Archive for the ‘International fashion’ Category

Neiman Marcus + polo field

September 19th, 2016


Fourth generation polo playing brothers Carlitos, left, and Mariano Gracida, are the sons of 10-goal legend Carlos Gracida, from Mexico. With Emi Sklar, center.

The Hawaii International Polo Association presented the Hamptons-inspired Hawaii International Polo Championships Sept. 17 on Waimanalo Polo Field, welcoming international polo celebrities Nic Roldan, Luis Escobar, Juancito Bolini, and Carlitos and Mariano Gracida for a fundraising and exhibition match to support polo in Hawaii and provide horse clinics for disadvantaged youths.

Over in Honolulu, gray clouds loomed, and it was no different on the East side, but it made for a painless, sun-free sky with neither shades nor picture hat necessary to enjoy the sport. We wore them anyway in keeping with the spirit of the Hamptons in Hawaii, and in spite of the all-day gray weather, not a drop of rain fell.

Music by DJ Dorian Wright was the backdrop for the Hawaii Polo Life event that started with players arriving on the field via Makani Kai helicopters, and Red Bull jumpers BASE-jumped onto the field from the helicopter in a second pass.

On the ground, guests could check out new cars from JNExotics.

Tyeski Quintel brought her conure, Polito, named after Argentine polo player Polito Pieres. Little Polito hitches a ride on Marciano Gracidas' shoulder. (I think he was a little afraid of the bird.)

Neiman Marcus models on Waimanalo Polo Field before the start of the exhibition match.

Neiman Marcus was slated to stage a fashion presentation at half-time and had a comfy lounge set up for VIP guests, so it was like watching the game and parade of fashion—on both guests and models—from a living room sofa.

And of course there was food in addition to the finery, with Anicea Campanale of The Nook offering the best of upscale picnicking, including deviled eggs with wasabi and ikura, paté, Okinawan sweet potato salad, and more.

NM models, from left, Austin Kino, Eri Aihara and Alli McIntyre, show new fall looks available in the store now.

More looks from Neiman.

Among those showing up for the match were, from left, Mary Ronnow, Traci Brady and Lieren Pierson.

Also taking in the match were Ralph Perkins, with Angie Zhang in white lace.

North Shore horse and polo enthusiast Jeanna de Garcia, with a saddle-style bag from Mexico.

Local fashion designer Allegra Matsuo Mossman in one of her creations.

Model Daniella Abe in a denim look from Neiman Marcus.

The Nook's Anicea Campanale shows some of the food she prepared for the event, including charcuterie platters.


Egg on egg. These deviled eggs topped with ikura had the perfect balance of salt and wasabi.

Delicious paté and shaved parmesan.

A dessert bar included mini apple pies for two and Magnolia Bakery's banana cream pudding, as well as an assortment of cookies, candies and macarons.

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 and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

'A' is for Avel and advocacy

September 13th, 2016


Models in neoprene swimwear line up before the start of Avel Bacudio's fashion show at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Resort.

"Triple Threat Advocacy" is not the frilly sort of name we expect from a fashion show, but designer Avel Bacudio's heart was in the right place as he staged a showing of swimwear, couture and Fall 2017 ready-to-wear designs in support of the Northern Luzon School for the Visually Impaired.

The nonprofit organization in his home country of the Philippines provides board, lodging, educational services and livelihood training and equal opportunities for visually impaired students to promote independence and meaningful lives. The school relies mostly on donations for support.

Designer Avel Bacudio shows one of his gowns before the start of his fashion show.

The event presented by Magnum Model and Talent Productions and sponsored by Philippine Airlines, took place Sept. 11 in the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Resort's Coral Ballroom. Audience members were treated to intimate peformances by recording artist Billy Crawford and Philippines Prince of R&B and Jay R Sillona, who both posed for selfies with fans in the midst of performances.

Among the models and opening the show was 2012 Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up Janine Mari Tugonon. She is in the running to become one of the Top 12 of 2017 Nu Muses. To vote for her, visit Anyone is welcome to cast one vote per day through 5 p.m. PST, Sept. 17.

