Archive for November, 2015

Bkr shares ideas of beauty, health

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November 17th, 2015



PHOTO COURTESY bkr Kate Cutler, left, and Tal Winter left their law practices after 13 years to become the founders of bkr, with the notion that beauty will save the world.

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Kate Cutler, left, and Tal Winter left their law practices after 13 years to become the founders of bkr, with the notion that beauty will save the world.

Believing that the average person has four careers in her, Tal Winter and Kate Cutler were ready to take a step away from their first after practicing law in California for 13 years.

The two met at University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Winter went on to represent abused children in the foster care system, while Cutler worked in corporate litigation.

PHOTO COURTESY NEIMAN MARCUSA Rose Heart bkr ($35) is one of the Gifts That Give, available at Neiman Marcus.

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A Rose Heart bkr ($35) is one of the Gifts That Give, available at Neiman Marcus.

“It wasn’t that we were unhappy with our work, but we wanted to do something more creative,” Cutler said.

In 2011, they made the leap with their launch of bkr (pronounced “beaker,” like the chemistry glass wide-mouthed glass vessels). Their specialty, glass drinking bottles wrapped in a brightly colored, sand-based silicone sleeve.

Their one product, a stylish, Instagrammable 500-milliliter water bottle that quickly won a cult following. Initially carried by museum and design shops, bkr moved onto beauty floors, thanks to a push from excited fans, who shared their stories and convinced the founders that—with their message of beauty, health and hydration from the inside out—they were really in the beauty business.

The two founders were in town earlier this month for the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event, and three exclusive bkr designs are also being featured as part of Neiman Marcus’s Love to Give collection of more than 60 designer items priced for holiday gift-giving. Ten percent of sales for each of the gift items will support the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Art to Go program.

I caught up with the founders at the Modern Honolulu, where I spotted their colorful bkrs right away.

“We always drank a lot of water because we think it’s the key to being healthy from inside out,” Winter said. “But we realized we were drinking out of plastic that’s really bad for our health and the environment, and once you realize that, you can’t go back. Life is too short to drink from trash.”

The pair adopted the saying, "Beauty Will Save the World," believing that those who fall in love with bkr also heed their message of environmental consciousness.

Although metal water flasks also abound, Winter said that was not an option.

“You wouldn’t drink wine out of metal; water doesn’t taste good with metal either.”

Nothing prepared them for the response to their little creation, now also available in a teeny 250 milliliter size ($28) for travel and stowing in a purse.

PHOTO BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comTal Winger, left, and Kate Cutler, with their bkrs at The MODERN Honolulu. Winter is expecting her first child early next year.

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Tal Winger, left, and Kate Cutler, with their bkrs at The MODERN Honolulu. Winter is expecting her first child early next year.

“Women would tell us they love their bkr so much and would ask, ‘Is it possible to love your water bottle?’” Winter said.

It became a must-have fashion accessory, the perfect chic addition for the road, whether traveling to the gym, beach or to carry with a designer purse to business meeting.

“We listened to our customers and once we made the connection, we started moving into spas, because they already knew the benefits of hydration,” Cutler said.

From there, they were able to approach stores like NM, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue with the idea of placement in their beauty departments.

“Basically, if you’re not drinking enough, nothing you put on your skin will help much,” said Winter. “A lot of the things you go to beauty counters or dermatologists for—fine lines, rosacea—are related to hydration, and most of us are dehydrated. If you ever feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.”

The duo have a few plans in the works, but demure from elaborating. Winter said, "We're intending to grow in the beauty space where customers expect to find us. We're not a container company. We're a beauty company."

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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.

Inside Bloomingdale's opening gala

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November 13th, 2015



Bloomingdale's Hawaii celebrated its inaugural Hawaii store opening in style, with a VIP gala that took place Wednesday.

PHOTOS BY MARCO GARCIA / getty images for bloomingdale'sBloomingdale's celebrated its Honolulu grand opening in style with a VIP party and Rockettes-style greeting Nov. 11 at Ala Moana Center. Bloomingdale's executive vice president for creative services Jack Hruska, center, stands with Rockette's inspired greeters.

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Bloomingdale's celebrated its Honolulu grand opening in style with a VIP party and Rockettes-style greeting Nov. 11 at Ala Moana Center. Bloomingdale's executive vice president for creative services Jack Hruska, center, stands with Rockette's inspired greeters.

I was lucky to be the first one in the store, warning gatekeepers to avoid getting trampled. In addition to the eyeful of the store itself, guests found themselves greeted by leggy models in Rockettes-inspired tuxedo jackets, with leotards and top hats, as well as waiters bearing cocktails.

In town for the occasion were Bloomingdale's chairman and CEO Tony Spring; executive vice president, ceative services Jack Hruska; the store's vice president and general manager Carolyn Edward; and "American Idol's" Colby Benson.

The initially limited guest list swelled to 900, but due to the spaciousness of the store, it was easy and comfortable to mill around and view all the merchandise.

Most packed was the second-floor Aloha Room, destined to become a gathering place for special events, where chef Roy Yamaguchi was serving up caviar on mini cream cheese blinis.

Scattered elsewhere over the store's three levels were drink and food stations featuring small bites from Ed Kenny (Town), Chai Chaowasaree (Chef Chai, Chai's Waikiki), Chris Kajioka (the upcoming CK restaurant); Lee Anne Wong (Koko Head Café, Hale Ohuna); and guests did not leave without a "Tiny Brown Bag" of sweet treats from Michelle Karr-Ueoka (MW Restaurant).

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comGuests were presented with kukui nut lei, in Bloomingdale's signature black-and-white, as they walked through the doors.

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Guests were presented with kukui nut lei, in Bloomingdale's signature black-and-white, as they walked through the doors.

Just past the greeters, cocktails awaited, and there were more options upstairs such as the En Vogue cucumber and pink sugar martini, below.

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Just past the greeters, cocktails awaited, and there were more options upstairs such as the En Vogue cucumber and pink sugar martini, below.

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Among the stylish guests were Marissa MacNaughton in Fendi, with Ian MacNaughtton in Kiton with Brioni shirt.

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Among the stylish guests were Marissa MacNaughton in Fendi, with Ian MacNaughtton in Kiton with Brioni shirt.

