Archive for October, 2013

Contact lens hazzards the real scare of Halloween

October 29th, 2013

Costume contact lenses look like fun to wear and can be the finishing touch for any costume, but the FDA and Florida-based Eye & Wellness Center said the evening's temporary fun could lead to long-term problems.

It is against the law to purchase or sell contact lenses without a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist. While the illegal purchase of colored-contacts occurs year-round, the amount heightens around Halloween when people want to create a unique eye-color for their costume.

The center's Dr. Edward Kondrot, an ophthalmologist and board-certified physician said, "The problem is that people are unaware that contacts that are not prescribed by an eye doctor are likely to cause damaging effects on your eyes.

“Poor quality plastic releases bisphenol-A and phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors and they can interfere with sexual development. These lenses can lead to cuts, sores, corneal abrasions, ulcers and possibly blindness.”

Here are a few health risks that can occur from over-the-counter contacts:

>> Dyes: Unusual colors in the contacts can be toxic to your eyes, causing serious, sometimes irreversible damage.
>> Poor fit: Contact lenses that don’t fit correctly can lead to a lack of moisture in your eyes and cause ulcerations.
>> Lack of sanitation: Over-the-counter lenses are illegal and not regulated by the FDA. Your risk of contracting a bacterial infection increases with poorly manufactured contacts.

Michael Tam RMH Retailer of the Year

October 29th, 2013

In workshop

Retail Merchants of Hawai'i Retailer of the Year Michael Tam in the Martin & MacArthur workshop.Courtesy Martin & MacArthur

Here are the winners of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii's Ho’okela Awards, honored Oct. 24 at the 2013 RMH annual conference that took place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort.

Retailer of the Year: Michael Tam, Martin & MacArthur president and CEO

Local-born Tam returned to Hawaii in 2008 with a track record of senior leadership in global companies such as Nordstrom, McDonald’s International, Starbucks, and American Eagle Outfitters.

Tam and chairman Simon McKenzie are responsible for leading the Martin & MacArthur team to achieve sustainable, profitable, and long term growth and making the company more relevant to today’s lifestyles.

During the past five years, Martin & MacArthur doubled the number of craftsmen it employs, now totaling more than 30. It opened nine new stores, including its first stores on the Big Island and Kauai.

Martin & MacArthur represents nearly 200 local Hawaii craftsmen in its stores, making it the single largest supporter of fine craftsmanship in Hawaii. The company is also at the forefront of koa reforestation, working with private land owners on the Big Island and Hawaii Legacy Hardwoods. For every piece of furniture sold, Martin & MacArthur plants a new koa tree in honor of the customer.

Governor’s Award for Exemplary Service to the Retail Industry: Kelly Kauinana, Pearlridge Center marketing director

Retail Business of the Year, State of Hawaii: Tori Richard

Retail Business of the Year, Hawaii Island: Hula Daddy Kona Coffee

Retail Business of the Year—Kauai: Ishihara Market, Ltd.

Retail Business of the Year—Maui: Uptown Service, Inc.

Retail Business of the Year—Oahu: Fisher, Hawaii, Inc.

Retail Employee of the Year: Laura Ross, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee

Resort Business of the Year: Hawaiian Quilt Collection

Neighborhood Retail Business of the Year: Eki Cyclery

Best New Retail Business of the Year: Island Olive Oil Co.

E-Commerce Retail Business of the Year: IDEAL808

Founded in 1901, the Retail Merchants of Hawai'i is a state-wide not-for-profit trade association committed to the growth and development of the retail industry in Hawai'i. According to RMH, the retail industry is the largest single generator of general excise tax revenue and employs almost 25 percent of the workforce in the state.

Google honors Hollywood costumer Edith Head

October 28th, 2013

edithGoogle illustration

And we thought geeks were unfashionable ... it's nice to see Google make a nod to the fashion community with its logo tribute to the late eight-time Oscar-winning Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, whose birthday is today.

The designer, born in 1897, had no art, design or costume design experience when she was hired as a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures in 1924, but created her first costumes for "The Wanderer" in 1925 and by the 1930s established herself as one of Hollywood's leading costume designers, dressing stars such as Mae West, Dorothy Lamour, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and George's mother Rosemary Clooney.

She was working on 1940s-style costumes for the Steve Martin and Carl Reiner comedy "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," starring Steve Martin and Carl Reiner when she died on Oct. 24, 1981, and the film was dedicated to her memory.


Edith Head with her Oscars.


She dressed Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in "To Catch A Thief."

