Archive for March, 2013

DVF Spring/Summer 2013 on Shop A Le'a pink carpet

March 24th, 2013

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DVF Spring-Summer 2013 designs on the pink carpet at Ala Moana Center's Shop A Le'a event.

Diane Von Furstenberg designs were shown on the pink carpet at Ala Moana Center's Shop A Le'a event March 23, sandwiched between shows by White House / Black Market and Caché.

With Center Stage in the process of being renovated, the pink carpet stretching the length of the mall was a novel way to present the season's collections. It made the runway the longest in America, at more than half a mile long, according to mall officials. Considering the models walked all three shows during the day, that amounted to trekking a mile-and-a-half ... in heels! The footwear was from one of the newest mall tenants, the Japan-based shoe company Flag-J.

I wasn't sure where to watch the show, so headed for the Macy's end, where it was slated to begin near Shirokiya. There was only one other photographer in sight, so I wondered where everyone else was. After the models' first pass, I headed down to the center of the mall, figuring I could outrun them, but it was really difficult to move through the crowd, most so oblivious that security had to clear a path for the models.

Then after catching them near the central clock, it was another jog to Sephora, where I could catch them again circling back from the Sears side of the mall. Then, it was another dash back to Macy's to catch them as they returned to the starting point. It was quite a workout, and other photographers who were doing the same to get every vantage, were breaking a sweat but were commited to catching all the day's shows. One was enough for me.

Here's the lineup for tomorrow, March 24:
>> Noon: Juicy Couture
>> 2 p.m.: Macy’s
>> 4 p.m.: Valerie Joseph

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dvfRoycen Dehmer led the way in Diesel.






Dylan Lauren brings Easter treats to Neiman Marcus

March 24th, 2013

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Dylan Lauren was in town with Chocolate the Easter Bunny, in a timely visit to share post-Lent treats.

Dylan Lauren, founder of Dylan's Candy Bar was in town at Neiman Marcus, sharing Easter treats with fans who came to visit with her and Chocolate the bunny on March 23.

The daughter of designer Ralph Lauren grew up different and sensitive, so much so that while the other kids nibbled on chocolate bunny ears, legs and tails on Easter morning, she felt sorry for the bunnies and refused to eat them. Instead, she collected them to admire their beauty.

Well, we've all heard how resisting temptation pays off, and all those years about thinking different about candy resulted in big business.

And, she's living proof that perhaps candy makes a person sweeter. It's hard to believe how upbeat and cheerful she can be in strained situations. During my phone interview with her about a week ago, she had been on a train from D.C. to New York, and we had a hard time connecting en route, so were texting back and forth about what time she might arrive at the station, and I figured I could pick up food while waiting, but would have to do the interview from my car (parked). Even so, she had a hard time hearing me, while dealing with collecting her bags and hailing a cab, but was cheerful throughout and so apologetic about the time snafus. And it all worked out.

The NM third-floor Epicure department is now host to a Dylan's Candy Bar store-within-a-store, stocked with Easter goodies for now, and other seasonal edibles later. It's a colorful sight to behold, and people seem elated by the sight of all the colorful sweets.

dylan lolliDylan's giant lollipops.

dylan bookDylan was signing copies of her book, "Dylan's Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life."

dylan bunniesStuffed bunnies in Dylan's logo T-shirts.

dylan slipperAmong the treats, candy packed into rubbah slippah tins, for $18.

W Salon puts Uptown, Downtown and avant garde 'dos on the runway

March 23rd, 2013

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Avant garde hair styles from W Salon, and clothing from bebe on the pink carpet at Ala Moana Center's Shop A Le'a.

W Salon presented its Spring/Summer “Underground Collection” on March 20 as part of Ala Moana Center's weeklong Shop A Le'a event.

Models wore Uptown, Downtown and Avant Garde 'dos as they walked the pink carpet traversing the entire second-floor mall level, starting at the Macy's end, heading toward Sears and returning full circle to end before a gathering of photographers—pro and amateur—in front of Macy's.