Dr. Shim Ching, center, with his wife Candice, left, in Pucci, and Marisa Gey, in Versace.

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Dr. Shim Ching, center, with his wife Candice, left, in Pucci, and Marisa Gey, in Versace.

Small bites ranged from chef Roy Yamaguchi's caviar over cream cheese blinis and Madeira creme fraiche, to below, chef Chai Chaowasaree's festive somen.

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Small bites ranged from chef Roy Yamaguchi's caviar over cream cheese blinis and Madeira creme fraiche, to below, chef Chai Chaowasaree's festive somen.

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PHOTOS BY MARCO GARCIA / getty images for Bloomingdale'sChef Lee Anne Wong show off her dish of smoked nairogi profiteroles. So yummy that I had two!

MARCO GARCIA / GETTY IMAGES

Chef Lee Anne Wong show off her dish of smoked nairogi profiteroles. So yummy that I had two!

From left, Bloomingdale's executive vice president for creative services Jack Hruska, company chairman and CEO Tony Spring, and executive vice president/drector of stores Charles Anderson.

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From left, Bloomingdale's executive vice president for creative services Jack Hruska, company chairman and CEO Tony Spring, and executive vice president/drector of stores Charles Anderson.

Guests received Tiny Brown Bags, a takeoff on Bloomingdale's signature brown shopping bag, filled with baked goodies from MW restaurant.

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Guests received Tiny Brown Bags, a takeoff on Bloomingdale's signature brown shopping bag, filled with baked goodies from MW restaurant.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comTown's New York-meets-Hawaii bites were Delmono pulehu steak and lup cheong Madeleines.

NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARADVERTISER.COM

Town's New York-meets-Hawaii bites were Delmono pulehu steak and lup cheong Madeleines.

Chef Chris Kajioka's nod to the Big Apple was a fall squash "Everything Bagel" risotto with the flavor of green apples.

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Chef Chris Kajioka's nod to the Big Apple was a fall squash "Everything Bagel" risotto with the flavor of green apples.

To mark their entry to the local scene, Bloomingdale's also made donations to 10 local-based organizations: Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Friends of Iolani Palace, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Joyful Heart Foundation, Kapi’olani Health Foundation, Kōkua Hawai’i Foundation, Nā Kama Kai and the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.

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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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Ala Moana Ewa Wing opens

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November 13th, 2015



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comThe Escada store was one of 30 new or relocated stores where lion dancers entered to chase evil spirits and bring blessings.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARADVERTISER.COM

The Escada store was one of 30 new or relocated stores where lion dancers entered to chase evil spirits and bring blessings.

If you couldn't be at the grand opening of Ala Moana Center's Ewa Expansion wing Thursday, take a look at the video below. I'd guess about 5,000 people were waiting to see what the space looks like after enduring months of a painful parking situation and barricades.

The curious lined up for a first bite from Magnolia Bakery and Cafe. Those in back waited more than two hours.

The curious lined up for a first bite from Magnolia Bakery and Cafe. Those in back waited more than two hours.

At Nitrogenie, ice cream lovers had a taste of Hawaii's first liquid nitrogen ice cream shop, with batches frozen fresh on the spot.

At Nitrogenie, ice cream lovers had a taste of Hawaii's first liquid nitrogen ice cream shop, with batches frozen fresh on the spot.

Shoppers at Bloomingdale's seemed to be in a daze as they took in the sights.

Shoppers at Bloomingdale's seemed to be in a daze as they took in the sights.

Many of the stores mannequins are dressed for the holidays, and clothing is labeled so shoppers can locate desired pieces quickly on the floor.

Many of the stores mannequins are dressed for the holidays, and clothing is labeled so shoppers can locate desired pieces quickly on the floor.

The new wing is beautiful and in two hours, I only had time to stop into Magnolia Bakery and Cafe, Nitrogenie and Bloomingdale's. I will definitely be back over the weekend to check out the 30-plus stores that have opened and check out the fashion shows at CenterStage.

Here's the fashion show calendar:

SATURDAY

» Noon: St. John

» 1 p.m.: Bloomingdale’s

» 2 p.m.: Ted Baker London

» 3 p.m.: Nordstrom

» 4 p.m.: BOSS Hugo Boss

» 5 p.m.: Banana Republic

SUNDAY

» Noon: Macy’s

» 1 p.m.: Spiral Girl

» 2 p.m.: Desigual

» 3 p.m.: SwimSpot

» 4 p.m.: Pepsi-inspired garments designed by the students of Honolulu Community College’s Fashion Technology Program

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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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Stylish weekend at Neiman Marcus

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November 12th, 2015



Neiman Marcus will host a three-day Love to Give event through Saturday with festivities including light sips and bites, a balloon art station, a pop-up nail bar and many opportunities to receive gifts with qualifying purchases in celebrating the art of giving back to customers, charities and the local community.

PHOTO COURTESY NEIMAN MARCUS Dolce & Gabbana will present a trunk show of its spring 2016 collection Nov. 21 and 22 at Neiman Marcus.

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Dolce & Gabbana will present a trunk show of its spring 2016 collection Nov. 21 and 22 at Neiman Marcus.

A refreshment station will offer handcrafted beverages and butterfly cake pops created by Neiman Marcus pastry chef Wendy Nakamura from noon to 4 p.m.

Those who spend $50 or more between today and Saturday will receive a Neiman Marcus Hawaii reusable butterfly tote available in limited quantities; one per customer, while supplies last.

Here's a list of events taking place throughout the store this weekend and beyond:

THE BEJEWELED EVENT

» Earn an NM gift card for purchase of Designer Jewelry and/or Precious Jewelry merchandise, including Men’s Jewelry/Watches, Jay Strongwater and Judith Leiber. Through Sunday.

» David Yurman Triple Points: Earn triple InCircle Points on all David Yurman merchandise (no qualifier); exclusively for InCircle members and valid only on NM and BG credit card purchases. Through Sunday.

» John Hardy 40th Anniversary GWP Event: With any women’s John Hardy purchase of $1,000 or more through Sunday, customers will receive an exclusive women’s leather zip pouch. With any men’s John Hardy purchase of $1,000 or more, customers will receive an exclusive men’s leather zip pouch. One gift per customer, while supplies last.

COSMETICS

» Receive a gift with a qualifying purchase from select cosmetic lines. Limited quantities; one per customer, while supplies last.

» Receive a handheld NM mirror with your purchase of $125 or more in Cosmetics. One per customer, while supplies last.

» Glossy Hawaii Pop-Up Nail Bar: Enjoy a complimentary manicure featuring Smith & Cult polish, noon to 4 p.m. today.

Celebrity nail artist Sarah Bland will be at Neiman Marcus.

Celebrity nail artist Sarah Bland will be at Neiman Marcus.

» Smith & Cult Personal Appearance: Meet Smith & Cult Brand Ambassador and celebrity nail artist Sarah Bland, who will be providing complimentary manicures from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Based in Beverly Hills, her high profile clientele roster includes the likes of Beyoncé, Zooey Deschanel, Kyle Richards and Paris Hilton.

» Le Metier de Beaute: Meet Global Director of Skincare, Hylton Lea and receive a personal consultation. Receive a facial on Nov. 20 and 21 and join a masterclass in the Mermaid Bar the evening of Nov. 21. Appointments are limited; to book call (808) 948-7580.

DESIGNER HANDBAGS

» Rebecca Minkoff Event: Receive a pass case with a Rebecca Minkoff purchase of $300 or more, and enjoy an assortment of treats from a candy bar through Saturday.

LOVE TO GIVE SHOP

» Visit the aisle between Designer Handbags and the Ladies Shoe Salon to shop NM's exclusive Love to Give Collection. Ten percent of sales of curated gift items through Christmas Eve will benefit the Honolulu Museum of Art.

CUSP

» Public School Launch: View the latest collection from this designer now featured in our store.

» 10 Crosby Derek Lam Pop-Up Shop: View this advanced collection through Thanksgiving.

» Veronica Beard Pop-Up Shop: View this advanced collection through Thanksgiving.

GIFTS WITH PURCHASE

Receive a gift with a regular-price purchase of $125 or more in one of the following brands:

» FRAME Denim: Receive a denim clutch.

» Current Elliott: Receive a reusable canvas tote bag.

» McQ by Alexander McQueen: Receive an exclusive oversized McQ tote bag.

» Haute Hippie: Receive a tank top with skull design.

This De Carlini Shopper in Burgandy Coat ornament ($68) is one of 60 exclusive Neiman Marcus Love to Give items.

This De Carlini Shopper in Burgandy Coat ornament ($68) is one of 60 exclusive Neiman Marcus Love to Give items.

PRECIOUS JEWELRY

» Miseno Trunk Show: View the latest collection of fine Italian jewelry and enjoy informal modeling from noon to 2 p.m. today and tomorrow.

DESIGNER JEWELRY

» Ippolita Trunk Show: View the latest collection from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and enjoy informal modeling from noon to 2 p.m. both days.

CHILDREN'S WORLD

» Balloon Art Station: Balloon Monsoon artists will be transforming balloons into fun shapes for little shoppers from noon to 4 p.m.; Level Two.

LEVEL TWO MALL ENTRANCE

» Hawaiian Humane Society Adoption Event: Puppies and kittens in need of homes can be viewed in the mall window on the store’s Level Two (Level Three of Ala Moana Center) during this partnership with the Hawaiian Humane Society, from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Models will also be walk throughout the store from noon to 2 p.m., showing off some of the pets. If you're wondering just how much that doggie in the window, there is a $75 fee to adopt an animal. Those who adopt during the event will receive an NM pet feeding mat for their newest family addition.

DESIGNER SPORTSWEAR

» Herve Leger 30th Anniversary Event: View styles from the 30th Anniversary Capsule Collection frm 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Enjoy informal modeling and light French-inspired refreshments from noon to 3 p.m.

» Dolce & Gabanna Trunk Show: View the Spring 2016 Collection, inspired by the style and culture of Italy through the eyes of foreign tourists. Enjoy informal modeling and light Italian-inspired refreshments from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21.

EPICURE

Enjoy Epicure samplings and wine tasting:

» Godiva: Receive a four-piece ballotine with a $50 Godiva purchase. One per customer, while supplies last.

» Restaurant Week Hawaii: Mariposa, Mermaid Bar and Espresso Bar will be participating in the statewide Restaurant Week Nov. 16 to 22. Enjoy special menu items crafted by executive chef Marc Anthony Freiberg and pastry chef Wendy Nakamura. The event's aim is to realize a vision of an advanced culinary campus, the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head.

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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.

Bloomingdale's first look

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November 11th, 2015



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comBloomingdale's blended its bold design aesthetic, including checkerboard floor, with local architectural motifs such as wood-beam ceilings and shutters.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Bloomingdale's blended its bold design aesthetic, including checkerboard floor, with local architectural motifs such as wood-beam ceilings and shutters.

New York City meets palm trees and sunshine as the long-awaited Bloomingdale’s store opens its doors at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, preceded by grand opening festivities beginning at 8:45 a.m. and a public ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The store is among more than 30 opening as part of Ala Moana Center’s new Ewa Wing Expansion grand opening, celebrated with a weekend of entertainment, fashion shows and in-store events.

Some highlights of opening day include an in-store appearances by Botkier designer Monica Botkier from noon to 5 p.m. in Handbags on 1; shoe designer Paul Mayer from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Shoes on 1; and Maui's Letarte designers Lisa Letart Cabrinha and Michele Letarte during a Beach Party Jam event from 3 to 5 p.m. in Swim on 2. On Saturday, meet accessories designer Rebecca Minkoff between 1 and 4 p.m. in Handbags on 1. More opening day events are listed below.

A Bloomingdale’s fashion show will also take place 1 p.m. Saturday at CenterStage, with fashion running the gamut of street to designer apparel as befitting the New York import.

I got a sneak peek Friday while in the store for a story appearing in Thursday's Honolulu Star-Advertiser. At that time, the interior was still in disarray and the question of where to shoot was answered with, "Nowhere, nothing is ready."

Yet, we found pockets of great beauty, some becoming available only within the two hours I was there shooting with Star-Advertiser staff photographer Bruce Asato. Let's just say a lot of heavy labor happened over the weekend to get the store readied for Tuesday's press preview. Save for a bit of carpet or box kicked out of our path, here's a quick look around:

Island flourishes abound throughout the store, whether in this display of a Chloe fringe shoe, wall art, or below, golden carp swimming above jewelry counters.

