By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
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
firstname.lastname@example.org, Jam99@hawaii.edu or email@example.com
Among purses awaiting Sacs bids were this Michael Kors Hamilton satchel and Gucci Crystal Joy Princy Tote.
Vince Camuto colorblocked Julia satchel, valued at $248.
I 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.
Bags were not the only items available in the silent auction. Here's a pretty pair of bright, look-at-me sandals from Kate Spade.
Combo 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.
Tables were dressed with paper lanterns in the season's pastels.
UH APDM student designer Mari Nakamura with her model Katt Kitchen in a striking city look.
UH APDM student designer Breanne Lee with her model Hannah Brewer in a brocade ensemble to match her metallic clutch.
Trisha Takehara, DFS assistant general manager of fashion, left, with Bree Dallwitz.
Susan Todani in the season's warm-weather leather, the last thing on my spring shopping list!
The afternoon's lunch started with a Nalo Farms mixed green salad with shaved cucumber, Big Island tomatoes and goat cheese. It was surprising to bite into the hearts of palm. In the photo you can see the veins, but on the plate it looked like three pieces of cheese. Smoked bacon dressing was a nice touch. Vegetarians had a papaya seed option.
The main course featured adobo-braised short ribs, shiso roast chicken, eggplant-edamame ragout, candied kombu and lemon sake jus. Vegetarians had a mushroom ravioli option.
Dessert of banana cake topped with roasted pineapple-banana confiture with cream cheese-yuzu chantilly.