Archive for the ‘Hawaii designers’ Category

JLH marks 90th anniversary with Jazz Era soirée

April 16th, 2014
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jlhholdFrom left, Kristina Belcourt, Bridgett Relphorde, who made her own cigarette holder from rolled cardboard that she blinged, and Michelle Richardson.Nadine Kam photos

Feathers, fringe, flappers and lace were in abundance and "Giggle juice" flowed at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort April 12, when the Junior League of Honolulu went back to its Jazz Era roots—founded in 1923—to mark its 90th anniversary with a luncheon/fashion show featuring garments from Tori Richard's Spring 2014 women's collection.

In addition to the fun, glitz and glamour of the 1920s "Great Gatsby"-themed celebration, there was also some serious work going on as the organization pledged to give $90,000 to Oahu nonprofits over the next three years through its 90th Anniversary Community Fund. $45,000 will be awarded this year. The balance of the fund will be distributed over the next two years. Members also recognized past recipients of its annual Laura N. Dowsett Award, and honored JLH's 2014 recipient Cheryl Hetherington.

The award is named after Laura Nott Dowsett, a founding member of JLH and its president from 1933 to 1934. Hetherington, a civic leader and longtime Junior League member, received the award that was created in 1982, to recognize a sustaining member who personifies the spirit of voluntarism, the value of specialized training, the effectiveness of advocacy and the qualities of leadership developed in the JLH.

CherylHetheringtonHetherington served as JLH president from 2002 to 2003 and has raised money for a number of nonprofits including Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of O‘ahu (25th Anniversary), Honolulu Academy of Art (Kama‘aina Christmas), The Contemporary Museum (ConTempo) and JLH. Before dedicating her skills to community service, Hetherington practiced law as a solo practitioner from 1979 to 1994, taking on many pro bono cases in Family Court. A member of the Hawaii Bar Association, she served for five years with the Hearings Committee of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Hawaii.

In recognition of the group's annual "Sacs in the City" fundraiser, more than 10 high-end handbags were auctioned to help support JLH's community programs.

jlhfashThe event was also highlighted by an informal fashion show featuring the Tori Richard Spring 2014 women's collection.

jlhFrom left, Becky Harrison, JLH president-elect Penelope Paik Thune and Ina Chang.

jlhpinstripeFrom left, JJ Dentel, Jeri Duncan in mobster pinstripes, and Tiffany Sterbin.

jlhjenJennifer and Justin Dotson.

jlh2Jessica Yamauchi, left, and JLH president Deborah Zysman.

jlh20sA photographic display dating from the 1920s to the present, played tribute to the Junior League founders and early members. Today, we tend to have a costumey view of 1920s fashion, but this is more typical summer dress.

jlhjJanice Choate-Zavakos looks her 1920s best in white and lace down to her stockings.

laceI did white lace as well, snapping a selfie outside my house, with Lynn Murray Sien's "Naked Pearl" rope necklace and Whiting & Davis mesh purse. I have at least three 1920s Mandalian mesh-and-enamel purses that I used to use, but today, they're too small to fit such 21st century necessities as phone and car keys. (more…)

Tori Richard: New look, new spot at Ala Moana Center

April 16th, 2014
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torimainDiana Chavez modeled a Tori Richard "Fine Dandy" romper ($115) for my story that ran in the Star-Advertiser's print edition on March 27.Dennis Oda photo

Tori Richard celebrated the grand opening of its new Ala Moana store with an April 2 celebration featuring pupu by MW Restaurant's chef Wade Ueoka, and entertainment by Taimane.

The event was also a benefit for the Honolulu Museum of Art outreach programs, with a portion of opening day sales going toward after-school residencies for public school children, and the "Warriors Eyes on Art" program for transitioning soldiers.

The kamaaina company is already well known for its menswear, but is approaching its sixth decade with a refresh of its boutiques to coincide with an increased focus on its rapidly growing women's line.

