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Opening tmw: Fighting Eel in Kailua

November 18th, 2011

Linh Owen photos
A peek into the new Fighting Eel boutique in Kailua.

Kailua residents have one more place to shop for the holidays. Fighting Eel is set to open its doors at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the newly revamped space at 629 Kailua Road, Suite 130.

I looked up the space on Google Street View and found Kailua Town has changed so much since the Google Street View Car was here in 2009, that the photo of the area is sadly outdated. Those cars need to come back and remap the area!

The boutique definitely is an upgrade that fits in with Kaneohe Ranch’s vision for the beach town.

FE’s beach-luxe apparel is perfect for Kailua’s lifestyle and for area visitors who find themselves desiring resort apparel.

Congratulations FE! You’ve come a long way from when I met you on Keawe Street, selling $5 tank tops off a table a mere eight years ago!

The boutique hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 738-9301.

Manager Kerrie Inouye is rightfully proud of the new boutique.

Abi Ferrin: One dress, five ways

November 18th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

Abi Ferrin shows one of her original styles in Nordstrom’s Individualist department.

Just got back from Nordstrom, where designer Abi Ferrin is showcasing her spring collection until 4 p.m. in the third-floor Individualist department. For those who can make it over there, it would be great to have the designer show you multiple ways to wear her original 5-Way Dress.

There was a communal spirit in the dressing rooms as women tried on the dresses and Abi showed them multiple ways to wear it and helped them find their best looks. Officially, she said, “There are 10 great ways to wear it,” but said that women come up with their own “unofficial” ways all the time, as we discovered when emerging from the dressing rooms after having been left to our own devices.

Her spring collection is inspired by the desert paintings of Salvador Dali and Georgia O’Keefe, and features new prints, dresses and clutch with handmade buttons. But the 5-Way has remained the mainstay of her collection for eight years, stopping women in their tracks as they figure out the single dress, at $258, can give them multiple wardrobe options.

Even though it looks like you’re draped in slinky, unforgiving jersey, causing one older woman to remark, “That’s not for me,” Ferrin uses a high-quality jersey with double layers so there’s no need for smoothing undergarments. It’s like you’ve got Spanx built in.

While I was there, I saw women in all sizes try on her tops and dresses, all achieving the most prized of looks: effortless chic.

Looking ahead to the holidays, one dress in various incarnations could easily take you through all the major occasions, and would work well in hiding that Thanksgiving turkey or any post-feast bulge.

Ferrin said, “They’re designed for eating. You can look fabulous and eat at the same time!”

Individualist and Savvy manager Michelle Simpson, left, and Monique Nou, show two ways of wearing Abi Ferrin’s 5-Way dress, one as a dress and one as a one-shoulder top, along with Abi Ferrin fabric clutches that are a gift with purchase today only.

Abi fits shopper Lara Holt in her animal-print 5-Way dress.

Ferrin’s appearance in Hawaii marked a family reunion, with her mother also in town, and her sister flying in from Okinawa to meet them in the middle of the Pacific. Inspired by her sister Kelly Bryant’s humanitarian work around the globe, Abi founded The Freedom Project which assists disenfranchised women from around the world in establishing micro-businesses.

Ferrin, center, with, from left, her sister Kelly Bryant, and Nordstrom’s Michelle Simpson, Eryn Fujita and Monique Nou.