Archive for July, 2014

Tokidoki + LeSportsac = happiness

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July 30th, 2014



In celebration of LeSportsac’s 40th anniversary, the iconic bag retailer has announced a new capsule collaboration with pop-culture brand tokidoki.

The 19-piece tokidoki for LeSportsac collection will launch internationally in August.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comtokidoki is returning to LeSportsac with a collaboration celebrating LeSportsac's 40th anniversary. tokidoki designer Simone Legno will also be back and town for a meet-and-greet signing event with fans from 2 to 6 p.m. with fans Aug. 16.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

tokidoki is returning to LeSportsac with a collaboration celebrating LeSportsac's 40th anniversary.

As one of the brand's top markets, Hawaii will welcome tokidoki designer Simone Legno, who — just as in past events here — will be meeting and signing autographs for fans from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Ala Moana Center store.

On his last two visits, there were lines out the door to meet with the gracious artist, who took time to draw some of his favorite characters for delighted fans.

The launch marks the debut of new styles and fabrications for LeSportsac, and the introduction of a new tokidoki character, Palette. Dressed in a floral-spotted white coat, Palette's spots change color with her mood.

New bear-eared character Palette is featured as a purse charm.

New bear-eared character Palette is featured as a purse charm.

Palette can be found in both the tokidopoli and tulipets prints, and accompanies every bag by transforming into a charm. On printed bags. the charm will come in black, and on black bags the charm will come in the tokidopoli print. All bags are lined in solid turquoise or boysenberry.

Below are a couple of videos from his 2007 signing and interview, to give you an idea of what to expect. Thankfully, my video editing has improved since then!

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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 nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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Zamora survives first 'Runway' cut

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July 25th, 2014



The beginning of the 13th season of Lifetime's "Project Runway" featured the designer's final presentations before the judges last cast cut. The show started with 19 designers, but three would be cut before the first competition started.

Lifetime photosHawaii designer Kini Zamora, bottom row right, made it through the premiere episode of "Project Runway" Season 13.

'PROJECT RUNWAY' SEASON 13

Episode 1: The Judges Decide

In the audition segment, Hawaii designer Kini Zamora wins several "I love it!'s" from Nina for his collection that included an elaborately constructed fitted denim dress. His technical skills are unquestioned, and it's no surprise that he is one of the lucky 16 who make it onto the show.

For the first competition each designer is assigned a trunk full of fabric, all different. They are allowed to beg or borrow from each other to get the fabric they want to create an outfit suitable for a spring collection.

Kini is given very little air time, which, if you're familiar with "Project Runway," is a good thing. Most of the air time tends to be devoted to the competition's winners and losers.

During the less than stellar runway show, Kini sends down a classic fitted sleeveless dress and jacket. Very safe, but well sewn. It easily puts him in the middle if the pack.

Judges determine the best looks to be by returning designer Amanda Valentine, Char Glover and Sandhya Garg. No one gets Sandhya's design. When it came down the runway I thought it was hideous. But to the designers' shock, the judges love it!!??

p align="left">Kini Zamora's creation was very safe, but in opening rounds, the middle ground almost guarantees a designer will return the following week.

Kini Zamora's creation was very safe, but in opening rounds, the middle ground almost guarantees a designer will return the following week.

When they inspect it later, they find it is full of intricate hidden details that those of us watching on tiny screens can't see. They love her creativity because it is something they've never seen before (because no one would wear it!) Actually, as they show the details and I see the torn details of the sleeve, I would be intrigued enough to try it on if I saw it on a rack. I like details and deconstruction.

I think Char should have won. The decision came down to perfection or creativity, and the judges chose Sandhy as the winner. The other contestants are baffled.

p align="left">Char Glover's design was beautiful and well-constructed.

Char Glover's design was beautiful and well-constructed.

As for the designer sent home, Jefferson Musanda's ensemble was the clear-cut loser of the bunch. He showed a disproportionate crop top, and high-waisted shorts that looked like a diaper.

Keep watching to see how Kini fares. During previous season auditions, he's been consistently told to edit, edit, edit. If he can keep his fantastical impulses in check, his technical skills may take him far.

p align="left">Sandhya Garg had the winning look, which shocked the other designers. It looked sloppy,  poorly constructed, and just plain weird.