Downtown looks were about rock 'n' roll and punky disconnected layers and splashes of bright color. Uptown looks included flowing, textured waves, some recalling film sirens of the 1940s and early '50s, and others anticipating demand for Gatsby-style finger waves once the film version of "The Great Gatsby" hits the big screen next month. And few Hawaii salons are doing avant garde style sculpting with as much dramatic impact as W Salon.

All the coiffures were designed and created by W Salon artistic director Thi Nguyen with support from his team who helped create the plaits, ropes and hair flowers that went into the avant garde designs, some of which took two to four hours to execute. Some models' hair was also dyed to match the created pieces, and even they didn't know where their real hair ended and the sculpted pieces began.

The salon is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Call 943-.2700.

w2W Salon's models ended the show in front of photographers on the pink carpet.

wscultW Salon avant garde styles on Angela Byrd, left, and Courtney Coleman, including hair flowers and geometric shapes.

wthiBack at W Salon after the show, artistic director Thi Nguyen shows some of the ropes of hair that had gone into some of his looks.

whairflowersHair flowers.

wuwavesKama Mathis in Uptown waves.

wsilverMolly in difficult-to-achieve silver with pink and a disconnected Downtown cut.

wwavesJamie Leigh Payne in Daisy Gatsby-style finger waves.

wdowntownCarlinah Heaton in one of W Salon's Spring/Summer 2013 Downtown looks.

wredBori Stoitcheva in another Downtown look, with dramatic, toussled waves.

Sacs in the City 2013: Passage to Paradise

March 22nd, 2013

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Junior League of Honolulu president Jennifer Li Dotson, in green, went through a couple of dress changes during the Sacs in the City event that took place March 16 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. She's with her daughter Jade Dotson, Lisa Yamada (left), and Tiffany Huynh.

The Junior League of Honolulu presented its 9th annual Sacs in the City event, "Passage to Paradise," on March 16, 2013, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

Once again, the event invited handbag enthusiasts to browse and bid on a selection of handbags, accessories and other fashion items. This year I have my dream bag, the Valentino
Nuage Lacca tote in what a friend calls a "pig pink" color. Even so, it was hard to avoid temptation, especially when it came to a Max & Co. envelope clutch which would make a nice addition to my handbag family.

The event was also highlighted by a couple of fashion shows. The first was a preview of designs by students from the University of Hawaii APDM program, in advance of the students April 28, 2013, fashion show, as well as 2013 spring collections from DFS Galleria. In between, Junior League "celebs" graced the runway, including keiki models in Ralph Lauren and Marie Chantal, and grownups in a mix of Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, and more.

The UH-DFS collaboration has proven to be fruitful over the past couple of years, with the students creating fashion to highlight some of DFS's vast handbag selection, showing that fashion doesn't exist in a vacuum and designers have to be aware of how their work dovetails with general trends.

The Kauai and Maui ballrooms were packed, so I had to park on the very top of the Sheraton garage, which meant I saw everyone on the way down, including Valerie Jospeh's Valerie Ragasa-Miao. Loved her bright yellow Porsche and license plate reading God-dss!

For those who would like to see more from the students, the 47th annual UH Manoa Fashion Show, "Zeitgeist: Spirit of the Time," will take place at 6 p.m. April 29 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Kona Moku Ballroom, 2552 Kalakaua Ave. There will be a silent auction from 4:30 p.m.

This year's show will feature collections by seven senior designers and 13 junior designers. Tickets are $50 for VIP seating and $25 for general admission. For tickets, email, or

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sacsAmong purses awaiting Sacs bids were this Michael Kors Hamilton satchel and Gucci Crystal Joy Princy Tote.

sacs toteVince Camuto colorblocked Julia satchel, valued at $248.

sacs clutchI was mostly in the market for an envelope clutch, and was admiring this Alida clutch from Max & Co., valued at $314 with a starting bid of $145.

sacs shoeBags were not the only items available in the silent auction. Here's a pretty pair of bright, look-at-me sandals from Kate Spade.

sacs comboCombo packages were also available. Some were drawn to pairings of sacs and gas cards (so practical!) I was looking at this "Taste of the Orient" $200 value package from P.F. Chang, offering a combination of dinner, and some dressy items for going out, with a box purse, earrings and lipstick case.

sacs lanternsTables were dressed with paper lanterns in the season's pastels.

sacsuhUH APDM student designer Mari Nakamura with her model Katt Kitchen in a striking city look. (more…)

When color is expected, posh black and white makes a statement

March 21st, 2013

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Prints and stripes in basic black and white are a key trend for Spring 2013.

