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'All Stars': Clothing the nudes

March 10th, 2016
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Kini Zamora creates a sketch for his naturist model, Felicity."

'PROJECT RUNWAY' ALL STARS SEASON 5
Episode 5 recap: "Birthday Suits"

Well this competition promised to be interesting because it's the first one in which the designers are being asked to dress naturists, that is, people who wish to live in harmony with nature, including going naked.

But, humans weren't made to be naked for winter, so the assignment is to create a winter look acceptable to people who don't like wearing clothes. The naturists walk into the studio in their birthday suits, with all their privates blurred out. This is the part that I don't understand about this spate of shows with naked themes, like "Dating Naked." If they want to titillate viewers, they should also have the courage to show all so we can see what the participants are actually seeing.

Right off the bat, Mitchell Perry mentions that he's from Florida and he's never even seen snow, so coming up with a winter look might be difficult for him since he says he lives in "tank tops and Speedos."

At first I think the same cold weather handicap might be true for Hawaii designer Kini Zamora, but I remembered he spent a year in school in New York and has designed several beautiful coats before, so this challenge should be no problem for him.

He has ambitious plans for a four-piece ensemble including chiffon, and that seems like overkill, especially because these models want to wear as little as possible. Mentor Zanna Roberts Rassi tells him as much.

Meanwhile, Sam Donovan is struggling because he chooses a bold yellow check fabric that horrifies his model, a plain Jane sort of person compared to models who have seen it all and are well aware of the theatrical aspects of fashion. Because part of the assignment is to make their naturists happy, he scraps his original plan and has to scramble for an alternative look. Problem is, he doesn't have any other fabric so has to plead for scraps from the other designers who aren't forthcoming because they just don't like him. Kini doesn't appear to be a fan of Donovan either, but he gives him some fabric.

In spite of Mitchell's early misgivings, he turns out a respectable ensemble of sweater vest, trouser and coat. The other designers are amazed and attribute the stripped down look to his working with a male model, which leaves no room for his usual excessive decorating.

For the first time, judges come up with four top looks and two on the bottom. On top are Kini, Mitchell, Dom Streater and Emily Payne, who is named the winner for a striking blue "California winter" dress with a cape attachment in back, the most original design of the evening.

Donovan and Valerie Mayen end up on the bottom. Donovan would probably have fared better if he had stuck with his original look and fabric, but his model would not have been comfortable. Part of the judges' discussion was that both designers' models loved the looks created for them. Mayen produced a weighty coat because her model told her she would feel most comfortable in a blanket.

Reading between the lines, it wasn't a surprise for the judges to declare them both safe for another week because they did please their clients.

The decision didn't go over well with the other designers who were disturbed particularly that Donovan got this second chance when others did not. In a bit of sour grapes, Alexander Pope suggested it was because Donovan flirted with the judges.

A hurt and angry Donovan vows to pick off the other designers one by one. Juicy. Stay tuned.

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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.

H&M welcomed 800 on opening night

March 27th, 2014
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hmmainA crowd gathered at the red carpet entrance to the newest H&M store at Waikiki Business Plaza. The line extended along the left side of the building.H&M courtesy photo

Eight-hundred invited guests crowded the entrance of H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB, March 26, marking the grand opening of the international retail giant at the Waikiki Business Plaza, the first H&M store in Hawaii.

The event included food from chef Chai Chaowasaree, a concert by indie band Best Coast, and of course, it marked the first time attendees could shop the racks, full of spring trend items for men and women, including grand opening specials on accessories as low as $1, and apparel as low as $5.

The two floors could barely contain the crowd, and it took a lot of weaving and dodging to move through a crowd that has waited years to be able to shop the brand's reasonably priced contemporary apparel. It was such a frenzy that afterward, several people said they were so tired and relieved to get out the door.

H&M also unveiled an installation featuring artwork by local surf photographers Mike Coots, Sarah Lee and Zak Noyle, whose photos are being featured on a trio of limited-edition H&M T-shirts. All proceeds from sales of the shirts will benefit AccesSurf, a non-profit organization that provides surfing instruction and therapeutic educational programs on water recreation for people with disabilities.

