Designers collaborate for Night Market fashion show

IMG_0826Sassy meets sweet is what you’ll find on the runway at Saturday’s Honolulu Night Market. It makes total sense that Angela Matsuo, owner and designer of Love at Dawn and Lynn Dagan, designer-in-chief at Chief Hawaii, will join forces to showcase their up-cycled fashions.

I recently visited the Love at Dawn studio, located on the second floor of the McCully Chop Suey building to preview both collections. Can I just say that I love how Matsuo takes an old mu’umu’u or grandmother’s duster and morphs it into a sundress that’s youthful with a hint of sexy. She’s not afraid to add an unexpected pocket enhancement to a gently used men’s flannel shirt that could have been worn at a Nirvana concert in the ’90s.

Accessories by Chief Hawaii add contrast and bold elements to the ensemble with rustic one-of-a-kind leather clutches; some with embossed messages, fringe or crochet accents. I love the collection of men’s crossbody bags with the large asymmetrical front pockets. I did some recon, and Dagan’s design and execution of her leather goods rivals Etsy’s best and prices are comparable,

Here’s a neak peek at some of the runway looks:

Love at Dawn transformation –  before and after. One-of-a-kind vintage sea mint mu’umu’u with white polka dots, eyelet detail around the neckline & hemline halter with low back size medium ($85). Designer Angela Matsuo.

Love at Dawn transformation – before and after. One-of-a-kind vintage sea mint mu’umu’u with white polka dots, eyelet detail around the neckline & hemline halter with low back ($85). Designer Angela Matsuo.


A closer look at the dress re-work and details. Model Charyse Iseri.

Chief Hawaii full grain grape colored leather clutch with vintage poly fabric and crochet cotton fringe accents ($70).

Chief Hawaii full grain grape colored leather clutch with vintage poly fabric and crochet cotton fringe accents ($70).


Lynn Dagan showcases a Chief Hawaii navy full grain leather men’s crossbody with easy access to  iPad and wallet, vintage olive army canvas strap and bullet rivets ($125). Love at Dawn vintage men’s deep green collar shirt with vertical lace print polyester front pocket ($45). Model Clayton Nelson.


Chief Hawaii navy full grain leather men’s crossbody with easy access to iPad and wallet, vintage olive army canvas strap accented with bullet rivets ($125). Love at Dawn vintage men’s deep green collar shirt with vertical lace print polyester front pocket ($45). Model Clayton Nelson.


Love at Dawn one-of-a-kind vintage mu’umu’u with lace bodice, backless with adjustable straps, pastel floral coral trim along hem ($75). Model Charyse Iseri.


Chief Hawaii snake skin embossed leather clutch with chocolate fringe burnt orange antique zipper ($90). Love at Dawn one-of-a-kind vintage mu’umu’u with lace bodice, backless with adjustable straps, pastel floral coral trim along hem ($75).  Model Charyse Iseri.


Chief Hawaii olive full grain leather men’s crossbody bag with a vintage canvas army long strap, unlined for lighter weight and accented with bullet rivets. Fits small lap top or iPad, cell phone etc. ($125). Camel leaf embossed leather clutch paired with woven mocha leather, turquoise zipper and brown leather fringe ($90).


Production team cuts loose after a long work day: (left to right) Charyse Iseri, Lynn Dagan, Angela Matsuo, Kara Torres , Kiki Krog, and (seated) Clayton Nelson.


Honolulu Night Market – Passport
Fashion show begins at 8 p.m. Be there early to get a good seat.
Saturday, April 18
449 Cooke St.
On-site and street parking, Eat the Street lot at 555 South St., and paid parking at Restaurant Row

Top summer fashion trends

It really feels like summer is already here, which is a great excuse to get your wardrobe ready. So what hot trends are coming our way?

I got together with wardrobe stylists Kyle Kagamida, Kim Smith and Therese Wahl and makeup stylist Rene to narrow down the list. Here are our picks for this summer’s top fashion trends.

Denim on denim for men

“Although denim on denim is usually frowned upon because it can look hideous, when done right, there’s something really sexy about a guy who can pull off this look,” says Kagamida.

“For the men’s double-duty denim look you can’t go wrong with a sporty jacket, which I love to pair with a perfectly cut denim shirt,” Smith says. “Denim is a season-less staple. Just reinterpret it this season by layering up!”


Styled by Kagamida and Smith: Emporio Armani denim jacket ($265), Hugo Boss button-up shirt ($145) from Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss at T Galleria.

Transitional bohemian

“Being that we live in Hawaii, the Boho trend can be reinterpreted each season,” says Wahl. “I love this shibori hand-dyed jumpsuit paired with a soft crochet vest with a casual beach style in mind. This season, don’t be afraid to add layers of beaded necklaces and even a non-matching scarf to the mix. Bold leather accessories on a soft Boho look will add unexpected charm and dimension.”


Styled by Wahl: Pon Pon KAWOWO Jumpsuit ($128), batik scarf with tassels ($28). Jumpsuit and scarf from Guava Shop, hand-crocheted white vest with hood from Kai Ku Hale ($54).


The Boho look in necklaces: Tahitian and freshwater pearls/wood and tassel ($45) and freshwater pearls with natural gemstones/agate/aquamarine/wood beads and tassel, both by Kaniwai from Kai Ku Hale ($45); one-of-a-kind necklace of vintage charms and beads ($219) by Katye Killebrew from MiNei Designs Hawaii.


Boho with leather accessories: Baggu brown leather bag ($165) and Linea Belle vintage leather belt ($132), both from Guava Shop.

70s inspired by Bianca Jagger / White on white

“Lanvin, Giambattista and Celine showcased great looks inspired by Bianca Jagger’s bold style this season. It is somewhat androgynous, yet at the same time, very feminine and sexy,” says Kagamida.

“This look is a palette cleanser — all-white is a major trend this season,” notes Smith. “A classic low-cut white jacket simply paired with a gold chain necklace and a mid-length skirt gives the look a sexy, subtle 70s vibe.”


Styled by Kagamida and Smith: Ralph Lauren cream blazer ($145), Tory Burch long gold necklace ($195), Ralph Lauren Polo white skirt ($298), all from T Galleria.


Bianca Jagger-inspired: Tory Burch sunglasses ($195) from Sunglasses 2nd floor at T Galleria.


“The shoe of the season is a flat for every occasion — and these certainly add a pop of color to the popular monochromatic white on white trend,” says Smith.


Savannah melon sandals ($235) from Tory Burch at T Galleria.


“Lavender, pink and cobalt pastels are big this season and add color to any ensemble,” notes Smith. “Even Burberry Prorsum chose bright pastels for intensity and a bit of drama for their Spring/Summer 2015 collection.”

“Pastels are fresh in beauty this season,” says Rene. “A watermelon or peach lip is so on point. Paired with a clean eyeshadow luster, you’ll look sun-kissed and well-rested.”


Pink flowing tank ($145) from Ralph Lauren Polo at T Galleria. Watermelon and peach lip shades from FIXX cosmetics.

I loved working with and picking the brains of these fashion experts. Thank you to:

Kyle Kagamida

Pearl City native Kyle Kagamida lives in Los Angeles, where he’s a wardrobe stylist with a growing Hollywood clientele including Bellamy Young and Andie MacDowell.

Kim Smith

London-born Kim Smith had a successful career in fashion public relations before becoming a professional wardrobe stylist in Honolulu in 2004. Her work spans a vast array of magazines, retailers and television; she also helps individual clients with specific wardrobe needs.

Therese Wahl

Therese Wahl has been a bi-coastal wardrobe and lifestyle stylist for over 25 years. She styles for celebrities, music videos, TV commercials and international advertising campaigns. As a personal stylist she helps define and bring to life clients’ individual sense of style.

Pastels makeup concept by eyebrow and makeup expert Rene.

Rene of Sanctuary salon is a noted makeup artist who has worked on a number of television shows and movies in Hawaii over the past 20 years.

Dowtown Uncorked: YWCA Oahu fundraiser


Last Friday, wine lovers converged for Downtown Uncorked: in Full Bloom at Cafe Julia. Tickets were reasonably priced — $30 — for wine tasting, sake, live music, culinary treats and an opportunity to bid on seasonal wines. There were easily more than 400 people perusing, eating and imbibing in the courtyard to support YWCA of Oahu’s mission and services.

Here’s a bit of history about the “Y”…

Founded in 1900, the YWCA Oahu is the oldest and largest women’s membership organization in Hawaii supporting women and girls through housing, economic self-sufficiency, professional development, and health and wellness. The YWCA of Oahu has more than 2,300 members and three facilities on Oahu, including the flagship YWCA Laniakea in downtown Honolulu.