I think the idea of fashion scares most people because they look at ideal images put out by designers and automatically assume, "I could never wear that."

Spring 2013 trends, however, are very wearable and those who say they can't pull off the looks just aren't trying very hard. For starters, in this season typically marked by color, black-and-white suddenly looks fresh and dramatic.

A couple of the major trends were seen in abundance at Ala Moana Center's Posh Pau Hana event March 19, one of a full week of the mall's Shop A Le'a spring celebration.

From store windows to real-way dressing, guests showed how easy it is to be on trend this season with black-and-white and stripes, even if it means starting by simply digging out pieces from your closet—I know you have a lace top or two in there—and adding a new high-voltage or color-contrast handbag, gladiator sandals or bold bib necklace.

At the event, I found out someone had started a rumor that I was sick and had laryngitis and people were telling me they had been told I wouldn't be attending, but I am 100 percent well. It was just the rest of the SA features department on one side of a barrier that was wiped out last week because of some office Typhoid Marys. My secrets for staying well in this time of influenza: Wash your hands and never touch public spaces. Use a paper towel. If you can't wash your hands and have no sort of barrier, use elbows instead of fingers and like your mom always told you, do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth. I learned all of this the hard way while traveling during a Hong Kong summer, when every public surface is sticky wet. Ugh. It was not good.

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More spring trends from Neiman Marcus.

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The pink carpet is ready. There's a Shop a Le‘a Pink Carpet contest going on now: Strut your stuff through Sunday and post it on Instagram or Twitter using @AlaMoanaCenter and #ShopaLea. Six who post will be picked at random to win a $50 Ala Moana Center gift card.

Shop A Le'a events continue through the weekend, highlighted by fashion shows on the half-mile pink carpet running the length of the second-story mall levels. Show times are as follows:

March 22
>> Noon: Splash! Hawaii
>> 2 p.m.: Spiral Girl
>> 4 p.m.: Banana Republic

March 23
>> Noon: White House|Black Market
>> 2 p.m.: Diane von Furstenberg
>> 4 p.m.: Cachê

March 24
>> Noon: Juicy Couture
>> 2 p.m.: Macy’s
>> 4 p.m.: Valerie Joseph

pstripeCrosswalk inspiration.

posh chanelIn the window at Chanel.

poshbrIn the window at Banana Republic.

posh sephoraShopper at Sephora.

posh realShopper at Sephora.

posh checkChecking in guests at Posh Pau Hana, Aja Tanabe, left, and Neazel Calaro.

posh stripeAlso in variations of stripes, stylist Crystal Pancipanci, left, and Giselle Pineda.

poshstripeLoved Michelle Simpson's shoes. Alas, we can't buy them because they're past season Marc Jacobs. Her striped sweater is from Jason Wu's Miss Wu collection, available at Nordstrom.

poshbwDara Lum, left, and Pie Chun in black and white.

poshlaceJae Hae Jones models another of the season's trends, lace, from White House / Black Market.

posh laceMore lace worn by Yuki Saito, left, and Janet Mayerle, in a lace-print dress.

posh annBlack and white is also color pop friendly, as seen in the window at Ann Taylor.

posh tieKenji Kikawada in black and white with a color pop of forest green in his bow tie.

posh shadesEyewear can also provide a color pop, whether in the lens or frames. These Sama and Ray-Ban styles are from the Ilori boutique.

posh expressA pop of pink with stripes at Express.

pink stripeStripes are candy colored in the window at Kate Spade.

poshrMore color from Robyn Gee, left, and Olena Heu.

posh wuDaniela Abe models the new lightweight warm-weather leather from Miss Wu. Next to her are more styles from Miss Wu and Nordstrom's Savvy department.

