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You may have seen Hawaii’s Keke Lindgard

February 23rd, 2011

Photos courtesy Wilhelmina
Model Keke Lindgard, left, in a campaign for DKNY’s resort collection.

The Wilhelmina model search brought Roman Young back to town, and I got a chance to talk to the Iolani graduate about how he got his start in the biz and how he worked his way up to becoming Director of Scouting for the New York office.

My story will be in Thursday, Feb. 24′s, paper.

He also talks about model Keke Lindgard, who’s from Kaaawa, and who has taken the fashion world by storm, landing a spot on’s Top 10 Newcomers list in 2009, and going on to fulfill that destiny. She’s landed major campaigns with the likes of Gucci, Ralph Lauren and D&G, as well as walked runways as diverse as Rag & Bone, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Dior and Armani Privé.

Keke Lindgard for Gucci Eyewear.

Roman said that in spite of her success, few in Hawaii know her name because her work has been in New York and Europe. A lot of people from Hawaii do well abroad, without us necessarily knowing their names.

Keke in a Trussardi Jeans campaign.

That’s not only in fashion. Some of my favorite musicians have been from Hawaii, though few here have ever heard of The Dambuilders or … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead because they left and never looked back.

Granted, … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, now based in Austin, Texas, is not for everyone, but at this point the band is my absolute favorite. I was lucky to catch their one of their shows when I was in New York in 2009, because who knows when or if Conrad Keely will ever bring his band home to play. Like I said, the band is not exactly a household name here.

Here’s one of my videos from the show, but if you watch you have to stay til the end to get the full scope of the song: Be forwarned, they have two drummers so it’s gonna be loud.

Beyond music, Conrad is also a gifted artist who has been toiling in steampunk imagery long before he knew there was term for his futuristic and industrial, yet Victorian sensibility.

Here’s a link to a video of him talking about his art and his notion that hoop skirts are sexier than bikinis.

Conrad Keely’s comic book artwork coincides with the release of … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s new release “Tao of the Dead.”

Conrad Keely at the drawing table.

Convention Center housed Anne Namba show

October 21st, 2010

Nadine Kam video stills

A model walks in the finale to Anne Namba’s fashion show for Hui Makaala.

Hui Makaala presented its annual scholarship fashion show at the Hawai’i Convention Center on Oct. 10, 2010. It was the first time, aside from a small Kawaii Kon Lolita show, that I’d seen a fashion show of this caliber staged at this venue. It was comparable in size and audio-visual scope to shows that have usually gone into the Sheraton Waikiki Ballrooms.

It’s a very nice venue that easily packed in 600 supporters of the Okinawan scholarship organization, which this year selected seven scholarship recipients: Glen Allen Beavers (Pahoa High), Natalie Fukuhara (Aiea High), Darlene Fukuji (Hawaii Baptist Academy), Kara Funakoshi (Maryknoll), Melanie Matsuda (Kohala High), Marcie Moribe (Pacific Buddhist Academy) and Shawna Watanabe (Pearl City High).

Anne Namba was the afternoon’s designer, presenting pieces from her “Madama Butterfly” collection, based on costumes she created for the Savonlinna Opera Festival’s production of the opera last year, with Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Henry Akina as stage director. Opening the show was a snippet o video from the production, which was set against the centuries-old gray stone walls of the Finland castle that houses the annual festival.

I’ve seen at least three different incarnations of Namba’s show. One of the downside of being in Hawaii is there are still too few who can stage a show on this scale, so organizations that go scouting usually rely on the same designers. Even so, Namba has managed to change the staging each time, and the setting allowed for beautiful projected images, opera arias by Chiho Villasenor, Maya Hoover and Erik Haines, and piano accompaniment by Beebe Freitas.

PYNK Salon and Lloyd Horibe of Hairscapes were responsible for the models’ hair, and Kecia Littman and Alana Kazimirski did the makeup.

The show was vast, divided into four segments, each with its own video below. Where applicable, the opening art images are by Kazuko Sakima:

Another of Anne Namba’s designs, inspired by Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”

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