Island flourishes abound throughout the store, whether in this display of a Chloe fringe shoe, wall art, or below, golden carp swimming above jewelry counters.

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Marco Bicego jewelry.

Marco Bicego jewelry.

On the second floor, home to women's apparel, mannequins are dressed in holiday finery.

On the second floor, home to women's apparel, mannequins are dressed in holiday finery.

Casual apparel on mannequins with Asian appeal.

Casual apparel on mannequins with Asian appeal.

The main floor features women's footwear, eyewear, jewelry, beauty and handbags. These are from Moschino.

The main floor features women's footwear, eyewear, jewelry, beauty and handbags. These are from Moschino.

Here are events slated for opening day and beyond:

» Get Personal With UGG Australia: Receive a free personalization of your UGG® (product, shoe or purchase) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Shoes on 1. Receive a gift with your purchase through Nov. 14th. Gifts are one per customer, while supplies last.

» Aqua Fashion: Enjoy a presentation of favorite looks from 1 to 4 p.m. in Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear on 2, and receive a pink faux suede fringe bag with your $100 Aqua purchase, while supplies last.

» Free People Flavors of The Islands: Stop by Free People between noon and 3 p.m. and enjoy an Aloha Pop paleta made with fresh local ingredients. Receive a medium tote as a gift with any Free People purchase and an iPhone charger with your $250 Free People purchase, while supplies last. In Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear on 2.

» Sandro Opening Event: Enjoy refreshments and French treats with a Hawaiian twist to celebrate the opening, from 2 to 5 p.m. Spend $250 and receive a hand-painted Sandro tote by local artist Jeffrey Gress; receive a limited edition Yoko Honda beach towel with a purchase of $500 or more.

» Maje Opening Event: Celebrate the opening with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres with a Hawaiian twist from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Maje Shop on 2. Visit Maje's braid bar for a French chic look and receive a Maje portable speaker when you spend $500.

» Ted Baker London: Stop by the brand's Women’s Shop for a visit with an astrologer who will predict your fashion future. Enjoy hibiscus ice tea and sweets while browsing the new collection, and receive an exclusive three-piece candle gift set with your Ted Baker London purchase of $400 or more. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Saturday.

» Armani Collezioni: Enjoy informal modeling while shopping the Fall-Holiday collection for women, 4 to 8 p.m. in Women’s Armani Collezioni Shop on 2.

» Wacoal Girls Night Out: Bring your BFF for a fun evening compliments of Wacoal. A Wacoal specialist will be hand to assist with your selections as you enjoy festive sips. Then relax as they treat you to a manicure, 5 to 7 p.m. In Intimate Apparel on 2.

» Get Artsy: Preview future exhibits from The ARTS at Marks Garage, with live art by local artists Carl F.K. Pao and Charlton Kupa'a Hee, all day in Aloha Room on 2; through Sunday.

» All Eyes On Tom Ford: View the new Tom Ford fall eyewear collection and receive a custom fitting, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday in Sun on 1.

» Joyful Heart Foundation tees: Shop the nonprofit's limited-edition Michael Stars T-shirt collection. For each $48 to $60 shirt sold through Nov. 26, Stars will donate 25 percent of sales to the foundation, whose mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. In Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear on 2

GUEST APPEARANCES

» Paul Mayer: Meet the shoe designer from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in Shoes on 1, and receive his cookbook as a gift with purchase.

» Monica Botkier: Meet the handbag designer from noon to 5 p.m. in Shoes on 1. Recieve a personal monogram on your purchase of a Botkier Soho Tote and complimentary leather wristlet while supplies last.

» Paradisus Trunk Show: View new collections inspired by the islands' lifestyle and rich cultural heritage from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Included are the collections of kumu hula Sonny Ching and National Spearfishing Champion Kimi Werner, here for this exclusive event. Repeats Friday in Fashion Accessories on 1.

» Beach Party Jam: Meet sisters Lisa Letarte Cabrinha and Michele Letarte, designers for Letarte their Maui-based collection of swimwear, coordinating cover-ups, and sportswear. Enjoy modeling on a sand runway while enjoying tropical refreshments and bare skin tips, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Swim on 2.

» Rebecca Minkoff: Meet the accessories designer from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Handbags on 1.

» Meet the Star of "Moana": Meet Auli'i Carvalho, voice of Disney's "Moana," from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Time permitting and limited to one photo per customer, step on a red carpet for a selfie with Hawaii's newest star. In Young World on 3.

» Lucy Wallace Eustice: Meet the MZ Wallace co-founder who will assist you with your handbag selection from the fall-holiday collection. Receive a custom hibiscus leather keychain with your MZ Wallace purchase while supplies last. Takes place 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 in Handbags on 1.

» Kristy Yamaguchi: Meet the Olympic Gold Champion ice skater and designer as she unveils her latest active sportswear collection, Tsu-Ya. Shop the trunk show and Bloomingdale’s will donate 10 percent of your purchases to support local literacy programs through Kristy’s Always Dreams Foundation, 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 in Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear on 2.

KIDS

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» Face Painting: Bring the little ones and watch as they transform into their favorite animal, noon to 3 p.m. Repeats Friday.

» Kids Red Carpet Moment: Snap a selfie with your children as they strut a mini catwalk from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

» Candy for Kids: Pop into a custom candy shop with the kids and fill a bag of sweet treats, 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21.

» “Penelope at Bloomingdale’s”: Meet author and Hawaii resident Tokuhama, who created the heart-warming story of Penelope's adventures at Bloomingdale's New York flagship, 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 and 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 21. The author will sign your book purchase of $14.95. Bloomingdale's will donate 10 percent of the event's book sales to Ronald McDonald House.

One of the store's features is the availability of charging stations in smart dressing rooms, coz who hasn't run out of power on the road?. You can lounge and wait, or lock up your phone while you shop.

One of the store's features is the availability of charging stations in smart dressing rooms, coz who hasn't run out of power on the road?. You can lounge and wait, or lock up your phone while you shop.

Eyewear on display in Sun on 1.

Eyewear on display in Sun on 1.

GIFTS AND PRIZES

» Amanda Uprichard: Receive a cosmetic pouch with any Amanda Uprichard purchase while supplies last, all day in Elements on 2.

