Archive for October, 2013

Edward Atkins wins Pull-In online vote

October 22nd, 2013


Online voters have selected Edward W.K. Atkins as the 4th artist whose design will be produced and sold next year in the Pull-in Hawaii 2014 Limited Collection celebrating the brand's flagship store opening in Waikiki.

Atkins joins three other winners selected earlier: Lee Maxwell, Kai Kawamoto and Koreena Nagain.

Winners will receive a cash prize and a launch party to promote their design and their work as artists. Atkins won with more than 1,200 votes out of 2,300, from a field of 43 artists who entered.

The store is slated to open at 227 Lewers St., Waikiki Beach Walk. Stayed tuned for more info about the opening date.

Pull-In was created in 2000 by  a former marketing director of Quiksilver Europe, Emmanuel Lohéac. The international French designer label features underwear and beachwear in eye-catching graphic prints for men, women and children. Originally created as a surf apparel brand, Pull-In quickly became popular with celebrities such as Madonna, Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg and Ben Gordon of the Chicago Bulls.

'Bats and Cats' at Forever 21

October 17th, 2013

F21Forever 21 has launched a limited-edition "Bats & Cats" collection featuring Batman and Catwoman-inspired apparel, accessories, cosmetics and PJ sets, just in time for Halloween.

Look for Batman tees, the Batman emblem in the form of a two-finger ring, bat-wing sunglasses and more, in prices from $5.80 to $24.80.

f21 bat ring

f21 Cool Cat Beanie

UGG Australia expands its footprint at the Hyatt

October 15th, 2013


UGG Australia now has double the space in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki to showcase its sheepskin and shearling boots, accessories, loungewear and housewares.Nadine Kam photos

UGG Australia hosted a preview of its new store expansion at Hyatt Regency Waikiki this morning, in advance of its public reopening celebration at 6 p.m. Oct. 24.

The event on the 24th will feature a store blessing, live music and refreshments, plus complimentary on-site Swarovski customization offered with the purchase of any classic UGG during the event. Shoppers will be able to choose a heart, peace sign or star design to embellish their new boots.

The expansion adds 1,938 square feet to the boutique's exisitng store, doubling its size to 3,778 square feet, with room for expanded collections of men's, women's and children's footwear, as well as the brand's handbags, loungewear and UGG HOME collection of knit pillows and sheepskin rugs and throws.
UGG Australia – Honolulu is at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, 2424 Kalakaua Ave. Call 926-7573.


Hiroko Iijima wore her own sequined summer UGGs to the preview event.

Tall boots in a range of materials, from leather to knits, are available for the fall season.


Free shave ice celebrates OluKai's newest collection

October 15th, 2013

OluKai Shave Ice Footwear Collection Photo-2

Free shave ice awaits those who check out OluKai's new Shave Ice Collection, in the colors of the rainbow.OluKai photo

OluKai is treating fans of their footwear to free shave ice in celebration of its new Shave Ice Footwear Collection, inspired by the fresh tropical colors of the favorite Hawaiian isle treat.

The collection includes such vibrant new additions for both men and women, in cool island colors such as "Punch," "Plum," "Tiger's Blood," "Mint," "Sour Tart," "Lemon," and more.

The events will take place as follows:

Oct. 16: At Island Sole Outrigger Hotel, 2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 104, 5 to 7 p.m.

Oct. 17: At Island Sole Ala Moana Center (street level near Food Court), 5 to 7 p.m.

Both events will offer free servings of shave ice while supplies last. While there, share your experiences via social media by using the handles, @olukai and @islandsole and the hashtag #treatyourself.

HFM: 'Snapshot of Style' pops up at Kahala Mall

October 15th, 2013

Dallas Nagata White's "Lava Kiss" will be up for silent auction at Kahala Mall's "Snapshot of Style" event.

Kahala Mall will present “Snapshot of Style,” a pop-up photo gallery and fall shopping event for Hawai'i Fashion Month, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

The one-night only exhibition of work by Hawaii photographers, including Kicka Witte, Keith Kandell, John Hook, David Murphey, Dallas Nagata White, and others, will highlight the event, an evening store crawl with sips and light bites as guests discover snapshots of fashion and lifestyle in Hawaii captured by camera.

Other highlights include in-store promotions, live DJ and an exclusive scavenger hunt with live prize giveaways at Center Court, including a two-night stay at The Modern Honolulu, a Kahala Mall shopping spree, and more.

Upon entry, guests will be given a VIP booklet which includes the following: an exclusive VIP savings pass, five featured photographs hidden in five participating stores. Guests will visit participating stores not only for great deals, but also to find the photos shown in the VIP booklet. After they complete the search, they’ll turn in their completed forms to be entered to win live prize giveaways at 8:30 p.m.

The five in-store photographs will also be featured in the Oct. 16 silent auction, with 100 percent of proceeds to benefit Kapiolani Medical Center’s Campaign for Children.

Some of the photos to be showcased at the event are already pretty famous, like the “Lava Kiss”
photo by Dallas Nagata White that went viral this year and was seen everywhere, including National Geographic online and the Huffington Post.