Kekoa Lyons wears one of Bacudio's minimalist neoprene sweaters, sales of which will help support visually impaired children in the Philippines. Adult sizes run $75, children's sweaters run $55 at

The close of his show brought out keiki and adult models in neoprene, digital-print sweaters emblazoned with "A"s and other letters of the alphabet, the "A" representing both Avel and advocacy for the visually impaired students.

The charity is close to his heart because of his own brush with blindness a decade ago when he suffered from retinal detachment that could have ended his career.

Bacudio was raised in Bicol, in Southern Luzon, better known for being home to one of the smallest freshwater fish in the world, the dwarf pygmy goby, than fashion. He rose to present his work on international stages after being chosen to participate in a student fashion competition in Paris. Bacudio earned the title of "Asia's Most Influential Designer during Mercedes-Benz Stylo Asia Fashion Week 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, beating 24 other designers from 11 countries throughout Asia. Shoe designer Jimmy Choo is one of his champions, and is working to bring Bacudio's work to the attention of fashion enthusiasts in the West.

Bacudio, 37, said his ambition is to have a ready-to-wear business on par with Ralph Lauren. For that to happen, he said, the Manila fashion industry must grow. Much like Hawaii, he said there is no shortage of design talent in the Philippines, but unlike China, Japan or Vietnam, the infrastructure for global production doesn't exist. "We need help from other countries to make it global," he said.

For now, buyers in the United States can visit, where pieces are running about USD$300 to $400.

Anna Davide, left, and Sheville Lee, in Avel Bacudio's neoprene swimwear.

Formal looks were presented during one segment of the show.

Allan Lee wears one of Bacudio's men's formal looks.

Singer Billy Crawford sang and posed for selfies with fans at the same time.

Group shot after the show.

Bacudio with one of his models after the show.

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 and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Inside the Int'l Market Place

August 24th, 2016


A treehouse built under the canopy of a 160-year-old banyan tree still remains at the heart of the reimagined International Market Place, which opens to the public tomorrow.

Three years in the making, the redesigned, reimagined International Market Place will open Aug. 25 following a 9:30 a.m. blessing.

It's a complete rehaul of what was, at the end of its tenure, mostly a warren of ticky-tacky tourist kiosks and random food court. It felt dark, small and confining.

A walk-through this morning with developer Taubman Centers chairman, president and CEO Robert Taubman revealed a thoroughly modern mall that is bright, and to borrow a word from the Donald, HUGE! In place of a uni-level center borne of tiki culture is a tri-level series of shops and restaurants worth the drive into Waikiki.

Taubman said he aimed to celebrate the area's history, not only of the market place, but with water features recalling 'Apuakehau Stream that once existed on the site.

At the center of the complex is the Queen's Court, built to honor Queen Emma and her family. As a gathering place, it houses a stage for daily performances.

It could not have been easy to design around the old market place's 160-year-old banyan tree, but they did it, as well as built into it a tree house reminiscent of the original that was home to original market place founder Don Beach, who made it his home and office.

Those who decry a lack of green space in Waikiki will be glad to see the shops opening to The Queen's Garden, honoring the legacy of Queen Emma, who, with King Kamehameha IV, founded The Queen's Medical Center. Medicinal plants incorporated into the landscape include pohinahina (medicinal tea), ki (used for asthma, fever and headaches), and hapu'u (used to dress wounds).

Queen Emma's statue, created by Viliami Toluta'u, stands in the Queen's Court.

Other plants were inspired by her Kauai residence, including purple bougainvillea and pink water lilies.

About half of the market place's approximately 70 retail shops are said to be opening tomorrow. I'm not so sure about that number. It seems high considering many of the shops were still works-in-progress today.

Of the 10 restaurants planned, from what I can tell, only Stripsteak by Michael Mina will be fully open beginning 11:30 a.m., as well as Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi.

