Archive for October, 2009

Siriano launches capsule collection

October 29th, 2009

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When I watched the spring/summer shows in New York, it was hard to imagine the final form in which the designs would reach consumers. The shows are not always about what’s wearable, but about impressions, mood and image setting.

Well, we didn’t have to wait long to see Christian Siriano’s runway to realway interpretations. The designer introduced today a limited-edition and affordable capsule collection of signature silhouettes and print from his Spring/Summer 2010 runway collection shown a month ago during New York Fashion Week.


Oceanic print blouse, $19o, worn with silk charmeuse pencil skirt, $139. A blouse detail, below:

blouse detail

The capsule selection includes a dress and blouse in silk charmeuse and metallic pencil skirt, as a knit tee, scarf and blouse in Siriano’s blue Oceanic print.

Prices range from $98 to $220, and the pieces are available exclusively on

Here’s a link to my coverage of his show:

And a photo of one of his key runway designs:

Oceanic ballgown
Getty Images

His runway collection is currently distributed at Saks Fifth Avenue and boutiques including 4510, Helen Yi and Wynn in North America and Alothman in the Middle East.

Siriano will appear as a guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” today, featuring a showcase of his Spring 2010 evening gowns and Payless runway collection shoes well as his recently released book, “Fierce Style: How to be Your Most Fabulous Self.”

Chromatic magazine launched

October 29th, 2009


Nadine Kam photos
Julie Aragaki celebrates the launch of her new magazine Chromatic, with Kim Koga at left.

There’s a new fashion magazine in town. Julie Aragaki, of Hawaii Bride & Groom magazine and Hawaii In Style TV introduced her latest title, Chromatic, during a party at Bonsai last Friday.


Guests were treated to mini massages by Bhakti Massage, specializing in special events, office and home services; a candy buffet set up by Sweet Treats Buffets, pupu from the Bonsai kitchen, including the cutest miniature nigiri sushi; and a glorious dessert buffet — including mini guava cream puffs — set up by Sunshine’s Cake Creations.

These days, you can’t have a magazine without the party pictures, and I spotted one of myself from a few months ago, which is kind of surreal. I’m usually behind the camera and these days, when someone takes your picture, you never know where it’s going to show up. Taste of my own medicine, I suppose. Photographers aren’t particularly good at identifying who they’re working for, so that night I had no idea that photo would end up in print.

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Sweet Treats Buffets set up a candy bar of black-and-yellow sweets to match Chromatic’s color theme.