Something new: Boutique WhiteHOT Hawaii


Model Emmy Agustin showcases a Jovani champagne lace gown with iridescent floral beading, $799.

A new bridal salon and fashion boutique opens today in the heart of Kaimuki and we got an exclusive preview. With its clean industrial decor, the 1,200-square-foot salon still manages to exude a svelte, luxurious vibe and a fashion-forward sassiness.

Owner Daisy Merto has a degree in fashion from the University of Hawaii and managed a local bridal store for five years. She chose the name WhiteHOT Hawaii because it exudes the essence of her store: sexy, chic bridal.

Brides aren’t her only target, though. The racks also have non-bridal dresses handpicked to create a mix of modern, glamorous and sleek. Wedding gowns range from $225 to $1,650. Dresses for cocktail parties, Valentine’s Day or a girl’s night out are $49 to $229. The salon also sells show-stopping evening wear and is the exclusive retailer of New York formal-wear giants Faviana and Jovani Fashions.

WhiteHOT Hawaii

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Photos by Amanda Stevens

WhiteHOT Hawaii
3457 Waialae Ave.

Sneak peek: Fighting Eel spring collection

Brooke leopard dress $136, muse flat black belt $50

Brooke leopard dress $136, muse flat black belt $50

Prepster meets skater girl meets demure: Fighting Eel’s new spring 2015 collection debuts at the local boutique’s grand opening at Kahala Mall this Saturday. Frolic got an exclusive peek and I picked out a few of my favorite looks.

Brooke periwinkle blue dress $136

Brooke periwinkle blue dress $136

Kahala Mall is the shop’s fourth location. It had a soft opening in December and is celebrating its grand opening not only with its spring line, but a party with giveaways and grand opening discounts. There’ll be pupu and drinks, with champagne and cupcakes by Sweet Temptations Cupcakery. If you go, the celebration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Be sure to take a look at the super cute Mini Eel collection for little girls.

Dylan black romper $110, Issa de Mar Hina neon top $72

Dylan black romper $110, Issa de Mar Hina neon swimsuit top $72

Momo dark purple cornell top $97, Om  Duke stripe shorts $88

Momo dark purple cornell top $97, Om Duke stripe shorts $88

Erika black jumpsuit with plunging neckline $154

Erika black jumpsuit with plunging neckline $154

Model: Anna Roggenhofer of Wilhelmina Hawaii

Fighting Eel
Kahala Mall
4211 Waialae Ave.

Night Market fashion show preview

Rance China with his fit model Aja Neves at Dulce in Ward Center.

Rance China with his fit model Aja Neves at Dolce at Ward Centre.

Honolulu Night Market tapped aspiring wardrobe stylist and University of Hawaii senior Rance China to style and produce this month’s runway show, themed Refresh. He’ll be featuring athletic wear — you know, yoga stretch pants, sports bras, yadda yadda, but he decided to push the boundaries and also incorporate style inspirations from Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, Dsquared2, Public School and rag & bone.

In looking at his lineup, he’s definitely all about a monochromatic color palette and incorporating not-so-random tight pops of color in the looks. He hopes to capture the visual comfort and ease of sportswear, but upon closer inspection, reveal depths of craftsmanship, design and innovation within each ensemble. Expect to see a $300 dress paired with some fresh kicks. Just sayin’.

The shops featured in the January 2015 Honolulu Night Market runway show include:

  • The Cut Collective (Ten Tomorrow, Allison Izu, Rumi Murakami)
  • Vizume
  • Dolce
  • About the Goods
  • Runners Route
  • Basique Threads
  • We are Iconic

China is really on to something. Pairing short winter coats, light jackets and sweaters with bright spring pieces is so on trend right now. This Saturday, save your spot at the runway by 8 p.m., and perhaps you’ll see how he combines yoga stretch pants with clever outerwear in an effort to bridge the winter and spring seasons.

Local professor pens fashion book

IMG_3072Three men walk into a Prada store in Honolulu wearing the same green shirt. There’s no punchline; it’s an actual anecdote from “Key Concepts for the Fashion Industry,” a new book written by local professor, Andy Reilly.

Spring 2015 classes begin today at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and it’s likely that some of the new fashion students will be reading the book, the fourth in the series Understanding Fashion. The book starts off predictably, discussing theory and core concepts. But as it goes on, it morphs into an interesting read for any fashion enthusiast, referencing everything from the comeback of the Converse shoe, the proliferation of Birkin bag knock-offs, and the likes of “Jersey Shore” on taste or the lack there of.