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Mu’umu’u Heaven pop-up in Waikiki

Mu’umu’u Heaven, a popular eco-chic boutique that closed its doors in Kailua, has opened in Waikiki as a pop-up until the end of June. The new space at T-Galleria is larger than a typical pop-up; it’s more of an exploratory exhibit, starting from the makai entrance of the mall’s walkway, extending to the mauka end.

I was impressed with the re-purposed beach hut, made from 90 percent recyclable materials — definitely in line with Mu’umu’u Heaven founder Deb Mascia’s commitment to sustainable island living. Inside the hut, there’s a nice mix of upcycled and updated dresses and some fun stuffed animals made from rubber and material. There also are t-shirts, accessories and vintage home accessories, plus a section dedicated to men’s aloha wear and Hawaiian art.

Speaking of art, you might remember that T-Galleria and Pow Wow Hawaii recently partnered to feature local artists and designers. Now, designer Yurie Okada and Tamara Rigney a landscape architect, florist and co-owner of Paiko, are among the local artists showcased at the space.

Although some of the items are at a higher price point than at the Kailua location, the pop-up supports local artists, and tax is included.

Here’s a look at the entire space from beginning to end




These are re-purposed doors from Punahou School.


Rayjai Babauta, T Galleria Product Sales Manager, shares interesting details about the entire space.


Babauta told me that these animals are made from recycled rubber slippers.



Gold and ruby vintage glassware circa the 1970s.


I love milk glassware and dishes with its vintage country vibe


This wicker chair is epic, and filled with pillows made from recycled aloha-themed material.


Olive green glass-ware circa 1960s-1970s.




These handmade ornaments can be given as gifts year round, but they would look great on a Christmas tree.




The beginning of the Hope For Man section featuring items deigned and curated by aloha shirt expert Dale Hope.



Limited edition Hope For Man shirt.



Hope For Man shirts are numbered and there are only a limited amount that have been made.




Dale Hope’s “Aloha Shirt” book published in Japanese.


Dale Hope’s original “Aloha Shirt” book published in English.





Mu’umu’u Heaven
T Galleria Hawaii
330 Royal Hawaiian Ave.
Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
For more information call 808-931-2700 or visit


Insider tips for this weekend’s Iolani Fair

Fair photo

When mid-April rolls around, I always make it a point to check out the Iolani Fair. You could say I bleed red and black: Even though I’m a St. Joseph High School alumnus from Hawaii island, I coached track and field at Iolani for more than a dozen years. My social media handles are @coachmandy808.

I’m super excited that EK Fernandez rides will be back for the second year, giving the adults a thrill. For the little ones, check out the fun pony rides and petting zoo at “Keiki Kountry” between the Art Building and the Chapel.

Clam Linguine

For foodies, this year’s theme, “Adventures in Atlantis,” means you’ll find yummy seafood offerings such as fish tacos, clam linguine, and my fave, lobster and crab bisque. The Gourmet Food Booth features cooking demos by chefs Ronni Nasuti of Tiki’s Grill and Bar, Fred DeAngelo from Ola at Turtle Bay Resort, and Lydell Leong of 3660 on the Rise. They’re also showcasing fresh salads, desserts, Greek and bulgogi wraps and drinks such as coffee jelly, bubble tea and Italian sodas. 

Here’s a few insider tips that will help you maximize your enjoyment:

  • Don’t waste time looking for parking on Kamoku Street. Park at Kaimuki High School, it’s only $5 and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Kaimuki High School Athletic Fund.
    Creme Brulee at 'Iolanii Fair
  • Purchase your scrips towards the middle of the Fair grounds. The first booth you see will always be the most crowded.
  • Once you have your scrips, divide and conquer. Scope out the rides, then when you decide, one person should wait in line and the other should purchase the ride tickets.
  • Wear covered shoes. I learned this the hard way. Dust and dirt aren’t good for your pedicure.
    Waffle Dogs
  • Wrap a jacket around your waist. If the entertainment/food tent is too full, you can find a nice spot on the grass and simply sit on your jacket.
  • Divide the malasadas. If the lines are super long towards the end of the night and you want a bunch of malasadas to take home, take your family and friends to the express line and have each person purchase the maximum amount.

So whether you’re a full-on Raider fan like me, or just looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out the Iolani Fair.

Adventures in Atlantis
Iolani Fair 2015

563 Kamoku St.
Today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday)
12 noon to 10:30 p.m.
Free admission