Passport to fashion and food

March 31st, 2011
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Models in Meg by Design beach bridal dresses.

It was a busy Friday night, March 25 at Ala Moana Center, where I  found out two hours is not a lot of time to cover the 19 stores taking part in “Passport to Luxury,” a shopping and dining tour of luxury boutiques that actually runs four hours, but I had to cut my time short to take in the Meg by Design fashion show at the Hawaii Fashion Incubator’s Pop-up Incubator.

A newcomer to Hawaii’s fashion scene, designer Michelle Douglas’s carefree visions in white were a hit at the Hifi boutique. You can read more about her in the paper today.

I was so tired though, after a week of shows, in which I took a break only on Wednesday to go eat for my column, that while I was videotaping the show, I got into the reverse record-stop record mode, so missed taping half the show! Thankfully, the missing garments are shown in the photo Michelle sent over, above.


Designer Michelle Douglas with one of her models in a beach bridal dress.

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Escada store manager Jane Moon welcomed Kaimi Judd and Malika Dudley to the boutique during Passport to Luxury.

Prior to the Meg by Design fashion show, I made it to about six or seven of the boutiques participating in Passport to Luxury, which turns out to be as much about food as fashion.

Chef Mavro was at Tiffany serving up nairagi poisson cru; pistachio, grape and Big Island goat cheese balls; and Hawaiian espresso brownies. Foodie Alain Gayot of Gayot.com, the guide to restaurants and travel was there to enjoy the event, but said he wasn’t working, I somehow doubted that. Even when I’m not working, those involved in writing, food and fashion lifestyles are working in terms of observing, remembering and being inspired.

Meanwhile, those wandering into Dior enjoyed mini sandwiches from Alan Wong, at Jimmy Choo there was Big Island Kobe pastrami on herbed foccaccia from Tangö’s Goran Streng, and at Salvatore Ferragamo there were mini ahi pizzas with a bit of anchovy sauce. Yum!

Guests were also able to bid on silent auction items at the various boutiques, and have their “passports” stamped and entered into a prize drawing.

Wish I could have stayed longer, but had to move on.


At Jimmy Choo, Salon Chérie owner Anri Bui was offering nail polish application, with the help of Mariko Matui, left, and Maria Todo. Below is a closeup of Maria’s nail art.

At Chanel, there were makeup color consultations and applications.

At Dior, Teri Kamezawa shows one of the new purses that can be used as a shoulder bag, messenger or handled tote.

A limited edition Dior purse, at about $3,000, was made even more collectible with John Galliano’s sudden ouster from the company because the inside of the purse bears his signature.

Chef Mavro was at Tiffany serving up his nairagi poisson cru (below). With him are his wife Donna Jung and Alain Gayot of Gayot.com.


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