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Dior celebrates grand opening in Waikiki

February 4th, 2014

diornewDesigns from Dior's Cruise 2014 collection were on view during the opening of the house's new Waikiki boutique.Nadine Kam photos

Christian Dior Couture hosted a party to celebrate the grand opening of the new Dior boutique at T Galleria by DFS on Jan. 30.

The store design reflects Dior’s flagship boutique on 30 avenue Montaigne in Paris, where house founder Dior first showed his revelatory "New Look" couture collections in 1947.

Guests sipped champagne and enjoyed pupu from chef Chai Chaowasaree while eying Dior’s Cruise 2014 collection, which debuted in Monte Carlo at the invitation of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

I arrived at the store late, after all the guests, save for Crystal Pancipanci whose car was lost, had left. Seeing some of the accessories and artwork on display brought back memories of being able to see the fabulous "Esprit Dior" show at the MoCa Shanghai last fall, showing the lineage and evolution of the brand over 60 years.

Here's my post from the exhibition:

Men will get equal time later this spring, when a Dior Homme boutique is also set to open in Waikiki.
The Dior boutique is at 2200 Kalakaua Ave.

diorfashDior's Cruise 2014 collection, designed by Raf Simons was inspired by the waters of the Mediterannean, a playy of transparency, layers and the notion of energy. It also marked the minimalist designer's first-time foray into incorporating lace.

diorbagsWall of handbags.

diorshoe2Pointed sandal in black-and-white snakeskin.

diorshoe Spray-painted rounded pump.

Wam! Boom! UGG!

January 10th, 2014

Love the boot but my friends say they won't hang out with me if I wear the mask out!

If you have kids (or small feet!) you might want to check out this cute idea from UGG Australia.

At the Hyatt Regency Waikiki store, they have these Superhero, or Classic Short Comic boots, in two color ways—Ink Blot and Princess Pink— that read "Wam!" "Boom!" and "UGG!" The boots come with a matching mask for those "Kick-Ass" moments!

It's about $120, and unfortunately for the many grownups who want a pair, only go up to a children's size 4.

Flag-J marks 1st year in Hawaii with Taboo launch

December 31st, 2013

Taboo grants an interview to Reiko Tokushige Rogers during Elements at The Modern Honolulu.Nadine Kam photos

Japanese-based women’s shoe boutique Flag-J celebrated its first anniversary in Hawaii during Elements at The Modern Honolulu on Dec. 27, with celeb appearances by DJ/rapper Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, Hype 5-0, and Tiara and Tamara Rapp of 8 Flavahz.

The event also marked the launch of Jump, a new collaboration shoe line by Taboo. During media interviews at the event, he said of his partnership with the brand, "I love Japanese culture and fashion and I'm inspired by all the designers in Japan. I can't wait to get back there."

Guests who arrived early were welcome to shop the brand, as well as other popup vendors such as Allison Izu Denim, Summer Style, Flutter Lashes and Koi Boutique.

I was ending my second day of a five-day juice cleanse so wasn't up to staying out very long.

Taboo urges photographers to keep their eyes on his Jump shoes. (more…)

Sanuk opens first brand store at the Hyatt

December 17th, 2013


Sanuk aims to put the fun in footwear, with the slogan "Smile ... pass it on!"Nadine Kam photos

Sanuk founder Jeff Kelley was in town to mark the grand opening of the brand's third company-owned store, and first in Hawaii, in less than one year.

The event took place Dec. 11 at the store in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, where there was a blessing by Blaine Kamalani Kia, performance by long-time Sanuk ambassador/surfer/musician Donavon Frankenreiter, and beach party fare of hot dogs with all the necessary condiments, and fancy s'mores on a stick.

Sanuk is now a division of Deckers Outdoor Corp., but Kelly told me the whole story of how he simply started creating funny footwear for himself in his back-yard shed because that's what he wanted to wear and there was nothing like it on the market at the time, in the late 1990s.


Sanuk founder Jeff Kelley with a display of men's designs.

He dubbed his first creation, with a bed of indoor/outdoor carpeting the "Fur Real," (like AstroTurf) inspired by a trailer trash moment in fashion, and he dubbed his fledgling company Sanuk, which means "fun" in the Thai language, and his aim was to create "funk-tional" sandals for fellow outdoor buffs.

"I knew all the surf shop owners, but the funny thing was they did better with luxury retailers like Louis Boston, Fred Segal and Barney's." His high-end contacts came through attending the Magic Trade Show.

Even so, he said business was slow until he created his signature slip-on Sidewalk Surfer, by putting a shoe top made of poncho fabric on a sandal footbed. He also became the first to create a sandal with a cushy yoga mat footbed in 2006. It's now one of the top sellers among women.

"The cushion's different," he said. "It works like a Temperpedic mattress, molding itself to the shape of your foot."

In the spirit of fun, the shop was giving away stickers, and Frankenreiter-inspired moustaches, which will be perfect for wearing to the opening of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," tomorrow!


Shoppers on opening day received extras like this Donavon Frankenreiter-inspired 'stache.


The popular yoga-mat sandals is available in many more colorways.

sanuk music

Donavon Frankenreiter, right, arrived straight from the plane from South America, where he performed in Peru with Incubus, and in Chile with Jason Mraz. (more…)

UGG Australia expands its footprint at the Hyatt

October 15th, 2013


UGG Australia now has double the space in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki to showcase its sheepskin and shearling boots, accessories, loungewear and housewares.Nadine Kam photos

UGG Australia hosted a preview of its new store expansion at Hyatt Regency Waikiki this morning, in advance of its public reopening celebration at 6 p.m. Oct. 24.

The event on the 24th will feature a store blessing, live music and refreshments, plus complimentary on-site Swarovski customization offered with the purchase of any classic UGG during the event. Shoppers will be able to choose a heart, peace sign or star design to embellish their new boots.

The expansion adds 1,938 square feet to the boutique's exisitng store, doubling its size to 3,778 square feet, with room for expanded collections of men's, women's and children's footwear, as well as the brand's handbags, loungewear and UGG HOME collection of knit pillows and sheepskin rugs and throws.
UGG Australia – Honolulu is at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, 2424 Kalakaua Ave. Call 926-7573.


Hiroko Iijima wore her own sequined summer UGGs to the preview event.

Tall boots in a range of materials, from leather to knits, are available for the fall season.


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