Sandhya Garg had the winning look, which shocked the other designers. It looked sloppy, poorly constructed, and just plain weird.

p align="left">Jefferson Musanda was rightly sent home for this heinous crime against womankind.

Jefferson Musanda was rightly sent home for this heinous crime against womankind.

Keep up with episodes via the Lifetime website.

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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 nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instragram and Rebel Mouse.

Start school year anew

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July 24th, 2014



PHOTOS BY CRAIG T. KOJIMA / ckojima@staradvertiser.com Kyra Armstrong, 17, is in Charlotte Russe. Tribal blouse, $21.99; denim vest, $29.99; shorts, $22.99; and scarf, $9.99.

PHOTOS BY CRAIG T. KOJIMA / ckojima@staradvertiser.com

Kyra Armstrong, 17, is in Charlotte Russe. Tribal blouse, $21.99; denim vest, $29.99; shorts, $22.99; and scarf, $9.99.

It's time to consider back-to-school shopping and here are some styles from Windward Mall that didn't make it into my story in Thursday's Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The story is about covering up for the sake of poor teachers, who find children coming to school in all manner of undress, a big fail that signals lowered expectations for their future.

Right away, I received an email from a teacher that said, "What I wish was mentioned is this: many skirts are so short that when a female student sits in class, her crotch is on view.

With males in tight pants, the same is true. I have sometimes had the impression that some of my students were doing this on purpose, not so much to distract, as to get better grades. Wrong move, guys ... what I want to see is a well-written paper, not your anatomy."

Parents, teachers cannot teach modesty or manners that are a part of a civil society. Please start training your children to cover their privates while they're young.

Saturday will be all about family and age-appropriate behavior as the mall starts the morning with its annual Kids, Inc. event. Entrepreneurs ages 7 to 14, chosen by Facebook votes, will be showcasing their wares in a pop-up event at Center Court from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Brother and sister Elayla Mundon, 10, and Elijah, 12, model back-to-school wear from Windward Mall. She's in a print top ($9.99), black tights ($6.99) and denim jacket ($19.99), with backpack ($21.99) and gold star necklace ($1.99), all from Jeans Wearhouse. He wears a Local Motion logo shirt ($16), with Hurley shorts ($59.50), and a Hurley backpack, ($42), all from Local Motion.

Brother and sister Elayla Mundon, 10, and Elijah, 12, model back-to-school wear from Windward Mall. She's in a print top ($9.99), black tights ($6.99) and denim jacket ($19.99), with backpack ($21.99) and gold star necklace ($1.99), all from Jeans Wearhouse. He wears a Local Motion logo shirt ($16), with Hurley shorts ($59.50), and a Hurley backpack, ($42), all from Local Motion.

Among the products available will be custom-made reusable shopping bags created from recycled T-shirts, bite-size snacks on a stick, handmade jewelry, homegrown plants and much more. Keiki participants will keep 100 percent of their earnings.

In the evening, a free “Discover Windward” event from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday will feature food, music, keiki bounce house and games, and family and back-to-school fashion shows.

Spend $75 at any store or restaurant to receive a free Regal Cinemas movie ticket.

Windward Mall is at 46-056 Kame­ha­meha Highway. Call (808) 235-1143.

Courtesy Operation HomefrontMilitary families at Hickam and in Wahiawa were treated to complimentary school supplies, thanks to Operation Homefront.

Courtesy Operation Homefront

Military families at Hickam and in Wahiawa were treated to complimentary school supplies, thanks to Operation Homefront.

Meanwhile, Operation Homefront Hawaii hosted two Back-to-School Brigade events July 19 July 20 at the Erhardt Community Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and Kiana Community Center in Wahiawa, distributing free back packs and school supplies to local military children.

The giveaway served lower- and mid-grade ranking military families in Wahiawa and Honolulu.

Courtesy Operation HomefrontPicking up crayons.

Photo courtesy Operation Homefront

Picking up crayons.

Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit, started in 2002, that provides emergency and other financial assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors.

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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 nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instragram and Rebel Mouse.

White haute Dîner en Blanc

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July 23rd, 2014



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comIt was amazing to see every arrival to Honolulu's inaugural Diner en Blanc, dressed in cool, clean summer whites.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

It was amazing to see every arrival to Honolulu's inaugural Diner en Blanc, dressed in cool, clean summer whites.

