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Vivienne Westwood celebrates 1st year in Waikiki

March 11th, 2014

westwoodRed, white and blue, the British way.Nadine Kam photos

Vivienne Westwood marked its first anniversary at The Moana Surfrider Hotel on March 6, a celebration of fearless, individualistic Brit style.

If you've got a wild side at all, you've got to love Dame Westwood, an icon of punk, new wave and shock fashion.

In spite of her ties to the U.K. punk scene and Malcolm McLaren's SEX boutique, I find the clothing carried here to be both original and more easy to wear than you'd imagine, given her reputation for eclectic, eccentric clothing.

You must check it out!

west2From left, Jason Alex Yapching, Azlinn Gregg and Catherine Caldwell.

west1Westwood boutique manager Jered Branco with Spa at Trump director Bridgette DeVore, left, and Malie Moran.

westwoodjVivienne Westwood statement necklaces, the larger with her signature Orb motif. You can see the design more clearly on the bag below:



Unfortunately, after early dinner at the Hyatt, I could only drop in at Westwood for a few minutes before heading to second dinner at Stage in the Honolulu Design Center, which was marking the return of chef Ron De Guzman and debuting a collection of fashion-inspired artwork. You can view more at my other blog, Take a Bite.


Edward Atkins wins Pull-In online vote

October 22nd, 2013


Online voters have selected Edward W.K. Atkins as the 4th artist whose design will be produced and sold next year in the Pull-in Hawaii 2014 Limited Collection celebrating the brand's flagship store opening in Waikiki.

Atkins joins three other winners selected earlier: Lee Maxwell, Kai Kawamoto and Koreena Nagain.

Winners will receive a cash prize and a launch party to promote their design and their work as artists. Atkins won with more than 1,200 votes out of 2,300, from a field of 43 artists who entered.

The store is slated to open at 227 Lewers St., Waikiki Beach Walk. Stayed tuned for more info about the opening date.

Pull-In was created in 2000 by  a former marketing director of Quiksilver Europe, Emmanuel Lohéac. The international French designer label features underwear and beachwear in eye-catching graphic prints for men, women and children. Originally created as a surf apparel brand, Pull-In quickly became popular with celebrities such as Madonna, Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg and Ben Gordon of the Chicago Bulls.

HFM: 'Snapshot of Style' pops up at Kahala Mall

October 15th, 2013

Dallas Nagata White's "Lava Kiss" will be up for silent auction at Kahala Mall's "Snapshot of Style" event.

Kahala Mall will present “Snapshot of Style,” a pop-up photo gallery and fall shopping event for Hawai'i Fashion Month, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

The one-night only exhibition of work by Hawaii photographers, including Kicka Witte, Keith Kandell, John Hook, David Murphey, Dallas Nagata White, and others, will highlight the event, an evening store crawl with sips and light bites as guests discover snapshots of fashion and lifestyle in Hawaii captured by camera.

Other highlights include in-store promotions, live DJ and an exclusive scavenger hunt with live prize giveaways at Center Court, including a two-night stay at The Modern Honolulu, a Kahala Mall shopping spree, and more.

Upon entry, guests will be given a VIP booklet which includes the following: an exclusive VIP savings pass, five featured photographs hidden in five participating stores. Guests will visit participating stores not only for great deals, but also to find the photos shown in the VIP booklet. After they complete the search, they’ll turn in their completed forms to be entered to win live prize giveaways at 8:30 p.m.

The five in-store photographs will also be featured in the Oct. 16 silent auction, with 100 percent of proceeds to benefit Kapiolani Medical Center’s Campaign for Children.

Some of the photos to be showcased at the event are already pretty famous, like the “Lava Kiss”
photo by Dallas Nagata White that went viral this year and was seen everywhere, including National Geographic online and the Huffington Post.

Visit for further event information or for further “Snapshot of Style” event details.

Pull-in Hawaii artists want your votes

October 8th, 2013

pull-in As noted in an earlier post, Pull-in Hawaii held its first live design competition at OUTFIT: Hawaii Fashion Designers Market, Oct. 2 and 3, and three winners have been named: Lee Maxwell, Kai Kawamoto and Koreena Nagai.

Their designs will be a part of the Pull-in Hawaii 2014 Limited Collection to be sold in the new Waikiki flagship store at Waikiki Beach Walk, 227 Lewers St., when it opens at the end of the year.

Winners also receive a cash prize and a personal launch party to promote their design and their work. But, there's still one more spot up for grabs, and the public is invited to cast votes for a fourth winning design. Voting will close at noon Oct. 16.

To view the entries, see who's on top, and vote, visit:

HFM: A celebration of 'Fashion as Art' at HiSAM

October 6th, 2013


Models tread carefully on the wet glass tiles of the Hawaii State Art Museum's Sculpture Garden during a First Friday show of bridal and evening wear featuring the work of 15 local designers.Photos by Nadine Kam

Adding a touch of glamour to First Friday festivities on Oct. 4 was the Hawai'i Fashion Month double bill of the HiSAM bridal and formal wear fashion show and "The Way We Wear" exhibition, which ran from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.

The fashion show was free, one of the signature events of Hawai‘i Fashion Month, with designers showcasing evening and bridal gowns in the open air of the HiSAM sculpture garden, with a soundscape by DJ Teley Brandon. Featured designers were Nicole Vermillion, Lauren Tiburcio, Beverly Horton, Bernard Foong, Sarah Yama­shige, Randy A. Leano, Jaclyn Mae Santos, Chun Hui Chen, Sahra Indio, Feliz Salas, Ryan Hana­oka, Erin Midori Ludolph, Breanne Lee, Alegra Matsuo Mossman and Michele Y. Matsuo.

Attendees were encouraged to don black-tie and evening attire in keeping with the theme.

The evening started with a rain blessing, which ended with the start of the show, but started to come down hard, timed to the show's finale, which brought out either cheers or screams from fans. It was hard to tell which, but by show's end, visitors watching from the second-floor gallery had begun to scatter.

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All agreed the show was beautiful, though those of us who love fashion were saddened by the idea of the designers going home with gowns with wet hems. Maybe there's a good dry cleaner in town who is willing to offer their services.

The event also marked the opening of "The Way We Wear," an exhibit offering a glimpse into local culture through clothing from various times and places, with garments from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts' Art in Public Places Program and on loan from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Historic Costume Museum.

The free exhibition will continue through Jan. 18 in the Diamond Head Gallery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, except state and federal holidays. The museum is also open for First Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. (galleries close at 8:30 p.m.) monthly.
HiSAM is at 20 S. Hotel St. Call 586-0300.

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At left, Corin Gentry stopped to pose after the show with designer Erin Ludolph, right, and her model Mahina Alexander, and Condesa-Azria Nora Meijide-Gentry.


Designer Beverly Horton was one of the few designers to go with print. Her dress flowed beautifully on the runway. (more…)