Archive for December, 2008

Merry Christmas to all!

December 25th, 2008


Merry Christmas, from Waipahu, HI!

Anteprima hosts sparkling benefit

December 23rd, 2008

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Anteprima tree trimmed with the company’s shimmery wire handbags.

Anteprima hosted a party Saturday night to benefit Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children while marking the company’s second anniversary in the islands and showcasing some of its designs straight from Italy.

It would be great if the boutiques carried the designs in Honolulu, but this marked the only time — for now — that we could inspect the garments up close. They are very fine, with some that look like draped threads. There was one dress with scalloped, shirred detail at the rear, such that a woman would have to have those buns of steel and a whole lot of self-confidence to walk into a room, and even more importantly, walk out, leaving little to the imagination.

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Keao Crabbe, left, and Kelsey Campbell, model Anteprima dresses and purses.

The event took place on the fourth floor of the Royal Hawaiian Center, where the boutique has a home on the ground floor in the passageway leading to the Sheraton Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The Anteprima Plastiq boutique is small, so I was confused as to how this large party would take place there. I thought it would spill over to the courtyard, but fortunately, employees were able to direct me upstairs where one of the first things I saw was the shimmering gold Christmas tree comprising dozens of Anteprima’s signature knit PVC wire handbags.


The stage for the Anteprima show on the video, as well as some of the camera angles, reminded me of introductory scenes from Second Life. Click on the image to view the entire video.

Viewers watched a video of Anteprima’s Spring-Summer 2009 presentation before seeing six of the designs modeled by local beauty queens. At one point in the video, a model tripped, causing the audience to gasp as if it were live. There’s a lot of editing in the video, so I’m just wondering why they left that in there unless they wanted that dramatic moment.

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How do they hold these threads together? The company also showed many skirts made like this top.

Guests feasted on sushi from Suntory, dim sum from Beijing (the restaurant, not the city), desserts by Satura Cakes, as well as fun food for keiki from Senor Frog, tho’ I missed that part. It’s not often a grownup party makes a place for little ones, but considering the beneficiary of the event, it was fitting to have balloons, clowns and face painting. For grownups, there was music by Pili’oha.

Kim Gennaula, who only recently left KGMB, is already doing her part as director of philanthropy for the Kapiolani Health Foundation, tasked with raising funds for the center. The foundation also gained a natural emcee in Gennaula, partnered at the podium by husband Guy Hagi. In the end, Virgo USA, Inc., dba Anteprima Foundation, presented its check for $10,000 made out to the center.


Six designs made it to Hawaii. It looks like the models are wearing pink stockings, but that’s due to the slide projection over their bodies.


Anteprima/Virgo USA, Inc., chairman and CEO Tak Munemura, left, with Maki Munemura. (more…)