Given the name Dîner en Blanc, you would think the global event that took place for the first time in Honolulu on Saturday would be all about food.

But I think food took a backseat to the fashion, an ethereal sea of white that easily transported guests to the more mannered time as befitting the secret site that turned out to be 'Iolani Palace.

Well of course it didn't last. After dinner, champagne and wine, crazy dancing ensued and a little drizzle in advance of the weekend's pending storm didn't dampen spirits.

Here is the way we wore to attend this special inaugural event:

Shay Fukayama ties a mask on Aline Tran.

Shay Fukayama ties a mask on Aline Tran.

Traci Randolph followed the rules of Dîner en Blanc, bringing a picnic basket to suit the evening's white theme. She's with Leschon Serrano.

Traci Randolph followed the rules of Dîner en Blanc, bringing a picnic basket to suit the evening's white theme. She's with
Leschon Serrano.

Jade by Nikolai designer Nikolai Tsang, no stranger to staging events, tried to keep the white theme going down to the food on her table, which included homemade white pasta, cauliflower, goat cheese salad, chicken breast and coconut cake. She's with Scott Mellon.

Jade by Nikolai designer Nikolai Tsang, no stranger to staging events, tried to keep the white theme going down to the food on her table, which included homemade white pasta, cauliflower, goat cheese salad, chicken breast and coconut cake. She's with Scott Mellon.

Co-host Maleko McDonnell, left, posed for photos with guests.

Co-host Maleko McDonnell, left, posed for photos with guests.

Melissa Rivera and Emiko Miyazawa enjoy the moment.

Melissa Rivera and Emiko Miyazawa enjoy the moment.

Evan and Risa Beer play with fans provided by Curate Decor + Design for the ALOHA table.

Evan and Risa Beer play with fans provided by Curate Decor + Design for the Aloha table.

Linh and Mark Owen. Linh wore a Super Citizen strapless dress in anticipation of the day's humidity, with a lace headband from H&M, and feather boa and accents from Ben Franklin.

Linh and Mark Owen. Linh wore a Super Citizen strapless dress in anticipation of the day's humidity, with a lace headband from H&M, and feather boa and accents from Ben Franklin.

W Salon's Jake Acedo, left, and Jason Agbayani. They wore C.C. Exclusive hats and Etro pants. Under Jake's boa is a J. Crew classic shirt and Gucci sweater, while Jason wore a Hypercrush tee, Love Stitch shirt and sheer cardigan.

W Salon's Jake Acedo, left, and Jason Agbayani. They wore C.C. Exclusive hats and Etro pants. Under Jake's boa is a J. Crew classic shirt and Gucci sweater, while Jason wore a Hypercrush tee, Love Stitch shirt and sheer cardigan.

Cori Okabayashi and Nick Segum.

Cori Okabayashi and Nick Segum.

Vanessa and Jaime Rodriguez.

Vanessa and Jaime Rodriguez.

From left, Gabriel Yanagihara, Olga Brandao, Daria Roud, Simons Winstone and Irma Klebanov.

From left, Gabriel Yanagihara, Olga Brandao, Daria Roud, Simons Winstone and Irma Klebanov.

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Russell and Donna Pascua found their light-up glasses and bow tie on Amazon a few weeks before the event.

The Pascuas with Sandy and La Sarmiento, Beverly Santos and Peter Pascua.

The Pascuas with Sandy and La Sarmiento, Beverly Santos and Peter Pascua.

Dancing the night away.

Dancing the night away.

For the background story and video of the event, check out my latest Take a Bite blog on the Pulse.

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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 nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instragram and Rebel Mouse.

Going glam with Goodwill of Hawaii

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July 17th, 2014



For those without strong fashion sense, walking into a thrift shop means navigating a minefield of past, present and future fads, treasures and disasters. Just how does one make these disparate pieces work?

2014 Goodwill Goes Glam Fashion

GOODWILL GOES GLAM!

