Santos previews Gillia fall line
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:
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.
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.
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 email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.