Archive for September, 2011

Macy’s Glamorama in L.A.

September 28th, 2011

Here’s a guest post from stylist Crystal Pancipanci, who was in L.A. for Macy’s 29th Glamorama event Sept. 23. Thanks Crystal!:

Wire Image and Macy’s photos courtesy Macy’s
Fall styles were on stage at Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles during Macy’s Passport Glamorama event Sept. 23.

Macy’s Glamorama event was AMAZING! Macy’s Passport has been hosting this event to raise money for charities that help HIV/AIDS, among other causes.

The fashion event was a red carpet production that was far more than a fashion show. It infused the latest pop-culture music, dance performances, art and fashion all in one show at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown L.A. The presenter for this year’s event was the stunning Sharon Stone. I only hope to produce an event close to this caliber in Hawaii. One day!

Many celebrities showed up to support the cause. I had the privilege of meeting and walking Jennifer Love Hewitt down the red carpet as part of the media team. Jennifer wore a form-fitting electric blue Herve Leger dress.

Hawaii’s Courtney Arndt was among the models.

I was also proud to see Hawaii’s Courtney Arndt, who moved to L.A. to further her modeling career, walking the Macy’s runway, which featured all the latest fall looks from Macy’s collections, including designs by Rachel Rachel Roy, Bar III, Armani Jeans, Calvin Klein and Tracy Reese.

Musical performances by multi-talented Cee Lo Green and Far East Movement were fantastic, and headlining the next Glamorama show in San Francisco is our own Bruno Mars.

After the show, Macy’s turned the Downtown Cal Mart into a lavish after-party with endless food, specialty drinks by Patron, Pinkberry frozen yogurt, sweets by See’s and candy swag.

It was very really special evening for a great cause.

XOXO from L.A.,


Another of the fall looks highlighting the maxi and retro ’70s trends.

Cee Lo Green performed during the show’s finale.

Members of Far East arrive on the red carpet.

Sharon Stone was the evening’s presenter. (more…)

Never a dull moment at Polynesian pageant

September 27th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
Mr. & Miss Polynesia Pacific 2011 Summer Manuma and Robert Mokiao, with event co-producer Ralph Malani.

Summer Manuma and Robert Mokiao were named the winners Sept. 17, of the Mr. & Miss Polynesia Pacific competition that took place at the Pacific Beach Hotel.

There’s never a dull moment in the pageant that puts its young, dynamic contenders through their paces in five grueling competitions that measure talent and creativity. The competition is probably one of the toughest in town, the contestants tend to be seasoned performers, accustomed to the rigors of the Polynesian revue.

The show coincided with Aloha Week festivities in Waikiki, so after checking in at rehearsals for Valerie Joseph’s “Fresh in the City” the same night! it took me an hour to go from Pearl through Waikiki, so I missed the more fashion-y aspects of the show, the Natural Couture, Pareo and Black Tie Polynesia competitions.

But I did get to watch the talent and always colorful Fantasy Polynesian segments. In the latter, the competitors get some help from drag queens in creating their over-the-top costumes.

When I got there, I spotted some Honolulu Community College Fashion Technology students. I should have known they might have been there to support one of their own, Uoleni Tupuola. For his talent segment, he presented a mini fashion show of four ensembles, showing pageant-style talent doesn’t have to be restricted to song and dance.

The standings:
Mr. Polynesia Pacific: Robert Ahsen Minoaka Keokolo Lopeti Wahilani Mokiao
Miss Polynesia Pacific: Summer Malamaisaua Kawailana Manuma
Natural Couture: Summer Manuma and Julian Maeva
Pareo: Summer Manuma and Robert Mokiao
Black Tie: Summer Manuma and Robert Mokiao
Talent: Summer Manuma and Julian Maeva
Fantasy: Tesia Melani Anuenueokalanikemakamale‘a Worley and Robert Mokiao

Congratulations to all!

Mr. Polynesia Pacific 2010, Micah Tiedemann, brought many to their feet and to the stage during his farewell performance.

Mr. & Miss Polynesia Pacific founder and co-producer Ralph Malani emphasized that the show is one of only a few in Hawaii to focus on Polynesian beauty and talent.

Stephanie Mendieta of Margo Le Perle de Tahiti, one of the event’s sponsors. The company provided the Tahitian black pearls the contestants were wearing.

Talent winner Julian Maeva took home a new TV as one of his prizes for an amazing contemporary fire dance performed in the dark with glow sticks.

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