2015 Shop a Lea runway wrap-up

Mega crowds gathered recently to watch Ala Moana Center’s Shop a Lea runway shows featuring spring fashions. Designer, wardrobe stylist and director Amos Kotomori produced almost a dozen of them, his models showing off Kotomori’s signature touch of a single new hairstyle worn for all the shows. This year, I was lovin the big high bun – very Audrey Hepburn.

Shops featured in the runway shows were Reyn Spooner, Loco Boutique, Macy’s, Diane von Furstenberg, Banana Republic, Porsche Design, Valerie Joseph, Spiral Girl, Old Navy, Ann Taylor and White House|Black Market.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite spring looks:


White House|Black Market: Love this black and white top with striped details and tapered white pant. Photo by Amanda Stevens.


White House|Black Market: (left to right) One of my favorite pieces of the collection was this floral pant with black piping. The teal sleeveless dress is so on-point for spring – I love the slight flare of the skirt. Every season there is one little black dress standout and here it is. Photos by Amanda Stevens.


Loco Boutique: Geometric leggings are on-trend and this orange bikini top adds the perfect pop of color. Photo by Mark Ramelb.


Macy’s: Another pair of leggings with geometric shapes. The black ruffled bandeau adds a feminine touch to this ensemble. Photo by Mark Ramelb.


Old Navy: I love this spring strappy dress paired with a classic red and white cover-up. Very Americana meets “New Girl.” Photo by Lyle Amine.


Old Navy: This jogger pant is a must-have this season. The geometric print pant would also pair well with a simple, crisp white button-up. Photo by Lyle Amine.


Old Navy: This simple picnic/Americana ensemble is on-point. Love the unexpected addition of the contrasting scarf. Photo by Mark Lyle Amine.


Porche Design got it right with these ensembles. I love the retro feel of the silhouette paired with contemporary details. Photos by Mark Ramelb.


Reyn Spooner: I’m noticing a good amount of orange and pink this season in men’s wear. The prints are more subdued with a 1970s faded appeal. Photos by Lyle Amine.


Reyn Spooner: (left to right) More of the ’70s faded look; this grey and yellow shirt is nicely paired with brown chinos. You can’t go wrong with a light blue long-sleeve button-up in the spring, paired with a lighter-shade pant and brown leather belt for an updated feel. Phots by Lyle Amine.


Reyn Spooner: Love this subdued blue floral print aloha shirt. Photo by Lyle Amine.


Reyn Spooner: Another example of a clean and crisp blue button-up, this time in short sleeve, perfect for spring. Photo by Lyle Amine.


Spiral Girl: This white crop top and high waisted blue pant is reminiscent of 1960s glam with updated construction. Photo by Lyle Amine.


Spiral Girl: Love how this tie-dye top flows. It would also look great with a pair of skinny jeans for a casual evening. Photo by Lyle Amine.


Spiral Girl: I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the “mix don’t match” trend that gives you permission to get creative. This look is great for the season with the blue and white nautical meets resort vibe. Photo by Lyle Amine.


Ann Taylor: (left to right) A great ensemble that says soccer mom with an edge; the leather moto jacket is on-point. This classic light blue button-up pairs well with the cropped pant. Accessories add a sophisticated feel to the look. Photos by Mark Ramelb.


Banana Republic: My favorite look of the collection. Love the sporty pieces paired with a power jacket perfect for the office. Photo by Mark Ramelb.


Diane von Furstenberg: This DVF mini dress is classic on top and daring at the skirt, perfect for a special night on the town. Photo by Mark Ramelb.


Valerie Joseph: (left to right) Love the back of this light lavender lacy ensemble. The orange halter pairs well with the unexpected shiny “skort.” Photos by Mark Ramelb.


Valerie Joseph: (left to right) This first look is so Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex in the City” with the designer tee and femme skirt. Khaki paired with a party dress;  this pairing was so fun and unexpected, but only a few could pull off this pairing. Photos by Mark Ramelb.


Party pics: Passport to Luxury 2015

Luxe fashion previews, signature drinks and delish bites from Hawaii’s top restaurants were all part of the invite-only Passport to Luxury event, held Friday evening at Ala Moana Center.

More than 1,000 VIP guests received “passports” that could be stamped at participating stores. Those who visited at least six out of the 22 participating stores were eligible to win a luxury item. Presented by Modern Luxury Hawaii, the event is part of Shop a Lea, Ala Moana’s weeklong fashion and shopping event, which continues through the weekend with fashion shows, in-store offers and more. A portion of the evenings proceeds will benefit the Blue Planet Foundation.

Passport to Luxury 2015

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Photo by Melissa Chang


HOT presents ‘Siren Song’ in Our Kakaako


The modern opera “Siren Song” is now playing in Our Kaka‘ako in a new performance space created inside a warehouse at 445 Cooke St. The opera opened Friday and runs through March 29, for five more shows.

Described as a “catfish scandal” in an ’80s setting, the modern opera “Siren Song” centers on a young British sailor who communicates with a woman he thinks is a professional model. His infatuation intensifies over time, but there’s a problem – he hasn’t actually met her. Just like in the reality TV show, “Catfish”, any attempt to meet her is thwarted by excuses. Eventually, we learn he’s the victim of an elaborate deception. But that’s just the beginning of the story…

Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) created the new Our Kaka‘ako space in collaboration with Kamehameha Schools. The front of house is located in the adjacent 449 Cooke Street, and Street Grindz is offering food and beverages.

