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Magnolia White & Galia Lahav

March 29th, 2016


Designs by Galia Lahav were introduced during a Magnolia White couture bridal fashion show that took place March 25 at 53 by the Sea.

Magnolia White, a couture bridal salon, will open its doors April 1, and celebrated in style with a preview fashion show of designs by Galia Lahav at 53 by the Sea.

The fashion show took place March 25, with a red carpet welcome for guests, followed by the fashion show that had models walking through the doors of the palatial restaurant, and ascending its marble staircase.

Following the show, guests sat down to a four-course dinner, showcasing the restaurant as a venue for a full spectrum of special events. Themed to weddings, courses represented "Something Refreshing" (salad with heart of palm "lace" and citrus vinaigrette), "Something Savory" (roast chicken), "Something Rich" (Kona lobster) and "Something Sweet" (dessert).

A Galia Lahav design showcased inside the Magnolia White couture bridal salon. The designer is known for her dramatic illusion backless gowns.

Magnolia White launched in 2015 in Omotesando, Tokyo, and features couture gowns by designers in New York, London and Paris.

The Honolulu bridal salon is the exclusive Hawaii retailer for Galia Lahav, and will also feature collections by David Fielden, Rue de Seine and Delphine Manivet, with accessories from Emmy London and Paris by Debra. Designs range from simple gowns fit for a destination wedding, to the romantic, to the elaborate work of Galia Lahav, known for her illusion backs, cascading silk tulle skirts and use of Italian ivory lace.
Magnolia White is on the ground level of the Hokua Tower, 1288 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 106. Call (808) 800-3088. The boutique will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. Online:

A model in Galia Lahav at 53 by the Sea.

Galia Lahav is also known for its use of Italian lace.

Stunning tulle skirts also made impression as models entered the room and ascended the 53 by the Sea staircase.

A glamorous full skirt.


The fashion show dinner opened with a salad of Waipoli Farm greens, Nalo Farm micro greens, Big Island grapefruit and fennel, with toasted macadamia nuts, blanketed by hearts of palm "lace," and drizzled with citrus vinaigrette.


J. Ludovico Farm roast chicken was draped with red beet consomme jelly and served with Sumida Farm watercress puree, roasted Ho Farm tomatoes and braised green papaya seasoned with sansho chili.

The main course comprised steamed Kona lobster and sautéed Kona abalone cooked with Naked Cow truffle butter sauce, Big Island kabocha puree, with an Aloha Tofu soy milk emulsion, and served with grilled onions, green beans and Hamakua Ali'i mushrooms.

Dinner concluded with "Something Sweet" in the form of lilikoi mousse and jasmine-infused jelly with Hawaiian salted caramel sauce, Kona coffee cookie and an assortment of seasonal fruit.

Willows launches new bridal fair

March 6th, 2014

wibridesModels for The Bridal Boutique posed for a photo with Photographix Unlimited, which offers photo booth services for party guests.Nadine Kam photos

The Willows Restaurant  hosted its inaugural Ho‘omaika‘i, a wedding and special events fair, on  Feb. 28, 2014, highlighted by a family-oriented special occasion fashion show by 'IOLANI Sportswear, and a mini bridal fashion show presented by The Bridal Boutique, featuring gowns by Alfred Angelo Bridal and Casablanca Bridal.

The event offered prospective brides and grooms the opportunity to tour the venue, sample its famous buffet, sample wines from The Wine Stop, listen to the music of wedding performers Maila Gibson & Ben Vegas, Kanoe Gibson and Randy Allen, and Smooth Remedy, and check out other vendors including photographers, lighting and sound specialists, videographers, florists, favor specialists, and bakers.

Hugo Higa, M.D. was there to share non-invasive cosmetic procedures to help couples look their best for photos or the ceremony, and Ho'ala Salon & Spa touted ways to prepare and de-stress before the big day.

There was also prize giveaways and The Bella Project was there to collect donations of  wedding or prom dresses, tuxedos, and other formal wear and accessories toward helping teens in need attend their proms.

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The Willows general manager Garret Kamei said his catering staff is available to attend to many of the details that make wedding planning a headache, from providing the buffets and professional staff, all in a convenient location with valet parking.

Although old-timers are well-aquainted with this historic, multi-complex site, it remains a hidden, unexpected oasis in the midst of the city, that younger couples have yet to discover.

