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Nabbing a piece of Jason Wu

February 5th, 2012

Nadine Kam photos (except Target models)
There were about 50 to 60 in line ahead of me at the Lawehana Street Target this morning, for the Jason Wu for Target debut.

There’s not much that would get me out of bed at 7 on a Sunday morning, but I didn’t want to miss out on the debut of Jason Wu’s collection for Target. Even so, I arrived at the Lawehana Street store about 5 minutes before opening Feb. 5, so at about 50th or 60th in line, didn’t get everything I wanted. It was only because I knew other shoppers there that I was able to walk away witha couple of their rejects.

After the fact, I also saw someone I knew who had put back two of the Milu scarves I wanted. Someday I’ll get it right. The secret, I learned, was to roll out of bed and get in your car without stopping to put on any makeup.

Missed out on the Milu scarves because I went for the clothes.

I was strategizing with people over the weekend, discussing whether Wu would be a greater or smaller draw than Missoni. I figured it might be less, because his designs tend to be more fitted and less forgiving than knits, and with Missoni, there was also a housewares collection. So I was sad to see the long line, figuring they had only come for one thing. After all, who really NEEDS to be at Target at 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning?

Once we got in the door, some people detoured in a different direction, so I was hopeful. But they were heading for the handbags and scarves, wiping out the stock in no time. The entire frenzy lasted no more than 5 minutes. After that, people were waiting to see what came back from dressing rooms, but most people were going straight from racks to checkout.

At least the store personnel is learning, telling people toward the end of the morning that there is a one-item limit per style in an attempt to eliminate some of the buying for resale. But of course, people who do that will just show up with a larger contingent next time.

Next up for budget fashionistas is Marni at H&M. Guess I’ll be shopping online again March 8.

A girl walks off with a dress I wanted, shown below over the decimated racks. Although press materials said it would be available online only, it was in the Lawehana Street Target, and came with a black sash-style belt. One skinny size 2 shopper, who I followed around awhile, hoping she would give her dress up, had to be content buying the dress in size large.

After about 5 minutes, the racks were cleared, and a few latecomers and hopefuls stood around waiting for returns that never really came because few people were trying on and just headed straight for the registers. I did manage to pick up the blue top at the right, and I knew one of the shoppers who had grabbed the matching size 4 skirt and didn’t want it after all, so passed it along to me. The whole look is below.

Either the prices were higher than initially stated, or we pay Hawaii prices. The top was actually $31.99, and the skirt was $35.99.

I saw this nubby gold top on the racks but didn’t go for it because it looked heavy. But then someone who knew someone I knew asked if I wanted the one she had and said it was really cute on, so I tried it on and got it even though, at medium, it’s two sizes too big. It’s really cute and lightweight. It’s shown on the model below, but has a peplum that in the photo is tucked in.

The actual price of the top was $38.99.

This is the poplin dress that got me out of bed early, but it wasn’t stocked here. I’ll probably be shopping for it online now that I have a good idea of the fit.

Matt Bruening’s PVNCH arrives at Milk & Honey

February 5th, 2012

Nadine Kam photos
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.