Fashion Math with Honolulu SHOPS Mag

Another season means another issue of Honolulu SHOPS Magazine!!! I got to freelance on a fun 90's inspired article.  Sooooo cool. I really liked channeling my inner Cher from Clueless.  Check out my article!  Spring issue on stands NEOW. Get it while it's haute.  

XOXO

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She Stands Alone

I'm beyond late on posting these pictures but…they are here. FINALLY.  Former local boy Geoff Mau, now a transplant in SF, invited me to style an editorial shoot while he was home on vacation.  Of course I'd jump at the chance to work with someone who's diverse portfolio reads like a culmination of all my favorite fashion mags.  (Click here for his website).

Geoff wanted to go for a moodier shoot with a strong woman in a hazy grey world.  I'm currently OBSESSED with white so we found a way to incorporate both ideas into one amazing shoot.  This was my first experience working with Jordann Aguon (hair and makeup) and Jodi (model).  I think we make a good team right?  

I paired up with local designer Mari Nakamura once more for the perfect mix of hard edge fashion & femininity.  I love her use of faux leather, mesh, & chiffon.  We completed the look with some heavy metal accessories, including mirrored glasses that I  MADE MYSELF (shameless bragging haha).  I hope you all appreciate the work that went into this shoot :) We battled wind, rain, & VERY sharp rocks; not to mention hiking to our location carrying ALL WHITE apparel.  PHEW. For a fun BTS video, shot by Orrin (photographer assistant), please visit my IG @summerstylehi.  

For full album of the shoot see my portfolio page here.

Ok enough talk! Go on…let the pictures speak for me. 
 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Photographer - Geoff Mau
Hair & Makeup Artist - Jordann Aguon
Model - Jodi M.
Designer - Mari Nakamura
Assistant - Orrin Haloa
 

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Like A Lady in Carolina Herrera

Exude sophisticated style in the beautiful designs of Carolina Herrera's lifestyle brand, CH.  There is nothing but pure polished elegance & timeless shapes in her latest Spring/Summer 2014 collection.  Where can you get it? Well, thankfully Ala Moana Center has recently opened a CH Carolina Herrera store on the mall level.  Below are a few styles that caught my eye as essentials for every lady's closet.  I could spend a whole day in the store however, playing dress up with the rest of the collection.  CH is a one-stop-shop complete with accessories to gowns.  Next time you're in the mall, you MUST stop by, it's beyond an ultimate shopping experience...

The texture & design of this particular shift dress is stunning.  It's slightly tribal with it's geometric shapes woven into the fabric but tie in a belt, piping, & classic shape, you've got a timeless eye-catcher.  

Did I mention that CH Carolina Herrera store also has an extensive men's collection?  Handsome pieces to complete a dapper gentleman's wardrobe. 

Not only that, but the store is merchandised in groups, separated into rooms.  These rooms each have their own individual scented candle to set the mood for the collection you're browsing through. Brilliant.

Posh.  White is probably my favorite color to wear; & there's something effortless chic about it, especially in a jacket.  How adorable is this checkered trouser? The fit is flawless, a comfortable straight leg with a higher rise.  I could buy EVERY print this season.  Check out the polka-dot, it was a tough choice between the two. 

Jewelry, shoes, bags OH MY!  All serious addictions of mine. Chunky jewels to dainty chains, glittery flats to metallic stilettos, & wallets to totes…it can't get any better.  

With the sun finally shining after a weekend of rain, this outfit had to be my favorite.  I think gorgeous florals are my weakness, & skirts that make my waist look itty-bitty.  The simplicity of the silk blouse make it a perfect match to pair with anything.  

Goodies are every where you turn in the store. Take your time to cruise their walls for the colorful treasures on every shelf.  

All Apparel by CH Carolina Herrera - Ala Moana Center.  Earrings - Barrio Vintage.  Watch by Casio - American Apparel.  Necklace - Forever 21.  

Special Thanks To:
CH Store & Staff
Laurie Oda - Photographer

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Dior Opening

It's HERE! The Dior Boutique in the T-Galleria by DFS is finally OPEN! They held a luxuriously decadent opening with champagne, amuse bouche, & of course…Dior EVERYTHING.  The store is absolutely beautiful & the staff is so wonderful.  It would be worth the trip to Waikiki just to check them out.  There is custom art in every room (even the ceiling), it's home to Dior's luxury jewelry & timepieces, & the shoes…..to die for.  A special thank you to Chae for spending some time giving me the tour.  Please visit the new boutique : 2222 Kalakaua Ave. (808) 926-1947.  

