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Morimoto adds brunch+market

September 21st, 2016


Jewelry served up along with edibles during Morimoto Waikiki's monthly brunch+market food+shopping event.

Morimoto Waikiki has introduced brunch+market, taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every last Sunday of the month. The event combines a Sunday brunch experience with pop-up shopping featuring local fashion, jewelry and accessory vendors. For multitaskers, it’s one way to fuel up while getting some early holiday shopping done.

During the inaugural event last month, I was able to browse between the time of placing my order and waiting for it to arrive. When our food was ready, the waiter alerted us so I was able to put an item I wanted to purchase on hold, and pay for it after I finished eating. No time wasted.

Among dishes served up during last month's inaugural event was salmon gravlox benedict.

The menu changes each month for those interested in trying something new. This month's a la carte menu on Sept. 25 will feature the following:

Biscuits and foie gras gravy, $16
Pork chop with tobanjan aioli, $20
Smoked marlin foccacia with avocado and tomato, $16
French toast with Asian pear, pecans and kuromitsu, v15
Shrimp on rice croquette with miso aioli, $18
Housemade spam and eggs, $15
Black bean sliders, $15
Chocolate chip pancakes, $12
Bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers, $5

Steve and Elena Martin of Posh Hawaii will return with their hats, jewelry, clothing and accessories.

Market participants are:
POSH Hawaii
Beach Wahine
Waikiki Love
Ocean Secrets
Flower Eyes
Perfectly Posh

In addition, September is Hunger Action Month and the restaurant is accepting canned foods in support of the Hawaii Food Bank drive.
Morimoto restaurant is at The MODERN Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard. Reserve at 943-5900 or visit

Shell and pearl jewelry offered at last month's event.

Tessaley Antone of Tessaley's Traveling Boutique showed clothing last month.

A vegetable frittata was on the menu last month.

A5 Miyazaki wagyu and eggs were also on last month's menu.

Apple and pineapple bread pudding with wasabi-raspberry sorbet was a treat for dessert.

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 and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

A peek inside Saks Waikiki

August 22nd, 2016


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.

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 and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Dior hosts Winter 2016 preview

August 17th, 2016


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:

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.

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 and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Burberry reveals store revamp

July 18th, 2016


The newly renovated Burberry store has reopened in its same location at Ala Moana Center's mall level. A front display featured this beautiful macramé trenchcoat.

Burberry Ala Moana marked the reopening of its renovated space with a blessing that took place July 14.

Shoppers walking into the store will see handbags in front, including Burberry's new Patchwork collection of runway bags, each named after a British street and crafted with different leathers, fabrics, color combinations and adornment, so no two are alike. They also offer the versatility of being worn as a shoulder bag, crossbody bag or carried as a clutch.

New to the boutique are the brand's new Patchwork runway bag, tapestries of texture, fabric and finishing details, no two alike, and with the versatility of being carried three ways.

Of course I fell in love with the more casual Burberry rucksack that became the "It" bag when it debuted on spring's runway as part of the part of the Functionregalia collection, and was promptly seen on Cara Delevingne, Taylor Swift and "Suicide Squad's" Margot Robbie.

Just like much of Burberry's designs—including the classic trench coat—the style hails from Burberry's early 1920s military archive and has been reworked as a functional, lightweight carryall in water-resistant nylon.

A lineup of Thomas bear charms in check cashmere, with Mr. Trench Thomas in Burberry's iconic gabardine trench design.

Meanwhile founder Thomas Burberry's original gabardine coat was designed to offer protection from London's rain, but was found to be perfect for soldiers in the trenches of World War I. The khaki color offered camouflauge, and the coats many details—firmly entrenched in our idea of the trench—have practical rationale behind them. These include epaulets once used for anchoring binoculars, breast flaps that offered padding against a rifle's recoil or kick back, D-rings to hold ammunition, storm flaps and cuff straps to prevent cold and rain from entering one's sleeve. Today, it's a strong fashion statement for men and women.

