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Waikiki gets a Nordstrom Rack

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August 31st, 2016



PHOTOS COURTESY NORDSTROM RACK

A new Nordstrom Rack will open its doors at 9 a.m. Sept. 1.

It's a crazy time with President Obama in town causing tie-ups in traffic, the specter of hurricanes and mercury retrograde in effect, but Hawaii people love a grand opening and they keep coming.

Following openings of the International Market Place and its dozens of shops and restaurants, a new Nordstrom Rack will open its doors at neighboring Waikiki Trade Center at 9 a.m. Sept. 1.

Festivities begin at 8 a.m. with music, coffee and breakfast treats. There will also be a raffle giveaway of 30 $100 gift cards, plus, one lucky winner will score a $1,000 shopping spree through the retailers "Rule the Rack" sweepstakes, with drawing taking place at 8:25 a.m.

If lines outside the new Foodland Farms Ala Moana Center this morning are an indication, people won't be able to stay away.

A peek at the new store's interior.

A peek at the new store's interior.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her fashion coverage in print in Saturday's Today section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Inside the Int'l Market Place

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August 24th, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

A treehouse built under the canopy of a 160-year-old banyan tree still remains at the heart of the reimagined International Market Place, which opens to the public tomorrow.

Three years in the making, the redesigned, reimagined International Market Place will open Aug. 25 following a 9:30 a.m. blessing.

It's a complete rehaul of what was, at the end of its tenure, mostly a warren of ticky-tacky tourist kiosks and random food court. It felt dark, small and confining.

A walk-through this morning with developer Taubman Centers chairman, president and CEO Robert Taubman revealed a thoroughly modern mall that is bright, and to borrow a word from the Donald, HUGE! In place of a uni-level center borne of tiki culture is a tri-level series of shops and restaurants worth the drive into Waikiki.

Taubman said he aimed to celebrate the area's history, not only of the market place, but with water features recalling 'Apuakehau Stream that once existed on the site.

At the center of the complex is the Queen's Court, built to honor Queen Emma and her family. As a gathering place, it houses a stage for daily performances.

It could not have been easy to design around the old market place's 160-year-old banyan tree, but they did it, as well as built into it a tree house reminiscent of the original that was home to original market place founder Don Beach, who made it his home and office.

Those who decry a lack of green space in Waikiki will be glad to see the shops opening to The Queen's Garden, honoring the legacy of Queen Emma, who, with King Kamehameha IV, founded The Queen's Medical Center. Medicinal plants incorporated into the landscape include pohinahina (medicinal tea), ki (used for asthma, fever and headaches), and hapu'u (used to dress wounds).

Queen Emma's statue, created by Viliami Toluta'u, stands in the Queen's Court.

Other plants were inspired by her Kauai residence, including purple bougainvillea and pink water lilies.

About half of the market place's approximately 70 retail shops are said to be opening tomorrow. I'm not so sure about that number. It seems high considering many of the shops were still works-in-progress today.

Of the 10 restaurants planned, from what I can tell, only Stripsteak by Michael Mina will be fully open beginning 11:30 a.m., as well as Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi.

As for the retail tenants, Crazy Shirts will be back, returning to its roots. Founder Rick Ralston, who eventually sold the company, got his start airbrushing T-shirts steps away from the old International Market Place in 1964, more than five decades ago.

Moving inward, from certain vantages, you can see all three levels of the market place.

Some of the retailers will be hosting special sales and events, including:

Fabletics: The activewear brand co-founded by Kate Hudson in 2013 has evolved beyond e-commerce into brick and mortar. During the grand opening of the new 1,946-square-foot retail space, guests will be able to enjoy a 20 percent discount on all purchases through Aug. 28, and there will be a door buster sale with a complimentary pair of black Salar capris with a $49 purchase for the first 50 customers all four days. There will also be light refreshments and champagne from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27.

Jo Malone London: The bespoke fragrance brand will be introducing its newest fragrance collection, Basil & Neroli. Shoppers will be able to enjoy a relaxing hand and arm massage at the Jo Malone Tasting Bar and discover the brand’s signature Fragrance Combining.

