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A peek inside Saks Waikiki

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.

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