Fendi Part I: A celebration of art

December 29th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
Artist Jonathan Swanz with one of his works on display at Fendi at Royal Hawaiian Center. The glass and layered metallization installation is entitled, “Archipelago.” A larger detail is shown below.

Fendi hosted a champagne toast Dec. 28 to celebrate the works of Hawaii artist Jonathan Swanz, whose work will be on view at the Royal Hawaiian Center boutique through spring.

The event was a reception for Swanz’s glass collection “Neither Created Nor Destroyed,” and 10 percent of sales from the evening will benefit the University of Hawaii Art Department.

The exhibition marks a continuation of Fendi’s “Fatto a Mano for the Future (Handmade for the Future)” design focus in Hawaii that launched in August this year, opening the doors for Hawaii artists to collaborate with the internationally renowned luxury house.

Fendi is hosting another exhibition of vintage furs, as well as a preview of its spring/summer ready-to-wear collection from 1 to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at its Ala Moana store, and 3 to 9 p.m. Jan. 2 and 3 at its Royal Hawaiian store.

With the multiple events, I did get a little confused and thought I might see some of the vintage furs at Fendi last night, but I did get to check out some of the new collection. In addition to jackets and vests, Fendi ready-to-wear and fur specialist Lionel Patino-Patroni Boronio was in town from New York to show how to wrap scarves, including those embellished with touches of mink and fox.

I’ll be heading there today to learn more.

Image, design and branding strategist Dean Christopher with Fendi’s Cammy Maheras.

Fendi furs were displayed throughout the store …

… and on model Angela Byrd, with fellow model Mandy McGarry.

Lionelo Patino-Patroni Boronio shows Tiana Torii how to wear a fur-embellished scarf.

Cammy Maheras shows Andrea Charuk how the collar can be removed from this vest to be worn separately with other ensembles as collar, wrap or capelet.

I couldn’t help but notice Andrea’s leather-and-chain jewelry, from Kaylin Laeha’s Panacea.Designs GR/T line. You can usually find Panacea at the monthly Art&Flea events.

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