Night Market fashion: The Cut Collective

Slide27The Cut Collective, a design and manufacturing co-op that’s breaking new ground in Hawaii, created a cohesive runway show for last night’s Honolulu Night Market fashion show.

Here’s a short rundown of each collection:

Allison Izu’s new collection IZU, is a younger, trendier line, offering denim and casual pieces with playful details.

Haus of Quirk by Jenna Sato incorporates a mix of prim and whimsicality. She designs for the women who want to stand out and express personal style with the use of hide-and-seek motifs.

Rumi Murakami’s Fall 2014 collection is inspired by unique fabrics with rich textures sewn into modern tailored separates.

Mari Nakamura’s Duality collection is inspired by both soft and hard elements and incorporates contrasting textures, and asymmetric lines.

Ten Tomorrow by Summer Shiigi was all about the white on white and featured classic lines and silhouettes inspired by fashion icons.

Allison Izu Collection - HNL Night Market July 2014

Mesh dolman tee and polka dot Diamond Head shorts. Model Caitlin - Wilhelmina Hawaii.

-Photo by Tracy Chan

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Urban Appeal Eclectic Goodwill

Eclectic and quite electric describes the third annual Goodwill Goes Glam gala and pre-sale. As an insider who produced the first two shows, I can tell you it takes a ton of blood, sweat and fashionable tears to direct this high profile runway show. Kudos to Paul Brown Hawaii and his team – the electric blue bob wigs and kabuki inspired make-up made it fun and edgy. Brown chose to layer the looks on each model to showcase multiple Goodwill finds. Models gingerly removed the top layers piece by piece and managed to keep it classy. Lead stylist Amy Azada guided the team of more than a dozen stylists, most coming from Paul Brown Hawaii. Once the show was over, Hawaii News Now anchors, and Glam emcees Steve Uyehara and Jennifer Robbins, gave the audience the green light to hit the pre-sale floor. A fun night of fashion with a cause.

Here are a few of our favorite moments of the fashion show and pre-sale:

Urban Appeal Eclectic Goodwill fashion show

Goodwill employee Duane (groom) model Madison (bride) with Makana and Jill open the show. This is Duane's third GLAM fashion show.

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Photos by Mark Ramelb


2014 Goodwill Goes GLAM! fashion show & pre-sale

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Photos by Bianca Bystrom Pino

Sneak peek: Goodwill Goes GLAM

On Wednesday, I received exclusive access to the Goodwill Goes GLAM sales floor at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, even before the VIP pre-sale that takes place tonight. I felt like Tim Gunn was breathing down my neck, in a fun way.  I had a half hour to make it work and identify my glam picks for our bargain-hunting readers.

But first I spoke with Laura Smith, President/CEO of Goodwill. “Last year, there were 200 people waiting in line to come in on the first day, and we expect even more this year,” she said. “They know that when they purchase items at Goodwill, they’re helping people with employment barriers, to get jobs.”

Here’s a look at some of my GLAM picks:

GLAM sale preview

This LV travel bag is in great shape.

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Photos by Lyle Amine

Goodwill Goes GLAM! sales days
Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
Friday, July 18: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 19: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 20: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
For a $2 off admission coupon go to

Something new: CabaRAE

IMG_4649Finally, there’s a new show in town, something my friends and I can go to that’s Las Vegas strip worthy, hip, sexy and very much cheeky in every sense of the word. It’s the CabaRAE my friends. Fellow Frolic contributor Tracy Chan and I caught a private preview of the show Tuesday at the Tapa Ballroom at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The RAE in CabaRAE stands for Random Acts of Entertainment, but before I tell you about the show itself, I’ve got to dish about our “hard hat” preview of the soon-to-be permanent space near the pool. “This will be an epic build-out, a $5 million dollar Spiegeltent, Dutch for mirror tent,” says Alan Goldberg, the show’s creative producer and co-founder, who had directed Cirque du Soleil for the “O” Show in Las Vegas. “…The intimate space will include a 360 experiential stage, backstage rigging, and more secret features within the 10,000 square foot transformation.  Our co-founder, the RMD Group, will be the driving force in creating a state-of -the-art bar, VIP experience and after party.”

IMG_4683Back to the show, we knew it was going to be different when the ring master announced at the start: “Feel free to get up in the middle of the show and get a drink.” But the show was so adrenaline-filled, people actually waited until intermission. It was burlesque-meets-circus with aerial artistry, daredevil feats of strength, and  naughty bits that make it a PG-13 show. The level of interaction with the audience is not something you see very often, it took the comedy acts to the next level. Cast members hail from Great Britain, Australia, Germany, France, Canada, Russia and Las Vegas and collectively presented 14 acts during the hour and a half show.

So here’s my official review, Hawaii needs this level of entertainment. It is perfect for a first date, or 100th date, bachelor or bachelorette soiree, and perfect for a GNO, there’s no shortage of beautiful bodies. I love that it does not try to be a Hawaiian show; leave that to those who do it best.

CabaRAE preview show

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Photos by Tracy Chan

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Tapa Tower Ballroom
2005 Kalia Road
Preview tickets: adults $60; kamaaina/senior/military $50; children 3-11 $40; kamaaina children $30; children 2 and under free
Previews are Thursday-Sunday, with cocktails at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet with the cast

Something new: Koi Honolulu

Koi1 (2)Edgy, Eurpoean, rock-insipred Koi Honolulu celebrated its grand opening Tuesday at Royal Hawaiian Center. We found a gamut of items, including tailored denim, leather jackets, graphic tees, sportswear, dresses, and swimwear for men and women. I was drawn to their fresh selection of bracelets, unique leather and metal boots, uber European messenger bags, Italian oils, soaps and home fragrances.

They feature more than two dozen new brands, including high-end and emerging Eurpean brands — Victoria Beckham, Philipp Plein, Chan Luu, Cruciani, The Editor, Hollywood Trading Company (known as HTC), Hydrogen, Orlebar Brown, Santa Maria Novella & LAFCO and Siwy.

“Many of these lines are popular overseas, and we hope to establish a bridge with Europe to bring the latest in fashion to Hawaii,” owner Kyong Chang said. “There are few collaborative products with brands such as Hydrogen and Cruciani, which we hope will add that extra exclusive touch.”

The lure here is indie fashion. A perfect resource for the grown-up rocker who loves European flavor.

Koi Honolulu

—Photo by Melissa Chang

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Koi Honolulu
Royal Hawaiian Center
2233 Kalakaua Ave.