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Living culture at the MAMo Wearable Arts Show 2016

May 24th, 2016
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VIDEO CAPTURES AND PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

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, fashion student Rava Ray showed pieces, in the Hawaii Theatre lobby, that she created for school projects at Parsons The New School for Design, including this piece incorporating turkey and peacock 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.

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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:

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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.

Goodwill Kaimuki shows new look

April 2nd, 2016
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PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Models Bella Williams, left, and Kristylove, graced the windows of the Kaimuki Goodwill store during its grand reopening celebration.

Goodwill Kaimuki unveiled its new look March 31 after a makeover that is part of a rebranding campaign Goodwill Hawaii began in 2015.

Goodwill Hawaii worked with 50|50, a local creative agency, that incorporated elements like aloha shirts and other iconic Hawaii imagery into window displays, and introduced a brighter color palette. The new designs will also eventually be incorporated into all of Goodwill Hawaii’s program locations, donation centers, and stores on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai.

Those shopping will find premium merchandise in a window at the front of the store, where manikin displays by Amanda Stevens and Rene Rodriguez often started fights for the pieces when they came off the manikins the first Sunday of the month. Now people simply cue up the morning after in hope of snagging one of the coveted pieces.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation was credited for providing much of the funding for the makeover.

To celebrate the store's new look, special offers, discounts and prize giveaways will be available to shoppers who visit the Kaimuki location through April 3.

Pastor Ron Arnold from Kaimuki Christian Church made the opening remarks at the unveiling, reminding everyone of Goodwill's history, started in 1902 by Boston Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister who turned out to be what we call today a social innovator.

Guests were treated to plenty of pupu and a performance by the Goodwill Signing Stars, comprising participants from the Hoolana Program for Adults with Disabilities.

He collected used items from the wealthy, repairing them for use by the less fortunate, then training those in need to mend and repair, resulting, Arnold said, with "not a hand-out, but a hand up."

With community support, Goodwill continues to help people who have barriers to employment. In addition to reclaiming and restoring goods, he said, "Men were reclaimed and restored as well."

It's an important message today as we contend with growing homeless populations and numbers of people in crisis.

From July 2014 through June 2015, Goodwill Hawaii assisted more than 11,000 people statewide with job training and placement programs.
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The Kaimuki Goodwill store and donation center is at 3638 Waialae Ave. Visit www.higoodwill.org for more information.

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The store's fresh new look.

Special finds have a place in a window at the front of the store. I snagged this sequin skirt for about $16.

Even the windows got a makeover.

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Manikins in the window are styled by Amanda Stevens and Rene Rodriguez. The display ties into the recent Pink Tie Ball, a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer nonprofit.

Magnolia White & Galia Lahav

March 29th, 2016
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PHOTOS COURTESY MAGNOLIA WHITE

Designs by Galia Lahav were introduced during a Magnolia White couture bridal fashion show that took place March 25 at 53 by the Sea.

Magnolia White, a couture bridal salon, will open its doors April 1, and celebrated in style with a preview fashion show of designs by Galia Lahav at 53 by the Sea.

The fashion show took place March 25, with a red carpet welcome for guests, followed by the fashion show that had models walking through the doors of the palatial restaurant, and ascending its marble staircase.

Following the show, guests sat down to a four-course dinner, showcasing the restaurant as a venue for a full spectrum of special events. Themed to weddings, courses represented "Something Refreshing" (salad with heart of palm "lace" and citrus vinaigrette), "Something Savory" (roast chicken), "Something Rich" (Kona lobster) and "Something Sweet" (dessert).

A Galia Lahav design showcased inside the Magnolia White couture bridal salon. The designer is known for her dramatic illusion backless gowns.

Magnolia White launched in 2015 in Omotesando, Tokyo, and features couture gowns by designers in New York, London and Paris.

The Honolulu bridal salon is the exclusive Hawaii retailer for Galia Lahav, and will also feature collections by David Fielden, Rue de Seine and Delphine Manivet, with accessories from Emmy London and Paris by Debra. Designs range from simple gowns fit for a destination wedding, to the romantic, to the elaborate work of Galia Lahav, known for her illusion backs, cascading silk tulle skirts and use of Italian ivory lace.
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Magnolia White is on the ground level of the Hokua Tower, 1288 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 106. Call (808) 800-3088. The boutique will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. Online: www.magnolia-white.com.

A model in Galia Lahav at 53 by the Sea.

Galia Lahav is also known for its use of Italian lace.

Stunning tulle skirts also made impression as models entered the room and ascended the 53 by the Sea staircase.

A glamorous full skirt.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

The fashion show dinner opened with a salad of Waipoli Farm greens, Nalo Farm micro greens, Big Island grapefruit and fennel, with toasted macadamia nuts, blanketed by hearts of palm "lace," and drizzled with citrus vinaigrette.

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J. Ludovico Farm roast chicken was draped with red beet consomme jelly and served with Sumida Farm watercress puree, roasted Ho Farm tomatoes and braised green papaya seasoned with sansho chili.

The main course comprised steamed Kona lobster and sautéed Kona abalone cooked with Naked Cow truffle butter sauce, Big Island kabocha puree, with an Aloha Tofu soy milk emulsion, and served with grilled onions, green beans and Hamakua Ali'i mushrooms.

Dinner concluded with "Something Sweet" in the form of lilikoi mousse and jasmine-infused jelly with Hawaiian salted caramel sauce, Kona coffee cookie and an assortment of seasonal fruit.

On the Shop A Le'a spring runway

March 25th, 2016
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Backstage with DVF boutique manager Marilee Mattson, center, and her platinum-haired models.

Here's a look at DVF and Bloomingdale's designs that were on the runway when Ala Moana Center presented its spring fashion event, Shop A Le'a, March 14 through 20. These shows took place on March 19.

Macy's hosts spring glam event

March 23rd, 2016
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PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Brigitte Patton modeled spring whites during informal modeling showcasing spring's trends at Macy's.

Macy's presented a "Get Glam & Get Going" spring party March 12, with host Crystal Pancipanci sharing the season's style trends, with informal modeling, refreshments, free lei for shoppers and a photobooth for fun snaps.

Among trends featured were white lace, matched sets, gingham, pops of color, graphic prints, red, and denim on denim.

Here's a look:

 Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Chelsea Hardin modeled a Michael by Michael Kors gingham check dress.

Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Chelsea Hardin modeled a Michael by Michael Kors gingham check dress.

Hardin in bold print.

Crystal Pancipanci shows jewelry and accessories for the season.

During the celebration of spring, shoppers could help themselves to lei provided by Cindy['s Lei Shoppe.

Shoppers were able to pose for photobooth snaps during the event.

Shoppers were able to pose for photobooth snaps during the event.

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Among those stopping by that day was MAIA Couture's Rupal Gohil, with her blue-eyed accessory.