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Crowd wowed by Lovelessizm

March 24th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos & video stills

Roycen Dehmer in the Lovelessizm fashion show at Ala Moana Center’s Centerstage.

Hair stylist and jewelry designer Richie Miao has long been among the most stylish men in Honolulu, so a lot of people were thrilled last year when he said he was coming out with his own menswear collection.

The first Lovelessizm pieces have been making the rounds of small boutiques and pop-up sales, but the collection had its formal debut March 22 on Ala Moana Center’s Centerstage, part of the mall’s Spring Shop A Le’a event. It was a great partnership with the center’s audience and Richie’s princely gothic ninja designs.

The range of his vision really came together on stage in a way that might not occur to the casual shopper browsing, who might only see urban pieces in blacks and grays that fit easily into any wardrobe.

The collection treads the line between construction and deconstruction, with precise details of  narrow pleats, veering toward nihilism in use of industrial buckles, frayed ropes of braids dangling from T-shirts, or slashes in fabric.

Thankfully, his designs are unisex because women were the ones making notes about which pieces they wanted for themselves! And, in more good news, his inaugural women’s collection will be available this summer.

In a real treat for the audience, a performance by L.A. beatboxer Jake Moulton of the House Jacks and electric violinist Jason Yang highlighted the second half of the show.

Designer Andy South was in the audience, as well as front row designers Cindy King, and Polyascko2′s Gerald and John Alexander Polyascko, and stylist Crystal Pancipanci. Many left audibly wondering how Andy would top the show with his own March 24!

Lovelessizm’s Richie Miao with Kara Matsunaga, who’s helping him design Lovelessizm’s women’s collection, due soon!

Slashes in black on black, on Robert Gibson.

Forrest Akeman is double-vested.

If you’re watching the videos below, unfortunately, I was shooting it with the idea of using Jake and Jason’s performance, while slicing up the images. But when I started editing, I thought that wouldn’t be true to the spirit of Richie’s show, that spanned sundown and evening so I split the show into two videos. Then, after slicing Jake and Jason’s music, I was having trouble aligning the music with Jason’s bowing. It drives me crazy when I watch music videos edited for artistic license and the physical playing doesn’t align with the sound, so I just decided to let the whole 8-minute segment run, uncut. Which means you’ll see dead spaces I had intended to edit out. Oh well.

Models Roycen Dehmer and Desmond Centro in smilier mode after the show.

From left, Erin Ludolph, Matt Bruening and Malie Moran at the after-party.

Narcissus Fest afternoon of fashion and song

March 17th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

From left, Mari Miyamoto-Kelton, Dan Yuan and McKenzie Milan walked down the runway in “Black Swan”-inspired tutus, coinciding with an evening wear segment by 2Couture designers TEric Chandler and Takeo.

After a fiscal hiatus, the Narcissus Festival luncheon-fashion show rallied this year for one of the largest showcases of the event’s history, featuring the retro Hawaiiana mens’ and womenswear of Avanti, contemporary fashion by Blue Buddha, and a collection of Avanti collaborations and one-of-a-kind creations by 2Couture designers Eric Chandler and Takeo.

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii sponsored the event that took place March 13 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa’s Coral Ballroom.

The theme of the event was “Inspiration—A Prelude to a Centennial Celebration,” and between segments there was entertainment by Kristian Lei, young dynamo Ari Dalbert, and Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto. Who knew the judge could sing? He surprised the all with his solo.

2Couture’s Eric Chandler, left, and Takeo, with 2010 Miss Hawaii USA Renee Nobriga in one of their sequined qipao.

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The 2011 Narcissus Queen Ningjin Miao, center, was there with her court, from left, third princess Stacey Mei Sen Lam, first princess Christina Ann Soo Hoo, second princess Jasmine Ka Wai Nip and fourth princess Erica Kwai Ying Lee.

With scarves from designers Eric Chandler and Takeo as favors, Emily Lopez ties one on to Gay Spatz’s wrist.

Margaret Doversola, left, and Sandra Sagisi Moser already have their scarf wristlets tied on.

Helen Richardson, left, and Charlyn Masini, who was one of the guest models in the fashion show.

Of course, you can’t have a Narcissus Festival lunch and fashion show without narcissus centerpieces.