Archive for October, 2010

Nordstrom and HOT team for Bravo!

October 27th, 2010

Nadine Kam photos
Kate Schuette, front, and Justine Godfrey model dresses by Lanvin. Justine’s elegant fuchsia dress is actually a swimsuit coverup worn over a matching suit.

Young opera patrons got a sneak peek at spring fashion through “Bravo!,” a collaborative event presented by Nordstrom and Hawaii Opera Theatre.

The event took place Oct. 22 in the Waikiki Edition Sun Suite, where party hosts Ray Galas and Kristen Chan welcomed guests in the early evening, before some—including the hostess—had to hit the road for the Eurocinema Awards presentation that took place later that evening at the Moana Surfrider Hotel.

Soprano Chiho Villasenor performed a couple of aria to whet appetites for HOT’s spring season, and of course, while considering attending, guests enjoying the informal modeling throughout the evening also picked up suggestions on what they might want to wear to be opera appropriate.

Tickets for the season are on sale now, with individual tickets starting at $29. “Faust” will open the season Jan. 28, 30 and Feb. 1 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

It will be followed by Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor Feb. 11, 13 and 15, and Verdi’s “La Traviata” Feb. 25, 27 and March 1.

From left are Megan Anderson, event marketing and public relations manager for Nordstrom; Karen Tiller, executive director of Hawaii Opera Theatre; Nordstrom Ala Moana store manager Brian Tatsumura; event host Kristen Chan and another guest.

Models Connor Coffin and Anya Rozova showcase some of the spring designs slated to arrive at Nordstrom later in the year.

Kate Schuette in Lanvin.

Seattle-based Keith Wagner and San Francisco-based Julie Hormaechea, from Nordstrom’s Fashion Office, helped to stage the informal fashion show.

From left are Nordstrom Ala Moana’s Jessica Whiteford, Kerstin Alston, Tina Rohal and Rachel Eichen.

Representing Salon Blanc were Moses Cho, Sheryl Gibo and Alan Vuong.

Kate in a 3.1 Phillip Lim leather-lace dress.

Soprano Chiho Villasenor also modeled a gown from Nordstrom while performing an aria from “Madame Butterfly.”

NM launches Last Call site

October 26th, 2010

Neiman Marcus photos

The last time I was in Vegas, I headed to the outlet mall in Primm Valley where Neiman Marcus’ Last Call store awaited and I picked up a Jean-Paul Gaultier Soleil dress for $125.

But who wants to live in Primm? There are trade-offs to being where we are, but with the launch of NM’s site today,  you can now shop Last Call anywhere in the world.

The drawback is that it really is Last Call, and as typical locally, small sizes sell out first. I was so happy to spy the
Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti leopard-print sheer-and-wool dress above, listed under “Last Hurrah,” marked down to $243 from $695. But … there was only one available in size 12.

Pickings are rather stodgy in Last Hurrah, but in the regular section under “Hers,” there are more contemporary pieces from the likes of Ali Ro, Romeo & Juliet Couture, Leifsdottir, Nicole Miller and Laundry by Shelli Segal, including a lot of LBD’s for holiday cocktail parties.

A designer index whisks you to the ones you’re most comfortable with and whose fit works for you. When you do a search by designer name, you realize how limited the selections are at this point.

For the guys, there are shirts, denim, polos, accessories and footwear.

Alexander Mcqueen draped silk trapeze dress, marked down to $729 from $2,085.

If you’re only interested in what’s current, NM is hosting “The Parisian Chic Event” Oct. 28 through 31, with informal modeling from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 through 30. Those who spend $350 or more on regular-priced women’s apparel, accessories, shoes, handbags or jewelry, will receive an NM exclusive Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel bracelet, pictured below, the gold chunky link bracelet with pink crystal charm that measures about 1-1/4 inch.