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Matt Bruening’s PVNCH arrives at Milk & Honey

February 5th, 2012

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Designer Matt Bruening with his models, from left, Ella Aki, Momoko Metzger and Casey Evans.

Following up on his December fashion show, Matt Bruening presented the debut of his Spring 2012 line, PVNCH, during First Friday at Milk & Honey, 1128 Smith St., where there was informal modeling and shoppers were treated to a 20 percent discount between 6 and 9 p.m.

If you missed it, not to worry, the boutique will be carrying the line, in addition to it’s other brands, from House of Harlow to luxurious beauty products from Tokyo Milk.

I really love the House of Harlow headpieces they carry, but unfortunately I’m not young enough to be able to pull off the hippie-boho look like its creator, Nicole Richie, as in the photo below:

House of Harlow photo

While there, I ran into Julie Aragaki, who fixated on the necklace I was wearing. It’s sort of an illusion necklace with three gold discs embedded with a varying number of diamonds, plus two small brilliant-cut diamonds on a gold chain. When it’s worn, the pendants appear to form a constellation of varying lengths.

When I told her it was from Jade by Nikolai, she said she had to take a photo of it and send it to designer Nikolai Tsang, who has a knack for remembering who bought what.

I bought it for myself for Christmas of 2010, but sure enough, Nikolai knew I was there with Julie.

Milk & Honey co-owner Patricia Chang with the very comfortable-looking store mascot Mochi, who was a hit with shoppers.

Leesha Kubo in one of Matt’s chevron design cropped tees. It has a sexy, butterfly back like the example below in case you don’t know what that looks like:

Julie Ann Aragaki, right, with her daughter Arian. They made some quick rounds and were done with First Friday by 7:30 p.m.

‘Contrastes’ jewelry collection at Chanel

February 5th, 2012

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Aubrey McGovern tried on this ring from the Chanel Contrastes Fine Jewelry Collection during a preview that took place Feb. 2 at Halekulani. It’s priced at $307,000.

The Chanel Contrastes Fine Jewelry collection went on view today and will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 6, at the Waikiki Chanel boutique on Luxury Row, 2100 Kalakaua Ave.

It’s a rare exhibition of couture pieces, with the approximately 20 pieces on view valued at about $5 million.

During a preview event Feb. 2 at Halekulani, a handful of guests were able to view and try on pieces, none worth less than $100,000.

True to the collection’s name, each piece is a study in contrasts, from Chanel’s classic black-and-white, to studies in light and shade, with gemstones in a variety of cuts, transparency and reflectiveness, from the radiance of diamonds, to the iridescence of mother-of-pearl and moonstones, and milky opacity of white opals.

Take a look while you can.

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Collier Perle de Rosee necklace in 18K white gold, set with a central 2-carat round-cut diamond, white diamonds, black and grey spinels, moon stones and pearls.

At the Halekulani preview, pieces that caught the eye could be tried on.

This diamond cuff definitely caught my eye, but I wouldn’t want the attention from wearing this many diamonds out!

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Nuage de Glace earrings in 18K white gold, set with 2 round-cut diamonds for a total weight of 2 carats, 621 brilliant-cut white diamonds for a total weight of 7.5 carats, 134 brilliant-cut black diamonds for a total weight of 1 carat and 108 white cultured pearls from 4 to 4.5 mm diameter.

An incredible piece incorporating rock crystals, brilliant- and emerald-cut diamonds. I don’t know the cost, but a ring with a diamond embedded in a single rock crystal is $115,000, so start multiplying.

Another favorite piece, inspired by Coco Chanel’s love of Asian design and inspired by a Chinese folding screen in her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris.