Versace celebrates Hawaii opening
The Versace boutique celebrated its grand opening at Ala Moana Center with a glam party worthy of the Versace name on Thursday.
General manager Patrick Gey welcomed host Princess Elizabeth Kawananakoa of Eurocinema Hawai'i for the event that also served as a fundraiser for the organization. Ten percent of sales through Friday will benefit Eurocinema Hawai'i.
It's been so long since we've had a boutique opening celebration of this magnitude that I felt quite underdressed. It's so easy to slip into that, "Eh, it's only Hawaii attitude," when I should have known better, considering the dapper Gey knows how to throw a party and had an extra assist from international über stylist and production designer Dean Christopher, who said he's back home to stay.
After staging events for the biggest fashion houses from Paris to New York, Christopher's return could mark an exciting new magnitude for events in Honolulu, ratcheting excitement levels from a tepid 5 on a 10-point scale, to 11!
The wall-to-wall crowd included friends of Eurocinema, media, musicians and models, sometimes rolled into one, as with Mademoiselle Yulia, a Tokyo musician and DJ, and columnist for Nylon Japan, looking splendid in Versace.
At any rate, it's wonderful to see the return of the Versace name to the center. The brand founded by designer Gianni Versace in 1978, closed its doors in 2004, after his murder in 1997 by Andrew Cunanan. Versace's sister Donatella now serves as Vice-President of the Versace Group, as well as chief designer.
Of course, the question everyone was asking was, "Is Donatella coming?"
Maybe not that night, but with a boutique in Hawaii, she certainly has more incentive to travel here someday.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.