A video screen at the front of the store will keep local shoppers up to date with imagery and live events streamed directly from the brand’s global headquarters in London.

iPads used by store associates are also connected to for unlimited access to worldwide stock. To offer further ease in shopping, a collect-in-store service allows those shopping at the website to pick up their order in store as early as the next day.
The store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Call (808) 951-6999. Or visit

The Burberry Scarf Bar features classic and lightweight cashmere scarf designs in more than 30 and prints available for monogramming up to three letters.

Burberry market manager Lorenzo Barbone and Ala Moana general manager Lori Chang untie the maile lei during a blessing of the newly renovated store at Ala Moana Center.

An array of eyewear to shield you from the summer sun.

Thomas bears find a home on Burberry's structured purses and popular rucksack, below.

burberry sac

After the blessing, guests enjoyed small bites served up by Chai Chaowasaree, including this bite-sized turkey sandwich topped with quail egg.

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 and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Living culture at the MAMo Wearable Arts Show 2016

May 24th, 2016


One of Maui designer Anna Kahalekulu's models holds up a life-sustaining pohaku, or stone, the inspiration for her collection for the 10th annual MAMo Wearable Art Show.

Storyteller/performer Moses Goods opened the Maoli Arts Month 10th annual Wearable Art Show on May 18 at Hawaii Theatre with his tale of Maui "making plants fly" by shaping them into a lupe, or kite, reflecting the ingenuity of the demigod and the Hawaiian people, who, from humble materials, were able to create, clothe, house and feed themselves.

It was a tale befitting the show dedicated to showcasing the creativity of Native Hawaiian and Pacific designers, artists and cultural practitioners.

The show is one of the highlight events of a month that includes a film festival, storytelling festival and art exhibition.

With the click of 'ili 'ili and pahu rhythms with the speed of a heartbeat, Maui-based designer and educator Anna Kahalekulu, a first-timer to the Oahu show, was the first to present. Her show was focused on the pohaku, or stones considered to be one of the people's life-sustaining forces.

Her fabrics dyed with plant materials and alaea reflected the multi-colors and textures of stones from mountain to sea.

In addition to the work shown on stage, Rava Ray showed pieces, in the Hawaii Theatre lobby, that she created for last year's Honolulu Fashion Week, including this piece incorporating turkey, peacock and pheasant feathers.

The show was tamer than last year's event, when many an artist made a political statement regarding the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.

The show featured the return of Lufi Luteru, Wahine Toa, Maile Andrade and Marques Marzan. Maori designer Hone Bailey was there representing Aotearoa, or New Zealand.

With co-host and show director Robert Uluwehi Cazimero feeling under the weather, there wasn't as much of the comedic banter between him and producer emcee Vicky Holt Takamine as usual, but enough to add lightness and laughter to the evening.

A hair look created for 6th generation weaver Keaou Nelson's show of handwoven accessories.

Unfortunately, maybe I was laughing a little too hard regarding their tale of a missing connection at the airport due to confusion over Kauai designer Lavena Kehaulani Kekua's full name, which hadn't been included on the ticket.

Adding a double whammy to her day, I must have hit the stop button on my video camera, so her show isn't included as one of the videos below. It was a beautiful show of bold, handpainted scarves. All I can say is, "Sorry" and "Come back next year!"

And the same goes for the audience. Even at its most sedate, this is still one of the most lively shows in town.

Following the show, there was an after-party and trunk show where some girl snagged Kahalekulu's sleeveless yellow silk jacket I wanted.

And, as a testament to Wahine Toa's and designer Nita Pilago's popularity, there was a line at a private entrance for her work.

Another show will take place June 25 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Call (808) 242-2787 for more information. Featured will be the work of Maile Andrade, Marques Marzan, Wahine Toa, Koa Johnson, Anna Kahalekulu, Elisha Clemons and Kehau Kekua.

