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Bloomingdales April Fool's prank holds tasty reward for yogurt fans

April 1st, 2016


The real deal, Forty Carrots plain yogurt with blueberries and strawberry sauce. So yummy!

Bloomingdale's teased patrons with ads for a new Forty Carrots fragrance line based on customers favorite frozen yogurt flavors, including Original Tart, Chocolate, Coffee and Peanut Butter.

Copy that read, "Get your favorite frozen yogurt 24/7 with our creamy new fragrances that smell like your favorite flavors," appeared on social media, and in a New York Times ad as follows:

There are probably a lot of people out there who would want to wear these faux fragrances!

A lot of people would no doubt be interested in wearing those flavors, and to assuage any disappointment, the retailer is offering one free topping on your frozen yogurt when you visit any Forty Carrots restaurant, April 1 to 3, while supplies last. Just mention "April Fools."

'All Stars': Fashion to the rescue

March 4th, 2016


The designers learn about their unconventional challenge."

Episode 4 recap: "Fashion 911"

This is the week of the unconventional challenge and host Alyssa Milano catches up with the designers by arriving by ambulance. In honoring New York City's EMTs—the policemen, firemen and ambulance crews—the designers unconventional materials will come from these public services.

Hawaii designer Kini Zamora picks surgical gloves that look like rubber balloons when sewn together, and proceeds to make a cocktail dress.

Along the way, Layana Aguilar says that this is the first time she doesn't like what Kini is doing, saying of his dress, "I think it looks like a piñata." He's also warned by mentor Zanna Roberts Rassi not to create a parade float.

But, in "Project Runway All Stars" storytelling format, they're not featuring Kini much in this episode, so I'm pretty sure he'll end up in the middle of the pack, and he does.

Alexander Pope talks about still being high off his win last week, but as far as I'm concerned, he just got lucky that he had been partnered with Asha Daniels, whose dress was so cute, just as Sam Donovan's look last week should have been attributed to Kini.

Hawaii designer Kini Zamora puts his skills to the test on the set of "Project Runway All Stars."

Stella Zotis tries to use oxygen tubes to make a jacket, but without transforming her material, her nonsensical garment is more alien art project than fashion, and Rassi reminds her this is a runway challenge, not an art challenge. Stella is warned not to be too crafty. and has to start over.

What she ends up with looks pretty cute, a T-shirt with the New York skyline designed from X-rays, worn over a pencil skirt. But she ends up on the bottom with Asha and Alexander.

As usual, Alexander's mini dress is tacky. But the judges deem Stella's look as being too "Forever 21" basic so she is sent home. Her excuse was that she was not true to her vision in finishing her hose coat. If that made her loss easier to swallow, that's fine for her, but truth is, the hose coat would have gotten her sent home because it missed the point of transforming the material to look like fabric.

Meanwhile, Sam came up with a striking, haphazard but couture-looking, boxy dress length jacket, and is named the winner.

Kini's finished garment."

The look that gave Sam a legit win this week."

I thought Dom Streater's creation was stunning and should have placed higher. She didn't even crack top 3! It definitely didn't look like unconventional materials. She used cut-up X-rays to create her pattern."

Stella came up with a cute save, but it wasn't enough to prevent her from going home."

Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

'Project Runway': Into the wind

February 19th, 2016


Dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater provide the designers with inspiration for a challenge involving movement and flow.

Episode 2 recap: Let it Flow

The second episode of "Project Runway All Stars" opens with the designers heading to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater studio.

I'm so excited about this challenge because I love movement in clothing, partly because I'm short so movement is important. I love the sophistication of structure too, but short people tend to disappear in a crowd and when clothes move, they catch the eye and force viewers to take notice and perhaps do a double-take.

At the studio, the dancers perform for them and the designers are instructed to keep their eyes on the fabric. They're told the forecast for the runway is "blustery wind," with a wind machine to enhance the billowy, ethereal quality of their designs.

Hawaii designer Kini Zamora selects bright yellow fabric and shows a sketch in vivid yellow and orange, giving a shout-out to Hawaii and the colors associated with the islands.

In a pre-season interview, Kini said all the designers got along but it doesn't look like Sam Donovan and Mitchell Perry are getting along because Sam made snarky, critical blog remarks about Mitchell's work during his season.

Kini Zamora works his magic on his yellow gown.

Mentor Zanna Roberts Rassi, senior fashion editor for Marie Claire magazine, comes in and during her critique of the designers' work, tells Kini she sees the "start of something glamorous," in his work. Meanwhile, Alexander Pope looks at Kini's gown and says, It looks like a yellow blob."

Rassi's last remark to the designers is that they're playing it too safe and that their garments look like normal apparel in the wind, instead of having been created for the wind.

When Kini finishes his gown, it looks beautiful but then he announces that he's going to dip-dye it and everybody, including me, is afraid for him because the garment is complete and there is no recovery from error. It's a big if as to whether the dye will turn out the way he wants it to and he knows it. He says that if he gets one spot of the orange dye on the field of yellow, "It's bye-bye Kini."

Kini's finished look, front and back.

Luckily, it turns out well, and Stella Zotis chalks up the final result to Kini's coming from Hawaii and being inspired by a tequila sunrise.

In the design room and on the runway the designers ooh and ah over Alexander Pope's cape, but it's paired with a tacky sheer dress with blue floral overlay. I have issues with the idea of a cape attached to a collar and random dress. Of course a chiffon cape is going to move in the breeze. Such a basic idea requires zero thought.

