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Google honors Hollywood costumer Edith Head

October 28th, 2013

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And we thought geeks were unfashionable ... it's nice to see Google make a nod to the fashion community with its logo tribute to the late eight-time Oscar-winning Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, whose birthday is today.

The designer, born in 1897, had no art, design or costume design experience when she was hired as a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures in 1924, but created her first costumes for "The Wanderer" in 1925 and by the 1930s established herself as one of Hollywood's leading costume designers, dressing stars such as Mae West, Dorothy Lamour, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and George's mother Rosemary Clooney.

She was working on 1940s-style costumes for the Steve Martin and Carl Reiner comedy "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," starring Steve Martin and Carl Reiner when she died on Oct. 24, 1981, and the film was dedicated to her memory.


Edith Head with her Oscars.


She dressed Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in "To Catch A Thief."

On the red carpet at Eurocinema Hawaii

October 23rd, 2013


"Glee's" Harry Shum Jr., left, on the Eurocinema red carpet with Shelby Rabara and Chris Lee. Shum later claimed the Eurocinema Rising Star Award.Nadine Kam photos

Luxury Row Presents EuroCinema Hawaii hosted its 4th annual awards gala Oct. 18 at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa in Waikiki.

The festival, dedicated to showcasing European films, with 11 nominated films from Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Harry Shum Jr., best known for his character, Mike Chang on "Glee," was a paparazzi  favorite on the red carpet and at the end of the evening received the 2013 Rising Star Award for his contribution to the industry. The award was presented by Daniel Dae Kim.

Jurors for the awards were local journalist and movie aficionado Bob Jones, Hana Hou! editor Julia Steele, and production designer Jane Ann Stewart, whose film credits include "Election," "Sideways," and "The Descendants."

Here are the winners:

Best film: The Princess Dialta Alliata Di Montereale Award for best film went to a Belgian-Dutch co-production, "Broken Circle Breakddown," by director Felix Van Groeningen.

Best director: Italian legend Bernardo Bertolucci for "Me and You."

Best actress: Paulina Garcia for her performance in the Spanish-Chilean co-production, "Gloria."

Best actor: Luca Barbareschi for his performance in the Italian film, "Something Good."

Best student film: For film students from the University of Hawai‘i’s Academy for Creative Media, went to "Little Girl's War Cry," directed by Erin Lau. She won a cash prize of $1,500 sponsored by the Sunny Dupree Family Foundation.

"Little Girl's War Cry" is the story of a 10-year-old Maori girl, Tiara born on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Raised by a struggling single mother, who is repeatedly abused by her boyfriend, Tiare shelters herself from reality with her hero-centered imagination, until a prank goes wrong and she must dconfront the violence that stains her childhood and family.

Founded and incorporated in 2009, EuroCinema Hawaii is dedicated to the advancement of understanding among, and cultural exchange between, the peoples of Europe and Hawaii through the medium of film, and to the financial support of student filmmakers in Hawaii. In April of 2010, EuroCinema Hawaii announced its partnership with the Hawai'i International Film Festival, creating a Festival within a Festival.


Ingo Rademacher, with wife Ehiku, shows his "Dancing with the Stars" form on the red carpet.


Kelly Hu wore a sleek black, sequined gown to the event, which took place at the Moana Surfrider.


Sebastian Siegel wrote, directed and co-produced this year's Bond-inspired Eurocinema trailer.


Princess Dialta Alliata Di Montereale, representing Eurocinema Hawaii, and Hawai'i International Film Festival executive director Chuck Boller, prepare to introduce the evening's award presenters after a little dance on stage.


"Lost" and "Hawaii Five-0" star Daniel Dae Kim, left, with a fan, presented the evening's Rising Star Award to Harry Shum Jr., right.


Guillame Sadeler, of Cartier Honolulu, with "Lost's" Henry Ian Cusick.


The Eurocinema committee gathered on stage for a photo prior to the awards ceremony. (more…)

Bollywood costumes star in East-West Center exhibition

October 6th, 2013


Bollywood film costumer Nidhi Yasha is in town for the East-West Center Arts Program "Bollywood & Beyond: Costume in Indian Film." She's shown with costumes she created for "The Buddha."Nadine Kam photos

If you're a fan of Bollywood film and have some free time Sunday (Oct. 6) afternoon, from 2 to 3 p.m., you might consider heading to the East-West Center Gallery for a talk by Nidhi Yasha, film costumer, creative director and owner of NY Studio in Mumbai. She'll be giving an illustrated talk about "Fashion Through the Ages: Costumes in Bollywood Film," in conjunction with the gallery's exhibition "Bollywood & Beyond: Costume in Indian Film."

The exhibition will run through Jan. 12, 2014, and there is a full schedule of weekly Sunday events planned, including talks, a dance workshop Oct. 20 with Harmony Turner, and several film screenings. All the events are free.

My interview with Nidhi will appear in the paper at a later date.

The East-West Center Gallery is in the John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Saturdays and holidays, including, coming up, Dec. 22, 24, 29 and 31.


Some examples of the intricate designs embroidery and embellishment that go into Bollywood film costumes. An exhibit of costumes and red carpet gowns are on display at East-West Center Gallery through Jan. 12, 2014.


Sweet treat for Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2013


Let Them Eat Cupcakes is giving out free passes to see the film "Beautiful Creatures," for anyone who stops in and says "Beautiful Creatures" when they purchase a cupcake today for their sweetheart, or BFF, or whatever.

The offer is good while tickets or supplies last. You might want to check out @LTEatCupcakes to see if there are any left.


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Fashion with a message

September 6th, 2012

sextBracelets from 3Strands aim to stop human trafficking, while helping its victims start a new life.

My story in the paper today is about 808 Urban's Mai'a Project, which aims to pair young artists with social justice organizations toward products geared toward raising consciousness.

It's a way of getting more people thinking about how to utilize their talents for greater good, and how the fashion industry can transcend commercial interests to send important messages.

In the case of the inaugural Mai'a Project, which celebrates its launch from 2 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at The Refuge, 683 Auahi St., young women partnered with the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS) to create a T-shirt design reflecting the journey from darkness to light.

Another brand that aims to put an end to human trafficking is 3Strands Global, which puts designs to work supporting organizations such as Agape International Missions (AIM). AIM’s programs help provide women with a safe environment to live and work after they have been rescued.

3Strands was initially created to fund the Agape Training Center operated by AIM in Svay Pak. The Agape Training Center  is a small jewelry and apparel training center that employs the women eight hours each day. During that time they receive counseling and educational services, as well as lunch and medical benefits. Their salaries are three to four times higher than what typical garment factories located in Cambodia pay. This community, where rehabilitation meets vocation, is built upon respect and compassion for one another in a family environment.

A recent documentary called "The Pink Room" focuses on the efforts of AIM and has received awards and recognition by international film festivals.

With the sale of every 3Strands handmade bracelet and gift box ($18 online), money is raised to help empower, teach and employ young women who have been rescued from sex trafficking.

The first of the 3Strands products, wax-cotton woven bracelets with a signature 3Strands metal closure, are all handmade by rescued young women. Each bracelet is made to remind the wearer of the trafficking survivor who made it.

The three pieces of cord comprising the bracelet symbolize the freedom, love and empowerment these women experience, braided together and not easily broken. The incorporation of a single red string, barely visible inside the center of each bracelet, illustrates the souls of these women,  invisible to those who bought and sold them in the past.

Every bracelet also incorporates one fragile, red seed from the pods of sandalwood trees native to Cambodia. One would never guess these glossy seeds come from colorless pods that are cast away, reminding the women of their journey and their beauty within.

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