Visit for further event information or for further “Snapshot of Style” event details.

'French Fling' reason to Pop-In @ Nordstrom

October 11th, 2013


Nicolette Romano, left, and Lansing Sugita try on berets at the launch of Pop-In @ Nordstrom Oct. 10.Nadine Kam photos

Nordstrom's first Pop-In concept, titled “French Fling,” is now open, featuring a selection of hand-picked, French-inspired goods and exclusive items from French and American designers alike, including Repetto, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Kenzo, Saint James, Maje, Venessa Arizaga, Olympia Le-Tan, and more, through Nov. 10.

The Pop-In boutique also marks the first time products from Paris-based store Merci will be available stateside, giving shoppers the chance to pick up the brand’s chic home goods and novelty items.


The design for French Fling was created by Rafael de Cárdenas of Rafael de Cárdenas/ARCHITECTURE AT LARGE, to suggest a Paris urban garden with niche Parisian products hidden within, "a garden of delights, so to speak,” said de Cárdenas.

The concept launched in eight stores nationwide, including the Ala Moana store, and online at

The Pop-In @Nordstrom series is the initial project by Olivia Kim, Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects, who joined the company in February.  With each new theme, Kim will fill the shops with a curated collection of her coolest finds, including exclusive and limited-edition items. The first round of pop-ups was inspired by Kim’s visit to Paris for Fashion Week in March.

The shop also gave Kim the opportunity to work with some of her favorite brands to create brand new products designed especially for Nordstrom. In a press statement, she said, “I love the frenzy that’s created from a pop-up shop concept—that spontaneity and emotion is one of my favorite things about working in retail. I love getting people excited to shop.”

Each pop-up shop marks a big commitment. As the following time-lapse video shows, each will have its own custom-built set befitting the varying themes and destinations.

Non-flash video

Next up, the destination will be London.


Susan Sunderland was taken by this Eiffel Tower-shaped grater, one of several items for the home available at the French Fling Pop-In @ Nordstrom.

Limited-run Olympia Le Tan book clutches.


Repetto ballet flats customized with metal charms.


Cute eared rain cap. (more…)

'French Fling' first of 'Pop-In @ Nordstrom events

October 10th, 2013

Nordstrom is inviting you to a French Fling with the launch of “Pop-In @ Nordstrom,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 (tonight).

The event is the start of a series of themed pop-up shops in eight stores, including our Ala Moana location and at

Today's pop-in is an homage to all things French, featuring a hand-picked selection of French-inspired goods ranging from designer duds to colored pencils to one-of-a-kind clutches, and more, from brands like Rodarte, Repetto, A.P.C., Olympia Le-Tan, and more.

You're invited to enjoy champagne and pommes frites while you shop.

Similar events will take place at Nordstrom stores at:

San Francisco Centre
Santa Monica
Florida Aventura
Chicago Michigan Avenue
New Jersey Garden State Plaza
Tysons Corner, Virginia
Downtown Seattle

RSVP here.

NM welcomes La Petite Robe's Chiara Boni

October 9th, 2013


La Petite Robe founder Chiara Boni was in town for a trunk show and fashion show of her creations, one of which is being worn by Rain Umu. NM Vice President and General Manager Al Tomonari welcomed Boni.Nadine Kam photos

Neiman Marcus hosted a lunch and fashion show today, featuring Fall 2013 gowns, followed by a special La Petite Robe segment with a personal appearance by Florentine designer Chiara Boni.

The designer is known for her classic, feminine dresses that help to sculpt the female figure, though the secret scaffolding underneath it all is a pair of Higher Power Spanx that mask panty lines and helps you to ease into the dress from the floor up. There's no going over the head with these dresses.

Chiara helped to develop the fabric, a bonded jersey that grew out of sportswear fabric. She worked on developing the proper weight that would give women support, and rich, saturated colors that would not bleed in the wash or onto the skin.


Models in varying lengths and styles of La Petite Robe, with designer Chiara Boni in black at center.

The designs are meant for easy wear, and women at my table, who each own four to five of the $650 to $975 dresses or gowns, raved that they never need ironing, travel well, and can be machine washed with the regular laundry.

"What women want is different from my mother’s day, when women changed three times a day,” the designer told me after the show, adding that today’s women want clothing that will take them from day to evening, appropriate for the office, and sexy for evening, without being over the top.

Her inspiration also comse from the beauty of Florence and being transported to other worlds by reading books as a little girl. She said she could always imagine what the characters were wearing and set about to recreate the vision she had in her head.

Later, friends were encouraging me to try on one of the dresses. "Not after lunch," I said.


Chiara Boni sits down for an interview after the lunch and fashion show, with her creations in the background.


Also featured during the fashion show were a series of gowns and Judith Leiber minaudieres, like the lion carried by Mandy McGarry.


Justine Edwards wears a Carmen Marc Valvo gown paired with a Judith Leiber Earl Grey teapot minaudiere.


A closer look at the teapot, which features Austrian crystals and silvertone hardware with removable 19-inch chain strap and push-button clasp.

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