The Willows Chapel has been the site of many isle weddings, and the venue can host celebrations for up to 150 people in private rooms, as well as restaurant buy-outs for larger events.
The Willows Restaurant is at 901 Hausten St. Call 808.952.9200.

wiphotoA photographer from Photographix Unlimited keeps his eyes on the brides. The photos are printed on the spot for guests who utilize the company's photo booth services.

willowsThe Willows chapel at night.

wicakeGuests eye some of the creations by Cakeworks Bakery, above and below.


wifavorCelebrations' sakura- or cherry blossom-themed favors are a favorite of brides.


HFM: A celebration of 'Fashion as Art' at HiSAM

October 6th, 2013


Models tread carefully on the wet glass tiles of the Hawaii State Art Museum's Sculpture Garden during a First Friday show of bridal and evening wear featuring the work of 15 local designers.Photos by Nadine Kam

Adding a touch of glamour to First Friday festivities on Oct. 4 was the Hawai'i Fashion Month double bill of the HiSAM bridal and formal wear fashion show and "The Way We Wear" exhibition, which ran from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.

The fashion show was free, one of the signature events of Hawai‘i Fashion Month, with designers showcasing evening and bridal gowns in the open air of the HiSAM sculpture garden, with a soundscape by DJ Teley Brandon. Featured designers were Nicole Vermillion, Lauren Tiburcio, Beverly Horton, Bernard Foong, Sarah Yama­shige, Randy A. Leano, Jaclyn Mae Santos, Chun Hui Chen, Sahra Indio, Feliz Salas, Ryan Hana­oka, Erin Midori Ludolph, Breanne Lee, Alegra Matsuo Mossman and Michele Y. Matsuo.

Attendees were encouraged to don black-tie and evening attire in keeping with the theme.

The evening started with a rain blessing, which ended with the start of the show, but started to come down hard, timed to the show's finale, which brought out either cheers or screams from fans. It was hard to tell which, but by show's end, visitors watching from the second-floor gallery had begun to scatter.

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All agreed the show was beautiful, though those of us who love fashion were saddened by the idea of the designers going home with gowns with wet hems. Maybe there's a good dry cleaner in town who is willing to offer their services.

The event also marked the opening of "The Way We Wear," an exhibit offering a glimpse into local culture through clothing from various times and places, with garments from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts' Art in Public Places Program and on loan from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Historic Costume Museum.

The free exhibition will continue through Jan. 18 in the Diamond Head Gallery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, except state and federal holidays. The museum is also open for First Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. (galleries close at 8:30 p.m.) monthly.
HiSAM is at 20 S. Hotel St. Call 586-0300.

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At left, Corin Gentry stopped to pose after the show with designer Erin Ludolph, right, and her model Mahina Alexander, and Condesa-Azria Nora Meijide-Gentry.


Designer Beverly Horton was one of the few designers to go with print. Her dress flowed beautifully on the runway. (more…)

Jeanie Chun delivers holiday preview of Victoriana

October 2nd, 2013


Designer Jeanie Chun, left, with the mistress of ceremony for her fashion show, Mahealani Richardson. Jeanie designed the beautiful polka dot dress she wore. Nadine Kam photos

Designer Jeanie Chun and Dr. Lawrence Tseu presented a fashion show of Chun's romantic, Victorian themed holiday and bridal collection at Waialae Country Club on Sept. 28.

The designer said she has always loved the idea of versatility, and put her concept to use during a segment during which she demonstrated ways to transform the look of basic black dresses through styling, swapping out belts, bold statement jewelry, hats and jackets, which she deemed "a wonderful trick" for frequent travelers.

Using her favorite palette of black and white, splashes of color added interest, including romantic spring florals under gowns of lace, for a beautiful twist on the typical solid-color wedding gown.

The program also featured music by Iggy Jang and Cathy Foy.

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Jeanie showed floral print under sheer lace.


Former First Lady of Honolulu Joyce Fasi always brings a lot of personality to the runway.


Jeanie also showed several holiday gowns sure to turn heads. Iggy Jang provides the aural backdrop.

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Chun with Dr. Tseu and winners of her prize drawings for artwork and a jacket. I was lucky enough to win a jade-and-cloisonné necklace!

Hanging with girls' best (sparkling) friends

January 4th, 2013

dringNadine Kam photos
Maria Canale for Forevermark Neiman Marcus Bespoke Collection round princess ring.

It's not every day a person gets to hold a fistful of diamonds, so it was a thrill to participate in a Forevermark master class hosted by Neiman Marcus Jan. 3.

In addition to trying on diamond rings created exclusively for NM by Maria Canale for Forevermark, we were presented with batches of rough diamonds to sort, part of the process of understanding the entire journey of a diamond, from mine to extraction, to the sorting process that whittles thousands to diamonds to the rare perfect few that can be denoted as a Forevermark diamond, a brand of De Beers.