A benefit for Goodwill of Hawaii

» Where: Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave.
» When: Gala and VIP pre-sale Thursday; general public sale 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, also 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
» Cost: $4 general admission ($2 discount for military, seniors, students; free for children 12 and younger); $20 for July 17 VIP event
» Info: higoodwill.org

There is many a brave soul who walks in looking normal and exits looking — at best — like a festival hippie cliche, piling on flowy boho, denim, crochet and old aloha wear finds. At worst, like grandma or grandpa.

Hair salon owner Paul Brown and an army of volunteer stylists will show there's a more edgy way to thrift during the third annual Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM! event Thursday through Sunday at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

The event will open with a $20 VIP fashion show and pre-sale shopping from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a three-day sale. There will be more than 40,000 new or gently used items up for grabs, and the fashion show aims to inspire people to re-imagine the possibilities that come from adding salvaged pieces to one's wardrobe.

Brown said that when he was asked to produce the show in November, he thought about it for a second before agreeing.

"I knew it would be a lot of work, but when I knew they would give me carte blanche, I had to do it," he said. "For a creative person, to do something out of the box is the ultimate goal, and I'm having a ball with it.

"This allows me to do what I love. I hate the office aspect of running a business; I love creativity."

He came up with the "Urban Appeal — Eclectic Goodwill!" theme for the show to encompass the sweeping array of clothing and accessories that find its way to Goodwill stores. Pieces include a number of high-end designer garments, some worn only once or never worn, bearing their original tags.

"I want the public to get excited about it because Goodwill supports the community in many ways, through its programs and for the people who shop at the stores," Brown said. "You can go there, spend hardly anything and get something you really love."

Going through racks of garments pulled from the store, Brown is enamored by a pair of combat boots and the sight of a leather jacket with a $5 price tag and pulls it on. "This same jacket would be more than $500 at retail."

Brown made it clear the show will be all about Goodwill.

"We're not going to do hairdos because this is not about Paul Brown Salons," he said. "The models will all be wearing wigs."

According to Goodwill of Hawaii figures, last year's event drew 3,000 shoppers and raised more than $230,000 toward the nonprofit's mission of helping people reach their potential in the workforce and becoming self-sufficient. Last year Goodwill served more than 13,000 individuals.

Here's a look at a few outfits developed with items from Goodwill stores on Oahu:

2014 Goodwill Goes Glam Fashion

Model: Eva Blacker
Stylist: George Johnson

An eye-catching pop of pink comes from a She’s Cool dress ($6.99) worn under a plaid jacket ($8.99), with Laura Ashley hat ($2.99), Wet Seal skirt ($3.99), bangle ($3.99), belt (99 cents), purse ($4.99) and Just Fab shoes ($12.99).

2014 Goodwill Goes Glam Fashion

Model: Nicholas Koenig
Stylist: Scotty Geddings

Koenig wears a layered look that starts with a John Henry shirt ($6.99), Rock & Republic denim ($8.99), Ashley hoodie vest ($6.99), Lanvin Paris tie ($2.99) and RVCA hat ($2.99).

2014 Goodwill Goes Glam Fashion

Model: Eva Blacker
Stylist: Rebecca Atkins

Blacker goes electric in 1980s-neon-meets-2014-street-style, layering a Paint & Cloth tank dress ($4.99) with neon vest ($9.99) and Elan Blanc scarf ($6.99), accessorized with $2.99 belts and bangles, $4.99 ring, $9.99 watch and 99-cent sunglasses.

2014 Goodwill Goes Glam Fashion

Model: Eva Blacker
Stylist: Shawn Rodriguez

Blacker is draped in an Isabella Rodriguez top ($6.99), Sabora pinstripe dress ($6.99), Cover Zone mesh shawl ($3.99) and For Joseph coat ($6.99). Belts, hat, earrings and sunglasses are $2.99 each. The clutch is $3.99, necklace and bangle are $1.99 each, rings are 99 cents and shoes are $9.99.

2014 Goodwill Goes Glam Fashion

Model: Bryant Noss
Stylists: Shawn Rodriguez and Scotty Geddings

Noss is ready to hit the street in a Gilden T-shirt ($4.99), Perry Ellis pants ($8.99), Rocawear jacket ($12.99) and Peter Frimm hat ($2.99), accessorized with $2.99 belts and Wolverine boots ($19.99). He’s carrying a Samsonite bag ($6.99).
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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 nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Koi Honolulu's splashy new home

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July 11th, 2014



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comLance Rae was the winner of a hot pink Philipp Plein clutch at the grand opening of the Koi Honolulu boutique at Royal Hawaiian Center. He's with owner Kyong Chang and Sean Chang.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Lance Rae was the winner of a hot pink Philipp Plein clutch at the grand opening of the Koi Honolulu boutique at Royal Hawaiian Center. He's with owner Kyong Chang and Sean Chang.

