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Fendi Part I: A celebration of art

December 29th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
Artist Jonathan Swanz with one of his works on display at Fendi at Royal Hawaiian Center. The glass and layered metallization installation is entitled, “Archipelago.” A larger detail is shown below.

Fendi hosted a champagne toast Dec. 28 to celebrate the works of Hawaii artist Jonathan Swanz, whose work will be on view at the Royal Hawaiian Center boutique through spring.

The event was a reception for Swanz’s glass collection “Neither Created Nor Destroyed,” and 10 percent of sales from the evening will benefit the University of Hawaii Art Department.

The exhibition marks a continuation of Fendi’s “Fatto a Mano for the Future (Handmade for the Future)” design focus in Hawaii that launched in August this year, opening the doors for Hawaii artists to collaborate with the internationally renowned luxury house.

Fendi is hosting another exhibition of vintage furs, as well as a preview of its spring/summer ready-to-wear collection from 1 to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at its Ala Moana store, and 3 to 9 p.m. Jan. 2 and 3 at its Royal Hawaiian store.

With the multiple events, I did get a little confused and thought I might see some of the vintage furs at Fendi last night, but I did get to check out some of the new collection. In addition to jackets and vests, Fendi ready-to-wear and fur specialist Lionel Patino-Patroni Boronio was in town from New York to show how to wrap scarves, including those embellished with touches of mink and fox.

I’ll be heading there today to learn more.

Image, design and branding strategist Dean Christopher with Fendi’s Cammy Maheras.

Fendi furs were displayed throughout the store …

… and on model Angela Byrd, with fellow model Mandy McGarry.

Lionelo Patino-Patroni Boronio shows Tiana Torii how to wear a fur-embellished scarf.

Cammy Maheras shows Andrea Charuk how the collar can be removed from this vest to be worn separately with other ensembles as collar, wrap or capelet.

I couldn’t help but notice Andrea’s leather-and-chain jewelry, from Kaylin Laeha’s Panacea.Designs GR/T line. You can usually find Panacea at the monthly Art&Flea events.

The Best EVER!!! party

December 21st, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
Supercw Christa Wittmier, center, shared the spotlight on her birthday with designer Matt Bruening. They’re joined by, from left, Andy South, Oz Go, Tina Viernes and Sydney Coelho.

When most people celebrate their birthdays, they might expect, oh, a couple dozen people to show up. When Christa Wittmier celebrates her birthday, hundreds show up, so when I didn’t know exactly where the venue was—in the vicinity of Coral and Auahi streets, I just figured I’d drive around the block and look for the commotion.

Of course it was easy to spot the night-lifers walking toward the a tent and warehouse at 683 Auahi, where I found parking just in time to take in Matt Bruening’s Spring 2012 PVNVH fashion show.

As befitting the fundraiser for the international Pow Wow Hawai’i art show coming next year, presents The Best EVER!!! welcomed emerging and veteran DJs, artists and all-around creatives for one big, high-wattage party to match the birthday girl’s outsize personality.

The last time I saw a show by Matt was also at a birthday party for Christa when we were all standing around in the dark. This time was more formal, with runway seating on the floor for the parade of 26 ensembles in Matt’s draped, fluid style, with a few surprises thrown in. For now, those interested in any of the pieces can look for updates through at, follow him on Twitter @mattbruening or email him at

What was funny was that I didn’t know Matt has a twin, Micah, so when I saw Micah roaming around before the show, I wondered why Matt wasn’t backstage fussing and worrying, as designers do. I tried to say hello, but of course Micah doesn’t know me, so he walked by. Still thinking he was Matt, I figured he had a lot on his mind, so it’s always better to catch up after the show, which is when I saw the two together. That’s when you can see how they look different, but nevertheless, all the photographers were marveling at the strong resemblance.

Some of his more nomadic pieces were accompanied by luxurious fur bags by fellow designer Farida Ong. Afterward, I cornered her to make sure she has pink bags coming for spring. She’s working on them right now!

Now that it’s the holidays, a lot of models are home, whether back from school or back to visit family, and one of Matt’s models was a homecoming Courtney Arndt, who drew cheers when she appeared, from all those who’ve missed her local runway, print and television presence.

Zippers, asymmetry and parachute draping went into this edgy take on the LBD.

Matt has tended to favor a dark palette of black, gray, navy and gray-blues, but this time around, he added a creamy white in a romantic draped and off-the-shoulder dress.

Courtney Arndt, back from the mainland, made her return to the local runway, which brought on a lot of cheering.

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After the show, Matt posed for photos with model Kelsey Campbell.

David Crans and accessories designer Farida Ong.

Front row denizens Crystal Pancipanci, photographer Harold Julian and Juliet Lighter.

Kylie Cunningham and Maida Montemayor, the stylish founder of Collins and 8th.