went for a massage and it worked wonders. Remember that next time you have a non-stop weekend.

callieModel Callie Wagner in a feathery jacket from Juicy Couture.

reynsRobyn Gee, left, and Malia Chung back stage following Sept. 7's Reyn Spooner fashion show, with a shopper that was pulled from the crowd to sub for a model who couldn't make it in at the last minute.

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Fashion's Night Out vs. food

September 8th, 2012

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The window at Dior on Fashion's Night Out.

The start of fall fashion week is one of the busiest weekends ever, with Ala Moana Center's Fashion's Night Out—the opening of its four-day Fall Fashion Event—coinciding with First Friday, and for the first time, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, one of the biggest foodie events in the state.

Last year, HFWF took place in early October, so I don't know why they moved it to this busy weekend when I found myself having to be in two places at once.

I'm not complaining about having the two best beats ever, but the fashion calendar doesn't change, so I hope they can push their event later next year. There were a lot of people who had to choose one over the other, and some who went to both.

I started FNO at Old Navy about 5:30, prior to the start of its 6 p.m. fashion show, and caught part of that before heading to Neiman Marcus for an impressive 6:30 p.m. fashion show of fall trends that repeated at 7:30 p.m.

There were a lot of looks, so I imagine it was difficult getting the models into their many changes, then repeating the whole cycle again! People take for granted the poise and ease of the models as they hit the runway, but I appreciate the days of hard work and back-stage chaos that makes perfection possible.

I only had time to peek into DVF and Michael Kors before having to head to the Modern Honolulu for "Enter the MODERN Dragon: Morimoto & Friends" that had started at 6 (5 p.m. for VIPs), which meant most of the stations were running out or out of food.

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fnomDVF boutique manager Marilee Mattson shows the bag that was given away in an FNO  prize drawing at the store.

fnodvfEdi Marie, right, and Skyler Seamons stopped by DVF after shopping for FNO merchandise at Michael Kors.

fnogiftAlethea Corpuz was on of the first people at the Fall Fashion Event to rack pick up the Ala Moana Center gift of a trio of China Glaze nail enamels and Seche Vite top coat after turning in her receipts for $300 in merchandise to Tiffany Magno. The offer is good for merchandise purchased between Sept. 6 and 9.

fnokorsAt the Michael Kors, customers could enter to win a handbag, and pick up logo merchandise at front and center of the store.


Fashion with a message

September 6th, 2012

sextBracelets from 3Strands aim to stop human trafficking, while helping its victims start a new life.

My story in the paper today is about 808 Urban's Mai'a Project, which aims to pair young artists with social justice organizations toward products geared toward raising consciousness.

It's a way of getting more people thinking about how to utilize their talents for greater good, and how the fashion industry can transcend commercial interests to send important messages.

In the case of the inaugural Mai'a Project, which celebrates its launch from 2 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at The Refuge, 683 Auahi St., young women partnered with the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS) to create a T-shirt design reflecting the journey from darkness to light.

Another brand that aims to put an end to human trafficking is 3Strands Global, which puts designs to work supporting organizations such as Agape International Missions (AIM). AIM’s programs help provide women with a safe environment to live and work after they have been rescued.

3Strands was initially created to fund the Agape Training Center operated by AIM in Svay Pak. The Agape Training Center  is a small jewelry and apparel training center that employs the women eight hours each day. During that time they receive counseling and educational services, as well as lunch and medical benefits. Their salaries are three to four times higher than what typical garment factories located in Cambodia pay. This community, where rehabilitation meets vocation, is built upon respect and compassion for one another in a family environment.

A recent documentary called "The Pink Room" focuses on the efforts of AIM and has received awards and recognition by international film festivals.

With the sale of every 3Strands handmade bracelet and gift box ($18 online), money is raised to help empower, teach and employ young women who have been rescued from sex trafficking.

The first of the 3Strands products, wax-cotton woven bracelets with a signature 3Strands metal closure, are all handmade by rescued young women. Each bracelet is made to remind the wearer of the trafficking survivor who made it.

