Archive for December, 2011

Fendi Part II: Vintage and new

December 29th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
One of the new jackets from Fendi’s Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection is set next to a display of the Vintage Fendi Fur Collection. This green is one of my favorite colors. The jacket also comes in bordeaux and electric blue.

A show of vintage and new awaits visitors to Fendi Ala Moana Center from 1 to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, and Fendi Royal Hawaiian Center from 3 to 9 p.m. Jan. 2 and 3.

I dropped by earlier today for a chat with Fendi ready-to-wear and fur specialist Lionelo Patino-Patroni Boronio, in town from New York to share the collections with Fendi fans.

Boronio worked with the Fendi sisters in Rome and said he retired in 2009, moving to Peru to enjoy a simple life. But a year into retirement, he got a call from the company requesting that he go back to work, in New York. He said it was not easy to return from a relaxed to hectic pace again, but said he was happy to share his expertise with a younger generation not accustomed to the world of luxury as lived and practiced in Europe.

That is, embracing the idea of everyday luxury, and not treating luxury as a distant, scary or stuffy sort of Holy Grail. In Europe, he said, people are more likely to play with fashion, and he was charged with teaching Americans how to play. It could be as simple as learning how to add luxury and expand your wardrobe by adding a splash of color and texture with a scarf.

Pieces from the Vintage Fendi Fur Collection set on dress forms.

Each color in this design from Fendi’s Vintage Fur Collection represents one piece of dyed mink, sheared so the texture is like an extremely soft, plush velvet.

On this skirt from the Fendi Fur Collection, panels of sheared mink are set next to hand-painted panels of sheer silk mesh in an amazing play of color and texture.

Models Mandy McGarry and Angela Byrd, with Fendi ready-to-wear and fur specialist Lionelo Patino-Patroni Boronio, model pieces from Fendi’s Spring-Summer 2012 RTW collection.

Mr. Boronio shows how he likes to play with accessories, like wearing this cape on a diagonal rather than the symmetrical way most women would choose to wear it. This creates interest and makes it fashion, rather than utilitarian.

Of course we can’t forget the handbags, and Fendi is bringing back stripes and new materials in the latest iteration of its Baguette.

The Peekaboo bag opens to reveal bold color on the inside as well as the outside.

This bag mixes beads, leather and fur trim.

Fendi Part I: A celebration of art

December 29th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
Artist Jonathan Swanz with one of his works on display at Fendi at Royal Hawaiian Center. The glass and layered metallization installation is entitled, “Archipelago.” A larger detail is shown below.

Fendi hosted a champagne toast Dec. 28 to celebrate the works of Hawaii artist Jonathan Swanz, whose work will be on view at the Royal Hawaiian Center boutique through spring.

The event was a reception for Swanz’s glass collection “Neither Created Nor Destroyed,” and 10 percent of sales from the evening will benefit the University of Hawaii Art Department.

The exhibition marks a continuation of Fendi’s “Fatto a Mano for the Future (Handmade for the Future)” design focus in Hawaii that launched in August this year, opening the doors for Hawaii artists to collaborate with the internationally renowned luxury house.

Fendi is hosting another exhibition of vintage furs, as well as a preview of its spring/summer ready-to-wear collection from 1 to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at its Ala Moana store, and 3 to 9 p.m. Jan. 2 and 3 at its Royal Hawaiian store.

With the multiple events, I did get a little confused and thought I might see some of the vintage furs at Fendi last night, but I did get to check out some of the new collection. In addition to jackets and vests, Fendi ready-to-wear and fur specialist Lionel Patino-Patroni Boronio was in town from New York to show how to wrap scarves, including those embellished with touches of mink and fox.

I’ll be heading there today to learn more.

Image, design and branding strategist Dean Christopher with Fendi’s Cammy Maheras.

Fendi furs were displayed throughout the store …

… and on model Angela Byrd, with fellow model Mandy McGarry.

Lionelo Patino-Patroni Boronio shows Tiana Torii how to wear a fur-embellished scarf.

Cammy Maheras shows Andrea Charuk how the collar can be removed from this vest to be worn separately with other ensembles as collar, wrap or capelet.

I couldn’t help but notice Andrea’s leather-and-chain jewelry, from Kaylin Laeha’s Panacea.Designs GR/T line. You can usually find Panacea at the monthly Art&Flea events.