» Carolee: Receive an exclusive cross-body bag with any $125 purchase of Carolee Jewelry, while supplies last, and enter to win a set of Carolee Jewelry. All day in Fashion Accessories on 1.

» Furla: Receive a mini Furla Candy Handbag key ring with your purchase of a regular price Furla handbag while supplies last, all day in Handbags on 1.

» Kate Spade Jewelry: Receive an exclusive cosmetic case with any Kate Spade jewelry purchase through Sunday, while supplies last. In Fashion Accessories on 1.

» Michael Kors Jewelry:Receive a Michael Kors wristlet with any regular-price Michael Kors jewelry purchase of $150 or more, while supplies last. All day in Fashion Accessories on 1.

» Milly Handbags: Receive an exclusive Milly water bottle with your $198 Milly purchase through Sunday, while supplies last. In Handbags on 1.

» Get Personal With UGG Australia: Receive a free personalization of your UGG® (product, shoe or purchase) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Shoes on 1. Receive a gift with your purchase through Nov. 14th. Gifts are one per customer, while supplies last.

» Aqua Fashion: Enjoy a presentation of favorite looks from 1 to 4 p.m. in Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear on 2, and receive a pink faux suede fringe bag with your $100 Aqua purchase, while supplies last.

» Free People Flavors of The Islands: Stop by Free People between noon and 3 p.m. and enjoy an Aloha Pop paleta made with fresh local ingredients. Receive a medium tote as a gift with any Free People purchase and an iPhone charger with your $250 Free People purchase, while supplies last. In Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear on 2.

» Sandro: Enjoy refreshments and French treats with a Hawaiian twist to celebrate the opening, from 2 to 5 p.m. Spend $250 and receive a hand-painted Sandro tote by local artist Jeffrey Gress; receive a limited edition Yoko Honda beach towel with a purchase of $500 or more.

» Maje: Celebrate the opening with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres with a Hawaiian twist from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Maje Shop on 2. Visit Maje's braid bar for a French chic look and receive a Maje portable speaker when you spend $500.

» Ted Baker London: Stop by the brand's Women’s Shop for a visit with an astrologer who will predict your fashion future. Enjoy hibiscus ice tea and sweets while browsing the new collection, and receive an exclusive three-piece candle gift set with your Ted Baker London purchase of $400 or more. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Saturday.

» BCBG Flower Crown and earring GWP: Receive a floral halo with your BCBG dress purchase between 2 and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, in Dresses on 2.

» Majorica: Receive a gray travel jewelry roll with red monogram Majorica logo when you make a $150 purchase from the Majorica jewelry collection. Spend $250 or more to receive a leather bangle. Through Friday.

» Coach Holiday: Enjoy a collectible Coach horse and carriage ornament with any full price purchase of $250 or more, through Nov. 26. In Handbags on 1.

Diane Von Furstenberg: Enter to win a set of Diane Von Furstenberg jewelry include a necklace, bracelet and earring valued at $364, with no purchase necessary. In Fashion Accessories on 1, Nov. 18 through 21.

BEAUTY

All in Cosmetics on 1, and GWPs while supplies last

» YSL National Makeup Artist: Meet West Coast YSL makeup artist from Beijing, Cong Liang. Cong and his national team will help you customize your perfect Fall look.

» Estee Lauder National Makeup Artist: Get personalized beauty tips from the brand's Global National Makeup Artist Derek Miller, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Miller is renowned for his gift of bringing out individual beauty with simple techniques focused on one's features. Receive a deluxe gift set with your Estee Lauder purchase of $35 or more, and step-up gifts with $75 and $85 purchases. Through Sunday.

» Laure Mercier: Learn Holiday Season trends in complexion, color and skincare from the brand's experts in creating Mercier's Flawless Face.

» Sisley Tropical Juice Bar: Enjoy sips from the Sisley juice bar to quench your thirst while exploring the newest in skin care and color, 1 to 5 p.m.

» Lancome National Make Up Artist: Darais and his team of celebrity makeup artists will be holding mini seminars offering tips and tricks to achieve your perfect look. Visit a Lancome associate to reserve a consultation; through Saturday.

» Bobbi Brown: Featured artist Jennifer Reasbeck will be offering advice, product suggestions and artistry technique durng store hours through Sunday.

» Giorgio Armani Cosmetics: Experience the “Armani Glow” service during store hours through Sunday.

» Dior: Enjoy a luxury experience worthy of any red carpet event, through Sunday.

» MAC Magic of the Night: Let loose to the music of live musicians while M·A·C artists jazz it up with a show of tones for a little night magic for the season, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday

» Burberry Beauty Runway: Learn to apply Burberry fashion inspired looks direct from the London runway, all day through Sunday.

» NARS Cosmetics "Eyes on. Lips on. Game on.": Visit the NARS counter 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday to discover the new Audacious mascara and Audacious Lipstick and create a look that is distinctly you. All of the Audacious lipsticks are named after women who have inspired Francois Nars. Exclusively from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday with your purchase, have your name engraved into your NARS Audacious lipstick.

» Clinique Get your Skin into Shape: Explore the brand's Facial Contouring Collection. Receive two free deluxe samples with your purchase of a Sculptwear set through Sunday, exclusive to Bloomingdale’s.

» Kiehls Meet the Expert: Kiehl's manager of retail sales Ryan Rainford will be sharing the company's history and philosophy toward achieving healthy skin. Get a complimentary Healthy Skin Check while enjoying product demonstrations through Sunday.

» Task Essential: Visit the Task Oxygen Lounge for liquid oxygen eye treatments, mini-skin boosters and grooming treats featuring Task Essential formulas packed with oxygen, nutrients, anti-aging peptides and snow algae from the Swiss Alps.

» Shiseido Instabright Eye Services: Get a complimentary Instabright Eye Mask Service followed by the latest in make-up tips, through Nov. 16.

» Trish McEvoy Power of Beauty: Get an eight-step makeup lesson from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday. Recieve a gift with $125 purchase. Through Nov. 21.

» Aritaum: Discover some of the hot new trends and the latest innovations in Korean skincare. Receive gifts with your Aritaum purchase of $25 or more. Through Nov. 21.