Saks Fifth Avenue: The store will open following a 9:15 a.m. blessing and company president Marc Metrick and model Emma Hepburn Ferrer, granddaughter of Audrey Hepburn, will be among the guests. Hepburn Ferrer will appear on behalf of Decorté, a Japanese luxury beauty brand available exclusively at Saks. Beauty lovers will be able to enjoy Cirque de Beauté, a beauty event featuring makeovers, product sampling and fall previews and demonstrations on the ground floor.

Shinola: The Detroit-based modern design brand founded in 2011 conceived with the belief that products should be well made and built to last. It’s known for its dedication to thoughtful manufacturing of watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals and soon, audio equipment. To celebrate its grand opening of its 18th retail site, Shinola will feature music by Aloha Got Soul and serve Kalua pork sliders with Hawaiian slaw and Shinola cola floats with locally made ice cream from Dave’s Hawaiian Ice Cream from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday and 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27.

Swarovski: The crystal specialist will host a grand-opening event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, highlighted by its fall-winter jewelry collections and gift items.

Vera Bradley: The new 1,800 square-foot store will carry the complete Vera Bradley collection of handbags, luggage and other travel items, accessories, eyewear, jewelry, and fragrances. On opening day Thursday, Vera Bradley will serve sips and sweet and savory treats, and host a grand opening giveaway. For updates, follow @VeraBradley on Twitter and Instagram.

The banyan tree stretches from the ground to the center's third-story restaurant level.

It must have been tricky building around the banyan. This is the support structure for the tree house.

Here's the roster of retail and restaurant tenants. A single asterisk (*) before the name indicates brands that are unique to the island.

SHOP
*45rpm
ABC Stores
*Abeo
Abercrombie & Fitch
Aesop
Anthropologie
Banana Republic
*BCBG MAX AZRIA
Brunello Cucinelli
*Capital Teas
*Catimini
Chapel Hats
*Christian Louboutin
Clarks
Crazy Shirts
*Fabletics
Flip Flop Shops
FootAction USA
Fossil
*Free People
GameStop
GNC Live Well
Godiva Belgium 1926
Greenroom Hawaii
*Hanna Andersson
*Herve Leger
Hilton Grand Vacations (kiosk)
Hollister
Honolulu Cookie Co.
*Intermix
Island Art & Sole
*Jo Malone
*Kona Coffee Purveyors
Laline
Lani Beach by Mireille
L'Occitane en Provence
LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
MAC
Maui Divers Jewelry
Michael Kors
*Mitsuwa Marketplace
*Oliver Peoples
*Ondademar
Pandora
Papyrus
*Penhaligon's
*Robin's Jean
*Saks Fifth Avenue
Sand People
*Seafolly Australia
*Shinola
Shoe Palace
*Stuart Weitzman
*Sugarfina
Sunglass Hut
Swarovski
Tabora Gallery
Tesla
*Trina Turk
Vera Bradley
Vilebrequin
*YOGASMOGA

EAT:
*Baku
*Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi
*Flour &; Barley
Goma Tei Ramen
*Herringbone
*Kona Grill
*STRIPSTEAK
*Yauatcha
*The STREET, A Michael Mina Social House

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her fashion coverage in print in Saturday's Today section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

A peek inside Saks Waikiki

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August 22nd, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Saks Fifth Avenue International Market Place vice president and general manager Shelley Tadaki Cramer led media in a walk-through of the new store today, in advance of opening day Aug. 25.

During a media tour Aug. 22, Saks Fifth Avenue Waikiki's local born and raised vice president and general manager Shelley Tadaki Cramer had the audience of writers, editors and photographers at hello.

That is, until the group reached the third floor, when instead of zigging to the left at the top of the escalators, there was a mad zag to the right, toward the women's shoe department. It took a while to restore order and corral the shoe fans into rejoining the group in the men's department.

There's good reason for their excitement. It's been three years since we first learned that Saks Fifth Avenue would open its first full-service, luxury retail store in Hawaii at the redeveloped International Market Place. Construction on the new complex began in March 2014, so it's been a long wait.

The shoe department was to be our last stop in a tour that took us from beauty and handbags on the first floor; to women's contemporary, designer and intimate apparel on the second floor; to our final destination at the shoe department, with a look at the Fifth Avenue Club and International Lounge, with space for personal shopping experiences and a treatment room for tailored facials.

