By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
Easter colors on the runway at Nordstrom.
New faces on the runway. All but two of the 40 models were flown in for the fashion show. Guests were asking why there was a need to import models. Height plays a part, but it’s also all about the walk, which has become more apparent to me while attempting to shoot video and photographs. These models look good with every step.
Still recovering from the fun of the Nordstrom fashion show gala last night. Amazing! About 2,500 people paid $150 to be at the event, which raised $400,000 to benefit Hawaii Theatre Center, Bishop Museum and HUGS.
Guests had the run of all three levels of the store, with performances by Amy Hanaiali’i and Matt Catingub, Jimmy Borges and Mihana Souza centered around the First Floor piano, with attendees dancing when the mood struck. Food and dessert stations, with selections by Chai Chaowasaree, Elua’s Donato Loperfido and Philippe Padovani, and JJ Pastry, were set up all around the store, and cash register counters and makeup counters were turned into makeshift bars.
Guests rode the escalator from floor to floor to see all the store had to offer.
I could tell who reads this blog because they were the ones who came up to me and seeing I was wearing a black (after all) Alice + Olivia dress, told me, “Hey, you’re not wearing what you said you were going to wear!”
Yeah, well, there are always last-minute snafus. I got there close to 8, though I had planned to be there at 7.
For me, the runway show on the third floor was the highlight, and I rushed into the tent for the first show at 8 p.m. When I was told earlier that the show would repeat at 9 p.m., I didn’t understand the rationale, but as large as the venue was—almost as big as many of the New York Fashion Week Bryant Park shows—it would not have been able to contain all the guests, many of whom missed in show in favor of shopping, flirting, noshing, getting foot massages, etc., etc. Those who missed the show said they’d wait for my video. Ooh, the pressure!
Well, you really are going to have to wait because the show had so many segments, on a 64-foot catwalk, that I lost count. We haven’t had a show of this magnitude since Chanel imported models for a couture show more than a decade ago and when the French Festival brought in its share of couture designs.
I figured the party would run beyond its scheduled 10 p.m. close. I got home—just 4 miles away—at midnight, having turned down an invitation to go to Nobu, and when I left, there were still people shopping and trying on shoes, showing no rush or desire to leave!
Events continue tonight with the preview of the new Ala Moana Center expansion. Tickets are $40.
Former TV “Bachelor” Andy Baldwin and Reine Ah Moo. The joke is, the Prudential Realtor was misidentified as Tessa in a past newspaper photo, so now every time he sees her, he greets her with open arms as “Tessa!”
Gathered around Rochelle Ovitt, temporarily home from Hollywood, are, from left, Colt Dunteman, Dr. Alvin Chung and Ryan Woodward.
The show opened with a colorful tropical, resortwear segment.
Desserts and chocolates were tempting, and every time you looked, it seemed new desserts appeared.
Guests left with a gift of a box of notecards featuring the work of fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo.