Archive for November, 2014

First look at Urban Outfitters

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November 29th, 2014



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comUrban Outfitters will open its doors at 8 a.m. tomorrow in the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Urban Outfitters will open its doors at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa.

Urban Outfitters will open its first Hawaii store at 8 a.m. Saturday, featuring UO's curated mix of mens, womens, accessories, grooming and beauty products, tech and gift items, along with an exclusive collection from Australia’s Zanerobe and adventure gear from UO’s activewear brand, Without Walls.

Unique to UO Hawaii is a Sun Shop with items for the beach and beyond, including mix-and-match two-piece bathing suits, cozy lounge pants, rompers, open knits and breezy kimono tops. Accessorize with strappy sandals, the perfect sunglasses, and surf- and sand-inspired baubles.

The store reflected in metal-rimmed sunglasses on display.

The store reflected in metal-rimmed sunglasses on display.

Local brands have a place in UO's Sun Shop, where you can pair them with leopard fanny pack if that's your style.

Local brands have a place in UO's Sun Shop, where you can pair them with leopard fanny pack if that's your style.

Bringing the local into the mix, UO has also partnered with local brands to offer collab products from such designers and brands as Samudra, Cassandra Rull, Quality Peoples, and Brooklyn Hawaii.

I got a chance to explore the new store Friday and took note for the holidays. They have some pretty dresses in the trend shop front and center, cozy sweaters for those magical days when the mercury hits 65 degrees, lots of tees for men, books, tech accessories and some unusual gift items, including an oyster mushroom-growing kit for the foodie or green thumb on your list, as well as candle-making kit for the crafty.

In the lingerie shop.

In the lingerie shop.

Apparel for bundling up on chilly nights.

Apparel for bundling up on chilly nights.

Smudge stick/sachets in the ground floor cosmetics department.

Smudge stick/sachets in the ground floor cosmetics department.

With its proximity to turistas, travelers can pick up many a memento in UO's souvenir shop. It is only the company's second such shop. The first is in New York City's Herald Square.

With its proximity to turistas, travelers can pick up many a memento in UO's souvenir shop. It is only the company's second such shop. The first is in New York City's Herald Square.

Geodes are among the gift and home items available for purchase.

Geodes are among the gift and home items available for purchase.

A men's T-shirt featuring Bruce Lee reimagined as a 21st century celeb.

A men's T-shirt featuring Bruce Lee reimagined as a 21st century celeb.

Lots of grooming products to put a shine on the guys.

Lots of grooming products to put a shine on the guys.

Look for the two-story store at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa's Pualeilani Atrium & Shops, fronting 2424 Kalakaua Ave. Follow the Hawaii store on Instagram for updates.

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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, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Black Friday deals loom

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November 27th, 2014



I don’t have to warn you to be careful out there when it comes to holiday spending. According to WalletHub, Hawaii is one of the more frugal states, coming in at 44 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in a 2014 study of “States With the Biggest Spenders.”

(It’s likely because there’s little discretionary income left after paying for our homes, cars, utilities, health care and food.)

To help you along with holiday shopping, stores are rolling out discounts for Black Friday, which starts as early as Thursday at many stores. Here are a few places to start:

ALA MOANA CENTER

27 D2 black friday pixBlack Friday is ThanksGetting Day at the center, where some stores will open the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day and stay open through Friday night.

Pick up a free shopping guide for information on specials and store sales or visit AlaMoanaCenter.com for a list of early store openings. Free valet parking will be offered at three locations: for drivers who enter from Piikoi Street, on Level 4 of the parking structure near Longs Drugs; for those who enter from Ala Moana Boulevard, on Mall Level 2 near Morton’s the Steakhouse and Lon­ghi’s; and on Mall Level 2 near Nordstrom.

