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Bernard Foong opens at Ala Moana Center

August 19th, 2010

Nadine Kam photos
Bernard Foong, center, opened his eponymous Ala Moana Center boutique this morning. He’s with his business and life partner Walter Bissett, left, and  Japan partner Robert McLellan, who’ll also be opening a restaurant on Maui soon.

Hawaii-based international designer Bernard Foong opened his Ala Moana Center boutique with a blessing at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 19.

For whatever reason, almost every boutique owner I’ve ever talked to has suffered through last-minute problems up to opening day, and this was no exception, according to Foong’s life and business partner Walter Bissett. Clothing arrived at the last minute, and the van carrying them got stuck in the center garage due to its height. Air had to be released from its tires before it could get moving again.

The designer was on Maui before heading to Oahu, and aims to take his brand—focusing on bridal and evening wear, as well as hand-embellished bustiers—to Japan and China within the next two years.

For now, look for the boutique near Ilori and Betsey Johnson, at the Macy’s end of the mall.

Anthony Gambino of Nashimoto & Associates shot this photo of me, photographer Dennis Oda and model Marina Terwilliger in the shop before it was finished. Below is what it looks like now.

A selection of Bernard Foong’s SexZ Things bustiers.

It’s hard to shed one’s clothes with so many gawkers around, but Hawaii Red Magazine’s Malie Moran went for it and with her model-thin body, looked great in a black bustier.

This bridal gown is front and center in the boutique.

This guest is reading a copy of my story that was in print that morning.

Bernard with his general manager Gay Spatz.

A couple of Bernard’s illustrations.

Daniel Vosovic unveils collection

February 12th, 2010

BPCM photos

“Project Runway’s” other star, Daniel Vosovic, debuted his first full women’s RTW collection during NY Fashion Week Feb. 11 at Exit Art.

It’s about time for the talented young designer who, curiously, placed second in one of the most interesting seasons (No. 2) that saw such colorful competitors as L.A.’s Santino Rice and Andre Gonzalez, and softspoken winner Chloe Dao.

Vosovic had recently come back to the show for the launch of its Lifetime debut, to take part in its two-hour special, “Project Runway: All Star Challenge,” landing the $100,000 prize that helped him to produce his show.

It will be interesting to watch how his cerebral, artistic approach to fashion evolves over time.


For Fall/Winter 20101, he found inspiration during a late night summer stroll through Washington Square Park. His collection reflects his observation of the effects of time and the elements on statues and sculptures, and explores the notion of creative destruction.

His original prints and embroideries derived from studying the aging process of oxidized copper, broken marble, and other materials in various stages of transformation. The inspiration was communicated throughout the presentation space by dim ambient lights and a Porter Panther nature film projected on the walls.