The cast includes tenor Vale Rideout as Davey Palmer, baritone Wes Mason as Jonathan Reed, soprano Rachel Schutz as Diana Reed, bass-baritone Jamie Offenbach, tenor Kip Wilburn, and Scott Francis Russell. Maestro Vincent de Kort joins forces with Henry Akina, HOT Artistic Director. Akina, who was recently recognized as the 2015 Alfred Preis honoree by the Hawaii Arts Alliance, last directed HOT’s revamped production of “The Mikado” (June 2014) and the acclaimed “Madam Butterfly”(October 2014).

Siren Song
445 Cooke St.
March 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29, 2015.
VIP tickets – $75
General admission tickets – $50, but HOT is offering tickets for $20 with this promo code: OURKAKAAKO
Buy tickets: purchase-tickets-online.hawaiiopera.org/public/

Valet parking will be available at the venue along with parking at 555 South St.

Model Citizen – Kini Zamora


Model Citizen features inspirational individuals in fashion, art and entertainment who utilize their talents for the good of the community.

Kini Zamora, fan favorite and finalist on Lifetime’s “Project Runway” season 13, has been paying it forward since returning from the show. One of his philanthropic projects is with Lanakila Pacific and their Meals on Wheels program, which delivers nutritious meals to those in need and is the only islandwide meal service for seniors. Zamora designed a limited edition tote whose sales will benefit the program.

We got an exclusive first peek at the tote and a chance to catch up with Zamora:

Tell me about the design of your tote.

The tote was inspired and designed around my knack for working with denim fabrics and my signature scissors that I wore throughout my time on the show, that I continue to wear.


Zamora wearing his signature scissors on "Project Runway."Photo courtesy of Lifetime.

Zamora wearing his signature scissors on “Project Runway.”Photo courtesy of Lifetime.

What led you to connect with Lanakila Pacific?

Believe it or not, the connection happened through Frolic Hawaii. Frank Valenti from Lanakila Pacific read about my “Project Runway” viewing party on Frolic and that’s how we first met. Since then, he and his wife volunteered to help us out for our big show at Honolulu Fashion Week, and there began a friendship and partnership with Lanakila Pacific and their staff. They’re such good people!

Growing up, what did the Meals on Wheels program mean to you?

Since I can remember, Meals on Wheels was this awesome program there to kokua our kupuna with healthy food, quality “talk story” time and a link to other services they may want or need. It meant there was someone out there to help kupuna in need. It’s really an honor to be able to help prepare and deliver meals to kupuna in our community on this day. I encourage people out there to give it a try, come and support this program.

Photo by Roy Kimura.

Photo by Roy Kimura.



From your success on Project Runway and your international fan base, to come home and give back, how does it feel to come full circle?

Giving is a part of me, like it is a part of almost everyone here in Hawaii. I just feel blessed that with the success of the show and an increased support base, I’m able to help out even more and on a variety of levels. It feels great to be able to create and donate to such a great cause.

The totes are selling for $25 and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to benefit Lanakila Pacific and their Meals on Wheels program.




To purchase the tote go to  www.LanakilaMealsOnWheels.org, call 356-8532 or go to www.kinizamora.com.



First look: Unlock your style fashion give-aways

Sips, sweets and shopping – that’s what you can expect tomorrow night at Kahala Mall. Starting at 5 p.m. Stop by and get your free personal key and passport to get started. I suggest you get there early; there’s a limited amount of keys and it all ends at 8 p.m. Best part of it all, they’ll be giving away a $250 Spring ensemble from Adore, 33 Butterflies, Ohelo Road, Macy’s or SoHa Living. Here’s how it works – fill out the form on last page of your passport, check out the Spring selection from those stores. Drop the form next to your favorite look and you could win the entire look or a two-night stay at The Modern Honolulu, or 40K HawaiianMiles, or a $300 Kahala Mall shopping spree. At 8 p.m., go to the center court area to find out if you won – oh yeah, you must be present to win.

Here’s the absolute first look at the spring picks you could win, modeled by their super stylish sales clerks:



Adore: fitted striped dress – $79, feather multicolored long cardigan – $79, tasseled gold and black necklace and earrings – $29, 2 branch gold rings – $8.50 each, and 2 geometric gold bangles – $24 each.


Adore ensemble modeled by Zoe.

33 Butterflies

33 Butterflies

33 Butterflies ensemble: AV Max bangles $59. and Lavender Brown T back dress – $194, modeled by Julia

33 Butterflies

33 Butterflies: front view of the dress.



Macy’s: Bar III Milan Maxi – $89.50, Nine West brown clutch – $30.00, Michael Kors Haley flats – $99, Guess ring – $20.00, and Guess earrings – $18.00.


Macy’s ensemble modeled by Ishay.

Ohelo Road

Ohelo R

Ohelo Road:  Ella Moss three-quarter sleeve black dress – $220 and it comes with a $30 gift card to Ohelo Road.

Ohelo Road

Ohelo Road ensemble modeled by Marissa.

SoHa Living

SoHa Living

SoHa Living: Courtney showcases the gardenia diffuser (lasts up to two years), tea votive candles, vintage Mason jar hand soap pump, vintage Mason jar flower vase, succulent terrarium, Easter themed dip cups and bunnies, custom Easter sign, and braided green photo frame.


SoHa Living: these items are valued at more than $250.