Archive for April, 2009

Escada party for the arts

April 26th, 2009


Nadine Kam photos
Escada Ala Moana store manager Mariese Montano-Smith, in brown, welcomed, from left, Kerry Maese, Candes Gentry and Audra Stevenson.

Escada hosted a party Thursday night to honor patrons of the arts, with 10 percent of sales that evening benefiting the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

There was informal modeling of current styles, and if there wasn’t a model near you, party-goers were perfectly willing to step in to show off the goods.

On my way out the door, I stopped to enlist one of the male models at the door for future HI Luxury photo ops. There’s a dearth of male models here who can wear skinny European brands. Everyone works out too much! Unfortunately, he was just passing through, but if you know any good-looking, tall but compact, manly not boyish guys, a lot of modeling agencies would probably love hearing from them.

Kristen Chan, left, and Annemarie Jones try on a couple of Escada bracelets/armor.


Soon-to-be-wed former Miss Hawaii USA Jennifer Fairbank slips on a pair of Escada shades and purse. She’s with Roycen Dehmer.


Rochelle Ovitt as a manikin. The homegrown model/actress has been crisscrossing the country modeling for Escada. Her next stop is New York. You can also look for her in an upcoming episode of “Nip/Tuck.”


Bid on Vegas trip today

April 23rd, 2009

If you’re a spontaneous person, ready to pack and leave for Vegas at a moment’s notice, Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa at Ala Moana Center has just added a Vacations-Hawaii five-night charter package for two (value: $1,198) to its Earth Month silent auction.

The flight will depart at 1 p.m. April 30 from Honolulu to Vegas and return at 11:15 a.m. May 5 (departing at 8 a.m. Vegas time). The winner will spend five nights at the Fremont Hotel with three meals daily, and airport transfers are included.

At least one guest must be a Hawaii resident or active military based in
Hawaii, and guests must be 21 years or older to receive meal coupons.

To bid, send an e-mail to with your bid (minimum is $125) today, April 23. The deadline is 5 p.m.

Provide your name, age, telephone number and address. The highest bid received by 5 p.m. will win the trip. The winner will be notified by Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa, and directed to Vacations-Hawaii for their tickets.

Like this one, other auctions, continuing through April 30, will benefit the Surfrider Foundation-Oahu chapter. Stop into the salon to bid on services, Aveda products, restaurant gift certificates and more.