The three pieces of cord comprising the bracelet symbolize the freedom, love and empowerment these women experience, braided together and not easily broken. The incorporation of a single red string, barely visible inside the center of each bracelet, illustrates the souls of these women,  invisible to those who bought and sold them in the past.

Every bracelet also incorporates one fragile, red seed from the pods of sandalwood trees native to Cambodia. One would never guess these glossy seeds come from colorless pods that are cast away, reminding the women of their journey and their beauty within.

More livestreams from NYFW

September 6th, 2012

richard chaiScreen shot from Richard Chai's Spring 2013 runway show at New York Fashion Week.

In addition to the New York Fashion Week shows being livestreamed from Lincoln Center,, a site covering retail trends and the intersection of tech and fashion, is offering a link to shows here.

Here's a list of shows that were not on the "Live From the Runway" list I posted yesterday. New York times are listed first, followed by Hawaii times.

10 a.m. (4 a.m.): Peter Som
Noon (6 a.m.): Sally LaPointe
1 p.m. (7 a.m.): Jason Wu
2 p.m. (8): Yigal Azrouel
3 p.m. (9): Cuchnie et Ochs, Rebecca Minkoff
6 p.m. (noon): Nicole Miller
7 p.m. (1 p.m.): Charlotte Ronson
8 p.m. (2): Academy of Art University

Noon (6 a.m.): Son Jung Wan

Noon (6 a.m.): Derek Lam, Michael Bastian
1 p.m. (7 a.m.): DKNY
3 p.m. (9 a.m.): Thakoon
5 p.m. (11 a.m.): Carmen Marc Valvo
6:30 p.m. (12:30): Long Tran
7 p.m. (1 p.m.): Zang Toi

SEPT. 10
1 p.m. (7 a.m.): Ohne Titel
3 p.m. (9 a.m.): Reem Acra

SEPT. 11
9 a.m. (3 a.m.): Tory Burch
Noon (6 a.m.): Rodarte
3 p.m. (9 a.m.): Osklen
6:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m.): Oscar de la Renta
8 p.m. (2): Narciso Rodriguez
9:30 p.m. (3:30): The Blonds

SEPT. 12
11 a.m. (5 a.m.): Douglas Hannant
5 p.m. (11 a.m.): Marchesa

SEPT. 13
2 p.m. (8 a.m.): Calvin Klein Collection

Keep up with NYFW via livestreamed shows

September 5th, 2012


New York Fashion Week's runway shows start tomorrow and now anyone can have a front-row seat thanks to livestreaming.

IMG will be making live stream and video on-demand content from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York available on YouTube, starting with Nicholas K's show at 9 a.m. (3 a.m. Hawaii time).

"Live From the Runway" ( will presents more than 30 live-streaming fashion shows and on-demand content, while keeping eauty and fashion enthusiasts up-to-date with show schedules, backstage beauty looks, insider interviews, trends and how-to videos.

It's so much easier than figuring out how to get from Point A to Point B with back-to-back shows, enduring lines and sore feet, and your view is guaranteed to be as good as Anna Wintour's, though she's more likely to be spotted at shows off-site.

Now you just have to sleep late or wake up early, or just catch all the shows of the days' rebroadcast.

Here's the schedule:

9 a.m. (3 a.m. HI time): Nicholas K
10 a.m. (4): BCBG Max Azria
11 a.m. (5): Richard Chai
2 p.m (8 a.m.): Tadashi Shoji
3 p.m.: (9 a.m.)Rebroadcast

3 p.m. (9 a.m.): Rebecca Minkoff
6 p.m. (noon): Nicole Miller
7 p.m. (1 p.m.): Charlotte Ronson
8 p.m.: Rebroadcast

10 a.m. (4): Lacoste
11 a.m. (5): Jill Stuart
2 p.m. (8 a.m.): Mara Hoffman
3 p.m. (9 a.m.): Hervé Leger by Max Azria
7 p.m. (1): Monique Lhuillier
8 p.m.: Rebroadcast

