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Midnight shopping at Dongdaemun

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September 29th, 2015



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comThe fashion forward find their way to Doota! one of the many multi-story "malls" that fill Seoul's Dongdaemun Market.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

The fashion forward shop find their way to Doota! one of the many multi-story "malls" that fill Seoul's Dongdaemun Market.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Say what you will about United States consumer culture. Koreans have us beat. Only at Christmas do American stores close at midnight. In the heart of Seoul, you can head to Dongdaemun where the shopping district comes alive from 8 to 10 p.m. when other stores close, and you can shop 'til you drop at 5 a.m.

Lacking that sort of inborn stamina, I only lasted until 1:30 a.m., when I felt delirious eyeing floor after floor, stall after stall of all manner of apparel and accessories, when all I wanted was one thing: shoes. Because of my Cinderella feet, I can never find shoes that fit me, hence the all-occasion rubbah slippah, but I had high hopes of finding the sporty "ugly shoes" I have wanted for months.

Here's a quick look:

Designer culture thrives at Doota! which they boast is on the "Fashion People To Do List."

Throughout Dongdaemun's malls, you can find high-quality, inexpensive clothing for about $20 to $60. Prices at Doota!@ tend to run in the low hundreds.

Throughout Dongdaemun's malls, you can find high-quality, inexpensive clothing for about $20 to $60. Prices at Doota! tend to run in the low hundreds.

Seoul style.

Seoul style.

One of the young shoppers at Dongdaemun, out after midnight.

One of the young shoppers at Dongdaemun, out after midnight.

Things that make you go hmmm: The Mocoloco boutique was slated to open shortly after I left Korea. Wonder if the name was Hawaii inspired?

Things that make you go hmmm: The Mocoloco boutique was slated to open shortly after I left Korea. Wonder if the name was Hawaii inspired?

I saw many street vendors upon exiting the subway, but friends assured I would be able to find "more, better and cheaper" at Dongdaemun's many towering vertical malls. By the numbers, it was like searching for needles in a haystack. As South Korea’s largest wholesale and retail shopping district, Dongdaemun is home to 26 shopping malls, 30,000 speciality shops, and 50,000 manufacturers. It's also known for its night market, but I missed that because it closed at midnight while I was searching the malls.

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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.

Walking the 'Five-0' red carpet

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September 13th, 2015



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comThe pirates of Hawaii Five-0's season 6 premiere episode.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

The pirates of Hawaii Five-0's season six premiere episode.

The first celebs to arrive on the "Hawaii Five-0" season six premiere red carpet Saturday night at Sunset on the Beach were ... pirates! Huh? Did they lose their way to the Black Pearl?

Reporters tried to get some answers from them but I suppose the 19th century seafarers didn't understand the 21st century hoopla. All came clear when the episode screened after 7 p.m.

The pirates opened the episode built around a 200-year treasure hunt. Interesting. It had me wondering if pirates did indeed ever make their way to our islands. The episode will air Sept. 25.

If you joined me live on Periscope, you were probably feeling some of the restlessness waiting for the show's stars to arrive, and at the end of my livestreams people were asking, "Where's Danno?" Well, Danno, aka Scott Caan, did not appear this year, but here's a look at the stars who did show up:

"Five-0's" Steve McGarrett, Alex O'Loughlin was the picture of sophistication in a Gucci suit paired with a Tom Ford shirt.

"Five-0's" Steve McGarrett, Alex O'Loughlin was the picture of sophistication in a Gucci suit paired with a Tom Ford shirt.

Grace Park continued her association with Versace, showing up in this cute chartreuse mini dress.

Grace Park continued her association with Versace, showing up in this cute chartreuse mini dress.

Teilor Grubbs, who plays Danno's daughter on the series is growing up fast. She wore a pale pink and gray ombre dress from Young Fabulous & Broke.

Teilor Grubbs, who plays Danno's daughter on the series is growing up fast. She wore a pale pink and gray ombre dress from Young Fabulous & Broke.

Ian Anthony Dale has a dramatic turn in Season 6's opening episode and showed up in a tailor-made suit by Spanish designer Purificacion Garcia.

Ian Anthony Dale has a dramatic turn in Season 6's opening episode and showed up in a tailor-made suit by Spanish designer Purificacion Garcia.

Chi McBride, Capt. Lou Grover on the series, also showed up in a bespoke suit, but is keeping the name of his tailor to himself.

Chi McBride, Capt. Lou Grover on the series, also showed up in a bespoke suit, but is keeping the name of his tailor to himself.

In keeping with the international-meets-local vibe of the series, executive producer Peter Lenkov paired his Armani suit with a shirt from Tori Richard.

In keeping with the international-meets-local vibe of the series, executive producer Peter Lenkov paired his Armani suit with a shirt from Tori Richard.

Taylor Wily and his family always turn out in coordinated outfits. Taylor and his son YoungAisa wear "The Governor" ensembles, Samoan evening wear by Rosana. Wife Halona and daughter Tula accessorized their Sears outfits with jewelry handmade in Tahiti.

Taylor Wily and his family always turn out in coordinated outfits. Taylor and his son YoungAisa wear "The Governor" ensembles, Samoan evening wear by Rosana. Wife Halona and daughter Tula accessorized their Sears outfits with jewelry handmade in Tahiti.

Shawn Garnett, who is Cousin Flippa in the series, accessorized his aloha shirt with a giant puka shell necklace given to him by his grandfather.

Shawn Garnett, who is Cousin Flippa in the series, accessorized his aloha shirt with a giant puka shell necklace given to him by his grandfather.

Slated to make his second guest appearance in Season 6, chef Masaharu Morimoto walked the red carpet in a head-to-toe ensemble from Uniqlo.

Slated to make his second guest appearance in Season 6, chef Masaharu Morimoto walked the red carpet in a head-to-toe ensemble from Uniqlo.

Performing after the show, Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik said his wife dresses him, so he didn't know whose shirt he was wearing. A label check revealed his shirt was by John Varvatos.

Performing after the show, Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik said his wife dresses him, so he didn't know whose shirt he was wearing. A label check revealed his shirt was by John Varvatos.

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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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