By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
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.
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W Salon's models ended the show in front of photographers on the pink carpet.
W Salon avant garde styles on Angela Byrd, left, and Courtney Coleman, including hair flowers and geometric shapes.
Back 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.
Kama Mathis in Uptown waves.
Molly in difficult-to-achieve silver with pink and a disconnected Downtown cut.
Jamie Leigh Payne in Daisy Gatsby-style finger waves.
Carlinah Heaton in one of W Salon's Spring/Summer 2013 Downtown looks.
Bori Stoitcheva in another Downtown look, with dramatic, toussled waves.