» Sisley Paris: Relax with Sisley’s Helping Hands,” a hand massage with Sisley skincare and lavender paraffin hand treatment to allow the products to penetrate deeper. Through Nov. 21. Also, enjoy Sisley's tropical juice bar from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

» Lancome: Stop by the Lancome counter for expert consultations, through Nov. 22. Receive a cosmetic bag with a Lancôme purchase of $39.50 or more. Valued at $102, the bag contains deluxe samples of Advanced Génifique, Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Night Cream, Blush Subtil in Aplum, Bi-Facil, Définicils mascara, and a Color Design lipcolor in The New Pink.

» YSL: Come experience true Pampering for your lips with a "Lipsology" analysis, special treatment and YSL Signature look. Friday through Sunday.

FRAGRANCE

» Narciso: Discover designer Narciso Rodriguez's newest fragrance. With the purchase of a NARCISO fragrance, you will receive a complimentary NARCISO beauty pouch, a 2.5-ounce body lotion and a scented ceramic keepsake.

» “A Walk Through New York City”: Walk the NYC neighborhoods through Bond No. .9 scents scents. With your Bond No. 9 purchase, receive three bon bon fragrance samples through Sunday. In Cosmetics on 1.

» Bulgari Ritual of Tea: Enjoy calming and soothing hand massages, and share a relaxing tea ritual and experience the notes of Bulgari's Eau Parfumée Tea Collection, such as Italian bergamot and pepper tea leaves for Au the vert, Artemisia and Musk tea leaves for Au the Blanc, and Lavender and Blue tea leaves for Au the Bleu. Receive an Eau Parfumee with your purchase of a spray, in Fragrance on 1 through Saturday.

» Marc Jacobs Loves me, Loves me not: Stop by the Marc Jacobs Daisy counter to experience the fragrance and receive a daisy just for visiting. Receive a tote as your gift with purchase.

» Prada Candy, Thierry Mulger, Jimmy Choo Fragrance Event: Receive a complimentary photo with your personalized fragrance consultation at these counters, through Sunday.

» John Varvatos Fragrance Bad is the New Good: Every man deserves his signature scent and what better way to let him express his style than through his senses. Come explore a sensory experience like no other in the World of John Varvatos fragrances. Have you been bad or good this season? We have a fragrance to fit whether you’re naughty or nice. Enjoy as your gift with a large spray purchase a trendy John Varvatos duffle bag. In Men’s Fragrance on 1, noon to 5 p.m. through Sunday.

» Hermes Carre leather engraving: Discover The Hermès Leather Perfume Case, plus receive a personalized engraving with your fragrance purchase, through Sunday.

» Tory Burch Signature Scent Event: Experience the Feminine, Colorful and Tomboy accords that bring this new fragrance to life. Through Nov. 21.

» Scent Event: Explore a range of scents with customization offer from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Fragrances on 1. For him, receive a universal smartphone charger in black or silver free with a men's fragrance purchase of $85 or more in Men's Fragrances & Skincare. For her, take home a snake print clutch in pink or blue with a women's fragrance purchase of $100 or more.

» Tom Ford Private Blend: Get a personalized consultation with a fragrance expert, through Nov. 22.

» Acqua Di Parma La Dolce Vita Event: Experience the morning dew of the Italian gardens with ADP’s Acqua Nobile event, showcasing four fragrances, through Nov. 22. Receive travel sprays of this collection with your purchase of $120. Women's Fragrances on 1.

» Jo Malone London: Get a signature hand and arm massage while discover your own bespoke fragrance, through Nov. 22.

» Burberry Layering Event: Enjoy hand massages and receive a travel size My Burberry Body Mist with your purchase of two items from the My Burberry Collection, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

» Acqua Di Parma: Discover the scent of the Islands of the Mediterranean and receive travel sprays of this collection with your purchase of $147; noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Nov. 19.

» Le Jardin de Monsieur Li "Wet & See" Event: Discover the new garden-perfume fragrance by Hermès in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, who introduces a floral and botanical interpretation of a Chinese secret garden, Monday through Nov. 21.

In Men's on 3, looks range from beach casual to gentlemanly, with every look in between.

In Men's on 3, looks range from beach casual to gentlemanly, with every look in between.

MEN

» Ted Baker London: Ted Baker London invites men to experience a personalized Polynesian-inspired henna tattoos and refreshments, then receive a three-piece sock gift set with a Ted Baker London purchase of $400 or more. While supplies last. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Saturday in Ted Baker London Shop on 3.

» Armani Collezioni: Enjoy informal modeling while shopping the Fall-Holiday collection from 4 to 8 p.m. in Armani Men’s Collezioni Shop on 3.

» Coach Shoe Refreshment: Bring in your dress shoes and sneakers for a update from our shoe refresher while you shop the latest collection from Coach, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Receive a Coach Leather Shoe Shine Kit with purchase of any pair of Coach Men shoes, at one per customer, while supplies last. In Men’s On 3.

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FRIDAY

» Herve Leger grand opening: Enjoy refreshments and receive a Herve Leger fan and mini Herve Leger fragrance gift with your purchase, while supplies last. From 3 to 6 p.m. in Herve Leger on 2.

» Max Mara and Max Mara Weekend opening celebration: Enjoy informal modeling of the fall-holiday Max Mara and Max Mara Weekend Collections from noon to 4 p.m. Receive a Max Mara tote bag or Max Mara Weekend scarf with your purchase. In Max Mara Shops on 2.

» Tropical Libations with Velvet: Enjoy a tiki bar tropical drink while you shop the latest looks from the Velvet collection, 1 to 4 p.m. in Bouteeque on 2.

» Dress It Up: Enjoy modeling of the season's hottest new looks while shopping the collections of Aidan Mattox, Aqua, BCBG, JS Collections, Eliza J, Lauren Ralph Lauren, and Tadashi, from 2 to 4 p.m. Repeats Saturday. Also, stop by for a refreshing Aloha Pop. In Dresses on 2.

The top floor is where you'll find Bloomingdale's juice bar and restaurant 40 Carrots. The floor is also home to its bedding and housewares department. Here are a few photos.

The top floor is where you'll find Bloomingdale's juice bar and restaurant 40 Carrots. The floor is also home to its bedding and housewares department. Here are a few photos.

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Alessi Magic Rabbit toothpick holders are among the whimsical kitchen wares on display.