As for the retail tenants, Crazy Shirts will be back, returning to its roots. Founder Rick Ralston, who eventually sold the company, got his start airbrushing T-shirts steps away from the old International Market Place in 1964, more than five decades ago.

Moving inward, from certain vantages, you can see all three levels of the market place.

Some of the retailers will be hosting special sales and events, including:

Fabletics: The activewear brand co-founded by Kate Hudson in 2013 has evolved beyond e-commerce into brick and mortar. During the grand opening of the new 1,946-square-foot retail space, guests will be able to enjoy a 20 percent discount on all purchases through Aug. 28, and there will be a door buster sale with a complimentary pair of black Salar capris with a $49 purchase for the first 50 customers all four days. There will also be light refreshments and champagne from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27.

Jo Malone London: The bespoke fragrance brand will be introducing its newest fragrance collection, Basil & Neroli. Shoppers will be able to enjoy a relaxing hand and arm massage at the Jo Malone Tasting Bar and discover the brand’s signature Fragrance Combining.

Saks Fifth Avenue: The store will open following a 9:15 a.m. blessing and company president Marc Metrick and model Emma Hepburn Ferrer, granddaughter of Audrey Hepburn, will be among the guests. Hepburn Ferrer will appear on behalf of Decorté, a Japanese luxury beauty brand available exclusively at Saks. Beauty lovers will be able to enjoy Cirque de Beauté, a beauty event featuring makeovers, product sampling and fall previews and demonstrations on the ground floor.

Shinola: The Detroit-based modern design brand founded in 2011 conceived with the belief that products should be well made and built to last. It’s known for its dedication to thoughtful manufacturing of watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals and soon, audio equipment. To celebrate its grand opening of its 18th retail site, Shinola will feature music by Aloha Got Soul and serve Kalua pork sliders with Hawaiian slaw and Shinola cola floats with locally made ice cream from Dave’s Hawaiian Ice Cream from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday and 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27.

Swarovski: The crystal specialist will host a grand-opening event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, highlighted by its fall-winter jewelry collections and gift items.

Vera Bradley: The new 1,800 square-foot store will carry the complete Vera Bradley collection of handbags, luggage and other travel items, accessories, eyewear, jewelry, and fragrances. On opening day Thursday, Vera Bradley will serve sips and sweet and savory treats, and host a grand opening giveaway. For updates, follow @VeraBradley on Twitter and Instagram.

The banyan tree stretches from the ground to the center's third-story restaurant level.

It must have been tricky building around the banyan. This is the support structure for the tree house.

Here's the roster of retail and restaurant tenants. A single asterisk (*) before the name indicates brands that are unique to the island.

ABC Stores
Abercrombie & Fitch
Banana Republic
Brunello Cucinelli
*Capital Teas
Chapel Hats
*Christian Louboutin
Crazy Shirts
Flip Flop Shops
FootAction USA
*Free People
GNC Live Well
Godiva Belgium 1926
Greenroom Hawaii
*Hanna Andersson
*Herve Leger
Hilton Grand Vacations (kiosk)
Honolulu Cookie Co.
Island Art & Sole
*Jo Malone
*Kona Coffee Purveyors
Lani Beach by Mireille
L'Occitane en Provence
LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Maui Divers Jewelry
Michael Kors
*Mitsuwa Marketplace
*Oliver Peoples
*Robin's Jean
*Saks Fifth Avenue
Sand People
*Seafolly Australia
Shoe Palace
*Stuart Weitzman
Sunglass Hut
Tabora Gallery
*Trina Turk
Vera Bradley

*Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi
*Flour &; Barley
Goma Tei Ramen
*Kona Grill
*The STREET, A Michael Mina Social House

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 and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

A peek inside Saks Waikiki

August 22nd, 2016


Saks Fifth Avenue International Market Place vice president and general manager Shelley Tadaki Cramer led media in a walk-through of the new store today, in advance of opening day Aug. 25.

During a media tour Aug. 22, Saks Fifth Avenue Waikiki's local born and raised vice president and general manager Shelley Tadaki Cramer had the audience of writers, editors and photographers at hello.