Are designers ever done before showtime? Above, Marques Marzan adds black trim to one of his garments. Below left, Anna Kahalekulu works on a lauhala capelet, and Keoua Nelson works on one of his woven belts.

mamo anna

mamo nelson

Marzan's inspiration was the chiefly fan, the pe'ahi, that incorporated weaving and twining techniques, and often, human hair from a close relative or someone imbued with strong mana.

Here are the shows, in order of presentation:

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 and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Wirebag accessory or jewelry?

March 22nd, 2016


Sascha Koki shows Anteprima/Wirebag's new three-dimensional Year of the Monkey backpack, designed to hold on to the wearer and keep small belongings tucked into its tummy. This one is $779.

Anteprima/Wirebag will be launching part of its Spring/Summer 2016 collections tomorrow, with styles ranging from playful to luxe.

Among designs to be introduced is Anteprima's "999" collection of hand-knitted wirebags using a blend of 99.9 percent pure silver and the brand's signature wire yarn, with 18K rose gold plate logo rings. Prices of the silver bags range from $430 to $907.

On the more playful side are a duo of "Monkey"-shaped backpacks ($425 and $779), and the "Cactus" collection, a trio of crossbody, wristlet and handle bags in the shapes of barrel and seguaro cacti, and rectangle dotted with fluffy areoles and beaded bristles. Prices range from $276 to $648.

The new selections include about 22 designs exclusive to the Hawaii market.

Shoppers who purchase $480 or more from the boutique will receive an Anteprima X Hawaiian drip coffee gift, while supplies last.

Anteprima/Wirebag is in the Royal Hawaiian Center, Building B, ground level. Call 924-0808.

A smaller monkey ($425), in orogento color, holds on to a purse rack.

A jeweled floral key ring dangles from one of Anteprima's new wire glitter bags for the spring/summer season.


Anteprima's Latte Metallico Cactus bag, $648.

This handbag is from Anteprima's Glitter Miscuglio collection.

This handbag is from Anteprima's Glitter Miscuglio collection.

POSHd opens its doors at Ward

March 8th, 2016


Valerie Ragaza-Miao at the entrance to her new shop, POSH'd by Valerie Joseph, at Ward Village Shops, next to Bed Bath & Beyond.

Valerie Ragaza-Miao, founder of the Valerie Joseph boutique, celebrated Girl's Day March 3 with the grand opening of her new boutique concept at Ward Village, POSHd by Valerie Joseph.

"I consider it the older, socially conscious sister of Valerie Joseph," she said. "I've always been a big supporter of community and always wanted to expand awareness of socially conscious brands."

Beyond her visibility as a boutique owner, Ragaza-Miao has been a longtime supporter of community organizations such as Community Helping Schools, raising funds through her annual PINC (Partners Inspiring Nouvelle Concepts) events, and also staging events to boost girls' and womens' self-esteem.

Ragaza-Miao, whose motto has long been, "Life is short, buy cute clothes," still delivers the cuteness at her new boutique, but now features more garments sourced from microbusinesses that help support women in impoverished countries.

Valerie 's husband Joseph Miao, with the couple's toy poodle Sukoshi, who gives Bellini restaurant's Maile  Sengoura a kiss. Maile catered the event.

Valerie 's husband Joseph Miao, with the couple's toy poodle Sukoshi, who gives Bellini restaurant's Maile Sengoura a kiss. Maile was serving up burger sliders for the event.

Among jewelry items are Greenie Bracelets that come wrapped around handmade, recycled paper embedded with seeds, allowing purchasers to plant trees with each purchase.

Ragaza-Miao also carries note-filled tins from Gratitude, a company that enlists artists to create products to promote social responsibility and help raise funds for education in at-risk populations. Each note bears a message to leave behind to brighten someone's day.

