By Nadine Kam
The holidays were cause for two back-to-back parties at The Trump International Hotel Waikiki. The first, “Dress to the Nines,” took place Dec. 6, with Hawaii Red Magazine presenting a fashion show by Bernard Foong, and also featuring silver jewelry and objets d’art by Maxi Hawaii, showcasing the work of the versatile Miao brothers, Richie and Howard.
In addition to standard evening gowns in red, black and white for the holidays, plus pretty, feminine florals, Bernard’s showcase included his signature lingerie bustier and fantasy creations. With spring also around the corner, some of the frothy creations in pink were compared to the work of 18th century French Rococo painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard, whose works were known for a certain joie de vivre and playful eroticism.
Foong, who was raised in Malaysia, and trained in Europe, has worked internationally and makes his home on Maui. You can read more about his work in my past story here. He is currently shopping around for a boutique location in Waikiki.
Meanwhile, I’m hearing that Ivanka Trump may be in the islands for her own presentation at the hotel in spring 2011. If everything I’m hearing about materializes, 2011 will be much more exciting than 2010. Crossing fingers!
Malie Moran’s Hawaii Red Magazine helped host the event, that also featured jewelry from Richie Miao’s Maxi Hawaii. Below, his brother Howard shows that he’s moved far beyond scrolled jewelry to such objects as a Bearbrick with crystal paws and a silver chest, and at the bottom of the page, a sterling silver Gundam figure.