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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.

Vanity Fair + Fashion Rocks

August 29th, 2007

Vanity Fair

Time to head to break away from your computer for a sec and head to the bookstore where buying Vanity Fair’s Style issue gets you the freebie Fashion Rocks magazine promoting Conde Nast’s annual celebration of a couple of my favorite things, fashion and music, with a couple of very eye-catching spreads featuring Sean Lennon and model/collaborator Irina Lazareanu and various fashion tribes (punk, mod, goth and rave), plus a style update on a trio of iconic women in rock, Stevie Nicks, Deborah Harry and Marianne Faithfull.

punk tribe

In the Vanity Fair, there’s a requisite best-dressed list including celebs and royals, but more interesting to me was the sad story about the suicide of Isabella Blow (below), a fashion original best known for having discovered Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen, and who often appeared in photographs wearing a fantastic Treacy hat.

The circumstances of her death surprised me, in the same way geek film-goers are probably shocked to be reading about Owen Wilson now. It’s hard to know a people beyond their facades, though instant media networks often suggest intimacy.

Isabella Blow

Another story about Blow also appears in the July issue of New York magazine, titled “The Sad Hatter.”

Also in the Vanity Fair is an ad for Gwen Stefani’s new fragrance, L, with the music star looking something like a cross between Marilyn Monroe and a Vargas pinup girl.


The clubs always want the big stars to add cachet to their after-hours parties, but after her show here Aug. 24, Gwen had a quiet little soiree — that is herself, hubby Gavin Rossdale and son Kingston — at Halekulani’s Lewers Lounge.

It was strange to see Steve Aoki, a k a DJ Kid Millionaire a k a Devon’s bro, featured in another Vanity Fair article on the boys who stalk the girls — you know the ones, Lindsay, Britney, Nicole and Paris — in their ploy for instant fame.

That turned out to be a tease. It seemed Lindsay just was photographed doing her grind while he was oblivious doing his own thing.

Steve was here last year for the opening of Miss Sixty/Energie at Ala Moana Center and he’s got his own clothing line to promote, same name as his record label, Dim Mak.