yogaLululemon Athletica was among the Posh Pau Hana participants, rounding up guests for some competitive yoga. I had done this earlier, but it's kind of hard to balance in heels, with a cell phone in one hand, camera in the other, and a crossbody bag on one side of your hip. I was talking to someone when I heard my name mentioned by the emcees. Apparently, someone said if I could do it, they could too. Haha, why do some people have to turn everything into a competition? Why can't they just do stuff for fun?

posh macYummy deep-fried macaroni and cheese balls from Romano's Macaroni Grill, accompanied by a pink grapefruit Greyhound.

posh ravioliEdibles from Romano's Macaroni Grill included mushroom ravioli and strawberry cheesecake.

posh cheesecake

Raw Artists get a venue at Aloha Beer Co.

March 20th, 2013

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A model in one of the creations by Jaclyn Mae Santos, featuring her manipulated fabric.

RAW: Natural Born Artists-Honolulu is part of a national community of creatives across the world, with 77 regional communities.

The independent arts organization's mission is to provide emerging independent artists, within the first decade of their career, with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.

The organization welcomes all genres of art, including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists, and more, giving the artists a venue to show their work to the greater community.

In Honolulu, that means hosting a series of monthly showcases bringing musicians, visual artists and designers together for a diverse evening of shopping and entertainment.

The most recent showcase brought together a half dozen visual artists, musicians and designers, highlighted by a fashion show featuring recent University of Hawaii APDM graduate Jaclyn Mae Santos, Birdie Girls Creations Roberta "Robyn" Gray-Newman, Glass Eye Arts Shayna Nichols, and Project P Bowties.

Santos was parting with pieces from her cool girl "Alien 2 Alien" collection (if only I were 20 years younger), while also introducing her new direction, which involves dyeing, printing and manipulating fabric. She's just getting warmed up, and showed three pieces, plus a tote bag featuring her hand-block printing. All the designers staged brief, but sassy shows, emceed by Sean Douglas.

The next event takes place 7 to 10 p.m. April 13 at Aloha Beer Co., 580 N. Nimitz Highway. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $10 pre-sale online at, or $15 at the door.

rawjmsDesigner Jaclyn Mae Santos with her models.

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bowsMonterey Atuatasi in Project P Bowties by Kathy.

rawhatsBirdie Girls Creations Roberta "Robyn" Gray-Newman with her knit hats and berets. Slouchy and rasta caps are $20, chunky knits are $10, and headbands are $15. Her felt flowers are $5 each, with bulk discounts. Kid's caps are $20.

rawkidsThese boys admire the lampwork pendants of Glass Eye Arts' Shayna Nichols.

raw toothyHeiko Greb's somewhat sinister-looking tabletop wood-block sculptures.

I have a winner!

March 17th, 2013

Thanks all for entering to win the Ross gift card. Jennifer is the winner. Congratulations and happy shopping! I'll be in touch with you soon!

H&M coming to Waikiki in 2014

March 15th, 2013

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H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, the global retailer known for fashion-forward apparel and modern basics at reasonable prices, has announced plans to open its first Hawaii store at the Waikiki Business Plaza in early 2014.

A release from the company calls it the "most-anticipated" U.S. H&M opening since to company introduced its first U.S. store opening on New York's Fifth Avenue in 2000. I don't know if they're referring to their own anticipation, or ours, but the announcement caused a bit of a stir when I broke the news on Twitter. Of course, that was followed by daydreaming about the other retailers we want here, but H&M has been at the top of the wish list for years!

The tri-level H&M flagship store, at 31,000 square feet will house collections for women and men, with separate “store within store” sections for accessories, lingerie, maternity and sports apparel.

The United States has been one of H&M’s most important markets, now with 269 locations across the country. Internationally, H&M has more than 2,800 stores in 48 markets.

Not everyone is 100 percent elated. Over the years avid travelers have told me they love shopping H&M on their trips, and coming home with pieces no one else has. Now everyone will be in on their secret.

The solution: Style, style, style to create a look all your own.



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