Alessi Magic Rabbit toothpick holders are among the whimsical kitchen wares on display.

The holiday-minded can shop for ornaments, chocolates and Bloomingdale's little brown cookie, a riff on the retailer's signature little brown bag.

The holiday-minded can shop for ornaments, chocolates and Bloomingdale's little brown cookie, a riff on the retailer's signature little brown bag.

SATURDAY

» A Nadri Jewelry trunk show: Shop for fashion accessories while enjoying a refreshing treat from Bubbies Ice Cream or in-house 40 Carrots yogurt, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

» Paige Denim Tropical Juice Bar: Slip into Paige denim and you're ready for the weekend and healthy juice sampling. Receive a tote bag with your Paige purchase, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Premium Denim on 2.

» Aura readings By RED Valentino: Shop the REDValentino pre-spring 2016 collection that re-interprets romantic MODernism with masculine and feminine juxtapositions: tuxedos and blousons, bowties and frills, rainbows and lines as optical intarsia. Enjoy an aura reading as your gift with a REDValentino purchase, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Designer Collections on 2.

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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.

Beauty Trend Week at Nordstrom

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November 6th, 2015



PHOTO COURTESY LAURA MERCIERLaura Mercier's Holiday 2015 Master Class Colour Collection palette is $125, debuting during the Nordstrom Beauty Event.

COURTESY LAURA MERCIER

Laura Mercier's Holiday 2015 Master Class Colour Collection palette is $125, debuting during the Nordstrom Beauty Event.

Nordstrom Ala Moana’s Beauty Trend Week runs through Saturday, when the store will present its on-stage Beauty Trend Show at 8 a.m., followed by a day of makeovers and demonstrations.

The runway show will feature national beauty experts sharing the latest fall beauty trips and tricks from popular skincare and makeup brands that will be offering exclusive gifts with purchase while supplies last.

 The Laura Mercier gift with $125 minimum purchase during Nordstrom's Trend Week is a cosmetic pouch filled with  Nude Tinted Moisturizer (0.17 ounce) Deluxe Foundation Primer (0.5 ounce), Deluxe Kohl eyeliner in Black Violet (0.02 ounce), and Deluxe Full Blown Extreme Mascara (0.20 ounce).

The Laura Mercier gift with $125 minimum purchase during Nordstrom's Trend Week is a cosmetic pouch filled with Nude Tinted Moisturizer (0.17 ounce) Deluxe Foundation Primer (0.5 ounce), Deluxe Kohl eyeliner in Black Violet (0.02 ounce), and Deluxe Full Blown Extreme Mascara (0.20 ounce).

Tickets for Saturday’s show are $20, available at your favorite Nordstrom beauty counter, and reedemable toward beauty purchases the day of the event. All who attend will receive a tote bag.

Among brands represented will be Laura Mercier, revealing its Holiday 2015 “Fall in Luxe” color and bath and body collections, as well as its buy two-get two free “Mascara Madness” event. Spend $125 at Laura Mercier to receive a gift of tinted moisturizer, deluxe foundation primer, kohl eye liner and mascara. To schedule appointment with a Mercier artist, call 953-1094.

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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.

Woes x In4mation at Ala Moana

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November 5th, 2015



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comAngry Woebot creator Aaron Martin, a k a “Woes Martin,” worked on his latest panda sculpture during a preview event in advance of the Nov. 6 grand opening of In4mation's newest store at Ala Moana Center.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Angry Woebots creator Aaron Martin, aka Woes Martin, worked on his latest panda sculpture during a preview event in advance of the grand opening of In4mation's newest store at Ala Moana Center.

In4mation will open its newest store at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Ala Moana Center, marking the occasion with an art piece presentation by Angry Woebots creator Aaron Martin, aka Woes Martin.

Shoppers will be able to purchase limited releases of Woes x in4mation graphic T-shirts and snapback hats at the new location, which will house a wide range of men's and women’s street apparel, accessories and shoes, from brands such as Stussy, Undefeated, Benny Gold, Huf, Moon Collective, Lightsleepers Hawaii and more.

Guests at the preview event were able to enjoy too-pretty-to-eat handcrafted and food coloring-painted cupcakes by Jaime Shibuya. Gotta love those intricately painted snapback hats!

Guests at the preview event were able to enjoy too-pretty-to-eat handcrafted and food coloring-painted cupcakes by Jaime Shibuya. Gotta love those intricately painted snapback hats!

Limited release Woes x In4mation graphic T-shirts are $30, the snapback hats are $40 and skate decks are $60.

Limited release Woes x in4mation graphic T-shirts are $30, the snapback hats are $40 and skate decks are $60.

p align="left">Melissa Aykroid models one of In4mation's hats.

Melissa Aykroid models one of in4mation's hats.

p align="left">In4mation decks form part of the store's above-counter decor.

In4mation skateboard decks form part of the store's above-counter decor.

In4mation was founded in 2002 by Jun Jo, Ryan Arakaki, Todd Shimabuku and Keith Kanagusuku, who run three other stores at Pearlridge Center, on Nuuanu Avenue, and HNRS Las Vegas.

In today's Star-Advertiser print edition, you'll see my story on the company's early years, when the partners were able to move their business from a small space in Mililani into higher profile Ward Warehouse, thanks to Arakaki's grandmother Florence Tokuda, who put up her Kalihi home as collateral for a business loan in 2006.

Tokuda died on Sept. 22, before the Ala Moana store's opening, but with the satisfaction of knowing her role in helping the business grow. Arakaki was able to repay the loan in two year's time, and the new store is dedicated in her honor.

For more information about in4mation, visit in4mants.com.

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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.

'Harajuku' comes to the HMA

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November 5th, 2015



PHOTO BY PEI TAKAZAWAJapan streetwear artist Minori will be in Hawaiin for the Nov. 19 opening of the “Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion” exhibition at Honolulu Museum of Art. She will be greeting fans from 10 a.m. to noon in the exhibition gallery that day, and on Nov. 20 will be giving a free shironuri, or white makeup, demonstration from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Register by calling 532-6741.

COURTESY PEI TAKAZAWA

Misako Aoki, a former Japan "Ambassador of Cuteness" and president of the Japan Lolita Association, will attend the museum's ARTafterDARK event on Jan. 29.