Key to the new approach was the arrival of designer Jessica Zaro, who worked with Lilly Pulitzer and Shoshanna before joining Tori Richard in 2011 as creative design director for the Tori Richard woman. Her "beach to bar" philosophy encompasses a strong dose of color and print, along with knowledge of how contemporary women want to dress.

"They want clothing that's versatile, that can be worn during the day, then dressed up with heels, a clutch and perfect jewelry at night,"Zaro said. "I like to keep it simple but fashion-forward."

She said she was excited by the opportunity to work for Tori Richard, whose resort aesthetic appealed to her own vision of the glamorous life.

"Living in New York City, I lived for my summers,"Zaro said. "I loved to wear color and a flowy dress that felt so easy and chic at the same time. Everybody strives to have that lifestyle."

There are 8 million visitors who visit the islands annually who seem to suggest so, and I have a feeling the company will be dancing circles around young national upstarts by the time it's 60th birthday arrives in two years.

tori4Among those shopping at the grand opening of the new Tori Richard boutique at Ala Moana Center were, from left, Dave Erdman, Conchita Malaqui, Scott Wheldon and Tao Miller.Nadine Kam photos

toriJoanne Marques, left, helps Jon and Dora Valdriz at the Tori Richard shirt bar, that allows men to pull together complete ensembles.

toriartStudent art filled display spaces and windows, as little ones showed their printing skills and had their names affixed as brand labels.

toritUkulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner performed.


iPhone video taste of Taimane's sound.

torilifeWords of encouragement in the dressing rooms.

torikBrynn Foster, left, and Kristen Chan arrived fashionably late.

toricCrystal Pancipanci with Marc Mcclellan.

torigreenDennis Oda photo
This floor-length design from Tori Richard is $149.

A mutt stole the show at 'Mutts and Models' fashion show

February 27th, 2014
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namodelsAnne Namba's models line up after the "Mutts and Models" benefit fashion show for the Hawaiian Humane Society.Nadine Kam photos

There was a time Anne Namba was a "normal" dog fan, liking them enough but not one to go overboard in coddling a pet, unlike her friend Anna Meng, who doesn't mind stating she likes animals more than people and puts her money and time where her heart is as a contributor to the Hawaiian Humane Society.

But hanging around Meng turned Namba into a bonafide dog person and the two teamed up to present a free fashion show, "Mutts and Models," on Feb. 21, as a benefit for the HHS, at Namba's 324 Kamani St. boutique.

When model Shanna Hulme emerged with Namba's new puppy Dingo in her arms, a chorus of "Awws," rose from the crowd, evidence that the mere sight of pets really do make people happy. Other models included a gallery of TV personalities: Olena Heu, Kathy Muneno and Trini Kaopuiki.

Namba is known for her use of Asian-inspired prints and fashions created from kimonos she collects throughout Asia. This time around, she showed ombre silks in colors ranging from aqua to turquoise to purple, bustiers from obi fabric and laser-cut leather, and strapless gowns created from wedding kimono fabric.

nambaDesigners Anne Namba, left, and Anna Meng, with Anne's new puppy, Dingo, who stole the show when model Shanna Hulme emerged with the live accessory.


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The event served as a prelude to the humane society's "Tuxes & Tails Bow Wow to Hollywoof" gala coming up April 5, with the idea of providing that event's attendees (and others) an opportunity to pick out something unique to wear to the gala or other special occasions.

Inspired by the gala's theme, Namba created an Old Hollywood collection of 1930s- and '40s-inspired evening wear, including bias cuts, pleats, sequins and a black, sequined lace gown in a fishtail silhouette, all accessorized with jewelry by Meng, owner of The Meng Dynasty.

The show also featured evening attire for men, including sleek tuxedo jackets with a modified mandarin collar.

