Archive for October, 2010

Andy South, more TK

October 29th, 2010

Nadine Kam photos

Fans lined up for photos with Andy South at the “Project Runway” finale viewing party Oct. 28 at Honolulu Design Center. Andy’s manager Monica Ivey, right, was there to make sure there was order to the madness, although his Honolulu Community College  instructors Lillian Zane, Joy Nagaue and Karen Hastings inadvertently cut earlier, in the excited rush to congratulate him.

A couple hundred people poured into the Honolulu Design Center’s Cupola Theater on Thursday night for Andy South, whose fate on season 8 of “Project Runway” was finally revealed during a public viewing of the finale.

Fans lined up for picture taking that started at 7 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with the designer before the finale screening at 9 p.m., which meant that people who stayed home to watch learned of the results before most in the room.

I say “most” because those who really, really, really wanted to know who won needed only to have looked at Twitter or Facebook, where East Coast viewers had begun spilling the beans at 5 p.m. Hawaii time.

OK. I peeked. But I had a print deadline to deal with before I left the office for the event, though it was uncomfortable to interrupt him midway through the event to ask him the main question of how he felt about the results.

Models Momoko Metzker, from left, Nalani Ravelo and Kiani Yamamoto show designs from Andy’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection, which he used to audition for “Project Runway.”

In an interview prior to the event, Andy confessed to feeling relief that finale time had arrived and he would be free of the secret he’s kept for nearly two months.

But there was one other secret he revealed in his audition video, which was also screened for the audience. That is, he tries on all his designs, including gowns, and, oh Lordy, swimsuits!

“It’s fun!” he gushed in the video. He posted it to his Facebook and you must watch it. So funny and insider-ish with his reference to the way “PR” needs him for ratings, knowing how Hawaii people go nuts whenever they see other Hawaii people, anywhere.

Prior to admitting guests, Andy dressed his models, including placing this rose headpiece on Daniela Voicescu, also shown below, for a fantasy ensemble. The pheasant feathers were from HCC professor Karen Hastings, which Andy dyed to suit his designs.

Another secret revealed when his mother took the microphone, was that even at age 4, he was already attracted to beautiful things. During a trip to Thailand, she said, the future designer admired the long nail ornaments worn by the Thai dancers, and told his mom, “I want those.” When she said she would shop for them tomorrow, he said, “Now.”

Andy with his mom Nora Sisounthone and her friend Robin Nanark.

After he got them, he put them on and tried to mimic the dancers’ movements. Oh, and he also wore his sisters’ dresses, which, broadcast to the room, made the designer bury his head on the floor, where he was sitting and watching the show unfold for the first time, just like the rest of us.

Somehow, that wasn’t a shock after his saying he tries on all his women’s designs, but there’s a lesson in that for everyone else. Unless your mom is a public person, who understands the game, never let her tell stories about your childhood, when you were too young to self-edit! LOL!

Jenny Chen wore a lace top deemed “very Casanova,” inspired by another of the “Project Runway” designers. Her cries of “Noooo,” regarding the winner, echoed through the elevator and parking lot as I left the building. It was a little crazy as one guy zipped out of the parking lot without regard to people walking to their cars. There could have been a lot of dead stylists on the ground in his wake. Below, Casanova at work on his Episode 5-winning garment:

There was a roomful of groans and “Noooo’s,” when viewers learned that Gretchen Jones had won the competition, but, ever gracious, Andy said he was happy for her, and thanked guests for staying out until 11 p.m. to watch the finale with him.

“This isn’t the end,” he promised. “Keep an eye out for my next project.” You can read more about what he’s working on in the Sunday Star-Advertiser.

New Honolulu mayor Peter Carlisle was there, as was Malika Dudley. When I said to the mayor, “I didn’t know you were a fashion fan,” he was surprised. “Really? Look at me,” he said.


On the Eurocinema red carpet

October 28th, 2010

Nadine Kam photos
EuroCinema Hawaii lifetime achievement award winner Richard Dreyfuss introduced the award winners at the event’s awards gala at the Moana Surfrider Hotel Oct. 22.

The inaugural Eurocinema Hawaii awards gala took place Friday, Oct. 22 at the Moana Surfrider Waikiki.
E! Entertainment’s Debbie Matenopoulos greeted filmmakers and EuroCinema’s lifetime achievement award winner, Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, on the red carpet.

Beyond the lights and cameras, guests mingled on the lawn in an open-air setting. It was humid, but no one could control the weather. Those who were thirsty could enjoy specialty drinks created for the event by Liz Kawananakoa, including The Hornets Nest of Absolut pear vodka with fresh ginger and serrano chilies, as well as the Dialta Daquiri-Cruzan aged light rum, lime juice, X-rated Fusion liqueur and sugar.

Arts and film supporter Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, center, namesake for the awards, is surrounded by friends Liz Kawananakoa, Nora Meijide-Gentry, Marissa Gey and Candes Gentry.

Dialta, of course, is the Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, an arts enthusiast who’s one of the major forces behind the film festival, and also the namesake for the awards given to the best film, best student film, and best actor, actress and director awards. Winning films were selected by jurors Chris Kahunahana, Kal Penn and Barry Sabath. Kal couldn’t be there, Kahunahana said, because he had been called away by “a certain leader of the free world (Obama)” to speak in L.A.
Up for the awards were the festival’s eight feature films that had their Hawaii premieres at the festival.

Prior to introducing the film’s winners, a tribute to Dreyfuss was screened, featuring clips of his work in “American Graffiti,” “Jaws,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus.”

Films came from France, Germany, England, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Italy and Denmark, and included the thriller “The girl who kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and Martin Scorsese’s restoration of Luchino Visconte’s 1963 film, “The Leopard.”

University of Hawai’i Academy for Creative Media founder Chris Lee, right, channels Tom Ford on the red carpet, with Debbie Matenopoulos, and filmmakers Phillip Montgomery, left, and Matt DeRoss, whose documentary “Regeneration,” examines youth issues.

At 9 p.m., winners were announced. The best acting prize went to Stellan Skarsgard for his role in “A Somewhat Gentle Man,” from Norway.

Best actress winner was Juliette Binoche, who starred in “Certified Copy.”

Best director was Aleksei Popogrebsky for “How I Ended This Summer.”

The best student film represented a collaboration between the Academy for Creative Media, started by Chris Lee at the University of Hawaii, and Shanghai University. The winners were are Oscar Zhang, Paulo Kobayashi and Marshall Woo, for “A Summer, a Boy and a Cab.” The title sets the imagination running, right?

And the top prize of best film for 2010 went to “Four Lions,” a U.K. jihadism farce directed by Christopher Morris.

View lots more photos by Jason Genegabus at

More photos by Mark Ramelb can also be viewed at the Eurocinema website.

The best student film award went to, from left, Paulo Kobayashi, Oscar Zhang and Marshall Woo for  “A Summer, a Boy and a Cab.”

E! Entertainment’s Debbie Matenopoulos interviews designer Andy South on the red carpet.

Krista Alverez wears Andy South’s signature lantern-sleeve ensemble.

Next Door owner and film supporter Chris Kahunahana with artist Nicole Naone. I met her on the closing night of Urban Nomad, just before its owner Freida Hulse jetted off to New York. Nicole is wearing one of her Freida finds.

From left, Roycen Dehmer, Monica Salmaso, a friend, Nicole Fox and Alvin Chung were also among the guests.