Archive for October, 2007

Maggie Coulombe Showroom open

October 26th, 2007

maggie red

Nadine Kam photo
Maggie Coulombe’s boat neck dress, is $350 short, and $475 long.

Got a chance to preview Maui designer Maggie Coulombe’s Spring 2008 collection last night as it was served up at Du Vin.

Lots of draping with luscious, bold-colored silks, which she says makes packing for frequent fliers so easy. “I just roll it up like sushi,” she said.

She just opened her Honolulu showroom at 1111 Nuuanu Ave. Suite 215, which is almost like working her way backward toward Oahu because her designs are already well known in Hollywood—worn by Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton and Teri Hatcher, and providing TV and film wardrobe—and she’s poised to conquer the East Coast, having returned from a successful New York Fashion Week showcase.

coulombe mink

Nadine Kam photo
Maggie Coulombe’s drape front dress, is $350 short, and $400 long.

It looked like you need a zero-fat bod to wear some of her creations, and some of the backless garments had a friend and I wondering how it hugged the models’ shoulders. Of course it was that ancient Hollywood secret, Hollywood Fashion Tape. You can get it online at, at $21 for 108 strips. If anyone else knows a local source, I’m sure a lot of people will be glad to know.

The bomb

October 25th, 2007

Braza petals

Security personnel at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas were looking for a bomb in my carry-on, only to find …

What’s up with me and bombs anyway. If they aren’t exploding around me, as during my New York adventure, then security is always looking out for me.

The latest was getting stopped at McCarran International Airport en route home and seeing everyone in back of me giving me the stink eye for holding them up. Sorry! I was late too, but instead of just pulling my bag, the employees seem to have so little going on in their lives that they have to invent excitement by making a big show of calling the supervisor, making all kinds of comments like, “What does this look like to you? I don’t like this. I don’t like this one bit. Looks pretty bad,” and leaving everyone waiting. This took about 20 minutes when I had 10 to get to my plane.

Of course the first thing they pulled out from my bag was the box for my bra “petals,” which I had to buy because I had bought a top requiring a strapless bra, and had left my Nu Bra at home. So that was kind of embarrassing to see two old guys hovering, trying to figure out what this silicone substance was!

As it turns out, the real culprit was a batch of thick, dense fudge I brought back as omiyage. That, combined with all the cords for my computer, digital camera and cell phone made it look like I was planning to build a bomb of plastic explosives.

So now you know. If you’re bringing fudge home, pack it in your check-in luggage. I only travel with one carry-on, so next time I’d ship it home.