Koi Honolulu celebrated its grand opening Tuesday at Royal Hawaiian Center with a mini fashion show and prize giveaways.

A trio of men walked away with much coveted women's accessories and jewelry from Philipp Plein and Chan Luu, among the exclusive brands carried by the boutique that was previously known as Koi Boutique, a much smaller shop within the center.

Owner Kyong Chang's aim in 2008 was to bring unique and exclusive designs to Honolulu, and the expansion into the larger 2,200 square-foot space would suggest she's succeeded.

Although the original store's dark and edgy, rock 'n' roll-inspired mix initially drew Japan visitors to shop, Chang said the shop now attracts international, as well as local traffic.

The new store has a more spare, luxe feel than the former space.

The new store has a more spare, luxe feel than the former space.

Momoko Metzker and Angelo Bruno walked the runway during a mini fashion show that was a highlight of the event.

Momoko Metzker and Angelo Bruno walked the runway during a mini fashion show that was a highlight of the event.

Owner Kyong Chang says the move includes expanding the store’s product lines to cater to a larger audience. “Many of these lines are popular overseas, and we hope to establish a 'bridge' with Europe to bring the latest fashion to Hawaii.”

Within the boutique space, she's managed to create what amounts to a mini casual, but upscale department store stocked with clothing, bags, shoes, fashion and fine jewelry, and other accessories.

Brands currently offered include Andrea D’Amico, Bark, Chan Luu, Cruciani, The Editor, Franco Ferrari, HTC (Hollywood Trading Co.), Hydrogen, Jerome Dreyfuss, Louis Leeman, Luis Morais, M. Cohen, Orlebar Brown, Orobianco, Philipp Plein, Phonz Says Black, PRPS, PT05, Santa Maria Novella & LAFCO, Siwy, Sydney Evan, Victoria Beckham, and Zoe Karssen.

Where the smaller store had a claustrophobic vibe with so many items crammed in, the new store is spacious, well-lighted and spare in its approach to merchandising, so items are easy to find and see.

Of course, when you can see everything, you tend to want everything!

It was at the original Koi Boutique that I picked up a lasting obsession with Chan Luu's wrap bracelets. I also love the designer's luxe boho clothing, also carried at Koi Honolulu.

It was at the original Koi Boutique that I picked up a lasting obsession with Chan Luu's wrap bracelets. I also love the designer's luxe boho clothing, also carried at Koi Honolulu.

Dressed head to toe in a maxi dress and jewelry carried by Koi Honolulu.

Dressed head to toe in a maxi dress and jewelry carried by Koi Honolulu.

Prize drawing winners Taiki Nakamura, left, and John Garcia, show off their prizes, a Philipp Plein skull-and-bones crossbody bag and Chan Luu bracelet, respectively.

Prize drawing winners Taiki Nakamura, left, and John Garcia, show off their prizes, a Philipp Plein skull-and-bones crossbody bag and Chan Luu bracelet, respectively.

Young Leila only had eyes, and hands, for mommy Nani Hirosane's Kate Spade necklace.

Young Leila only had eyes, and hands, for mommy Nani Hirosane's Kate Spade necklace.

Among the store's unique product offerings is Santa Maria Novella's potpourri, handmade with herbs and flowers grown without pesticides in the Florentine hills, based on the original recipes of Dominican friars who founded the pharmacy in 1221.

Among the store's unique product offerings is Santa Maria Novella's potpourri, handmade with herbs and flowers grown without pesticides in the Florentine hills, based on the original recipes of Dominican friars who founded the pharmacy in 1221.

Koi Honolulu is on the ground level of the Royal Hawaiian Center, 2233 Kalakaua Ave. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call (808) 922-4532 or visit koiboutiquewaikiki.com. One hour of free parking is offered with validation for a $10 minimum purchase.

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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 nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instragram and Rebel Mouse.

