Archive for March, 2014

H&M welcomed 800 on opening night

March 27th, 2014

hmmainA crowd gathered at the red carpet entrance to the newest H&M store at Waikiki Business Plaza. The line extended along the left side of the building.H&M courtesy photo

Eight-hundred invited guests crowded the entrance of H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB, March 26, marking the grand opening of the international retail giant at the Waikiki Business Plaza, the first H&M store in Hawaii.

The event included food from chef Chai Chaowasaree, a concert by indie band Best Coast, and of course, it marked the first time attendees could shop the racks, full of spring trend items for men and women, including grand opening specials on accessories as low as $1, and apparel as low as $5.

The two floors could barely contain the crowd, and it took a lot of weaving and dodging to move through a crowd that has waited years to be able to shop the brand's reasonably priced contemporary apparel. It was such a frenzy that afterward, several people said they were so tired and relieved to get out the door.

H&M also unveiled an installation featuring artwork by local surf photographers Mike Coots, Sarah Lee and Zak Noyle, whose photos are being featured on a trio of limited-edition H&M T-shirts. All proceeds from sales of the shirts will benefit AccesSurf, a non-profit organization that provides surfing instruction and therapeutic educational programs on water recreation for people with disabilities.

H&M was established in Sweden in 1947. Today there are 310 stores in the United States and more than 3,100 H&M stores in 53 markets worldwide.
H&M is in the Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave.

hmgraceHawaii News Now Sunrise anchor documents the moment for television. She's in H&M's spring pink and florals.Nadine Kam photos

hmfansBest Coast played a 12-song set for an appreciative crowd at the center of the store. For a sampling of the band's sound, click on the photo.

hmstaffFrom left, H&M staffers Katie Shamblin, Diana Johansson, Marina Müller and Olivia Vongphet.

hmstafAlso representing H&M, Meng Hok, Marissa Ferretti and Michael Steven Gallegos.

hmmodOf course there were models among the guests, from left, Pono Fernandez, Nalani Ravelo and model-turned-photographer Daniela Voicescu.

hmnapresH&M North America president Daniel Kulle, left, with local surf photographers Sarah Lee, Zak Noyle and Mike Coots, whose photos are being featured on limited-edition T-shirts, below, sales of which will benefit AccesSurf. H&M photos

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First look: H&M Waikiki

March 25th, 2014

h&mA display at the entrance to the new H&M Waikiki, which opens Thursday. Not all these pieces are in stock, but they will be.Nadine Kam photos

After more than a decade's wait, H&M will open its first Hawaii location at noon March 27 in the Waikiki Business Plaza, with 31,000 square feet of fashion on two floors.

During a media preview this morning, we got a peek at the women's and men's styles that have won the brand fans all around the world.

As H&M enthusiast Malia Chung told me earlier, "I appreciate how H&M brings high fashion and runway style pieces to an affordable price point for us fashion fiends on a budget!
And the designer collaborations they're doing are amazing too."

It's been a long wait for those of us in Hawaii, and it was explained to me while working on last week's story about the grand opening, that they always seek the best location in any city they go into, and they were willing to wait for the central Kalakaua Avenue location.

The first 500 shoppers in line on the 27th will receive a limited-edition tote bag featuring the most popular images of local surf photographers Mike Coots, Sarah Lee and Zak Noyle, as well as an "Access to Fashion" pass valued from $10 to $500 to shop the store.

If you do happen to nab that $500 gift, that money will go a long way. There will be grand opening items priced at $5, and prices generally run about $19.95 to $34.95. Some of the higher-end items are about $129 to $169 and those are toward the left of the store's Kalakaua entrance.

New items arrive daily, and because there's such an emphasis on personal style here, they say that we shouldn't see others wearing the same things we choose. All I can say is that when someone pulled out a pair of banana-printed pants for me, that was her taste and I just said, "Oh, no."

We didn't get a chance to shop today, but I look forward to the opp soon!

A couple of videos showing the key women's looks:

hmpineThis pineapple design beach coverup is $5, one of the grand opening specials.

hmlooksThese are some of the pricier looks.

hmspringMore spring dressing.


hmaccessAn abundance of accessories are a stylist's dream.

hmmen2There's as much of an array of looks for men as for women.


Show your selfie style

March 20th, 2014

selfiegroupOur attempt at an Oscar-style selfie, with Angelo Bruno performing Bradley Cooper duties to snap this shot from our H&M photo shoot. Also from left, Nicole Fuertes, myself, Craig T. Kojima and Haylee Kam (no relation). Story's in the paper March 20.

Why are we smiling? Because H&M opens officially March 27, when you'll want to be among the first 500 in line to receive a limited-edition tote bag containing an Access to Fashion Pass valued from $10 to $500 for shopping the long awaited brand.

The selfie also calls attention to a new feature I’ll be launching in the paper to celebrate the selfie era.

Last November, the selfie hit the mainstream in a big way when the term was named "word of the year" by the Oxford English Dictionary. And, of course, Ellen Degeneres’ recent star-studded Academy Award selfie garnered 3.3 million re-tweets. Never mind that it turned out to be a promotion for Samsung, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, paid about $20 million for the product placement.

I’ve been snapping selfies—in the olden days they would have been called self-portraits, but today they have a quickie, ephemeral quality that's hard to take seriously—since 2008, mostly in the interest of self-protection while shopping.

selfie origI believe this was my first selfie, taken in the dressing room at Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th at Waikele Premium Outlets. I wasn't going to buy this frothy dress, but had to see it on. Someone in the newsroom who saw this photo asked, "Why so serious?" These were not meant to be shared the look-at-me spirit of selfies today. These were experiments to see how certain clothes look on a body.

pradaTrying on Prada at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in September 2009, just before the start of New York Fashion Week.