'Project Runway All-Stars': Ari out

October 25th, 2013


Ari South's punk challenge design.Lifetime photo

When it comes to state pride, Hawaii has a strong reputation for supporting its own in the national arena, so many were looking forward to seeing Ari South compete on “Project Runway All-Stars” Season 3, which began airing last night.

Unfortunately, the euphoria was short-lived as Ari was the first to exit the show, in the episode, “Punked,” an ode to the punk trend, fueled in part by Spring 2013’s Met Costume Institute exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”

Studying the exhibition would have been helpful to many of the designers, who didn’t seem to have a feel for the punk ethos. Only Seth Aaron Henderson and Jeffrey Sebelia seem to have grown up with the punk mindset, and, though Seth Aaron’s ensemble was fabulous, it wasn’t really punk in that it was way too polished. Similarly, judges’ “criticism” for Ari was, her design was “too well tailored.”


Punk from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's “Punk: Chaos to Couture” Spring 2013 exhibition.


Designer interpretations of punk from the Met exhibition.


The Met show noted how American punk fashion was simply anti-fashion T-shirts, denim and leather jackets, while the British style we came to associate with the punk scene grew out of the mainstreamed designer aesthetic of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.

The designers were sent to a makeshift workroom in the basement of the MOOD fabric store with the idea of creating a crude workspace for work that was initially rough, torn and battered. I think only Jeffrey got the challenge, in that he created a messy tangle of a skirt, with an imperfect fitted black jacket with leopard collar that a true punk might have come up with by Frankensteining thrift-shop finds.

In the end, Elena Slivnyak (Season 10), won her first challenge after following her model’s advice to wear her jacket backward. That gave it a straitjacket effect the judges, including Blondie’s Debbie Harry, liked, though Elena’s colorful jacket still registered more as New Wave to me.


Jeffrey Sebelia's design came closest to the makeshift, DIY spirit of punk.

After the episode aired, Ari posted to her Facebook page: “Thank you, to all my fans and family for your ENDLeSS love and support ... And for the result of tonights episode: Too well tailored, too well designed, and too classy might get you eliminated, but they also get you into Neiman Marcus. #stillwinning #honored #grateful @projectrunway thank you for the opportunity, it was a great experience. #itiswhatitis blessings are coming and I am ready. There is always perfection in the plan. Live and love to no end.”

Ari remains a fan favorite at the Lifetime site, with the most Facebook likes of all the designers. You can still show your support with a “like” at

You can also show your support by shopping the designer’s latest collection at Neiman Marcus.


Elena's design more New Wave than punk, but the winner nevertheless, with the approval of Blondie's Debbie Harry, herself borderline punk/New Wave.

seth aaron

It will be really interesting if the competition comes down between Jeffrey and Seth Aaron Henderson, who created this ensemble. I was a fan of both "Project Runway" winners during their respective seasons, though Seth Aaron may have an edge because Jeffrey's been working in children's design, and as he said, hasn't been hands-on sewing for a long time. Other designers mentioned during the episode that he was struggling.

Ari South to debut on 'Project Runway All-Stars'

October 24th, 2013


Lifetime photo

Don't forget to tune into "Project Runway All-Stars" tonight, when local designer Ari South makes her national debut on the Lifetime fashion design competition.

You can read all about it in my story that appeared in the paper on Oct. 17:

HFM: Nominees for the Governor's Fashion Awards

October 24th, 2013


David "Pua" Rochlen Jr. of Surf Line Hawaii/Jams World is the Lifetime Achievement Honoree for the Governor's Fashion Awards taking place Oct. 30 as the finale to the inaugural Hawai'i Fashion Month. Rochlen carries on the legacy of his father, who championed the Hawaii surf and lifestyle brand across the nation in the photo

A triumphant inaugural Hawai'i Fashion Month will come to a close Oct. 30 with the presentation of the 2013 Governor's Fashion Awards at The MODERN Honolulu.

The event starts at 7 p.m. If you're in the biz, tickets to the can't miss event also celebrating the 60th anniversary of 'Iolani Sportwear, 50th anniversary of Hilo Hattie's, and 10th anniversary of Fighting Eel are $125 at

Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck Wednesday! See you there!

Lifetime Achievement Honoree: David "Pua" Rochlen, Surf Line Hawaii and Jams World


Established Designer of the Year
Rona Bennett and Lan Chung, Fighting Eel
Lisa Cabrinha, Letarte Swimwear
David "Pua" Rochlen, Jr., Surf Line Hawaii, Ltd. (Jams World)

Emerging Designer of the Year
Matt Bruening, Matt Bruening
Deborah Mascia, Mu‘umu‘u Heaven
Cora Spearman, Coradorables (more…)

HFM: 'Iolani Sportswear marks 60-year milestone

October 24th, 2013


From left, Carla and Lloyd Kawakami with sons Nick and Alex, who have built up 'Iolani Sportswear, the company started by patriarch and matriarch Keiji and Edith Kawakami in 1953.Nadine Kam photos

'Iolani Sportswear celebrated its 60th anniversary with a rooftop garage party Oct. 10 at the company headquarters at 1234 Kona St., above Side Street Inn, which catered the fundraising party.