That is, until the group reached the third floor, when instead of zigging to the left at the top of the escalators, there was a mad zag to the right, toward the women's shoe department. It took a while to restore order and corral the shoe fans into rejoining the group in the men's department.

There's good reason for their excitement. It's been three years since we first learned that Saks Fifth Avenue would open its first full-service, luxury retail store in Hawaii at the redeveloped International Market Place. Construction on the new complex began in March 2014, so it's been a long wait.

The shoe department was to be our last stop in a tour that took us from beauty and handbags on the first floor; to women's contemporary, designer and intimate apparel on the second floor; to our final destination at the shoe department, with a look at the Fifth Avenue Club and International Lounge, with space for personal shopping experiences and a treatment room for tailored facials.

Suede, enbellished and lace-up footwear are coming on strong for fall and offered in abundance at the new Saks Fifth Avenue shoe department. below.

saks shoe dept

I was in the store Aug. 15 while boxes were still being opened, and mannequins stood naked. What a difference a week makes now that everything is in its place. The store will open to the public following a blessing at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 25.

The festive occasion will be marked by Cirque Soleil-style performers on the first floor coinciding with Saks’ Cirque de Beauté, a circus of beauty offerings and exclusive product previews, including the introduction of Alexander McQueen's McQueen Parfum and McQueen Eau de Parfum, available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue Hawaii ahead of their official launch Sept. 1.

Emma Hepburn Ferrer, granddaughter of fashion icon Audrey Hepburn, will make a special appearance on behalf of DECORTÉ, a Japanese luxury beauty brand that will be exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue. Also exclusive to the store in Hawaii is the beauty brand by Terry, founded by Terry De Gunzberg, noted for introducing the click pen to beauty by creating the popular highlighter Touché Eclat for YSL.

As the anchor tenant of the newly reimagined International Market Place, Saks Fifth Avenue will offer the Hawaiian community its iconic and curated designer assortment, best in class service, and unparalleled experiential offerings, including its Fifth Avenue Club.

Here's a peek at what you'll find on opening day:

Beauty lovers will enjoy discovering fall's beauty trends and new products during Cirque de Beaute going on in Cosmetics, first floor.

Shop exclusive brands such as the Asian skin care and beauty line DECORTÉ, and fragrances from Killian and Alexander McQueen, including the latter's new McQueen Parfum and McQueen Eau de Parfum inspired by the mystery and passion of night flowers, with notes of sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang.

Issey Miyake's Bao Bao bag is another Saks exclusive in Hawaii. "Bao Bao" translates as "baby, precious, treasure."

A lineup of Loewe coin purses.

I like quirky and handbags don't get much quirkier than this furry Loeffler Randall.

Inside the men's department.

A few shoe hoarders in the crowd understood the feeling.

A glass waterall pays homage to the area's history as the one-time home of Queen Emma. In this alcove beneath the escalators are a quartet of mannequins dressed in Roberto Cavalli.

On the second floor are a range of styles for those who like to keep things casual, to those who like to have fun with fashion.

Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday's Crave section. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Dior hosts Winter 2016 preview

August 17th, 2016


This dress was one of several modeled by Daniella Abe during a preview trunk show of Dior's Winter 2016 ready-to-wear collection. Styles are slated to begin arriving in stores next month.

I love the romance evident in fall's designs, and Dior delivers on the handworked, vintage-y vibe of the season. The boutique at T Galleria hosted a preview of its Winter 2016 collection on Aug. 15.

On view were ready-to-wear dresses in plush velvets and soft knits, with many pieces embellished with beads and paillettes in an ornate style I associate with 1950s Chinese brocades.

Also on the floor are early 1900s and menswear-inspired shoes, fabulous eyewear that shoppers just couldn't put down, and combat boots with bling that have people stomping their way all over Paris.

Footwear also was cued by the past, with high-vamp lace-up styles and color cues from menswear. But stiletto heels are purely femme.

