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On set at the Pink Palace with Agyness Deyn

November 3rd, 2011

Agyness Deyn photos by Alessio Bolzoni
Agyness Deyn in yellow Versace at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel porte cochere.

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, an ensemble of more than 75 hotels and resorts in more than 35 countries, has reunited Waris Ahluwalia with Luca Guadagnino, the director of their Golden Globe-nominated film, “I Am Love.” to create a short film that will whisk armchair travelers on a romantic journey across America, and perhaps inspire them to go exploring themselves.

The planning was as much as a whirlwind as the film depicts, with the whole project being shot in 10 days ending next Tuesday. So, when I heard about it last Thursday night, it was a bit confusing. I was asked if I wanted to go over to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel to interview a jewelry designer on Friday. Well, would if I could, but my day was already planned out.

Luckily, it worked out so filming was actually being done all day Saturday, so I did have time to stop by in the morning. Of course it turned out to be this whole big project involving Guadagnino, whose gorgeous film I had reviewed for the 2010 HIFF Spring Showcase.

And, their leading lady is Agyness Deyn, whose name some may not know, but whose face will be familiar to anyone who’s watched an international runway show or read a fashion magazine in the past three years and seen her face in conjunction with Burberry, Anna Sui, Hugo Boss, Giorgio Armani, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta, Missoni, Temperley London, etc., etc.

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Stylist Heid Bivens shows the Versace dress worn in the Pink Palace arrival scene.

The last time I saw Agyness was at the New York Fashion Week Spring 2008 shows, and in spite of the backstage stress and craziness, she was as nice as could be. She still seems unspoiled, in spite of her It Girl status.

As for the jewelry story, Ahluwalia’s jewelry is featured in the film he’s producing as a Luxury Collection Global Explorer, tapped for his renown as a world traveler and storyteller. And naturally, Agyness will be dressed in designer ensembles pulled by stylist Heidi Bivens, ranging from new pieces to vintage, for a classic, timeless look.

With Hitchcock films as the inspiration, Bivens drew on Guadagnino’s aesthetic and buzzwords tossed out by Ahluwalia, saying the challenge was to recreate the sophisticated look of the director’s leading ladies, such as Ingrid Bergman, Carole Lombard, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Grace Kelly and Kim Novak, without being “so serious,” maintaining Agyness’ youthful, active and contemporary vibe.

From Hawaii, the crew headed to the Phoenician in Arizona, and will wrap at the Equinox in Vermont. When the film is completed, it’ll appear on the Luxury Collection website.

Deyn being filmed at The Phoenician in Arizona.

Deyn in the desert with the Camelback Mountains in the distance.

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Styling for the film includes jewelry by Waris Ahluwalia, including this ring I tried on. It was stunning, with the stone a deep burgundy color that isn’t really reflected in the photo.

A bracelet by Waris Ahluwalia.

Vacation, Aulani-style

September 22nd, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
A visitor is photographed with a laidback Donald Duck at the newly open Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa at Ko Olina.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, celebrated its grand opening Sept. 21, but a group of us from the newsroom had the opportunity to tour the property Sept. 13 to see how this magic kingdom came together.

True to the company’s storytelling dynamic, they embraced the legends, culture and art of Hawaii, blending them to create a living storybook environment for visitors in search of escape.

A general store on property offers leisure apparel, as well as these Aulani Disney collaborative crossbody bags with Dooney Bourke, below. I already saw people walking around the resort carrying them.

For a look at the restaurants, visit

Aina Kam welcomes visitors with a cool drink of water at the entry to the property. There are other coolers sitting at other corners of the property. Perfect for Hawaii’s perpetual sunny days. I must have had four cups of water in two hours of touring the property.

Walking into the property, built in a U-shape looking out toward the ocean, with two towers on either side.

The resort is divided into two wings, and this is the entry to the female half.

The shallow end of the pool is made to look like ocean waves lapping sand.

Of course any place with the Disney name on it is going to be a fantasy land, and for those afraid to go into the ocean, you can snorkel within the Rainbow Reef, a partially glass-walled, manmade ocean eco-pool to view yellow tangs, angelfish and butterfly fish. If you don’t want to swim with the fish, you can simply watch them eat at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily.

Waikolohe Stream winds its way through Waikolohe Valley, the play area between the two Aulani towers. You can swim through it, or spend a lazy afternoon afloat in an inner tube.

There is also an interactive sting ray experience at 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily at the Makai Preserve. Reservations required.

Inside one of the Disney Vacation Club suite bedrooms.

The living room with lanai that opens to the view below:

The suite’s kitchen and dining area.

Another familiar character.

The resort lighted at night.