Archive for August, 2009

Tag, you’re it!

August 28th, 2009

Note to new readers: If you found me through, my New York Fashion Week coverage starts Sept. 10. Until then, I am in sunny Honolulu.


Nancy Arcayna photo
Tag the World founder Robert Parks-Valleta and actress Hannah Cornett pose for a photo at the start of Sunday’s event. She’s wearing Escada.

Robert Parks-Valletta, known for his roles on “Young and the Restless” and “Days of Our Lives,” has a new role as the founder of the Tag the World Charity that supports cancer research, child and animal welfare, global green efforts and water initiatives in Africa.

Some of the funds are raised through the sales of sterling silver “tag” necklaces designed by Michael Barin, each representing support for one of the five causes. The tags are $80 and you can find out more at


On Aug. 23, he brought his fund-raising effort to Hawaii with a triathlon earlier in the day and evening party on the lawn of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, with some of young Hollywood in attendance, so young that the kind of guests who could afford to pay $175 for tickets would not have recognized them if not for the purple orchid leis around their necks.

Dinner was supposed to be served in the Monarch Room, but people preferred to be outdoors on the lawn and in the open air, catching the last light of the day. There was a relaxed vibe to the party and the food was great, which no doubt fueled Robert’s determination to bring the event back annually.

I couldn’t stay long because I had a friend’s B-day party to get to, but long enough to snap some photos:

Maggie Coulombe

Nadine Kam photos
It was great to catch up with Maui designer Maggie Coulombe and stylist Arid Chappell, doing a little island hopping before heading to New York, where they’ll be setting up a showroom during Fashion Week. I’ll be sure to stop by. I already had plans to pair one of her cocoon wraps with 3.1 Phillip Lim. Also ran into makeup artist Jessica Hoffman, who’ll also be at NYFW.


Sean Faris is working on several films, including “Ghost Machine,” in which he has the lead role. Definitely someone to watch. He’s with Breanne Racano, who’s been in “CSI: NY.”


Jeremy Jackson, left, and Elijah Sanchez.

Mehcad Brooks

“True Blood” star Mehcad Brooks posed for a photo with Patricia Ramos. He’s in G-Star.


Models Brigitte Patton, left, and Giselle Pineda.


Acid Dolls debuts 2010 collection

August 23rd, 2009

Acid Dolls white

Video stills by Nadine Kam
Calli Wagner on the Acid Dolls runway.

I’m getting ready for New York Fashion Week in a few more weeks, but in the meantime, Acid Dolls got off to a head start, with the debut of its Spring-Summer 2010 Collection Thursday night at the Honolulu Design Center.

Crystal Pancipanci’s stint in New York allowed her to bring some of the big city’s energy to the show, which opened with a performance by NY hip-rock artist Mitsue with Executive Platinum Music Producer Boola.

Otherwise, I’ve been waiting five years to see designer Cindy King’s post-UH work. She could have delivered a clothing collection sooner, but the perfectionist wanted nothing less than presenting a total look, so took extra time to simultaneously develop shoe and jewelry collections as well. Talk about workaholic.

And Pancipanci has been with her every step of the way as partner-stylist, while running her own fashion production company, Panci Style.

It was a great show, and there were plenty of dresses for girls who embrace the kawaii ideal, as well as cascades of ruffles for those who prefer a more romantic look, plus more sculpted, architectural pieces for the edgy woman. It was a fitting introduction to King’s versatility and talent, and having started, we can be sure we won’t have to wait another five years to see another collection from Acid Dolls.


Mitsue’s performance segued into the fashion show.

Acid Dolls drape

Krista Alvarez in a dress that would fit in at New York Fashion Week.

Acid Dolls finale

Justine Miguel in the show’s finale dress.