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Japan students recreate 'Gatsby' style

December 10th, 2013


A hair piece was added on by this team to come up with their version of a glamorous Roaring '20s look. The women's gowns were provided by Masako Formals. Photos by Nadine Kam

For the fifth year, Honolulu hairstylist Kensei Takeda of Chez Kensei Salon, hosted a hair and makeup seminar welcoming about 80 students from Yamanashi Beauty College in Japan.

Kensei traveled to Japan during the summer to introduce students to "The Great Gatsby" 1920s theme of the competition that took place Dec. 4 at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel.

At about ages 19 and 20, the students were unfamiliar with what we would consider classic 1920s American style. But trends, even in a time of what we would consider limited media and travel, were global, and during the comparable early Showa period in Japan, a time also marked by deep economic recession, the Ginza scene was dominated by youths dubbed "Mobo" and "Moga," shorthand for the "modern boy" or "modern girl" recognized for their close-cropped hair, rounded hats and thick lipstick.

This year's theme was "Behind the Stage, Behind the Photo Shoot," so Kensei spent 2-1/2 hours showed students how to create three very different looks in hair, makeup and costume in a matter of minutes, before they were divided into small teams to create their own "Great Gatsby" look in an hour.

Afterward, students were judged for their effort, with spots for three winning teams. Here's how they did.


Many hands went into what became the winning look.


Kensei congratulates the winning team.


Kensei poses for a photo with the second-place finishers, with their winning basket of goodies and awards certificates. (more…)

Beauty Spot: Searching latest trends at Nordstrom

November 20th, 2013


The Bordeaux lip was one of the Fall 2013 trends featured during the Nordstrom "Beauty Spot" event that took place Nov. 16 at Ala Moana Center.Nadine Kam photos

There were hundreds of women who woke up early Saturday for the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event, "Beauty Spot," highlighting the latest in skincare and cosmetics for Fall and Holiday 2013.

The event started at 7 a.m., and I prefer not waking up that early on a weekend, so I give these women credit for getting out of the house and lining up to get in. It just goes to show you how much women care about their appearance, and that in Hawaii we have to care more because of the damage inflicted by sun year 'round.

I have always gone out of my way to protect my skin with sunscreen, umbrellas, hats, etc., but as the dark spots emerge in specific places, I realized that for years—while living in Kailua—I let the sun shine on my face through the bedroom window in the morning, without thinking to pull the blanket over my head. No one really thinks they're in danger under cover of roof in their home.

I talk to a lot of the beauty experts when they come to town, and by far, fading dark spots is a major issue here. I've found a lot of products that work for other issues, but have not yet found the definitive dark spot remover, save for laser, and not everyone is a good candidate for laser treatments.

The three beauty trends highlighted were the redefined smoky eye, the graphic eye and the Bordeaux lip, with models showing the looks on the runway.

The show is always quick-paced and fun, with 21 brands getting 3 minutes each to show their newest product and make their pitch to the audience to come-and-get-it after the show. Those who do show up at the counters are rewarded with samples, gifts with purchase, and limited-edition packages that typically sell out!


This woman volunteered for a demo of Rodial's Glamoxy Snake Serum Mask. Normally, the peel-off would cover your whole face and the red clay and black licorice formula is good for tightening pores, exfoliation and removing blackheads.


It wasn't only about women that day. Men need to be presentable too, and this gentleman got a Bee Venom Super Serum and Dragon's Blood facial from Rodial. Other men stopped to ask questions when they saw the black Glamoxy Snake Serum Mask, definitely a showstopper when people see others in it. Brand rep Brenda Lavoie said people have also multi-tasked by wearing it as part of their Halloween costume, improving their skin while out having fun!


The cosmetic and fragrance department is also home to Diptyque, a French perfumer and maker of luxury candles, including a gift set of 10 candles, two iconic scents representing each decade of its 50-year history, for $130.


Alex Chantecaille, representing the brand founded by her mother Sylvie and sister Olivia, introduced Chantecaille's delicate plant- and rose water-based products, and shimmery fall eye colors.


Interspersed between beauty presentations was a mini fashion show highlighting a few of the season's trends, including looks from Top Shop.




Ferial Boukarroum, National Director of Sales and Training for Lancer Skin Care, shows Midweek managing editor and style editor Yu Shing Ting how to use the second-generation Microcurrent Power Boost, which helps massage facial muscles and stimulate  deep layers of skin where collagen and new skin cells are produced. It's $250.


Getting curls from a straightening wand.

Foxxy at The Fashion Festival Bali 2013

August 31st, 2013


Design by FOXXY, from Jakarta, during The Fashion Festival Bali 2013.Photos by Nadine Kam

BALI, INDONESIA — I wasn't planning on doing any work while in Bali, but as fate would have it, my trip coincided with The Fashion Festival Bali 2013, an inaugural fashion week here.

