Archive for August, 2010

Fab if you have the time

August 23rd, 2010

Nadine Kam photos & video stills
Kimora Lee Simmons sat between her daughter Ming Lee Simmons and hubby Djimon Hounsou during her fashion show at Aloha Tower.

Once burned, twice shy, so I didn’t rush over to the Kimora Lee Simmons Baby Phat and Kouture by Kimora fashion show Aug. 21 at Aloha Tower.

I’d already waited nearly four hours the Thursday prior, at a press conference that was to have started in the morning. By the time I got in for a one-on-one interview, it was nearly 2 p.m., so I’d had enough of waiting, especially since I missed the first day of the Fighting Eel moving sale because of it.

I hate the feeling of resentment that comes with wasted time, the most precious of commodities, and wasn’t going to go to the show at 7 p.m., only to wait around. Instead, I headed to the Yelp party at Fresh Cafe (details will be on my other blog, Take A Bite, at some point). I ended up at the fashion show relaxed and in a good mood. Then I couldn’t get in, but was rescued by miracle worker Alvin Chung. Thanks Alvin!

Once in, yeah, it was a waiting game, but the show started at about 9 p.m. with a Tahitian dance troupe that did little for those tired of waiting and who had come to see the main spectacle. But the dance will play well when the show airs in an episode of “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane,” on the Style network, and it never hurts to have people thinking about Hawaii. Some were asking, “Where’s the Hawaiian dancers?” but that’s a nuance lost on most mainland audiences. Baby steps.

People around me perked up only when the Tahitian dancers brought Kimora into the hip-shaking action.

Six-foot-tall Misty Ma’a, daughter of UH volleyball all stars Pono Ma‘a and Lisa Strand-Ma‘a opened the show that featured a spate of short dresses, trendy denim and casual separates intended for a young audience, and available at Macy’s. There were also a few men’s pieces. You can see it all in the video.

The local models were given a hard, urban look.

Yu Shing Ting with Vivalicious, in from New York to cast the models.

Christa Wittmier with Terry Hubbard, left, and Alvin Chung.

Melanie Kosaka photo
A Hello Kitty cake commemorated the occasion, acknowledging Kimora’s collaboration with the brand.

Last look at FE’s Hotel Street home

August 20th, 2010

Nadine Kam photos
Fighting Eel headquarters at about 10:30 a.m. today, nearly emptied of stock.

If you were planning to head to the Fighting Eel moving sale that was to have continued to Aug. 21, you might want to save yourself a trip or call first to see what’s left.

The store was at its normal, fully stocked appearance Thursday, but apparently there was a line out the door that morning and by the end of day, they were decimated.

Everyone was excited by prices of $20 to $50. If you want to find out what’s left, try calling 524-1472.

The headquarters is at 47 N. Hotel St. Come Sept. 17, they’ll be in their new digs at Bethel and Pauahi streets.