Archive for October, 2011

Scenes from Shanghai Fashion Week

October 26th, 2011
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Photos by Candice Kraughto
Scenes of nature were the backdrop for Judy Hua’s show during Shanghai Fashion Week.

Publicist Candice Kraughto now divides her time between Hawaii and Shanghai, where she took in a few shows during Shanghai Fashion Week that ran from Oct. 20 to 26, and she sent along some photos and video from the event, showcasing the work of about 30 designers.

She took in the AmareSinh show featuring designs by Huy Tran on the 21st, and Judy Hua’s show on the 22nd, which she reports was difficult to see because of all the smoke pumped into the tent, which added to the drama of voluminous evening wear.

Chinese fashion looked costumey and ethnic as little as five years ago, but even then, as I studied the photos coming out of Hong Kong Fashion Week, I figured that, just as in other aspects of contemporary life, they’d catch up with the west pretty quickly. It’s just a matter of time that we’ll be just as familiar with their designers as we are with American and European greats.

Huy Tran graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, and in 2010 launched his label AmareSinh, based in New York City and  Shanghai.

The line for tickets.

Here’s a link to Amare Sinh’s amazing lookbook, with two pages shown above: amaresinh.com

Videos by Candice Kraughto
Click on the photo to see the finale of Judy Hua’s fashion show.

Click on the photo to see the finale of Amare Sinh’s fashion show.

Hawaii Jeweler’s Association winners named

October 26th, 2011
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The Hawaii Jewelers Association has named its 2011 Jewelry Design Competition winners, with Mana Gunderson of Le Mana Perles taking Designer of the Year for “Symphony,” an 18-karat white gold pendant with a black pearl surrounded by diamonds, shown at left. “Symphony” also placed first in the “Jewelry under $3,500” category. Here are the winners:

Jewelry under $3,500

First place: “Symphony,” by Mana Gunderson, Le Mana Perles
Second place: “Orchid,” by Eli Saban, JES Jewelry — a slide pendant sculpted in green, pink and white gold and a half-carat diamond
Third Place: “Treasure Island,” by Denny Wong, Denny Wong Designs — quartz, turquoise and 18-karat gold dangle earrings
People’s Choice: “Tattoo” ring by Jason Dow, Jason Dow Inc. — an 18-karat gold filigree, pink sapphire, diamond and blue moonstone ring inspired by Hawaiian tattoos

From left, Eli Saban’s “Orchid,” Denny Wong’s “Treasure Island,” and Jason Dow’s “Tattoo” ring.

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Jewelry over $3,500
First place: “I Can Hear You,” by Kimberley Wheeler, Opal Fields — clip earrings of 18-karat white and yellow gold, black opals and diamonds, pictured at left.
Second place: “Paradise Whirlwind,” by Jane Chen, Opal Fields — a pendant of white and yellow gold with a double-sided Lightning Ridge black opal
Third Place: “Perfect Ten,” by Bruce Bucky, Hildgund Jewelers — an 18-karat white gold engagement ring with a five-carat diamond surrounded by five carats of princess and round diamonds
People’s Choice: “Perfect Ten”


At left, Jane Chen’s “Paradise Whirlwind,” and third-place “Over $3,500″ and “People’s Choice” category winner, Bruce Bucky’s “Perfect Ten,” referring to the ring’s total diamond-carat weight.

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Hawaiian theme jewelry

First place: “Man in Polynesia,” by James Escibido, Royal Pacific Jewels — a sculpted silver fishhook pendant set with a black pearl, pictured at left.

Second place: “Fiery Cauldron,” by Jane Chen, Opal Fields — an 18-karat gold men’s ring with a black opal rimmed with diamonds

Third Place: “Hokule‘a,” by Bruce Bucky, Hildgund Jewelers — an 18-karat gold brooch/pendant with carved drusy onyx and a solitaire diamond

People’s Choice: “Hokule‘a”


At left, Jane Chen’s “Fiery Cauldron,” and third-place “Hawaiian Theme” and “People’s Choice” category winner, Bruce Bucky’s “Hokule’a.”