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Clinton Kelly draws a new audience second time around

October 13th, 2008


Nadine Kam photos
Clinton Kelly hosted a fashion show at Macy’s Ala Moana for women sizes 14W to 24W.

Clinton Kelly made a quick return to Macy’s Ala Moana after appearing in Honolulu in June for a petites fashion show, on Saturday afternoon for HER, an event showcasing styles made for women sizes 14W to 24W.

One of the points made by the “What Not to Wear” TV host is that larger women tend to hide behind baggy clothing, which has the effect of making them look not only larger, but sloppy. A better option is to choose styles with shape built in, and at best, styles that nip in the waist, to enhance natural curves and give the illusion of an hourglass figure, no matter what your size. It’s actually advice that would work for anyone and he doled it out with self-deprecating quips and humor characteristic of the TLC series.

kelly signs

Clinton Kelly signed copies of his book, “Freakin Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else” after a fashion show and Q&A session.

One of the event’s attraction was a prize drawing of a $500 Macy ‘s Women shopping spree. The winner, Natasha Nairn, is a social worker with Child Protective Services, and, having dropped 100 pounds over 10 months, proved ready for a new wardrobe. Congratulations, Natasha!

Clinton and Natasha

Shopping spree winner Natasha Nairn with Clinton Kelly before going shopping. Natasha already started with a good sense of style.

The Way We Wear #2

April 2nd, 2008

patrick simmons

Nadine Kam photos

There was a sea of T-shirts at the Incubus concert. While there, I took a photo of Patrick Simmons and the amulet he was wearing, which he picked up in Tahiti. It inclues the figure of a surfer carved into seal bone, set with a black pearl. For Simmons, it serves as a protective talisman whether he’s in or out of the water.

You can find similar amulets at Summer Vaimaona’s Soleil boutique at 909 Kapahulu Ave.

thaddeus pham

Then, at Green Door last night, I spotted Thaddeus Pham dining with his friends. He had just come from work as an H.I.V. counselor at Diamond Head Clinic. I liked his geek chic style with short-sleeved shirt and bow tie that he just started wearing this year “to play to my strengths as a nerd,” he said.

I didn’t get it into the photo, but inked onto his forearms are verses from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and “Song of the Open Road.” “I read a lot,” he said.

If you’re going to have any words on your body, those are pretty cool choices.

“Song of the Open Road” begins:

“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road. …”

“Song of Myself” begins:

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their
parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death. …”