Suede, enbellished and lace-up footwear are coming on strong for fall and offered in abundance at the new Saks Fifth Avenue shoe department. below.

saks shoe dept

I was in the store Aug. 15 while boxes were still being opened, and mannequins stood naked. What a difference a week makes now that everything is in its place. The store will open to the public following a blessing at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 25.

The festive occasion will be marked by Cirque Soleil-style performers on the first floor coinciding with Saks’ Cirque de Beauté, a circus of beauty offerings and exclusive product previews, including the introduction of Alexander McQueen's McQueen Parfum and McQueen Eau de Parfum, available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue Hawaii ahead of their official launch Sept. 1.

Emma Hepburn Ferrer, granddaughter of fashion icon Audrey Hepburn, will make a special appearance on behalf of DECORTÉ, a Japanese luxury beauty brand that will be exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue. Also exclusive to the store in Hawaii is the beauty brand by Terry, founded by Terry De Gunzberg, noted for introducing the click pen to beauty by creating the popular highlighter Touché Eclat for YSL.

As the anchor tenant of the newly reimagined International Market Place, Saks Fifth Avenue will offer the Hawaiian community its iconic and curated designer assortment, best in class service, and unparalleled experiential offerings, including its Fifth Avenue Club.

Here's a peek at what you'll find on opening day:

Beauty lovers will enjoy discovering fall's beauty trends and new products during Cirque de Beaute going on in Cosmetics, first floor.

Shop exclusive brands such as the Asian skin care and beauty line DECORTÉ, and fragrances from Killian and Alexander McQueen, including the latter's new McQueen Parfum and McQueen Eau de Parfum inspired by the mystery and passion of night flowers, with notes of sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang.

Issey Miyake's Bao Bao bag is another Saks exclusive in Hawaii. "Bao Bao" translates as "baby, precious, treasure."

A lineup of Loewe coin purses.

I like quirky and handbags don't get much quirkier than this furry Loeffler Randall.

Inside the men's department.

A few shoe hoarders in the crowd understood the feeling.

A glass waterall pays homage to the area's history as the one-time home of Queen Emma. In this alcove beneath the escalators are a quartet of mannequins dressed in Roberto Cavalli.

On the second floor are a range of styles for those who like to keep things casual, to those who like to have fun with fashion.


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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday's Crave section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Beauty trends at Macy's

By
August 17th, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Joy Ramos, left, was the mannequin for the day as nine beauty brands worked their magic on her bare skin, from a foundation of skin care, to brows, lashes and full color look, during Macy's Ala Moana's inaugural Beauty Trend Show. Here, she's in the chair with representatives from Lancome.

Macy's hosted it's first Beauty Trend Event July 16 at the Ala Moana Center store, highlighted by something I haven't seen done here before, a start-to-finish makeover, from skin care to color, featuring several beauty brands.

It had to be hard to determine who would do what. Typically, each brand would perform a makeover using all of its own products, but that's not realistic.

I think even the most loyal customers pick and choose the best from each product line, and very few match their skin care to their choice of color brands.

Among skincare products highlighted were:
Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel
SKII Facial Treatment Essence
Clarins Double Serum
Chanl Le Blanc Intensive Spot Treatment and Hydra Flash Balm
Shisedo Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask and Ibuki Quick Fix Mist
Origins Plantscription line

Color products featured:
Lancome Le Base Pro and Le Lipstick in "Clear"
Estée Lauder Nude Cushion Stick Double Wear Foundation
Benefit Browvo and Kabrow brow tamers
M.A.C Dazzle Eyes shadow
Urban Decay Vice Lips and makeup setting spray
Bobbi Brown Sunset Pink Collection

I stopped by the Benefit Brow Bar after the show, where nine brow-perfecting products are the most offered by any other brand on the beauty floor.

The "no makeup" makeup look continues to go strong into fall, with the "skin is in" belief that your own glowing skin is the best face you can put forward.

Also current are strongly contoured, thicker brows; and a range of soft neutral and nude lips to candle apple and red lipsticks.

Guests could drop in for a brow redo at Benefit's Brow Bar, with a line of nine products to help you achieve a bold look like Cara Delevingne's.

I finally had time to check out Lancome's Juicy Shakers, oil-based lip tints, that were a hit in Dubai when I was there in April.