A limited-edition Big Santa stocking holder is the center’s gift with purchase, celebrating the mall’s iconic Santa sculpture. Spend $500 to receive the gift while supplies last, with a limit of one per person. Receipts dated Nov. 7 through Dec. 24, with no more than three individual receipts per store, will be accepted (gift card purchases do not count). Must be 13 or older to participate.

EDEN IN LOVE

This Black Friday sale is so big, it’s moved out of the boutique and into two conference rooms on the second floor at Ward Warehouse, where there will be tiered savings from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Get in line by 8 a.m. to get your hand stamped to receive 50 percent off all items all day. Otherwise, discounts are as follows:

» 50 percent off between 6 and 8 a.m.

» 40 percent off from 8 to 10 a.m.

» 30 percent off from 10 a.m. to noon

» 20 percent off from noon to closing

Enjoy 20 percent off Saturday and Sunday as well. Call (808) 591-1005 for more information.

THEFACESHOP

Early birds will get the best of tiered savings on all items in the store. Be in line at specified hours to receive the following:

» 30 percent off between 9 and 11 a.m.

» 25 percent off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

» 20 percent off between 1 and 9 p.m.

Savings continue Saturday and Sunday, when merchandise will be 10 percent off all day. On top of discounts, there will be gifts with purchase. Stores are at McCully Shopping Center (941-3223) Ward Warehouse (589-3223) and Wai­malu Plaza, 98-1277 Kaahumanu St. (483-3223).

GINGER13

The downtown boutique will be hosting a Black Friday trunk show of petite women’s designs by Alison Izu, as well as the designer’s family collection Love & Aloha.

Also shop for designs by Ten Tomorrow, Rumi Mura­kami and Ginger13 jewelry, and gifts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The boutique is at 22 S. Pau­ahi St.

KAHALA MALL

The official opening is at 7 a.m. Friday, although some stores will open as early as 5 a.m. Others will open on Thanksgiving Day.

Shoppers who purchase $200 or more in same-day receipts (maximum of two receipts per store) between 6 and 11 a.m. Friday will receive a $10 Kahala Mall gift certificate and a selection of breakfast items from Whole Foods Market accompanied by a free cup of coffee from Starbucks, in the Center Court area of the mall. (The gift-with-purchase redemption runs from 7 to 11 a.m.)

A gift wrap center will be open between Macy’s and Champs Sports Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 18-24 during mall hours. Show your same-day receipts from Kahala Mall to get the first gift wrap free, with a minimal charge for each additional wrapping service.

MUUMUU HEAVEN

The annual Green Friday sale will feature a 25 percent discount on all MH merchandise, with discounts of 10 to 25 percent on merchandise by Estrela, MI Nei and Pirate Crush jewelry, Aloha Friday sunglasses and Jenn Johnson art from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 767 Kai­lua Road. Call (808) 263-3366.

PEARLRIDGE CENTER

The mall will officially open at midnight Friday, although some merchants, including Toys R Us (5 p.m. Thursday), Macy’s and Sears (6 p.m. Thursday), will open earlier.

Keep the kids entertained with a ride on the Pearlridge Express train in Uptown Center Court. The train runs daily through Jan. 4, with tickets priced at $3.50.

ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER

The 25-foot-tall holiday tree in the Royal Grove sets the mood for holiday cheer, with stores open during regular hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily throughout the holiday season.

The center offers an hour of free parking with validation of a $10 minimum purchase, then $2 per hour for the next two hours for a maximum of three hours. After three hours, standard parking is $2 per 20 minutes.

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

From Friday through Sunday, shop for 50 percent off select men’s and women’s apparel, and 30 to 50 percent off handbags and accessories from the famed London designer.

The boutique is in the Wes­tin Moana Surfrider at 2365 Kala­kaua Ave. Call (808) 744-5402.

WINDWARD MALL

The mall will officially open at 6 a.m. Friday, although select retailers will open on Thanksgiving Day. Visit WindwardMall.com for details. Share your experience on social media with the hashtag #WINDWARDJOY to be eligible to win prizes from the mall.

