Fashion Tribe

Van Cleef garden party sparkles

May 19th, 2015

Van Cleef & Arpels and Neiman Marcus Honolulu presented a spring/summer 2015 garden party event on May 7 at Neiman Marcus, highlighted by "courses" of diamonds and timepieces featuring the luxury brand's signature butterfly, nature and cultural motifs.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comThis Van Cleef & Arpels Lotus Between the Finger ring folds down to be worn on one finger for versatility.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

This Van Cleef & Arpels Lotus Between the Finger ring folds down to be worn on one finger for versatility.

The enchanted evening began with the music of Streetlight Cadence's Brian Webb, below left, and Jonathon Franklin, with dancer Alexandra Hopley gracing the entry to the VCA boutique that had been walled off with flowers and hedges.

Here's a look at the evening:

Guests arrived to see the area surrounding the VCA boutique transformed into a spring garden venue, and were welcomed in by dancer Alexandra Hopley.

Guests arrived to see the area surrounding the VCA boutique transformed into a spring garden venue, and were welcomed in by dancer Alexandra Hopley.

Hopley danced to the music of Streetlight Cadence's Brian Webb, left, and Jonathon Franklin.

Hopley danced to the music of Streetlight Cadence's Brian Webb, left, and Jonathon Franklin.

Presentation of dinner courses were matched by jewel courses.

Presentation of dinner courses were matched by jewel courses.

A lot of oohs and ahhs accompanied the presentations.

A lot of oohs and ahhs accompanied the presentations.

PHOTO COURTESY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Party goers were also enchanted by the Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée time-on-demand watch, with a ballerina skirt that flutters up to form the wings of a butterfly. The watch was inspired by the 18th century Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, who said, "I've been dreaming that I was a ballerina, and that I was spending my whole life dancing as lightly as a butterfly."

Tiki at work on one of his Digitoons.

Tiki at work on one of his Digitoons.

Reine Ah Moo with her Digitoon portrait.

Reine Ah Moo with her Digitoon portrait.

My Digitoon had me wondering what was going on with my hair.

My Digitoon had me wondering what was going on with my hair.

Van Cleef is also noted for its fragrances, here the scent of gardenias.

Van Cleef is also noted for its fragrances, here the scent of gardenias.

Beautiful peonies at the table.

Beautiful peonies at the table.

Sliced scallops interspersed with layers of black truffle en croute.

Sliced scallops interspersed with layers of black truffle en croute.

Escargot and mushrooms in a bread bowl.

Escargot and mushrooms in a bread bowl.

Guests were able to examine and try on new collections before dinner, and sit for a Digitoon portrait by Tiki.

Neiman Marcus is at Ala Moana Center; call (808) 951-8887.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is 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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