With a portion of sales from the evening donated to the humane society, animal lovers were shopping before the show even started.

najewelryAnna created four love-a-dog-themed bracelets for the event.

nambatTrini Kaopuiki in a strapless gown fashioned from wedding kimono fabric.

nambakKathy Muneno in hot pink. (more…)

Uniqlo-'IOLANI collaboration line due in May

January 22nd, 2014
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uniqlo:iolaniUniqlo designers used prints and artwork from 'IOLANI Sportwear's archives, dating as far back as the 1960s, for the collaboration 'IOLANI Hawaiian Classics Collection, due in May. Many prints were scaled down to appeal to Uniqlo fans around the globe. The collection won over the fashion press during an earlier preview in Paris.Uniqlo photos

Uniqlo may not be coming to Hawaii any time soon, but a piece of Hawaii will be traveling to 1,200 Uniqlo stores around the globe this summer thanks to a collaboration between longtime kama'aina company 'IOLANI Sportswear, and the Tokyo-based apparel giant.

The announcement was made earlier  today during a news conference from the JFW-International Fashion Fair’s Hawaii Pavilion in Tokyo, where ‘IOLANI is one of several local clothing companies participating in a DBEDT-sponsored initiative promoting Hawaii designers abroad.

The 2014 spring/summer ‘IOLANI Hawaiian Classics line will be available in Uniqlo stores beginning in May. Because there is no Uniqlo store locally, online shopping will have to suffice for fans of both brands.

The collection will include men’s shirts, shorts and T-shirts and women’s tunics, dresses, shorts, handbags, skirts and T-shirts, all inspired by ‘IOLANI’s print archives, with design, fabric and production by Uniqlo.

The rest of the story will appear in tomorrow's Star-Advertiser.

uniqlo:ioAmong the Uniqlo collaboration 'IOLANI Hawaiian Classics pieces will be men's steteco pants, cooling long underwear intended to wear under trousers or yukata for added comfort during humid summer months. Uniqlo is bringing them back, creating contrast when worn under shorts.

MAIA Couture brings touch of India to Hawaii

January 22nd, 2014
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maiaallRupal Gohil, front, takes her bows with her models following the launch of her MAIA Couture collection.Nadine Kam photos

Rupal Gohil, founder and creative director of MAIA Couture, introduced her luxury resort, beach  and accessories line during a "Bollywood Wedding"-themed, invite-only runway show at The Modern Honolulu's on Jan. 18.

Models got their feet wet, using the circular Sunset Pool, as a runway, so every guest had a closeup glimpse of the breezy, sherbet- and jewel-colored India- and Hawaii-inspired garments as the models made their counter-clockwise strides.

Many of the guests showed up dressed for the occasion, in silk saris and henna hand tattoos.

Strangely enough, it was one fashion show that started ON TIME, meaning I was late by four models. When I mentioned that to other guests later, they explained that Gohil is a doctor of internal medicine.  It's that left-brained logical, practical kind of thinking, vs. right-brained artiste mind.

maiarupalMAIA founder and creative director Rupal Gohil, draped in lei, with one of her models.

But she gave the right side of her brain a workout by studying fashion in India, and says that MAIA "has been an idea in motion since 2004," since traveling to India and finding herself drawn to its vibrant colors, luxurious fabrics and ornamental quality. When she moved to Hawaii in 2009, she was similarly inspired by nature and our island lifestyle to create her laidback collection, handcrafted in India.

"I spent time designing with local artisans to create unique and opulent pieces including bridal wear."

Coincidentally, Gohil will soon be a bride herself, and maybe the show was simply a rehearsal for her own Bollywood-style wedding!

Her designs are available at The Modern Gift Shop and House of Aria at 1140 Bethel St., in downtown Honolulu.


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maiaMAIA dresses and beach coverups.

maiawater   The Modern Honolulu's Sunset Pool became a runway for the models.

maiaguestEllie Matsushita in sari she picked up on a recent trip to India.

maiafamFrom left, Rupal's soon to be mother-in-law, Alka Chauhan, with Dipah Elliott Mendez and her daughter Mariah Mendez.

maiahennaMariah had her hands painted in henna.

maiaguestsPreetha Balamohan, left, and Vinay Aakalu were among the guests.

 

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