Also get into the holiday spirit at a “Dear Santa” letter-writing station, open through Dec. 24 in the Sears wing.

WINDWARD MEDISPA & VEIN CENTER

Get tiered savings on products and beauty packages between 9 a.m. and noon Friday. Save on everything from facial packages to laser hair removal, liposuction and injectable treatments.

Receive 30 percent off between 9 and 10 a.m., 25 percent off from 10 to 11 a.m. and 20 percent off from 11 a.m. to noon. Products such as Environ, Yonique 3D fiber lashes and Dr. Spiller’s Organics will be offered at 20 percent off from 9 to 10 a.m. and 15 percent off from 10 a.m. to noon.

Or, buy a $100 gift card and receive four $25 gift cards (must be given to different people).

The medi­spa is at 25 Malu­niu Ave., Suite 202. You can also shop via phone at (808) 261-8346.

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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.

Back to the drawing board

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November 18th, 2014



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comThis is one of my illustrations, resulting from Louda Larrain's fashion illustration workshop at Fishcake.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

This is one of my illustrations, resulting from Louda Larrain's fashion illustration workshop at Fishcake.


Beyond the runways, some of the best things about Hawai'i Fashion Month are the opportunities to network and learn something new.

I had such a pleasure meeting couture textile artist Louda Larrain, who spent most of her career in Paris and New York, making it unlikely our paths would have ever crossed if not for her move to Kauai with her renowned photographer husband Gilles Larrain.

She generously shared her talent Sunday at Fishcake Gallery with a class of about 30 people who were interested in learning the art of fashion illustration. As an artist, she looks at drawing as a skill equal to writing and feels it is a shame that so few people work on developing this skill. She sees it as a kind of illiteracy.

Carrie Shuler did a great job posing in all of Louda Larrain's one-of-a-kind creations for the day, including this hoop-skirt design my top illustration was based on.

Carrie Shuler modeled all of Louda Larrain's one-of-a-kind creations for the day, including this hoop-skirt design my top illustration was based on.

I stopped drawing in college, so suffer from arrested development in that area. But it's definitely something I would love to work on more in the future. I would love to one day go to New York fashion week and draw everything I see. But, as Louda said, anyone can draw, but to develop style is difficult.

At any rate, the workshop was both fun ... and challenging. It started easy enough with sketching a retro bikini on a live model. But Louda soon added her designs and textiles to the mix with their nubby and wispy textures, sheers and solids, sparkles and patterns, all quite difficult for a beginner to render.

I started out so energized, but eight drawings later, I was pretty wiped out, but inspired to do more and work at improving my line.

Before he died, my late husband, who loved the arts, left his box of art supplies next to my chair in the living room and I have been staring at it for a year-and-a-half, trying to figure out what he was thinking. Did he have one last project in mind? It was the only thing he took out of his room. Maybe he wanted to encourage me to draw more. I used his pencils that day. He continues to guide me.

The class started with Louda's slide presentation on fashion illustration through history, including this work by Christian Lacroix, among the couture designers she produced textiles for.

The class started with Louda's slide presentation on fashion illustration through history, including this work by Christian Lacroix, among the couture designers she produced textiles for.

 Louda Larrain addresses the class before we start simply, capturing the lines of the body and a simple bikini.

Louda Larrain addresses the class before we start simply, capturing the lines of the body and a simple bikini.

Carrie ran through three poses.

Carrie ran through three poses.

Louda's professional work is at top left; my try is at bottom right. I have a pretty heavy hand and for most of the illustrations, had to stop three times to sharpen my pencil.

Louda's professional work is at top left; my try is at bottom right. I have a pretty heavy hand and for most of the illustrations, had to stop three times to sharpen my pencil.

More poses and illustrations:

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My attempt at getting the textures of Louda's textile.

My attempt at getting the textures of Louda's textile.

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Louda's illustration.

Louda's illustration.

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Teacher's hand at left, mine on the right.