Footwear also was cued by the past, with high-vamp lace-up styles and color cues from menswear. But stiletto heels are purely femme.

Carrying over from summer, a limited number of Dior X Rihanna collaboration sunglasses are available at the boutique now, at about $840.

Here's a video link with Rihanna in the sunglasses:

A bodice of velvet florals softens winter's black eveningwear.

The Rebel, a crystal-studded combat boot, is one of the design house's top sellers in Paris.

The T-strap has moved from center to side, leaving bystanders with a sparkle in their eyes as you walk across a room.

Like a color statement? Dior's new knit and Diorama satchel bag.

An embellished dress and coat, open and closed, in pretty winter white.

A high-waisted pencil skirt with black top and Dior's new lambskin Runway bag.

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 and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Say 'boo' to summer sweats

June 3rd, 2016


A chilling ghost story is one way to keep your cool over the summer. This Meiji period (1868-1912) nagajuban, or under kimono, with the sumi ink ghost design, floating from a lantern, typical of the Obon season.

During Obon season, ancestral spirits are said to return for a brief visit, providing the perfect backdrop for ghost stories, and coincidentally, one way to cool down over the long hot summer.

That's because blood vessels on the skin's surface contract when we're frightened, reducing the flow of blood and lowering the skin's temperature, which is why a scary story literally gives some people the chills.

That's just one of the interesting details to absorb from the “No Sweat: How Textiles Help Beat the Heat” summer exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

The exhibition is an exploration into the ways different cultures dealt with hot climates in terms of clothing choices.

The principles that drove ancient people continue to steer development of technologically advanced fibers and designs. That is, figuring out how to reduce moisture typically retained by clothing, and providing ventilation, something for all Hawaii designers to consider in their fabric choices and engineering.

The full story is in the June 4 Star-Advertiser.
The Honolulu Museum of Art is at 900 S. Beretania St. Call 532-8700. Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 18 (closed July 4). Admission is $10 for adults, free for members and ages 17 and younger; also free 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family Sundays the third Sunday of the month; the first Wednesday each month; and for Hawaii residents with I.D. on Restoration Day July 31.

Hitoe, women's unlined summer kimono employed a gauze weave for physical cooling, and water and garden motifs for a psychological cooling effect.

A bamboo waistcoat from 19th century China was an undergarment that served as a barrier between skin and clothing, providing ventilation and preventing fabric's heat-inducing sticking and clinging.

Ramie fibers are still used in Korea for their absorbent and quick-drying qualities. Ramie cloth in Korea is often referred to as "wings of a dragonfly" because of their transparency, providing ventilation in humid weather.

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 and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Oscar de la Renta at DeYoung

April 23rd, 2016


Oscar de la Renta's 2000-01 Spanish-influenced designs were the focal point of one of the tableau in a retrospective of his work at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition continues through May 30.

"Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective" on view at the de Young Museum of Fine Arts in San Fransisco, celebrates the work of the designer who was born in the Dominican Republic, trained in Spain, and made his career in the United States, until his death on Oct. 20, 2014, at the age of 82.

The world premiere exhibition, curated by André Leon Talley, former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, includes 120 ensembles, curated from the best museums in the United States, and his friends, family and clients.

The designer was born Oscar Arístides Renta Fiallo in the Dominican Republic and trained with Spanish designers Cristóbal Balenciaga and Lanvin designer Antonio del Castillo.

After moving to the United States to create ready-to-wear fashion in the early 1960s, he made his name as by dressing First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. In addition to designing for his own eponymous brand, he designed the haute couture collection for Balmain between 1993 and 2002.

The exhibition covers five decades of de la Renta fashion, but instead of being organized chronologically, it is organized by themes, showing how Spanish influences in his life were consistently reflected in his work. Other galleries reflect a fascination with Asia, a love of gardens, and his popularity with New York society, celebrities and heads of state over decades. He dressed everyone from Audrey Hepburn and Liza Minnelli to Rihanna and Taylor Swift, and the show closes with some of his red carpet creations.

Beyond fashion, a video gallery screens mini docs about the designer, including his desire to give back to his home country, by opening schools and orphanages to help disadvantaged children.
Tickets for the Oscar de la Renta exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco start at $30 per person, including general admission. Discounts available for seniors, students and youth. Free for ages 5 and younger. Premium tickets are also available. The museum is in Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, through May 30.

Some of my favorite pieces in the Spanish section were those the designer created for Balmain. This summer dance dress and bolero were worn by De la Renta's wife Annette. It comprises silk, jet beads, passementerie and raffia.


This spring 2005 flounced lace evening dress was designed especially for Annette and was the designer's favorite, comprising black tulle and black silk taffeta applique.

De la Renta enjoyed gardening and that was the theme of a Vogue photo shoot by Peter Lindbergh, published in October 1997. These mannequins in floral silk Balmain gowns were arranged to recreate one of the images.

Acknowledging the rise of the Asian model that coincided with China's and Korea's growing economic power, Vogue reimagined a 1948 Cecil Beaton photograph, with eight Asian models wearing Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011 ballgowns. The new photo was shot by Steven Meisel. This detail of the photo is displayed on a video screen, with mannequins in the dresses posed in similar fashion.

Detail of jeweled tassels gracing a jacket and skirt ensemble from one of de la Renta's Asia-inspired collections.

This 1998-99 Oscar de la Renta for Pierre Balmain evening dress is of green silk tafetta with beads, sequins and metallic thread embroidery. It was juxtaposed with Russian artist Konstantin Makovsky's 1884 painting, "Preparing for the Wedding."

More Spanish ruffles.

I'm too sexy for Dubai

April 21st, 2016


I had to dig into my closets and drawers to come up with a handful of garments appropriate for travel to Dubai, which means covering shoulders and hemlines below the knees. This is one of the few dresses I have that isn't a shoulder-baring tank style.

Pretty much no one in Hawaii would use the words "too sexy" to describe me. I don't dress provocatively and don't strut around as if I think I'm God's gift to men. If I do bare arms almost every day, it's because our Western standards make it OK in a hot, beachy city, to walk the streets in tank tops. That's not sexy, that's normal.

Dressing for Dubai, where I'm traveling, is another matter. I hear it's a cosmopolitan city where people forgive Westerners their trespasses and tourists wear anything they want. But I think it's wise to respect one's hosts when traveling abroad and in Dubai, an Arab city, that means covering up as much skin as possible, from shoulders downward.

Problem was, I had to dig through my closets and drawers to find shirts and dresses with sleeves, that weren't too low cut, that didn't have cut-outs, and dresses and skirts that fell below my knees. And, came up pretty much empty-handed.

So, I went shopping. And, couldn't find anything.

It's because most Western dress that I would want to wear, is provocative in some way. Trends often reflect the shifting focus on different erogenous zones, selecting what is to be concealed and revealed to maximize the beauty of the female form.

Hydrating masks from TheFaceShop will be my skin's best friends in the desert. Alas, I forgot my sunscreen at home!

So, if I found a top with a high neckline, I'd turn it around and find a low-cut back. A lot of sleeves today have cut-outs to show more skin. Many tops are so long that shorter girls like me are wearing them as dresses that are about an inch or two away from impropriety.

All I found were a few cast-off long skirts—no doubt discarded for being unsexy—from Goodwill. I dug some more at home and cobbled together five days worth of garments that might pass muster when worn with scarves, and I also figured I could wear leggings under some tunic-style dresses.

There was one shirtdress I dug out of a suitcase, and I wondered why I never wore it. Was it too tight?

Nope. I tried it on and it fit in all the right places, but, it was too long by about four inches and I never got around to hemming it, so the length made it perfect for Dubai.

Only problem was, to my eye and sense of proportion, it was too long, so it stayed at home.

There's appropriateness in terms of cultural mores, and appropriateness by fashion's rules, and this time, fashion won. I'll see how it all works out.

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