The Maria Canale for Forevermark collection is carried in the store's Precious Jewels Salon, one of only 10 locations nationwide, and diamond fans can meet the designer between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. today.

Canale said she originally came up with 10 designs, aimed at an NM customer who she imagined might be buying her second ring. "She already has the Harry Winston, so what would she want this time? Since then, I've talked to many Neiman customers and felt I was right."

dmariaMaria Canale in her designs.

Canale worked for Harry Winston and Tiffany before working independently, and said designing wedding and engagement rings can be limiting because people want the classic solitaire.

"They want it to be simple because they're wearing it everyday, with some detail on the side."

She designs her pieces with a sophisticated clientele in mind, with handmade pieces that focus on details, and often starts by thinking of what she would want to wear, and what kind of piece would she wear if starting with a wardrobe that includes a great pair of diamond earrings one wants to pair with additional pieces of jewelry.

"Men design a lot of jewelry, so I wonder why it has to be so heavy," she said. For her, comfort is vital,  so it was amazing to feel some of her larger pieces, that are so sturdy and well made that you can wear them with confidence, yet they don't weigh you down.

Being surrounded by diamonds in her work, "is great, it's very inspiring," she said, though working with them gives her an appreciation for quality. "You can get diamonds anywhere, but finding those that are a good size, and good quality, you become aware of how rare they are.

dshapeLiz Mearing, of Forevermark, shows us the eight-sided octahedron shape we are after. The octahedron is the perfect shape for arriving at the round brilliant cut diamond, with its pavilion depth, girdle and crown.

A visit to the Maria Canale for Forevermark counter was preceded by the diamond workshop, with Liz Mearing of Forevermark sharing the fascinating history of diamonds, the oldest 4.2 billion years old and the youngest 900 million years old.

The 10.74-carat Eureka diamond, discovered by a boy in 1866, started the contemporary craze for diamonds, styles of which Liz said differ by nation. The idea of sorting diamonds for quality didn't take hold until 1933.

China is rapidly becoming the biggest consumer of diamonds, and she said the purchase is so important, as a family heirloom, that couples shopping for wedding rings bring both sets of parents for a consensus decision on a purchase. She also said older women, in their 40s and 50s, a generation that missed out on the material aspects of contemporary Chinese society, are now playing catchup in buying diamonds. The Chinese tend to buy small, round diamonds.

In the United States, it's no surprise to learn that, like fast food, homes, cars, entertainment, even certain body parts, bigger is better when it comes to diamonds as well. Americans will settle for lower clarity if they can get a bigger stone.

In Japan, the appetite is for clarity in a smaller round diamond.

dstrainMearing shows how the diamonds are first sorted through a sifter for size.

Mearing, who's based in London but travels the world to teach people about diamonds, said, "In the U.K., we like a lot of other gemstones."

She said that's one of the reasons it wasn't an unusual choice for Princess Diana's diamond-encircled sapphire ring to become Kate Middleton's engagement ring.

Meanwhile, in Italy, home of design, she said, "It's a lot more about the design than the diamond, and in India it's about clarity because it's inauspicious to give something that isn't perfect."

Diamonds are found in kimberlite, a type of volcanic rock, which act like a pipeline to the molten core of the earth. Most diamonds are found in South Africa, and no new mines have been discovered in a decade, although the search is continuing in Africa, Canada and India, where some of the first diamonds were discovered.

In searching for diamonds, they look for key mineral indicators, including the presence of garnets. The places where diamonds are found is called "Blue Ground" in reference to a layer of non-oxidized kimberlite.

In sorting diamonds, there are many more than can be made into jewelry, but Mearing said, "We
can't produce enough for industrial purpose."

That includes diamonds used to polish other diamonds, a stone so hard no other material can cut it.

As for owning one of these babies, well, do you have a house to sell?

dforevermarkForevermark photo
Each Forevermark diamond comes with an inscription and identifying number that's not visible to the naked eye or a jeweler's loupe.

droughHundreds of rough diamonds waiting to be sorted. De Beers has 12,000 sorting categories. After spending 15 minutes with the loupe, I think I would go blind doing this job.

dsortOut of all the rough diamonds, only a few are big enough and clear enough to use.

drough2Here are the diamonds I was sorting. Maria came over, took one look and said, "Oh, you've got some nice ones there." Took us a while to identify them. Now I can spot the octahedrons immediately.

ddecoMaria Canale's Art Deco cuff design.

djustineJustine Godfrey wears the Maria Canale for Forevermakr Neiman Marcus Deco Collection Red Carpet Necklace with 10-carat emerald cut centerpiece diamond, in 18K white gold. (more…)

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