On the runway, Kini, is named as one of the top designers, along with Sam and Layana Aguilar. Judge Georgina Chapman praises the color and said that the ombre dye elevates the gown. Guest judge Vanessa Hudgens says he gave her a "total birds of paradise" moment. Judge Isaac Mizrahi doesn't like the gown's lace bodice and show host Alyssa Milano questions the black belt that cuts the gown in half.

I love Sam's dress, with movement built into the dress so that it doesn't require a wind machine to flow. Kini ends up safe, and Sam is declared the winner.

On the bottom are Alexander, Fäde Zu Grau, Emily Payne. I think Alexander should go home, but sadly it is Fäde who goes home. I think he's a talented designer, but flow is not his strong suit.


Sam's finished look.


Alexander's look.

This more structured dress got Fäde sent home, even though it's more tasteful than Alexander's ensemble.

Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

New York Fashion Week streams live beginning Feb. 6

January 3rd, 2014

With the new year comes thoughts of awards season and what the international fashion weeks will bring.

It used to be you had to have airfare and connections to swing invites to Fashion Week events around the globe. Now, anyone with a computer or mobile device can watch the shows ... and have a better view and comfier seat than any of the editors, writers, retail buyers, celebs and bloggers actually in the audience.

New York Fashion Week LIVE begins Feb. 6, with live streams from both Mercedes-Benz and MADE (from Milk Studios).

New "Chat," "Watch Live" and Instagram sections will also help create a more interactive experience during the live streams. And a "Switch City" function allows viewers to watch London, Milan and Paris, following New York.

New York Fashion Week LIVE includes streams from both Mercedes-Benz and MADE, as well as independent streams such as Caroline Herrera / AMEX and Michael Kors / All Access, All Angles.

Watch the streams at (Feb. 6 to 13, 2014)

London Fashion Week Live ( Feb. 15 to 18
Milan Fashion Week Live (, featuring links to CameraModa): Feb. 18 to 23
Paris Fashion Week Live (, featuring links to designer live streams): Feb. 25 to March 5

Ari South to debut on 'Project Runway All-Stars'

October 24th, 2013


Lifetime photo

Don't forget to tune into "Project Runway All-Stars" tonight, when local designer Ari South makes her national debut on the Lifetime fashion design competition.

You can read all about it in my story that appeared in the paper on Oct. 17:

Lee Sands unloads inventory of beads, gemstones and eel skin

July 30th, 2013


Nadine Kam photos
Carnelian, tiger's eye and amethyst beads and gemstones are among the items up for grabs at the Lee Sands closeout sale going on now at the First Interstate (First Hawaiian) bank building on King Street.

Yesterday I got a breathless call from handbag designer Lynda Sakraida, of Hadji Baba Bags, about Lee Sands' closeout sale. She said she had dropped a lot of money there and was doing her best to stay away, but she thought all crafters and jewelry makers should know about it.

After several decades in the jewelry and accessories business, Hawaii-based QVC entrepreneur Sands is making plans to retire, and that means liquidating his entire inventory of beads, freshwater pearls, gemstones, finished jewelry, eel leather handbags and small leather goods, now being offered at cost.


Bags of gemstones available at $5 per bag.

Examples include finished necklaces at $7, stone beads at about $5 per strand and bags of beads for $5.

Even though yesterday was a strange day with tropical depression Flossie on the way, I wasn't sure whether the sale event would be open because so many workers were sent home, just in case. But there they were, and told me I had just missed Sakraida, who, just hours before, had told me she wasn't going to go because she had already spent too much stocking up on findings, that I'm sure will now find their way to embellish her artful handbags!

The Lee Sands closeout sale is taking place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays on the 16th floor of the First Interstate (First Hawaiian) building at 1314 South King St. The sale is being replenished weekly and will continue until everything is gone. Staffers believe this will take a month or more, but they may not know the extent of Hawaii's appetite for crafting and jewelry making.

Only check or cash is accepted, and validated parking is available with a $100 purchase.


Eelskin accessories were among Lee Sands original claims to fame, and his company still has a bigger market in eelskin items than jewelry.


Strands of freshwater pearls are being offered at $7 each.


For non-crafters, some finished jewelry is also available.

'Project Runway' billboard too sexy for L.A.

July 10th, 2013

Lifetime photo

In the land of plastic surgery and loose morals, a poster for the new season of "Project Runway," premiering July 18, has been banned.

Perhaps anxious to fight the tide of boredom that has seeped in over 11 seasons, the new billboard aims to wake up viewers with a rather risque image of show host Heidi Klum and designer mentor Tim Gunn holding court, 18th century Parisian style, over a number of nude models.

The image was deemed as too sexy for L.A. and banned, but will appear in the future with the models wearing underwear. The image will appear as is on billboards and posters in New York City.

'Project Runway' seeks fans for makeovers

June 14th, 2013

Now you don't have to be a designer to be a part of "Project Runway" Season 12. The reality fashion design competition is looking for fan fanatics in need of a makeover.

Submit a video telling produceers why you love "Project Runway" and deserve a new look, for a chance to be featured on one of Season 12's runway challenges.

Winners will be flown to NYC and paired with a Season 12 designer for a fashion and beauty consultation, makeover and chance to strut their stuff on the PR catwalk. June 20 is the deadline for submissions.

Entrants must be 18 or older, and up to seven fans will be chosen for the opportunity.

Here's a link to contest, upload site and rules:

For instance, videos must be a minimum of 10 seconds and no longer than 2 minutes, and answer the questions: “Why are you a Superfan of Project Runway” and “Why do you deserve a fashion makeover”?

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