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First look: DVF boutique now open

October 6th, 2011

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DVF Honolulu boutique manager Marilee Mattson, second from left, and staffers Cindy Wong, Kristen Bukes, Devon Hughes and Jasmine Allen.

Honolulu’s first DVF boutique opened its doors this morning at Ala Moana Center, on the mall level, between Neiman Marcus and Dior.

A blessing took place at 8:30 a.m., with boutique manager Marilee Mattson welcoming media guests in before doors opened to shoppers at 10 a.m.

The boutique carries the full line of DVF apparel, footwear, leather goods and accessories, including the brand’s signature wrap dresses, with many LBDs perfect for the holiday season and fur jackets for winter travelers.

Her Fall-Winter 2011 collection was inspired by “American Legends” of style, referencing fashion powerhouses Diana Vreeland, Gloria Vanderbilt and Millicent Rogers. I got an eyeful of the latter’s dramatic style when I visited the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico.

We may see Diane von Furstenberg here next month or in December for a grand opening celebration. For her, it would be a good time to escape cold weather and the reception will be warm. I’m sure there are many in town who would love to bask in the glow of fashion royalty!

Photographs of iconic namesake Diane von Furstenberg fill the boutique.

Diane’s portrait by Andy Warhol now graces silk twill scarves, $145, in multiple colors. This one in yellow is shown by DVF visual director Dale Eramo.

One of the boutique’s showstoppers is this blue sequined wrap dress, at $1,600. You’ll find other holiday-ready apparel at about $300. Below, the dress as seen on the runway:

Also in from New York, Lindsay Carmer, director of U.S. Retail for DVF.

I know a few people who will be drawn to these look-at-me boots.

You can always count on DVF to offer plenty of prints, 0n apparel and accessories.

More accessories. For tech junkies, DVF also has a black leather satchel-style daybag with a back flap that offers easy access to your iPad. Pretty genius.

An array of DVF buttons with empowering messages.

Inside the dressing room, with memorabilia including Diane von Furstenberg’s 1976 Newsweek cover, below:

DVF winter wear.

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Meet Q-Pot designer Sunday

August 19th, 2011

Nadine Kam photo

In Waikiki Aug. 18, Q-Pot designer Tadaaki Wakamatsu shows pieces from his new Winnie-the-Pooh collection that will be in the store Sept. 1.

Q-Pot designer Tadaaki Wakamatsu will be at the Ala Moana Center store 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 for a meet-and-greet with fans, as a thank-you for their support of his boutique since it opened last July.

Special offers during the occasion include making 12 of his Japan exclusive Brownie Macaron cell phone charms available, at $58 each; and a gift of the Q-Pot Mook Book, Vol. 3, with any purchase of $100 or more. The Q-Pot book and catalog comes with a Chocolate-print apron and mini bag.

During my interview with the designer on the 18th, he expressed gratitude for support of the company in light of the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown that hit Japan in March. In light of the mood and fears of his countrymen, he said it was hard to work, but because his brand is built on positive thoughts, he felt it was important for him to put his best face forward.

The day after the earthquake, he had come up with Peace bands in his Chocolate design, with 100 percent of proceeds from sales of the $7 bands (so far amounting to $300,000) going to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief effort to aid his country’s recovery. A shipment of 500 bracelets to the Hawaii store sold out in a week.

He and his staff spoke of the nation’s resilience in light of disasters that have struck their country, as well as continuing tremors. Then they told me I should come visit them in Japan! I told them I would be so freaked out if I felt that rumbling.

My interview with the designer will appear in next Thursday’s paper.

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Q-Pot Peace Chocolate Wristbands sold out in a week locally.

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A closer look at the Winnie the Pooh & Honey Necklace ($189), Winnie Pooh Honey Biscuit cell phone charm ($88) and necklace ($230).

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Winnie the Pooh Honey Macaron cell phone charm ($61) and necklace ($115).