Archive for October, 2012

Beauty Spot: NARS meets Warhol

October 6th, 2012

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NARS Warhol "Flowers" eyeshadow palette, $55 at Sephora.

Andy Warhol's Factory and the Pop Art movement have inspired fashion for decades, and their influence will be seen over the holiday season with the introduction of the NARS Andy Warhol "Pop Art" line that just arrived at Sephora stores, and the "Factory" line launching in November.

Both collections feature eye color palettes, lipglosses, cheek color and nail lacquers inspired by the artist's most memorable muses, including Edie Sedgwick, Debbie Harry and Candy Darling. The cosmetics are packaged in boxes bearing print and photographs from the Warhol archive.

The "Factory" collection will have Sedgwick-inspired colors such as "Chelsea Girl" matte lipstick and "Edie" eyeshadows.

warhollipsNARS "Kiss Mini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Coffret" captures the lips of Andy Warhol’s muses and the sparkle of the artist’s silver studio in hues of "Blue Movie," "Myths," "Chelsea Girls," "Silver Factory" and "Drella"; $55.

In case you need a refresher on Warhol's work, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is host to the exhibition, "Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years," through Dec. 31, 2012. Catch it if you can, or visit

warholMetropolitan Museum of Art

Hawaii Fashion Week at RHC

October 3rd, 2012

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Hawaii Fashion Week founder and director Ralph Malani, second from left, with Cliff Duldulao, Ms. Polynesia Abby Resulta and event host Kea Ho.

The 3rd Annual Hawai‘i Fashion Week, founded and directed by Ralph Malani, and produced by Mt. Kalihi Productions to celebrate Polynesian style, took place Sept. 23 to 29, encompassing Malani's Mr. and Miss Polynesia pageant on the 23rd, followed by a free fashion show and competition Sept. 28 at Royal Hawaiian Center's Royal Grove, and a Tahitian Fashion Fete at Hard Rock Café on Sept. 29.

The free event at RHC featured fashion shows by Tali's Polynesia, Sina Thomsen, Uoleni Tupuola, and Kini Zamora, as well as a Young Designer Couture Competition judged by myself, MidWeek managing editor and style editor Yu Shing Ting, and the show's host model/actress Kea Ho, who took time out from working on bringing a Polynesian revue to Las Vegas.

At the end of the show, Kini walked away with the winning title, as well as cash and prizes from the center, Wolfgang's Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, and other event sponsors.

But when he took his bows with a model in one of his blue dresses for the winner's photo, I couldn't believe that dress had won. The hem was uneven and bunchy, so I asked Yu Shing if she voted for that dress, and when she said no for the same reasons, adding the blouse was so sheer we could see the model's bra, I said, "I guess Kea must have really liked it!"

We asked Kea and she said she hadn't voted for that dress either. We finally figured out that the model, Sade Toomalatai, for the winning designed had changed, so Kini simply walked out with a model who was still dressed.

So, for the record, we had Tiare put on the winning enemble for photographs.

hfwkiniKini Zamora was the winner of Hawaii Fashion Week's inaugural Young Designer Couture Competition. Sade Toomalatai wears his winning design, with a flamenco-style ruffle down one side of the maxi skirt.

hfworangeA series of fashion shows before the couture competition featured tropical designs for both men and women.


hfwvisitorMaria Aitonean, a visitor from Seattle, originally from Romania, was so excited by the shows, she had to climb the stage and do her own runway walk after the models were gone. A passerby asked her what she was smoking.

hfwsinaSina Thomsen with her couture competition model Malia McKee.

hfwuoleniDesigner Uoleni Tupuola with his model, Tesia Worley.

hfwtaliDesigner Tali Goeas, right, with her model Sade Toomalatai.

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