Although the book is meant for a national audience, Reilly doesn’t shy away from Hawaii references, such as the origins of Aloha Friday attire, misconceptions of the Hawaiian print shirt, and the popularity of Yakuza style tattoos in the 1960s.

It’s a quick read — less than 150 pages — and you’ll come away with a new understanding of what causes and kills trends, and how society is influenced by celeb-designers, the new breed fashion icon.

Published by Bloomsbury, the book is sold locally at the UH Manoa bookstore and on for under $30.

New Year glam makeup tips

Committing to getting in shape or updating your wardrobe in the new year are typical resolutions, but how many times do you hear people say, “I need to update the way I apply my makeup?” Perhaps, for some of us, it’s time.

Personally, I want to step up my game for Wednesday’s New Year’s Eve House of Cards soiree at The Modern Honolulu and steer clear of my usual makeup shortcuts. So I decided to partner with master makeup artist Jonathan Freitas and Eva Blacker of Premier Models & Talent to present seven makeup tips for 2015.

skin1. Skin: If you can commit to any one beauty regimen in 2015, it should be to take care of your skin, and hydrating is key. Drink plenty of water, especially if you are consuming alcohol. This will help make your skin glow from the inside. If your skin is dull or needs a little help to look soft and dewy, try a tinted moisturizer or foundation that has a soft glow to it. There are many foundations on the market to give you this look, but I like Motives Cosmetics custom blend foundation. Their beauty advisers can make you a perfectly matched foundation. They can even add your skin primer to your foundation. Freitas recommends not adding a powder over the foundation for the evening. If you are coming straight from work to your party, he suggests spritzing a little alcohol-free moisturizing toner (he likes Skintelligenceʻs Ph Normalizer) or a makeup setting spray to add more moisture and keep your skin hydrated and glowing.

2. Eyebrows: Be sure to keep the brows clean and neat. I see many gradient brows in editorials or on Instagram, but for 2015, let’s keep it simple. Just fill in your brows following your natural line. If you need help in the brows department, Iʻd suggest getting them waxed first and you can keep your brows clean by tweezing as the hair grows in. By the way, we tweeze our brows, plucking is for chickens.

eye shadow3. Eye shadow: We still want the eye shadow to be a soft color like a warm latte-like color or a nice soft brown just one or two shades darker than your skin tone. Take the color and sweep it across the lip from your crease to your lash line. Be sure to blend, blend, blend. It should give your eyes a little definition without looking harsh or smokey. It’s about being fun and flirty, not dark and twisty. Take a richer brown or hazelnut like color, and starting from the outside of your crease, sweep it towards your inner eye using a windshield like motion back and forth in the crease. Again, blend, blend, blend. You do not want to see where one color begins and the other ends. Be sure to keep the darker concentration of color on the outer two-thirds of your lid. The combination of these colors should be light and soft. We will be defining the eye with some dark liner and mascara.

eyes4. Liner: Use a dark espresso or black color eye pencil to line both your top and bottom lashes. Take a similar color eye shadow and a liner brush and smudge the color over the eye pencil to create a little smokey look around the eye. If you prefer, you can take the eye liner and color in the bottom of your waterline to give the eye some definition.

5. Finish the eyes by curling your lashes and adding some mascara, being careful not to apply too much to make your lashes look like spiders.

contour36. Cheeks: Some people aren’t sure how to pick a blush. Hereʻs a great trick Freitas teaches his clients: Squeeze your hand into a fist for a few seconds. Open your fist and look at the tips of your fingers. Have a few color blushes and compare your finger tips to the color blush. The one closest or a match is the blush color you should use on your cheeks. Be sure to smile and apply the blush to the apples of your cheek and again blend back towards your hairline.

lips7. Lip color: Here’s where you can really add the dramatic touch. In this photo Freitas used Orchid, the Pantone color of 2015. This shade of lipstick called Times Square by Motives Cosmetics is bright and bold, the perfect pop of color to ring in the New Year. He finishes the look by applying a clear lip plumper to fill in and add a little volume to Eva’s lips.

IMG_2499Voila! So now you have the know-how to step outside of your comfort zone and revamp your make-up application techniques in 2015.