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Mardi Gras sights and sounds

February 18th, 2010

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Nadine Kam photos
The dancers of Giinko Maraschino won the Mardi Gras costume contest top prize of $500, giving back $200 to be donated toward Haiti relief efforts. They’re shown perched on their trailer before the start of the Mardi Gras parade down Nuuanu Avenue.

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Giinko Maraschino’s Summer Partlon.

I’d never been to Honolulu’s Mardi Gras until being called on to judge this year’s Mardi Gras costume contest. I’m just not that interested in milling around with a bunch of drunken, yelling amateurs. It’s funny tho, that Honolulu’s Mardi Gras is much tamer than a normal night in the French Quarter!

People kept mentioning how not crowded it was, but considering all the recent events: Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year, Superbowl, well, you can see how people might be too tired to get up and out and just decide to stay home and watch the Olympics, “Idol,” or “Lost.”

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It’s much safer at home. I got clobbered when I was taking some video of Eric Chandler and Dr. Angela Pratt throwing beads out of a second-story, and some guy in back of me made a lunge for it! There were more guys than girls with their hands up for beads, and luckily they kept their shirts down, up until 10:30 p.m. at least. That’s when I went home to see if I could catch Johnny Weir skate.

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Music in the street, featuring Taimane Gardner.

There weren’t many costumes to judge—keep that in mind for next year’s competition—because Mardi Gras revolves around wearing as little as possible. The most excitement came with drag queen headdresses as big as their bodies. In the end, Giinko Maraschino won the $500 prize for their performance costumes, but contributed $200 right back to the downtown merchants who sponsored the event, to be donated to Haiti relief.

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Michele Henry in corset and tutu, with Emi Hart, who were also judging the costume contest.

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It’s good to be king, Marco Acosta posed for a photo with Melissa Turner.


First blues of spring

February 18th, 2010

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Neiman Marcus photos
Blue, in all its variations, is the color of spring 2010.

Neiman Marcus presented two Girl’s Night Out events Feb. 10 and 17, extending its hours to clients and media for a presentation of spring fashion and makeup trends coinciding with in-store Trend Event that continues through Sunday.

Below is some video of part of the show, highlighting some of the biggest trends, including the blue mood of the season (including denim), draping, tribal prints and jewelry, stacked bracelets and bangles, shorts and white shirts. Other trends include nude shoes and wedges, and novel tees. I am especially loving the fabulous draping. New on the ground floor are some great separates by Helmut Lang, at less than $300!

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During the trend event, those who make a purchase of $350 or more on regular-priced merchandise in women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry or beauty will receive the Ippolita necklace shown.

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Draping is the prettiest trend of the season, for women who want to bring out their inner goddess.

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Global influences are reflected in a the tribal trend in prints and accessories.

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