It's fairly impressive for a first-time event, featuring about a dozen designers from Indonesia, Australia and Singapore, held over five days at the Stones Hotel in the beach resort are of Legian.

It's primarily a retail event so we could shop the collections immediately after the show. I picked up a fantastic leather and silk chiffon dress for about $210 from Australia's Shakuhachi. I saw the boutique while shopping in Seminyak, but I didn't go in because: (1) there is a mile of shops there so shopping fatigue sets in fairly quickly, and (2) it was across the street. You risk your life every time you cross the street here.

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I didn't arrive intending to buy anything in Bali, thinking it would be similar to what we already have in Hawaii, but I found some pieces from Liberty of Jakarta, with a designer who studied in Paris and has a McQueen sensibility, and Harmoni, in Ubud, which creates some interesting assymmetrical pieces in lightweight cotton.


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Salon owner Rob Peetoom takes his bow following his makeup and hair presentation.

I was able to attend the penultimate evening of shows on Aug. 30, which featured a hair and makeup presentation by Rob Peetoom, and fashion shows by FOXXY of Jakarta, and BARE, from Australia.

FOXXY's colorful, playful collection can be characterized as the Betsey Johnson of Indonesia, with its frilly skirts and youthful sass. In the retail room prior to the show, a teenager attending with her mother exclaimed, upon pulling one of FOXXY's pink beaded jackets off the rack, "You mean we can buy this now?"


Designs by FOXXY.


Beauty Spot: W Salon expands with Nail Lounge, facial rooms

August 27th, 2013


The staff at W Salon at Ala Moana Center gathered for picture-taking following a lion dance performance.Nadine Kam photos

W Salon recently expanded its space to 1,600 from 1,200 square feet on the mauka side of Ala Moana Center, adding a room for manicures and pedicures, and two rooms to provide facials and, later, massages.

To celebrate, president and general manager Wendy Do and creative director Thi Nguyen hosted a grand reopening celebration Aug. 15 that included complimentary TIGI blowouts and makeup touch-ups, Yon-Ka, Shu Uemura and Kerastase demos, and a mini hair fashion show with styles ranging from the romantic to avant garde.

The length of the Nail Lounge makes the space seem much larger than the extra 400 square feet, and it is staffed by certified Cal­Gel and Gio­Gel technicians using products and polishes by OPI, Zoya and China Glaze.

The facialists will be using products from SkinCeuticals, Obagi and Dermalogica.

There was also lots to eat, with Andrew Le offering springrolls and pho French dip sandwiches so delicious I couldn't put it down, not even while sitting for a gel nail manicure!

For information and reservations, call 943-2700.


Creative director Thi Nguyen watches the lion dance.


Theatrical hair is part of the salon's repertoire.


Courtney Coleman in a softer 'do.


The new Nail Lounge for manis and pedis.


A fan of the salon's brought dozens of puakenikeni, which was placed on shelves between bottles of nail enamel on display.


Seeing red thanks to the salon's color bar.

Wendy Do was rightfully proud to introduce her creative team.


Thi with a delivery of congratulatory flowers.


Sandwiches too good to put down, from The Pig & the Lady's Andrew Le, with springrolls below.


J Salon celebrates move to Ward Plaza

May 1st, 2013

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Aubrey Hawk with J Salon co-owners Joe Randazzo, center, and Gary Casupang, at the opening of the salon's new location at Ward Plaza, 210 Ward Ave., which also houses Bank of Hawaii.

J Salon co-owners Joe Randazzo and Gary Casupang celebrated the relocation of the salon from the IBM Building to Ward Plaza with a grand opening party April 21.

At 3,800 square feet, the gleaming new space is 60 percent larger than the previous space, which is being used as an information center for the Howard Hughes Corp.'s Kakaako redevelopment project.

In addition to a color bar—which that night was transformed into a cocktail bar—the salon now has a spacious patio where clients can sit and relax before or after appointments, or while waiting for hair to dry.

It speaks volumes that clients have followed J Salon through moves from Chinatown, where the salon opened on Nuuanu Avenue in 2003, to the IBM Building in 2008, and now, to Ward Plaza. That's every five years. You have to wonder where the next leap might be in in 2018 ...

jOne of Joe's sisters, Martha Randazzo Rioux, in town for the event, left, and Joanne Roa.

j3From left, Dennis Guillermo, Anjie Jacobs and Jeffrey Gaspar.

jsonSon Caribe performed on the outside deck while guests danced to the band's Latin rhythms.

jphotoGuests posed for pictures.

jgroupTop row, from left, Queny Rios, Michiko Shimizu and Jovan Artiko. Seated from left, Joshua Manion, Dylan Linkner and Keli'i Bukoski.

j2Dylan Linkner and Ashley Kirk.

jcouplAdam Borchardt and Carmen Cruz.

jhibiscusJoe samples one of the cocktails.

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