By Nadine Kam
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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.
Ala Moana Center photo
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:
>> Noon: Splash! Hawaii
>> 2 p.m.: Spiral Girl
>> 4 p.m.: Banana Republic
>> Noon: White House|Black Market
>> 2 p.m.: Diane von Furstenberg
>> 4 p.m.: Cachê
>> Noon: Juicy Couture
>> 2 p.m.: Macy’s
>> 4 p.m.: Valerie Joseph
In the window at Chanel.
In the window at Banana Republic.
Shopper at Sephora.
Shopper at Sephora.
Checking in guests at Posh Pau Hana, Aja Tanabe, left, and Neazel Calaro.
Also in variations of stripes, stylist Crystal Pancipanci, left, and Giselle Pineda.
Loved 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.
Dara Lum, left, and Pie Chun in black and white.
Jae Hae Jones models another of the season's trends, lace, from White House / Black Market.
More lace worn by Yuki Saito, left, and Janet Mayerle, in a lace-print dress.
Black and white is also color pop friendly, as seen in the window at Ann Taylor.
Kenji Kikawada in black and white with a color pop of forest green in his bow tie.
Eyewear can also provide a color pop, whether in the lens or frames. These Sama and Ray-Ban styles are from the Ilori boutique.
A pop of pink with stripes at Express.
Stripes are candy colored in the window at Kate Spade.
More color from Robyn Gee, left, and Olena Heu.
Daniela 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.
Lululemon 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?
Yummy deep-fried macaroni and cheese balls from Romano's Macaroni Grill, accompanied by a pink grapefruit Greyhound.
Edibles from Romano's Macaroni Grill included mushroom ravioli and strawberry cheesecake.