Teacher's hand at left, mine on the right.

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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, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Louda out loud

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November 14th, 2014



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comAt the grand opening of Louda Larrain's "Emporium of Cuteness" at Fishcake, friends of gallery owner Maura Fujihira were lucky enough to don Larrain's— front and center in white jacket—creations.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

At the grand opening of Louda Larrain's "Emporium of Cuteness" at Fishcake, friends of gallery owner Maura Fujihira were lucky enough to don Larrain's— front and center in white jacket—creations.

It was such a treat to drop by Louda Larrain's "Emporium of Cuteness" exhibition's opening night at Fishcake/Box Jelly on Thursday. We don't often get to see such exquisite, magical and tactile textiles as those that spring from her imagination to her fingertips to kaleidoscopic life.

At the center of the exhibit was Larrain's tremendous dress of many colors representing a couple of decades of work, and 200 of the 500 swatches she has amassed — her babies — each one representing a work of art fabric she created by hand and sold to the likes of Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Christian Dior, Thierry Mugler, Emanuel Ungaro, Gianfranco Ferre and other renowned houses for the creation of their own couture designs.

I could spend hours studying each one of her swatches.

I could spend hours studying each one of her many-textured swatches.

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Googly eyes.

Googly eyes.

My story in Thursday's Star-Advertiser detailed her childhood in Russia, where teaching fashion illustration was her route out of Siberia and eventually to Paris, where she attracted the attention of the house of Lesage, the famed embroidery atelier now owned by Chanel.

As she told me:

“They asked if I could leave a few sample swatches. At that time I only had about six or eight swatches. Now I have more than 500.

“The next day, Francois Lesage called me. He said, ‘Darling, sit down. I have news for you, and you will fall out of your seat. Someone went crazy for your fabrics.’ And that was (Chanel designer) Karl Lagerfeld.

“After that my life was like a fairy tale. I still had to work very hard, but after I produced this fabric for Chanel, every door opened. I could call and everyone wanted to know what I was doing. Sometimes they would say, ‘This is too Chanel,’ because they had their own identity, so I would continue experimenting.”

On the dress form is Louda's wearable "scrapbook" of swatches from 200 of the textiles she created over the years.

On the dress form is Louda's wearable "scrapbook" of swatches from 200 of the textiles she created over the years.

From Paris, she built a reputation for herself in New York, where her distinctive, one-of-a-kind coats were sold in art galleries.

Love brought her to Kauai, which her husband, storied photographer Gilles Larrain, considers the most beautiful island in the world. And we are the beneficiaries of their move. Thanks for the eye-opening experience!

Toby Portner loved Louda's "Yakuza Flower" bear.

Toby Portner loved Louda's "Yakuza Flower" bear.

Did I say loved? LOVED!

Did I say loved? LOVED!

There were dolls as well.

There were dolls as well.

This one is a little scary.

This one is a little scary.

I really liked the top that went with Louda's hoop skirt, shown by Maura Fujihira, who below, shows off another of Louda's dresses.

I realy liked the top that went with Louda's hoop skirt, shown by Maura Fujihira, who below, shows off another of Louda's dresses.

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Deanna Itano in one of Louda Larrain's dresses.

Deanna Itano in one of Louda Larrain's dresses.

Fiber artist Tanyah Tavorn in another of Louda's pieces.

Fiber artist Tanyah Tavorn in another of Louda's pieces.

Larrain will also be conducting a fashion illustration HFX workshop from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Fishcake. The cost is $70 general admission, $35 for Hawai'i Fashion Exchange members. Click here to register online.

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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.

Manila designers showcase work

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November 14th, 2014



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comManila designers Cora Manimbo and Oskar Atendido with Catherine Caldwell of HI Luxury magazine, center, in one of Manimbo's jackets comprising silks imported to the Philippines, as well as hand-woven fabric from Ilocos Norte. The jacket is about $200.