My introduction to the world of Lolita dressing came via one of the early Kawaii Kon events. I was there merely as a curious bystander covering the fantasy world for my blog; I didn't dress for the occasion.

PHOTOS BY SHUZO UEMOTO / Honolulu Museum of ArtLolita style has been codifed over time by designers and brands such as Atelier Pierrot, above, and Nile Perch, below. But Harajuku style started out much more organically, with homespun looks crafted from whatever clothes, textiles, objects and accessories creative dressers had on hand.

PHOTOS COURTESY SHUZO UEMOTO

Lolita style has been codifed over time by designers and brands such as Atelier Pierrot. But Harajuku style started out much more organically, with homespun looks crafted from whatever creative dressers had on hand.

That didn't stop people from staring at me and gasping as if I was more of a curiosity than the cosplayers and Lolitas surrounding me.

"What? What?" I'd demand from them, and they would spill: "OMG, you're so cute and tiny; you'd be a perfect lolita."

Hmmm. Not something I aspired to, although I was fascinated by the dresses, the culture, the lifestyle. I wondered why anyone would want to go out dressed like a Victorian or baby doll, or some perv's dream girl.

The Honolulu Museum of Art is now examining some of these roles in an exhibition opening Nov. 19 and continuing through April 3, 2016.

The museum's textiles curator Sara Oka spent two years of planning and research for the exhibition, including making two trips to Japan, where she immersed herself in the culture, going to concerts to people watch and to butler cafes catering to Lolitas, who cultivate an “Alice in Wonderland” Victorian look, with ruffled dresses topped off with a bonnet, ribbons and flat shoes accessorized with a feminine handbag.

Because of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel “Lolita,” about a middle-aged man’s passion for a 12-year-old girl, Oka said, “People in the West have a different undertanding of Lolita than the Japanese. There, it’s associated with innocence and cuteness, without any of the sexual connotations we think of.

“At the butler cafes they greet you as ‘princess,’ and you’re not allowed to lift a finger. They’ll pour your tea for you,” Oka said. “When you wear the dresses, you have to have the whole persona, the proper mannerisms and way of speaking. It’s not a costume to them, but a lifestyle.”

hara sweetThe Harajuku movement didn’t start out so regimented and codified. In the 1980s, it was more of a free-style, homespun movement that found a home around the Harajuku train station.

“They cherished a handmade look, put together strange colors and layering was an important element,” said Oka, who was assisted in her journey by Kiyoe Minami, a Robert F. Lange Foundation research assistant in the museum’s Asian Art Department. Minami grew up in Tokyo, near Harajuku, and said, “I was there just about every weekend when I was a teenager.”

Minami, an only child, was indulged by her mother, who would help her create her California girl and roller skate doll ensembles, which she said reflected her fantasy of living the American Dream. “People were influenced by rock ‘n’ roll, and movies like ‘Diner’ and ‘American Graffiti.’ “

Others embraced styles from the British punk and New Wave movements, or adornment from India and other exotic locales.

“Harajuku is about change and accepting any trend,” Minami said. “It’s the opposite of Ginza, which is high-end fashion, really conservative and never accepting something new from outside.”

Steampunk Lolita design by h.NAOTO.

Steampunk Lolita design by h.NAOTO.

The look began evolving when businesses moved in to sell the trend to the mainstream in the 1990s. One of the first brands to be established was Jane Marple in 1985, and today, there are dozens of brands precribing head-to-toe looks, often for about $500. Included in the show are creations by Achachum, Angelic Pretty, Atelier Pierrot, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Dog, H. Naoto, Jane Marple, Juliette et Justine, QPot, and Tokyo Bopper.

Within the Lolita category are variations such as Sweet Lolita whose pastel dresses bear prints of cupcakes, candies and desserts; Classic Lolita whose dress features somber colors and Renaissance imagery; Goth Lolitas who dress in Victorian black; and the newest Steampunk Lolita with a Victorian-meets-apocalypse aesthetic.

Other looks to be featured include the Mori Girl, inspired by forests and natural fibers. Adherents of this look wear a natural, woodsy assortment of vintage earthy colors and layers, often integrating elements of crochet, knit and lace. Dolly Kei, an offshoot of the Mori Girl, incorporates elements of Eastern European folk costumes.

Kawaii, Decora and Fairy Kei looks are cute, girly looks dominated by pastels or bright colors, use of childlike hair clips and bows, and the layering of furry toys and plastic jewelry. American creations such as Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony are treasured imagery.

As to why some people want to live a fantasy life, your guess is as good as mine.

Tamaki in Angelic Pretty's "Wonder Queen" design.

Tamaki in Angelic Pretty's "Wonder Queen" design.

Oka said, “I think it’s because they have such a short window where they can be this expressive before they lock into a career. From their teens through early 20s, it’s the first time they’re given the freedom to be this expressive.”

Minami suggests the dressup still comes from Japanese culture's yearning to belong and wanting to be the same as your friends, no matter how different your group may appear to outsiders.

“Americans like to be different from everybody else," she said.

So true, because one social faux pas is to show up in any room in the same dress as someone else. She added, "Japanese people feel comfortable and enjoy being the same,” Minami said. “You can see young girls wearing the same sweater sets, carrying the same handbags, and looking like twins, but they are not twins.

“I still like to have the same accessories as my friend. To this day, when I’m buying accessories, I always buy two. One for me and one for my friend. This has been going on for more than a quarter century.”

Both fear that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will alter the character of Harajuku. With money to be made during the games, Oka fears international retailers will squeeze out Harajuku’s small businesses.

“It’s sad. That’s business,” said Minami, who’s optimistic that an independent spirit will prevail, noting that “Harajuku is always changing—the fashion, food and people,” Minami said. “Every time I go back to Japan, I always have to go and check what’s new.”

p align="left">Yuki and Rin of Baby the Stars Shine Bright.

Yuki and Rin of Baby the Stars Shine Bright.

The looks below show some of the early Harajuku girls and boys, photographed by Shoichi Aoki for his 1994 "Fruits" series:

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The Honolulu Museum of Art exhibition will be open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays Nov. 19 through April 3, 2016. Admission is $10, including same-day admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House; youths 17 and younger admitted free. Call (808) 532-8700 or visit www.honolulumuseum.org.

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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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