It was also my first opportunity to actually try Lancome's Juicy Shaker since returning home from Dubai way back in April. It was funny that one of my friends wanted me to search for the Arab woman's beauty secret, kajal, or kohl, while I was there. I searched high and low because, the real Arab woman's beauty secret is contemporary beauty products, and I saw them lining up in the malls for the launch of the Juicy Shakers!

It's a new generation of pigmented oil "gloss," a combination of cranberry, peach, sweet almond and rose de muscat oils with lip-softening and antioxidant properties with just a hint of color. I'm using the Juicy Shaker in "Berry Tale" and love it. You can wear it as is for a sheer color wash, or wear it over any of your lipstick shades to give it a glossy coat.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday's Crave section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Shiseido's Ibuki Quick Fix Mist puts you a spritz away from instant relief from skin's enemies, dehydration and stressed skin, while preventing makeup from wearing off or creasing.

Joy's finished look.

One of the sales associates in color by Urban Decay.

Dior hosts Winter 2016 preview

By
August 17th, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

This dress was one of several modeled by Daniella Abe during a preview trunk show of Dior's Winter 2016 ready-to-wear collection. Styles are slated to begin arriving in stores next month.

I love the romance evident in fall's designs, and Dior delivers on the handworked, vintage-y vibe of the season. The boutique at T Galleria hosted a preview of its Winter 2016 collection on Aug. 15.

On view were ready-to-wear dresses in plush velvets and soft knits, with many pieces embellished with beads and paillettes in an ornate style I associate with 1950s Chinese brocades.

Also on the floor are early 1900s and menswear-inspired shoes, fabulous eyewear that shoppers just couldn't put down, and combat boots with bling that have people stomping their way all over Paris.

Footwear also was cued by the past, with high-vamp lace-up styles and color cues from menswear. But stiletto heels are purely femme.

Footwear also was cued by the past, with high-vamp lace-up styles and color cues from menswear. But stiletto heels are purely femme.

Carrying over from summer, a limited number of Dior X Rihanna collaboration sunglasses are available at the boutique now, at about $840.

Here's a video link with Rihanna in the sunglasses: dior.com

A bodice of velvet florals softens winter's black eveningwear.

The Rebel, a crystal-studded combat boot, is one of the design house's top sellers in Paris.

The T-strap has moved from center to side, leaving bystanders with a sparkle in their eyes as you walk across a room.

Like a color statement? Dior's new knit and Diorama satchel bag.

An embellished dress and coat, open and closed, in pretty winter white.

A high-waisted pencil skirt with black top and Dior's new lambskin Runway bag.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her fashion coverage in print in Saturday's Today section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Amy's Hallmark Ala Moana welcomes Ken Crow for signing

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August 5th, 2016



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PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Santa's Workbench is one of the new Keepsake Ornaments to be featured during a Ken Crow signing at Amy's Hallmark Aug. 6.

With a video involving a hula, original song and long wish list of what they want from Hallmark this Christmas, the Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club became one of 16 Hallmark clubs to win a national Hallmark competition this year.

The prize is a visit by one of the company’s Keepsake Ornament artists, Ken Crow, who will be at Amy’s Hallmark Ala Moana Center for an artist signing event from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 6. The public is welcome to come and get their favorite Ken Crow ornaments — new and old — signed by the artist. There will be a a limit of two items signed per time slot that will be assigned at the door so participants won’t have to wait in long lines.

Margaret Hua, a 30-year collector of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments will be among the club members, flying in from Hilo to fill her wish list of Crow’s and other ornaments to grace the seven to 10 Christmas trees she’ll be putting up this year to celebrate the holidays.

“They all have themes. One will have mermaids, mermen and fish. Dory’s going on there this year,” she said. “Another one’s all angels, one is Elvis and Las Vegas-themed.”

Hua said she got hooked on the collectibles when she was about 30 years old and living in Chicago. When she moved to Hawaii in 2001, she brought about 400 ornaments with her. Now, at 67, she has about 2,000 ornaments, which she says she appreciates for their “unique, magical” qualities.