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Manila designers Cora Manimbo and Oskar Atendido with Catherine Caldwell of HILuxury magazine, center, in one of Manimbo's jackets comprising silks imported to the Philippines, as well as hand-woven fabric from Ilocos Norte. The jacket is about $200.

Manila designers Cora Manimbo and Oskar Atendido visited Hawaii Island before flying over to Oahu for a Filipiniana Americana Fashion & Art Show that took place Saturday at New Life Church.

In a presentation Thursday at Fresh Cafe Downtown, Manimbo showed some traditional ternos and blouses made with indigenous Philippines fabric, noted for its intricate embroidery, beadwork and handpainting. Manimbo creates many of her own fabrics.

Atendido showed his fine handcrafted filigree jewelry made of silver, copper and gold, saying he had long been interested in the handcrafted pieces in his mom's jewelry box and would study them for hours, trying to figure out how they were made.

"What I found was a craft that was rapidly disappearing that was worthy of saving, because once you lose it, you lose it," he said.

Oskar Atendido shows one of his filigree jewelry designs, utilizing handcrafting techniques that were being lost in the Philippines.

Oskar Atendido shows one of his filigree jewelry designs, utilizing handcrafting techniques that were being lost in the Philippines.

Filigree work found its way to the Philippines through schools Belgian missionaries. Up until about 10 years ago, when programs were starting to be phased out, the techniques were still being taught at Saint Louis University, a private Catholic university run by Belgian nuns in Baguio, in central Luzon.

Atendido said the school also teaches Belgian lace, or tatting, tradition, on which the filigree is based, hence its resemblance to lace.

Anna Davide wears one of Cora Manimbo's light-wear jackets of piña, or pineapple fiber, with handpainted flowers. The jacket is about $300.

Anna Davide wears one of Cora Manimbo's light-wear jackets of piña, or pineapple fiber, with handpainted flowers. The jacket is about $300.

From left, Angelica Reyes, Raizza Pulido and Novie Hartwell, Mrs. Hawaii Filipina 2014, wear jackets created by Manila-based designer Cora Manimbo.

From left, Angelica Reyes, Raizza Pulido and Novie Hartwell, Mrs. Hawaii Filipina 2014, wear jackets created by Manila-based designer Cora Manimbo.

From left, Hartwell, Reyes, and Pulido, Miss Teen Hawaii Filipina 2014, wear ternos created by Manimbo.

From left, Hartwell, Reyes, and Pulido, Miss Teen Hawaii Filipina 2014, wear ternos created by Manimbo.

A detail of Manimbo's handcrafted, appliquéd and embellished fabric, as worn by Raizza Pulida in the photo above.

A detail of Manimbo's handcrafted, appliquéd and embellished fabric, as worn by Raizza Pulida in the photo above.

Oskar Atendido's filagree orchid design. He also created necklace featuring the Lily of the Valley that he said in the Philippines, grows only in Baguio City.

Oskar Atendido's filagree orchid design. He also created necklace featuring the Lily of the Valley that he said in the Philippines, grows only in Baguio City.

More floral filagree work with coral centers.

More floral filagree work with coral centers.

The earliest jewelry reflected religious belief, and many designs were created with a compartment to carry relics of saints. Religious motifs continue to be popular in filagree jewelry from the Philippines.

The earliest jewelry reflected religious belief, and many designs were created with a compartment to carry relics of saints. Religious motifs continue to be popular in filagree jewelry from the Philippines.

Leni Knight, whose artwork graces the walls, organized the exhibition.

Leni Knight, whose artwork graces the walls, organized the exhibition.

Anna Davide in a pink terno by Cora Manimbo.

Anna Davide in a pink terno by Cora Manimbo.

Angela Reyes in a gothic-style terno.

Angelica Reyes in a gothic-style terno.

The exhibition also featured artwork by Jasmine Knight and Leni Knight, who organized the events as a fundraiser for Local Family Caregivers, to assist families in need for financial support for respite care and other assisted-living services.

