Second life for ACT II goods
Hawaii Opera Theatre’s annual ACT II fundraising fashion event is on, continuing to 6 p.m. today and April 26, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27, with new and gently used couture and designer apparel, handbags, shoes, jewelry, art and home notions for sale.
A preview took place last night for those willing to pay $50 for the privilege of shopping first, enjoying wine and pupu in the process. Otherwise, admission is free.
The merchandise for ACT II comes from HOT from supporters, with some avid shoppers passing on items that were never used, still bearing price tags.
I was lucky enough to find a beautiful updated kimono-style jacket by Naoki Takizawa, unused, tags on, for $150. The regular price for the design by the Uniqlo design director and Issey Miyake protege, was $780. Takizawa's was one of the brands once carried by Neiman Marcus, where I picked up one of his dresses, a black wool number I love, with wrap cording. His aesthetic is clean and simple, with edgy details.
I also picked up DVF's neon Mara sequin top, dating to Spring 2012, that I used to style Johnelle Anderson in a fashion piece for HI Luxury magazine at that time. I liked it then, when it was priced new at $385, and apparently, I like it better now for $45!
Hawaii Opera Theatre's ACT II fundraiser takes place at the HOT Rehearsal Hall, 780 S. Beretania St. Limited parking is available at Hawaii Opera Plaza (848 S. Beretania St.). Otherwise, there's street parking. Visit email@example.com for more details.
Johnelle Anderson in Diane Von Furstenberg's neon Mara sequin top that I picked up for $45.
More items that were up for grabs Thursday night (photos courtesy Hawaii Opera Theatre):
Designer footwear and handbags.
A rack for Chanels and other designer apparel.
A blast from the past, a lace jacket with a Carol & Mary label. For those too young to know, Carol & Mary was THE luxury store at Ala Moana Center, a contemporary of Liberty House, long before LH gave way to Macy's (Nadine Kam photo).
It's not all about apparel. There's also homewares, art and collectibles.