RedValentino opens at Ala Moana
REDValentino opened its first boutique in Hawaii at Ala Moana Center on Wednesday, with additional in-store events celebrating the arrival on Saturday, June 14 and June 21 with light bites and music by DJ MixMaster Benhur.
I'm a big fan of the brand because of its romantic, playful spirit and sense of whimsy. Many pieces incorporate Valentino's signature bow. It's the kind of brand for those who peer at the world through rose-colored glasses, inhabiting a parallel world in which dreams trump reality.
It's also very pretty and feminine, though what you'll see in the boutique now is a little more tomboyish, with sweatshirt-style tops, tempered by flounce skirts of tulle.
There's always a sense of the unexpected coming from REDValentino and I was so charmed by a fuzzy faille coat paying homage to Hans Christian Andersen and Icelandic singer Björk's iconic swan dress from the 2001 Academy Awards. Something to think about for winter!
Right now, I'm eyeing the summer dresses that were worn by store manager Angie Zhang and director of retail Jane Moon, and can't wait until the arrival of fall's Snow White-inspired pieces.
The new RedValentino boutique is on Level 2 of Ala Moana Center, next to the Apple Store.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.