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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.

KINI and DINKO in B/W

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November 14th, 2014



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comKelsey Campbell models one of the designs presented by KINI and DINKO Nov. 7 at Hawai'i Convention Center.

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Kelsey Campbell models one of the designs presented by KINI and DINKO Friday at the Hawai'i Convention Center.

KINI and DINKO's runway show Friday at the Hawai'i Convention Center, marked the highly anticipated debut of the brand's inaugural ready-to-wear collection, the first from Dinko Dean Satta and Kini Zamora, post the latter's "Project Runway" Season 13 showing.

Word I received from Hawaii watchers in the audience for Zamora's New York Fashion Week show, before anyone but Kini knew about his third-place finish, was that they worried about the lack of color in his black-and-white finale collection.

But Zamora told me in an earlier interview that he was thinking long past "Runway," and about his next move for Spring/Summer 2015. The idea was to create classic separates that could be used from season to season and incorporated with pieces from future collections to come from KINI and DINKO.

Kini Zamora found a new fan in Olympian-turned-sportswear designer Kristi Yamaguchi, who also admired his black neoprene dress.

Kini Zamora found a new fan in Olympian-turned-sportswear designer Kristi Yamaguchi, who also admired his black neoprene dress.

In a collection that came together in little over a month upon his return from the "Project Runway" competition, he embraced fashion's sportswear trend by showing a mix of bodysuits, moto vests, sporty tops with cape back flourishes and neoprene dresses, plus a bare midriff look for evening.

As a result, in a day I made a fashion about-face. When the Alexander Wang X H&M collection of sportswear-inspired garments launched on Thursday. I told one of my friends, a manager at H&M, that I wasn't going to be camping out there because "I'm not sporty."

KINI and DINKO presented a Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection in black and white.

KINI and DINKO presented a Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection in black and white.

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So what did I do at the shows? I bought a boatload of ... sportswear. I guess I had a change of heart after seeing all the amazing shows. At the KD Hawaii/KINI and DINKO popup at the Convention Center, people were able to pre-order pieces from the KINI and DINKO spring/summer 2015 collection.

My picks were the black cropped moto vest and the black neoprene dress. I would wear them both now if I could. The vest will be great with sportswear pieces I picked up from Kristi Yamaguchi's Tsu.ya line, shown Saturday during the Get Out! show of sports, casual and beachwear. More on that when I can catch up on the extremely busy weekend.

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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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Nordstrom Beauty Event returns

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November 13th, 2014



PHOTO BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comFerial Boukarroum, National Sales Director for Lancer Skincare, is introducing two new products at the Nordstrom Beauty Event this weekend. Her skin looks flawless sans makeup, which she attributes to Lancer's Younger Serum.

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Ferial Boukarroum, National Sales Director for Lancer Skincare, is introducing two new products at the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event this weekend. Her skin looks flawless sans makeup, which she attributes to Lancer's Younger Serum.

The Nordstrom Beauty Event takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, with an opportunity to pick up fall makeup tip and tricks from visiting beauty experts.

If you want in early on the 8 a.m. Fall Trend Show, tickets are $20 and redeemable toward your beauty purchases the day of the event.

Among those offering their expertise are Laura Mercier training executive Regina Sanches, who will be offering consultations and a four-piece gift with purchase for those buying a minimum $95 in Mercier products; and Guerlain regional makeup artists Chantel Templeman and Kevin Sifflet, who be offering customized solutions to fit individual skincare and makeup needs.

Lancer Skincare’s Ferial Boukarroum is also back in town and is in store today through Saturday, offering facials and consultations to introduce the brand’s Younger Serum, as well as Lip-Enhancing Serum that contains hyaluronic acid and a bit of capsaicin to moisturize and plump lips. A Lancer gift-with-purchase will be available.

