Vivienne Westwood arrives in Waikiki

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Famed British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood opened her new Waikiki boutique Wednesday morning, inside the Moana Surfrider hotel. The Honolulu store is only the second freestanding location in the Unites States (the other shop is in Los Angeles). The ceremony kicked off with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, followed by a brief welcome message by Moana Surfrider’s General Manager Craig Anderson.

I was pretty shocked to learn that there was only one other Vivienne Westwood location in the country. I’ve always been a fan of designers who march to their own beat, and Westwood’s collections have always been unique, groundbreaking and unparalleled. Season after season she releases one-of-a-kind, individual pieces, never paying attention to current trends, or what others designers are showing on the runway.

Vivienne Westwood in Waikiki

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Photo by Dallas Nagata White