Crow’s work appeals to collectors’ inner child. He grew up in Long Beach, Calif., fascinated by mechanical objects. As a child, he broke open his brother’s Mickey Mouse watch to see what was inside. After that, he’d often tear apart his own toys to see how they worked, and made other toys out of the parts.

Hawaiian Surfer Boy and Hula Girl itty bittys, exclusive to Hawaii Hallmark stores.

He joined Hallmark in 1979, where he creates Keepsake Ornaments that capture the spirit of the holidays, play and family.

During the signing event, an exclusive event ornament, Santa’s Workbench, will be available for purchase, at $39.95. As the winning club’s retail sponsor, Amy’s Hallmark Ala Moana Center is one of only 16 stores in the United States that will receive the ornaments. Sales will be limited to one event ornament per person, while supplies last. Tickets guaranteeing an opportunity to purchase a Santa’s Workbench ornament will be handed out at the door so fans won’t have to wait in long lines to purchase one of the collector’s items.

Event goers will also be the first to be able to purchase Hallmark Hawaii’s exclusive itty iittys, Hawaii girl and boy plush toys, being released the day of the signing event, and available for sale only in Hallmark’s Hawaii stores. There will also be prize giveaways every half hour during the signing event.

The next opportunity for Hawaii to win another artist signing will take place in 2018.
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Amy’s Hallmark Ala Moana Center is on the mall’s third level, Ewa Wing. Call 949-2413

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her fashion coverage in print in Saturday's Today section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Natural works for Tata Harper

By
August 3rd, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Tata Harper was in town to host a skin-care master class featuring her all-natural line of beauty products.

Beauty expert Tata Harper has been in Hawaii celebrating her birthday, and made a trip to Neiman Marcus July 30 to host a skin-care master class, utilizing the all-natural products handmade on her Vermont farm.

I was running a bit late that morning, but still managed to put a face on, only to find we were starting the session with a good face cleansing. We began with Tata Harper's Nourishing Oil Cleanser, that went on silky smooth and washed off easily with a damp sponge, taking my makeup job with it. To familiarize ourselves with the products, we were also able to try her exfoliating Regenerating Cleanser, detox-oriented Purifying Cleanser, and for sensitive skin and rosacea, Refreshing Cleanser.

There's an idea that's hard to shake, that "natural" cannot be as effective as industrialized ingredients. One of my friends once said that in the war against wrinkles, "Give me chemicals." But in my experience, Tata Harper's products are much more effective than most brands I've tried, that take a more traditional approach to creating skincare products.

A display highlighted the fresh fruit, botanicals and herbs that go into Tata Harper Skincare.

I've interviewed Harper many times, and her origin story is that she began questioning the many household and beauty chemicals we use every day after her father-in-law became sick from cancer. What she learned horrified her, because many of the ingredients used in beauty products are also used in automotive and industrial products. "How can that be beautifying?" she asks, and started studying and learning, changing her family's lifestyle in the process, so that her father-in-law became a cancer survivor.

In speaking to industry chemists, she also learned that, for marketing purposes, most beauty products utilize only one or two active ingredients, whether hyularonic acid or vitamin C. Beyond that ingredient that sells the product, the rest is filler.

As an industry outsider, she wasn't afraid to question the norm, and to challenge that idea, saying that for the money, she wanted customers to have effective products packed with benefits. In following through, her products contain 20 to 28 active ingredients. She sources her botanical ingredients internationally, but makes the products in small batches on her farm for quality control.

Tata Harper products have certifications few brands can match, including being recognized as 100 percent Vermont Made, certified cruelty free by the Leaping Bunny Association, EcoCert-certified by the globally recognized sustainable accreditation body, and certified 100 percent vegetarian by the American Vegetarian Association.

For those who dismiss tree-hugger philosophies over results, Harper is a walking testament for her brand. She needs no foundation because her skin has a natural glow just from using her own creations.

Class members worked from portable vanities stocked with towels, sponges and cotton swabs.

Tata Harper offers a trio of serums that address varied skin issues. The formulations are a Concentrated Brightening Serum ($230) for anti-aging, Boosted Contouring Serum ($195) for lifting and firming, and Elixir Vitae ($380), an anti-wrinkle formulation.

One of Tata's fans gets help with application.

Following the class, everyone headed down to the Tata Harper counter for green eats and healthful juices.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday's Crave section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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