Also part of the lifestyle boutique are small home decor such as pillows, and Ragaza-Miao's Coco Java line of Hawaiian coffee, at $7.99 for 7 ounces, and gluten-free, candy sprinkle "confetti" studded coconut-flavored Hawaiian pancake mix ($9.99).

The boutique is next to Bed Bath & Beyond. For more information, call 942-5258 or visit

Malie Moran, left, and Midweek style editor Yu Shing Ting in POSHd apparel.

Pastry chef Eddie Lopez was serving up pancakes made from Valerie's Coco Java gluten-free "Coconut Confetti" pancake mix. The mix includes candy sprinkles that offer a pop of color.

A closer look at the pancakes dotted with candy sprinkle "confetti."

The purchase of a Greenies bracelet allows buyer to plant a tree with the seed-embedded paper the bracelets come wrapped around.

Gratitude notes are filled with leave-behind notes bearing messages to brighten the day of friends, loved ones or even strangers.

For the POSHd home.


Beaded fringe collar.

Clear globe purse.

Louis Vuitton Ala Moana introduces 'Haute Maroquinerie'

April 23rd, 2014

Ala MoanaThe newly renovated Louis Vuitton store at Ala Moana Center made room for its Haute Maroquinerie bespoke handbags for those who want a hand in creating their own signature purse.David Franzen Photography

Louis Vuitton reopened its expanded Ala Moana Center store with an early morning blessing April 19, before the center opened.

The expansion allowed the arrival of LV's Haute Maroquinerie, with a special salon for afficionados of made-to-order leather goods, one of the few select LV boutiques offering the bespoke service worldwide.

The one-of-a-kind handbag personalization service offers clients the ability to select one of five shapes in two different sizes, with a palette of 26 colors in eight different types of leather, as well as hardware.

Ala MoanaThe store's new look.

lvdivaNadine Kam photos
This little pom, Diva, loves being toted around in LV.

lvpupDiva's human, Noelle Sasaki.

lv leathersThose seeking a personalized  'Haute Maroquinerie' handbag start by selecting one of five designs, available in two sizes, then has a choice of 26 colors and eight different styles of leather.

lvhardwareThen comes hardware selection.

The shapes available are:

>> Noé: Designed by Gaston Louis Vuitton in 1932 to carry champagne bottles.
>> Triangle: Created in 1934 to carry knit works.
>> Lock-it: A 1958 design that owes its name to the expression used when protecting ones’ precious belongings.
>> Milaris: One of two contemporary designs.
>> Neo Steamer: Trapeze-shaped original introduced in 2011.

Louis Vuitton's relationship with Hawaii dates back 32 years, when Ala Moana Center became home to its first freestanding store in Hawaii.

Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Louis Vuitton Americas, noted, “Louis Vuitton has accompanied travelers to Hawaii since early 1880. Hawaii is one of our most vibrant markets with sophisticated global clients who appreciate the value of luxury.”

To commemorate the grand reopening, LV partnered with Hawaiian artist, dancer and cultural expert Sig Zane, to design artwork for the store’s vestibules. The hand-carved ilima design—honoring the history of the area—is accompanied by Zane's original Hawaiian chant, "Ka Lanakila Pio," expressing a love story between Louis Vuitton and Hawaii. The poem is written on kapa that resembles the Louis Vuitton damier pattern, with Hawaiian symbols of spear, pathway, waves and mountains.

In addition to women's leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories and jewelry, the expanded store carries a greater assortment of menwear and accessories.

For the opening, Louis Vuitton also created a limited edition Monogram Idylle pendant necklace, in 18k white gold necklace with sapphire pendant.

lvzaneFrom left, Brandy Serikaku, Kuhao Zane and Sig Zane in one of the vestibules bearing the artwork they created in collaboration with Paris artisans.

blessingThe store is blessed before employees and guests enter.

lvblessEmployees hands-on involvement with blessing the store.

lvmenPicture This! Photography
Part of the new menswear department.

lvfashThe reoriented staircase to the store's second floor. (more…)

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