I'm especially excited about the Younger Serum, which promises some of the smoothing, line- and spot-reduction properties of retinol, which is still the gold standard for anti-aging skincare more than 25 years after it was first formulated for over-the-counter use. But retinol can be irritating and drying, an is not recommended for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is reacts with light and oxygen, and those who use retinol are told to avoid the sun.

Dr. Lancer sought to solve this problem by developing a treatment that is as effective as retinol, but without the skin irritation and other side effects.

Ferial explained that the resulting Younger Serum formula includes aster flower, copper amino acid, glycolic acid, yeast amino acids, soybean extract, Ayurvedic babchi extract and hyaluronic acid complex, plus a trademarked MIMIXYL retinoid activator that signals the body to create collagen, elastic fibers and new skin cells.

The Younger Serum sells for $275; the Lip-Enhancing Serum is $40.

Dr. Harold Lancer, Beverly Hills dermatologist, is well aware of the struggle to maintain a radiant complexion. In Hollywood, it seems celebs are willing to pay any price for eternal youth. But, unlike Hollywood, most people don't want procedures that would change their face so as to be unrecognizable, as has happened with countless older actors, and cautionary examples Jennifer Grey, Meg Ryan and Renée Zellweger.

So, Dr. Lancer also wrote the book, "Younger: The Breakthrough Anti-Aging Method for Radiant Skin," to help readers navigate the mixed messages of dermatological advice, and avoid expensive invasive treatments, while making the kind of smart lifestyle choices in diet, exercise and stress management that support skin health.

One way I could see his products working was on Ferial's face, spotless without the benefit of foundation or other makeup because her luggage was delayed on her flight here from Dallas. She's hoping her clothes, makeup and shoes catch up with her in time for Saturday's big event, but on the bright side, there's nothing like a spotless complexion to convince shoppers a product works ... and while on the floor, she's already shopped for some new shoes!

Drop by any of the cosmetics counters to schedule your Saturday appointments.

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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.

A 'Conscious' eco wear showcase

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November 13th, 2014



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comModels in designs by Carlous Palmer wait back stage for their turn on the runway.

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Models in designs by Carlous Palmer wait back stage for their turn on the runway.

Conscious Designers Hawaii, a coalition of Hawaii designers dedicated to eco and socially conscious clothing, made its debut on the runway at the Hawai'i Convention Center as part of Hawai'i Fashion Month.

Among designers featured were Carlous Palmer, whose garments opened the show; Big Islander Taleah Smith of Indigo Sage; Love at Dawn's Angela Tomiye, who offers repurposed vintage clothing; Love Me Knots jewelry; Yi Lin Hu; and show organizer Camille Mori, of Tsubaki Himé, whose skirt and blouse ensemble closed the show.

Beyond the runway, CDHi also hosted a Progressive Launch Party Tuesday at Box Jelly/Fishcake, an interactive event that included a fashion installation by eco-friendly designers, panel discussion and networking.

A model's skirt is adjusted to show Love Me Knots' body jewelry.

A model's skirt is adjusted to show Love Me Knots' body jewelry.

More of Carlous Palmer's designs.

More of Carlous Palmer's designs.

A makeup touchup backstage at the Conscious Designers Hawaii showcase at Hawai'i Convention Center.

A makeup touchup backstage at the Conscious Designers Hawaii showcase at the Hawai'i Convention Center.

Yi Lin Hu adjusts his design on his model Caitlin Falls before the fashion show.

Yi Lin Hu adjusts his design on his model Caitlin Falls before the fashion show.

A simple sheath dress shows off one of Love Me Knots necklaces.

A simple sheath dress shows off one of Love Me Knots necklaces.

Conscious Designers Hawaii was founded to promote eco-conscious designs by designers who care about sustainability. Along with providing a forum for designers, the group is committed to connecting with consumers who favor a more eco-friendly approach to shopping.

The event also served as a fundfaiser for Dress a Girl Around the World, a non-profit that aims to help underprivilaged girls feel loved and respected.

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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, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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