I often noticed that I looked terrific in the dressing room, but when I got home … not so much. I became convinced some stores use “skinny” mirrors or angle them in a way to make shoppers look taller or thinner than they really are. So I started taking selfies to confirm what I really looked like in the clothes.

My first was snapped in the dressing room at the Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th at Wai­kele Premium Outlets. The dress was a frothy yellow that I would never wear, but I had to see what it looked like on a body.

After a while the aim expanded to the vicarious thrill of trying on clothes I could not possibly afford: “Look, I’m wearing Givenchy!”

Lately I’ve added a documentary element, creating a rec­ord of pieces actually owned, worn and styled.

selfietodayToday's selfie is more documentary: Zara tank, Elizabeth & James shirt, eyelet shorts, Valentino Rockstud sunglasses and Chanel backpack.

Now, I want to see your Selfie Style.

Snap pictures of yourself in some of your favorite looks and email them to To show the most possible, it's probably best to use a mirror, unless you have the arm extension of an ape.

Be sure to include your name and a description of what you’re wearing, including brands and shops, and we’ll pick a few of our favorites to run in the Today section and online.

Thank you! Look forward to seeing what you're wearing now.

Collections of Waikiki lightens up for spring

March 20th, 2014

collectionsmmMomoko Metzker in a David & Goliath T-shirt with shorts and clutch from Vivienne Westwood.Nadine Kam photos

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa hosted a fashion show featuring spring and summer looks from Collections of Waikiki to celebrate the start of the Spring 2014 fashion season, as well as the hotel's 113th birthday.

The casual event took place in the open air of the Banyan Courtyard. The Collections of Waikiki comprise more than 60 fashion boutiques within the Moana, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Sheraton Waikiki. Spread out as they are, I didn't realize there are so many! Just goes to show there's a lot of shopping opps beyond the increasing number of Kalakaua monoliths.a

Among shops featured were Tori Richard, Vivienne Westwood, First Break Hawaii, San Lorenzo Brazilian Bikinis, Pashma, Reyn Spooner, Volcom, Newt Hawaii, and more.

Smaller showcases took place on Kalakaua Avenue fronting the hotel, attracting the attention of passersby who were rewarded with prize balloons that could be redeemed for free gifts from the participating boutiques.

Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Kamuela Kahoano also performed for a portion of the fashion show.

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collections4From left, designs from Tori Richard, David & Goliath and Vivienne Westwood, on Roycen Dehmer a Reyn Spooner shirt and Tori Richard shorts, and on Morgan Clark a top and bikini from San Lorenzo and shorts from Rebecca Beach.

collectionsslSan Lorenzo bikini.

collections2A round of evening looks: On Momoko, a Volcom one-piece with Vivienne Westwood trousers, Pashma dress, on Roycen Vivienne Westwood, and on Morgan Clark a maxi dress from Rebecca Beach.

collectionspashmaDress by cashmere and silk specialist Pashma at the Royal Hawaiian.

collectionsThe models with emcees Angela Maki Vernon and Vivienne Westwood boutique manager Jered Branco.

Spring trends on NM runway

March 13th, 2014

To coincide with my print story today on Spring Trends 2014, here's a look at styles on the runway at Neiman Marcus, shown during a preview fashion show last month, also featuring themed cocktails by Chandra Lucariello, director of mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits, and crepes from Aloha Crepes:

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Beauty Spot: Nordstrom hosts Lancer spa treatments

March 12th, 2014

belancerIn November 2013, Ferial Boukarroum, National Director of Sales and Training for Lancer Skincare, demonstrated use of the Lancer  Skin Care Microcurrent Power Boost on Midweek managing editor and style editor Yu Shing Ting. This time around, she'll be offering Microcurrent Facial Spa Treatments.Nadine Kam photo

_8296584Lancer Skincare National Sales Director Ferial  Boukarroum will be back in Honolulu March 14 and 15 for a facial event at Nordstrom, using clinical products not sold at the store to brighten and even skin tone.

There will be a gift with purchase of Lancer Skincare products, and a one-hour customers meet-and-greet with brand founder Dr. Lancer via Skype at 5 p.m. March 14.

Appointments are being taken at the Lancer counter for Microcurrent Facial Spa treatment, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15. Contact the Lancer counter at Nordstrom for reservations.

Honolulu Eye Clinic hosts trunk show

March 11th, 2014

If you're shopping for eyewear, check out this trunk show of designer brands taking place at Honolulu Eye Clinic from noon to 4 p.m. March 12, with discounts AND lunch! Can't beat that!


Vivienne Westwood celebrates 1st year in Waikiki

March 11th, 2014

westwoodRed, white and blue, the British way.Nadine Kam photos

Vivienne Westwood marked its first anniversary at The Moana Surfrider Hotel on March 6, a celebration of fearless, individualistic Brit style.

If you've got a wild side at all, you've got to love Dame Westwood, an icon of punk, new wave and shock fashion.

In spite of her ties to the U.K. punk scene and Malcolm McLaren's SEX boutique, I find the clothing carried here to be both original and more easy to wear than you'd imagine, given her reputation for eclectic, eccentric clothing.

You must check it out!

west2From left, Jason Alex Yapching, Azlinn Gregg and Catherine Caldwell.

west1Westwood boutique manager Jered Branco with Spa at Trump director Bridgette DeVore, left, and Malie Moran.

westwoodjVivienne Westwood statement necklaces, the larger with her signature Orb motif. You can see the design more clearly on the bag below:



Unfortunately, after early dinner at the Hyatt, I could only drop in at Westwood for a few minutes before heading to second dinner at Stage in the Honolulu Design Center, which was marking the return of chef Ron De Guzman and debuting a collection of fashion-inspired artwork. You can view more at my other blog, Take a Bite.


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