H&M was established in Sweden in 1947. Today there are 310 stores in the United States and more than 3,100 H&M stores in 53 markets worldwide.
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H&M is in the Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave.

hmgraceHawaii News Now Sunrise anchor documents the moment for television. She's in H&M's spring pink and florals.Nadine Kam photos

hmfansBest Coast played a 12-song set for an appreciative crowd at the center of the store. For a sampling of the band's sound, click on the photo.

hmstaffFrom left, H&M staffers Katie Shamblin, Diana Johansson, Marina Müller and Olivia Vongphet.

hmstafAlso representing H&M, Meng Hok, Marissa Ferretti and Michael Steven Gallegos.

hmmodOf course there were models among the guests, from left, Pono Fernandez, Nalani Ravelo and model-turned-photographer Daniela Voicescu.

hmnapresH&M North America president Daniel Kulle, left, with local surf photographers Sarah Lee, Zak Noyle and Mike Coots, whose photos are being featured on limited-edition T-shirts, below, sales of which will benefit AccesSurf. H&M photos

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Willows launches new bridal fair

March 6th, 2014
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wibridesModels for The Bridal Boutique posed for a photo with Photographix Unlimited, which offers photo booth services for party guests.Nadine Kam photos

The Willows Restaurant  hosted its inaugural Ho‘omaika‘i, a wedding and special events fair, on  Feb. 28, 2014, highlighted by a family-oriented special occasion fashion show by 'IOLANI Sportswear, and a mini bridal fashion show presented by The Bridal Boutique, featuring gowns by Alfred Angelo Bridal and Casablanca Bridal.

The event offered prospective brides and grooms the opportunity to tour the venue, sample its famous buffet, sample wines from The Wine Stop, listen to the music of wedding performers Maila Gibson & Ben Vegas, Kanoe Gibson and Randy Allen, and Smooth Remedy, and check out other vendors including photographers, lighting and sound specialists, videographers, florists, favor specialists, and bakers.

Hugo Higa, M.D. was there to share non-invasive cosmetic procedures to help couples look their best for photos or the ceremony, and Ho'ala Salon & Spa touted ways to prepare and de-stress before the big day.

There was also prize giveaways and The Bella Project was there to collect donations of  wedding or prom dresses, tuxedos, and other formal wear and accessories toward helping teens in need attend their proms.


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The Willows general manager Garret Kamei said his catering staff is available to attend to many of the details that make wedding planning a headache, from providing the buffets and professional staff, all in a convenient location with valet parking.

Although old-timers are well-aquainted with this historic, multi-complex site, it remains a hidden, unexpected oasis in the midst of the city, that younger couples have yet to discover.

The Willows Chapel has been the site of many isle weddings, and the venue can host celebrations for up to 150 people in private rooms, as well as restaurant buy-outs for larger events.
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The Willows Restaurant is at 901 Hausten St. Call 808.952.9200.

wiphotoA photographer from Photographix Unlimited keeps his eyes on the brides. The photos are printed on the spot for guests who utilize the company's photo booth services.

willowsThe Willows chapel at night.

wicakeGuests eye some of the creations by Cakeworks Bakery, above and below.

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wifavorCelebrations' sakura- or cherry blossom-themed favors are a favorite of brides.

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Flag-J marks 1st year in Hawaii with Taboo launch

December 31st, 2013
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Taboo grants an interview to Reiko Tokushige Rogers during Elements at The Modern Honolulu.Nadine Kam photos

Japanese-based women’s shoe boutique Flag-J celebrated its first anniversary in Hawaii during Elements at The Modern Honolulu on Dec. 27, with celeb appearances by DJ/rapper Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, Hype 5-0, and Tiara and Tamara Rapp of 8 Flavahz.

The event also marked the launch of Jump, a new collaboration shoe line by Taboo. During media interviews at the event, he said of his partnership with the brand, "I love Japanese culture and fashion and I'm inspired by all the designers in Japan. I can't wait to get back there."

Guests who arrived early were welcome to shop the brand, as well as other popup vendors such as Allison Izu Denim, Summer Style, Flutter Lashes and Koi Boutique.

I was ending my second day of a five-day juice cleanse so wasn't up to staying out very long.

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Beauty Spot: M·A·C hosts 'Divine Night' events

December 19th, 2013
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A photo from a previous "Divine Night" event.Photo courtesy M·A·C

M·A·C Cosmetics will be introducing its new holiday collection "Divine Night" at the Ala Moana Center Dec. 20 to 22, with models showcasing the newest looks, accompanied by disco performances at various times throughout the event.

Book an appointment with a M·A·C Artist who will create a stunning look for you, sending you home with a photo of your glam moment. M·A·C senior artist John Stapleton will be there to answer questions and offer product demonstrations.

Hours are:

Dec. 20: Noon to 9 p.m.
Dec. 21: 11 a.m.  to 8 p.m.
Dec. 22: 11 a.m. to  7 p.m.

For more information, call 955-0356.

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While there, also check out the RiRi M·A·C Holiday Collection.