Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

Microsoft bringing Macklemore, Neon Trees on opening day

April 20th, 2013
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macMacklemore, right, and Ryan Lewis.

Microsoft is sending along a few friends to help celebrate the opening of its retail store at Ala Moana Center on June 13.

The grand opening ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m., and gates will open for a 4 p.m. concert by the Neon Trees and one of the hottest duos today, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. There's no escaping their "Thrift Shop" hit on radio.

Stay tuned for more info in the month to come.

We haven't had a store opening this big since November 2006, when the opening of Miss Sixty/Energie at Ala Moana Center brought back Hawaii-born actress Kelly Hu, and performances by recording artists Josh Radin, Schuyler Fisk, and Rachel Yamagata, and DJ Steve Aoki.

In a sort of in-your-face move, the store will open opposite longtime competitor, the Apple Store.

Dylan Lauren brings Easter treats to Neiman Marcus

March 24th, 2013
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Dylan Lauren was in town with Chocolate the Easter Bunny, in a timely visit to share post-Lent treats.

Dylan Lauren, founder of Dylan's Candy Bar was in town at Neiman Marcus, sharing Easter treats with fans who came to visit with her and Chocolate the bunny on March 23.

The daughter of designer Ralph Lauren grew up different and sensitive, so much so that while the other kids nibbled on chocolate bunny ears, legs and tails on Easter morning, she felt sorry for the bunnies and refused to eat them. Instead, she collected them to admire their beauty.

Well, we've all heard how resisting temptation pays off, and all those years about thinking different about candy resulted in big business.

And, she's living proof that perhaps candy makes a person sweeter. It's hard to believe how upbeat and cheerful she can be in strained situations. During my phone interview with her about a week ago, she had been on a train from D.C. to New York, and we had a hard time connecting en route, so were texting back and forth about what time she might arrive at the station, and I figured I could pick up food while waiting, but would have to do the interview from my car (parked). Even so, she had a hard time hearing me, while dealing with collecting her bags and hailing a cab, but was cheerful throughout and so apologetic about the time snafus. And it all worked out.

The NM third-floor Epicure department is now host to a Dylan's Candy Bar store-within-a-store, stocked with Easter goodies for now, and other seasonal edibles later. It's a colorful sight to behold, and people seem elated by the sight of all the colorful sweets.

dylan lolliDylan's giant lollipops.

dylan bookDylan was signing copies of her book, "Dylan's Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life."

dylan bunniesStuffed bunnies in Dylan's logo T-shirts.

dylan slipperAmong the treats, candy packed into rubbah slippah tins, for $18.

W Salon puts Uptown, Downtown and avant garde 'dos on the runway

March 23rd, 2013
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Avant garde hair styles from W Salon, and clothing from bebe on the pink carpet at Ala Moana Center's Shop A Le'a.

W Salon presented its Spring/Summer “Underground Collection” on March 20 as part of Ala Moana Center's weeklong Shop A Le'a event.

Models wore Uptown, Downtown and Avant Garde 'dos as they walked the pink carpet traversing the entire second-floor mall level, starting at the Macy's end, heading toward Sears and returning full circle to end before a gathering of photographers—pro and amateur—in front of Macy's.

Downtown looks were about rock 'n' roll and punky disconnected layers and splashes of bright color. Uptown looks included flowing, textured waves, some recalling film sirens of the 1940s and early '50s, and others anticipating demand for Gatsby-style finger waves once the film version of "The Great Gatsby" hits the big screen next month. And few Hawaii salons are doing avant garde style sculpting with as much dramatic impact as W Salon.

All the coiffures were designed and created by W Salon artistic director Thi Nguyen with support from his team who helped create the plaits, ropes and hair flowers that went into the avant garde designs, some of which took two to four hours to execute. Some models' hair was also dyed to match the created pieces, and even they didn't know where their real hair ended and the sculpted pieces began.

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w2W Salon's models ended the show in front of photographers on the pink carpet.

wscultW Salon avant garde styles on Angela Byrd, left, and Courtney Coleman, including hair flowers and geometric shapes.

wthiBack at W Salon after the show, artistic director Thi Nguyen shows some of the ropes of hair that had gone into some of his looks.

whairflowersHair flowers.

wuwavesKama Mathis in Uptown waves.

wsilverMolly in difficult-to-achieve silver with pink and a disconnected Downtown cut.

wwavesJamie Leigh Payne in Daisy Gatsby-style finger waves.

wdowntownCarlinah Heaton in one of W Salon's Spring/Summer 2013 Downtown looks.

wredBori Stoitcheva in another Downtown look, with dramatic, toussled waves.

Hawaii inspiration for Yummy Dress

March 10th, 2013
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Margeaux in a Maui Girl bikini, Ki-ele and Q-pot. jewelry, with Happy Haleiwa shopping bag and Sanuk footwear.

I have styled my fair share of magazine pictorials, but a lunch meetup with former isle resident, Paper fashion illustrator, musician, actress, and, well, all-around artiste Amy Davis led to a first, a Hawaii collaboration for her new fashion + food blog, Yummy Dress.

I write about fashion + food, so we're simpatico, though she wasn't working the food angle when we formally met a few years ago when she was back in town as a guest artist for Le Sportsac, for whom she'd created four prints over two years.

This time around, she was back in town from Santa Fe, with longtime partner in art and life, Jon Moritsugu, before heading on to the Chicago Underground Film Festival for the March 8 world premiere of their new film, "Pig Death Machine." The dynamic duo also picked up the fest's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Of course, Hawaii is full of yummy clothes, so when it came to dressing Margeaux, I suggested a few Hawaii brands and was happy to see some of them on Margeaux. Of course the best part about dressing an illustration, there was no running around picking up and droppig off merchandise, and no heavy lifting. Love it!

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Amy Davis and Jon Mortisugu at Taste Table, when Margeaux was still a line drawing and vision in Amy's head.

paperamyA trio of Amy's Style Fiends from Paper magazine.

Living in a virtual world ... byebye material girls

February 14th, 2013
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As part of New York Fashion Week,  SiriusXM hosted "Town Hall with Kenneth Cole,” with SiriusXM Fashion Insiders host Fern Mallis, who was instrumental in starting NYFW, interviewing Cole about his return to the runway and the importance of social media.

The most interesting part of the brief interview was when he said, “What’s interesting now is that we don’t consume the product by buying it in the stores. I mean, one percent do, maybe. 100 percent view it [and] consume it, by shooting it, by posting it, by pinning it, by blogging it, by tweeting it, by retweeting it, and today it is being consumed everywhere in these unique and interesting ways. And they define themselves by it … there’s Pinterest, Instagram and all of these social platforms.”

I've been doing this for at least a decade. If I can't possess an item I find beautiful, I'd save a photo of it as a reminder. Before, I would have to save the images in folders on my computer desktop, but now Pinterest makes it easy to collect photos and create storyboards. For retailers, it's a great marketing and advertising tool as the public spreads word of their love and affection for a brand.

But in the long-term, I wonder what happens to the retail business model when everyone does make consumption virtual. The economy is questionable, unemployment is still high. It's conceivable that the cash-strapped won't need to make purchases if they can enjoy items vicariously via Pinterest. It can be unexpectedly satisfying, because let's face it, even if we buy coveted items, chances are we tire of it in three months or even before the credit card bill arrives.

If so, retailers might one day find themselves in the same boat as the record, book and newspaper industry, trying to stay afloat in a world where increasingly, life is being led online.

Or, maybe it really is the 1 percent that props up the industry, and its just the 99 percent of us who have to use our imaginations. It sort of works in the way it really couldn't for food and housing.

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