Theme holiday shopping started when I was a college student at University of Hawaii with no car. I usually had one day to shop at Ala Moana shopping center and a tight budget. So, I started pre-planning my shopping list and using a theme or a couple of themes as a guide so I could do all my shopping in just a few stores. One year everyone got books from the Honolulu Bookstore, another year it was all about food and kitchen items from Compleat Kitchen and yet another all the women got items from Sephora. Once I started Internet shopping, I would focus all my shopping on just a few sites. There were the personalized boat totes and travel pouches from LL Bean and last year it was goodies from Big Island Candies. This year, I’m planning something really special.
Today I’m home doing laundry, packing for my class reunion trip to Vegas, cleaning my closet and mopping the floors. I’d much rather be spending my Sunday at one of my favorite spots on the valley isle, the Ali’i Kula Lavender farm…
My friend Jodie and I put on our Saturday best and headed to the MACC last night for a night of fashion.
We started off at the Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion exhibit. In a career which spanned from the 40s to the 70s, Shaheen was an innovative entrepreneur who was able to envision a reach well beyond the perceived limitations of our Island home. He built a company which employed up to 400 people and included textile printing, garment manufacturing and retail stores. He was the only Hawaii manufacturer to print his own fabrics. He has been recognized by the Honolulu Advertiser as one of the 150 most influential people, events, and institutions to impact social, economic, political, and cultural changes in Hawaii from 1856 to the present. His work has also been featured in national magazines.
The exhibit was a history of fashion decade by decade, draped in printed textiles influenced by our island home and mix of cultures. My favorite pieces were the 1950s dresses with fitted bodices and full skirts.
We then browsed the mini boutiques, which included handmade scarves, jewelry, fabric bags, hats and the RTW offerings of the runway show presenters. I had the opportunity to meet Anne Namba who is an accomplished designer and businesswoman. Also picked up super cute earrings from one of my favorite Maui jewelry lines, Sophie Grace, hoop with long leather strips and little pendants, very Maui boho chic.
The runway portion of the evening was hosted by Andy South, a Honolulu boy who was finalist on season 8 of Project Runway. We saw an impressive presentation by our future Maui designers, the University of Hawaii- Maui College’s Couture Club students.
Bernard Foong of Wailea showed off his flamboyant one of a kind evening wear. Foong started his career in London and his line has shown in Hong Kong.
Anne Namba‘s line of elegant asian inspired silk pieces was a standout. Her line has sold in many high end department stores, including Neiman Marcus.
The final show of the night was one of my favorites, Maggie Columbe. I’ve been to her boutique in Lahaina (now relocated to Whaler’s Village) and the draping is genius, her body conscience pieces are easily transformed from day to night.
I apologize I don’t have more pictures to show you! My primary objective for the night was to catch up and enjoy a night out with Jodie. I did notice the show was being taped, I’ll keep an eye out for a possible link later.
I encourage all of you to visit the Shaheen exhibit at the MACC, we are so fortunate to be chosen to take part in this traveling exhibition organized by The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The exhibit will be available for viewing until October 29th, Wednesday thru Sunday, until October 29th. Admission is free.
The Green Garage is a thrift and consignment store on Hana Highway. The space is a huge warehouse filled with a wide variety of goodies including clothing, household items and sports equipment. The reason I love to spend many a lunch hour browsing is the furniture (including antiques!) and my trip this week was jaw dropping. Seriously, I was standing at the entrance with my mouth open checking out this armoire piece below.