Casual fashion shows highlighted recent designs from the company that continues to build on the success of founders Keiji and Edith Kawakami, with the addition of contemporary street wear to complement classic aloha wear collections.

In between fashion shows and enjoying the food, guests could browse the 'Iolani Sportswear shop, with proceeds from the evening's sales and admission benefiting the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, which is also marking 60 years.

The event was a part of Hawai'i Fashion Month, and the company will also be celebrated, along with Hilo Hattie (marking its 50th anniversary) and Fighting Eel (celebrating 10 years) during the Governor's Fashion Awards taking place Oct. 30 at The MODERN Honolulu. The event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 at

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Miss Hawaii 2013 Crystal Lee on the runway in 'Iolani.


Kapala provided music for the event. Manoa DNA—Lloyd, Alex and Nick Kawakami, showing they have talent beyond fashion—also performed later in the evening, though by then I was off to see the Hawai'i International Film Festival opening night film "Final Recipe." It was a wonderful, warm-hearted foodie film, so catch it when it comes back.


Favorite dishes from Side Street Inn were on the evening's menu.

On the red carpet at Eurocinema Hawaii

October 23rd, 2013


"Glee's" Harry Shum Jr., left, on the Eurocinema red carpet with Shelby Rabara and Chris Lee. Shum later claimed the Eurocinema Rising Star Award.Nadine Kam photos

Luxury Row Presents EuroCinema Hawaii hosted its 4th annual awards gala Oct. 18 at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa in Waikiki.

The festival, dedicated to showcasing European films, with 11 nominated films from Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Harry Shum Jr., best known for his character, Mike Chang on "Glee," was a paparazzi  favorite on the red carpet and at the end of the evening received the 2013 Rising Star Award for his contribution to the industry. The award was presented by Daniel Dae Kim.

Jurors for the awards were local journalist and movie aficionado Bob Jones, Hana Hou! editor Julia Steele, and production designer Jane Ann Stewart, whose film credits include "Election," "Sideways," and "The Descendants."

Here are the winners:

Best film: The Princess Dialta Alliata Di Montereale Award for best film went to a Belgian-Dutch co-production, "Broken Circle Breakddown," by director Felix Van Groeningen.

Best director: Italian legend Bernardo Bertolucci for "Me and You."

Best actress: Paulina Garcia for her performance in the Spanish-Chilean co-production, "Gloria."

Best actor: Luca Barbareschi for his performance in the Italian film, "Something Good."

Best student film: For film students from the University of Hawai‘i’s Academy for Creative Media, went to "Little Girl's War Cry," directed by Erin Lau. She won a cash prize of $1,500 sponsored by the Sunny Dupree Family Foundation.

"Little Girl's War Cry" is the story of a 10-year-old Maori girl, Tiara born on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Raised by a struggling single mother, who is repeatedly abused by her boyfriend, Tiare shelters herself from reality with her hero-centered imagination, until a prank goes wrong and she must dconfront the violence that stains her childhood and family.

Founded and incorporated in 2009, EuroCinema Hawaii is dedicated to the advancement of understanding among, and cultural exchange between, the peoples of Europe and Hawaii through the medium of film, and to the financial support of student filmmakers in Hawaii. In April of 2010, EuroCinema Hawaii announced its partnership with the Hawai'i International Film Festival, creating a Festival within a Festival.


Ingo Rademacher, with wife Ehiku, shows his "Dancing with the Stars" form on the red carpet.


Kelly Hu wore a sleek black, sequined gown to the event, which took place at the Moana Surfrider.


Sebastian Siegel wrote, directed and co-produced this year's Bond-inspired Eurocinema trailer.


Princess Dialta Alliata Di Montereale, representing Eurocinema Hawaii, and Hawai'i International Film Festival executive director Chuck Boller, prepare to introduce the evening's award presenters after a little dance on stage.


"Lost" and "Hawaii Five-0" star Daniel Dae Kim, left, with a fan, presented the evening's Rising Star Award to Harry Shum Jr., right.


Guillame Sadeler, of Cartier Honolulu, with "Lost's" Henry Ian Cusick.


The Eurocinema committee gathered on stage for a photo prior to the awards ceremony. (more…)

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