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Santos previews Gillia fall line

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July 4th, 2014



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARADVERTISER.COM

GILLIA DESIGNER SAORI SANTOS, LEFT, PREVIEWED HER FALL 2014 YAMATO NADESHIKO COLLECTION AT HONOLULU NIGHT MARKET ON JUNE 21. WITH HER IS SALES MANAGER MAYO KAWAMURA AND KAWAMURA'S SON, NOAH.

Gillia presented its fall 2014 Yamato Nadeshiko collection during Honolulu Night Market in Kaka‘ako on June 21.

Japan-born designer Saori Santos has been recognized in recent years for her playful resort collections in bright tropical colors, but toned her palette down for fall — befitting for a collection that takes its name from an old Japanese term describing the grace and beauty of Japanese women.

The result is a sublime, womanly and romantic collection of designs featuring delicate floral prints, with sheer and flowing garments that gently floated with the evening's soft breezes.

Here are a couple of screen grabs from my video below, in case you don't have time to watch the whole thing. I think it's always best to see how a garment moves:

Gillia seafoam

Gillia orange

From left, stylist Tiare Thomas (with her social media-savvy pooch, @whiskeythefrenchie), Nikki Nguyen and model/photographer Daniela Voicescu said they noted each piece as it came down the runway — which all added up to a lengthy wish list.

FROM LEFT, STYLIST TIARE THOMAS(WITH HER SOCIAL MEDIA POOCH @WHISKEYTHEFRENCHIE), NIKKI NGUYEN AND MODEL/PHOTOGRAPHER DANIELA VOICESCU SAID THEY WERE NOTING EACH PIECE THEY WANTED AS IT CAME DOWN THE RUNWAY, AND IT ALL ADDED UP TO A LENGTHY WISH LIST.

There's no doubt the garments would have been snatched up on the spot if they were offered for sale, but women will have to wait for the collection's fall arrival, expected sometime in September or October.

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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 nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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M33Ms launches YWCA pendants

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July 1st, 2014



 PHOTOS COURTESY M33MSNEW JEWELRY DESIGNS BY M33M'S EMIKO MIYAZAWA, INCLUDING THIS WAX SEAL MEDALLION, WILL BENEFIT YWCA OF O'AHU.

PHOTOS COURTESY M33MS

NEW JEWELRY DESIGNS BY M33M'S EMIKO MIYAZAWA, INCLUDING THIS WAX SEAL MEDALLION, WILL BENEFIT YWCA OF O'AHU.

M33Ms Designs Emiko Miyazawa unveiled her newest collection of pendants designed exclusively for the YWCA of O‘ahu on Wednesday.

Inspired by YWCA Laniākea pioneering architect Julia Morgan’s work and the women of the YWCA, the designer has created two exclusive pendants for the organization. Proceeds from pendant sales will benefit YWCA of O‘ahu community programs.

DETAIL OF WAX SEAL MEDALLION SHOWN AT TOP.

DETAIL OF WAX SEAL MEDALLION SHOWN AT TOP.

STERLING SILVER TRI PENDANT, SHOWN WITH OTHER STERLING PIECES BY M33MS DESIGNER EMIKO MIYAZAWA.

STERLING SILVER TRI PENDANT, SHOWN WITH OTHER STERLING PIECES BY M33MS DESIGNER EMIKO MIYAZAWA.

The designer approaches each piece as a wearable piece of art, drawing inspiration from her eclectic array of interests, from architecture and industrial hardware to nature, Art Deco and Art Nouveau. The meshing of Japanese and American cultures is another constant influence, seen in a juxtaposition of clean lines and elegant restraint, with a sense of boldness and edge.

Miyazawa's Wax Seal Medallion is a sterling silver necklace that can be worn at two different lengths. The flower chosen for the pendant can be seen on the carved entrance doors at Laniākea. Miyazawa said she felt it was symbolic of the YWCA women, who protect, empower and welcome with open arms. The medallions are one of a kind, individually hand-stamped and made so no two are the same.

The handmade YWCA of O‘ahu solid silver Tri Pendant design was chosen because it echoes the columns in Laniākea's open-air courtyard. Every piece is handmade and hand-stamped with YWCA, and hangs on an 18-inch sterling silver bead chain.

The pendants start at $100.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print appears on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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