I would expect nothing less than an immaculately merchandised store, & I was not disappointed.  The clothing was perfect, each rack told a different story with color, texture, and style.  Every which way I looked was picturesque.  

The whole boutique was designed around the idea of a Parisian apartment; complete with floor-to-ceiling (faux) windows & french doors.  Dior's favorite color is grey, so the walls are painted this understated matte grey which really elevates the mood.  The color is unusual for a boutique but works magnificently.  

Shameless plug here : My dress is the newest addition to my Ten Tomorrow clothing line. What do you think?? The print is my favorite…I don't really wear pink, but I fell in love with it anyway.  You know what goes with it?? A Dior watch…..someone please….for Valentines??? Haha wishful thinking. 

Special Thanks To:
Dior boutique & staff
PacRim Marketing Group
Virginia Paresa - my lovely date for the evening! 

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Caught in Stormy Weather

Another day, another shoot.  I'm a bit late on posting these, but with the recent rainy weather, I felt it's only apropos.  The hair and makeup concept was inspired by Prada's Fall 2013 campaign.  We were aiming for wet, loose hair with dark, and smudgy makeup.  The feeling exuded by the hair and makeup really inspired me to envision a hauntingly beautiful woman who got caught in a storm.  Despite her couture, she embraces the wind & rain, for the weather mirrors her mood.  Tapping into a darker side was really different for me & I enjoyed exploring a more ominous style.  

I've been so lucky along my career to work with so many talented local artists.  I am such a HUGE fan of Mari Nakamura's "Duality" Collection, from which I pulled those amazing deep purple outwear pieces.  See her online portfolio here.  I have a 2nd shoot with her designs coming soon….it's a killer. 

Ryan Hanaoka is another designer who is a good friend of mine.  When he showed me this oh-so-Chanel princess skirt…I DIED.  I had to shoot it.  I love that it's so feminine & we contrasted it with such a edgy vibe in a dank bathroom.  Rachelle was my perfect "broken-down doll".  

Lastly, I want to gush over my last shot.  Julia's piercing stare just gives me the shivers.  That shot is exactly what I wanted out of the hair, makeup, styling.  

Clothing Details
Set 1 - Coats by local designer Mari Nakamura.  Speckled Dress - Armani Exchange.  Gloves - J. Crew.  Baroque Lace Blouse - 7 For All Mankind.  Skirt - Topshop.
Outfit 2 - Embellished Sweater - Armani Exchange.  Tulle Skirt by local designer Ryan Hanaoka.  Leggings - American Apparel. 
Outfit 3 - Slip Dress - Armani Exchange.  Vintage Faux Fur Coat - Barrio.  Vintage clutch pure - Barrio.  

Special Thanks To:
Photographer - Haren Soril 
Key Hair + Makeup Artist - Risa Hoshino
Assistant HMUA - Isabella Hashimoto
Models - Julia & Rachelle
Stylist - ME! 

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Center Focus

Wowza.  This shoot I collaborated on came out better than I could have imagined.  The famous Dallas Nagata-White (Photographer) contacted me to do a unique, editorial shoot because she obtained a new fancy camera lens.  I'm not going to pretend that I know the brand or what it's called….BUT if you notice, it swirls the background!  It creates this cool warped effect that is beautiful & mind boggling.  (For details on camera + lens please visit Dallas' post here).

Dallas was open to any concept I wanted to play with & I couldn't help but return to hustle of Chinatown to inject the gorgeous Allie.  I had the idea of a glamorously overdressed woman standing alone in the mishmash of street vendors, strangers, trash, but all you could see was her.  I chose very different looks to pair with 3 different makeup concepts.  Here are a few shots, for full album click here.  I hope this mesmerizes you...

Clothing Details
Outfit 1 - Vintage 1940's dress.  Vintage mink fur stole.  Vintage purse - Collins + 8th.  
Outift 2 - Handmade leather halter - Designed by me || Made by my assistants (amazing!).  Full Tulle skirt - Made by Virginia Paresa (local designer).  
Outfit 3 - Brocade jacket + skirt set by Ten Tomorrow (my luxury line coming soon!!).  Blouse - Barrio Vintage. Earrings - Forever 21.   

Special Thanks To:

Photographer - Dallas Nagata-White
Model - Allison Chu
Hair + Makeup - Risa Hoshino
Styling - Summer Style (ME)
Stylist Assistants - Tori Speere & Sarah Yamashige

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