11 a.m. (5): Lela Rose
2 p.m. (8 a.m.): Tracy Reese
3 p.m. (9): Custo Barcelona
4 p.m. (10): Diane Von Furstenberg
6 p.m. (noon): Timo Weiland
8 p.m. (2 p.m.): Chado Ralph Rucci
9 p.m.: Rebroadcast

SEPT. 10
10 a.m. (4): Caroline Herrera
11 a.m. (5): Carlos Miele
3 p.m. (9 a.m.): Reem Acra
4 p.m.: Rebroadcast

SEPT. 11
10 a.m. (4): Badgley Mischka
11 a.m. (5): Vera Wang
1 p.m. (7 a.m.): Jenny Packham
2 p.m. (8 a.m.): Rebroadcast

SEPT. 12
9 a.m. (3): Bibhu Mohapatra
10 a.m. (4): Michael Kors
1 p.m. (7 a.m.): Rachel Zoe
2 p.m. (8): J. Mendel
3 p.m. (9): Milly by Michelle Smith
6 p.m. (noon): Anna Sui
7 p.m. (1 p.m.): Vivienne Tam
8 p.m.: Rebroadcast

Beauty spot: NARS latest debuts at FNO

September 5th, 2012

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NARS celebrates Fashion's Night Out tomorrow with the introduction of two new additions to its 413 BLKR collection.

Founder and creative director François Nars drew inspiration from New York City when creating the line named for the brand’s West Village flagship boutique.

The richly pigmented products are a Duo Eyeshadow in shimmering amethyst and black with red pearl ($34), and a Velvet Matte lip pencil ($24) in vivid pink with golden shimmer. True to its name, the lip pencil goes on velvety smooth with deep, saturated and seductive color.

Get it online beginning Sept. 6 online at, at the NARS flagship and and FNO retailers: Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Barneys New York, Lord & Taylor, and Bloomingdale’s.

I'll definitely be wearing it on FNO!

Beats that inspire

September 4th, 2012

In advance of New York Fashion Week starting this week, the New York Times shared some of the playlists that inspire the designers:

It's fun to compare what's on our own iPods. If you ever suffer from creative block, maybe a change of music will give your brain a boost. Anything that spurs creativity is welcome. So what's on your iPod?

Kristi Yamaguchi's Tsu.ya clothing line to debut

September 4th, 2012

kristiPhotos courtesy Tsu.ya
Kristi Yamaguchi will launch her activewear line during Fashion's Night Out at Lord & Taylor, New York.

Among the celebrities participating in “Fashion’s Night Out” at Lord and Taylor's Fifth Avenue flagship store Sept. 6 will be Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, who will be launching her activewear clothing line, Tsu.ya, and signing complimentary tote bags from the line.

I caught up with the skater-turned-designer during a phone interview prior to the Olympic games this year, and here's the story that appeared in the paper Aug. 2, under the headline, "After Olympian feats, earthly life resumes":

"All the athletes at the London Olympics are focused on the moment when they can bring home the gold to their respective countries. Without a plan for life after the games, what happens next is often far less heroic. You might see these elite athletes endorsing cereal or sandwiches, rubbing elbows with costumed characters at Disneyland or, like Bruce Jenner, playing dad to a passel of Kardashians.

Kristi Yamaguchi empathizes. The 1992 Olympic gold medal winner in women's figure skating said she was single-minded in her goal from childhood.

"I was just into the sport and focused on the task at hand, especially at the Olympic level. It's only every four years when you have that showcase, so there's so much focus on that moment. I did try to do as well as I could in school so there would be options after my skating career," she said by phone from her Northern California home.

Even so, Yamaguchi said serious thoughts about a post-Olympic career didn't start "until I was there. I was only 20 at the Olympics (in Albertville, France). When you're that age, you feel you have the whole world in front of you." (more…)

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