The Morning After: Fashion and fried Oreos
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The next day, my throat felt sore and I decided smoking was just not for me. I slowly dragged myself to a photo shoot with fashion designer Matt Bruening for Honolulu Star-Advertiser style writer Nadine Kam’s cover spread on his new collections, nursing some hot tea to try to soothe my dry throat. The shoot went quickly because model Momoko was so easy to work with. For more on Matt’s designs, inspiration, and information on his show at NextDoor on Friday, check out Nadine’s story Thursday in the Today section of the newspaper.
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Matt has more moves than just making girls look fabulous — he’s also a great dancer. I’ve gotten to know him mainly from the dance floor and out and about in Chinatown. I caught a quick Q&A with him:
Q: You go out quite a bit in Chinatown; do you ever see any fashion inspiration or is it all fashion tragedy in Hawaii?
A: It’s a little of both. But the kids who hang out in Chinatown have a pretty good sense of style. They’re all being themselves and not trying too hard, but every now and then I’ll see something and say, “Oh, that’s hot.”
Q: You work with so many hot girls, are you one of those designers who only dates models?
A: Not really. I’d prefer a plain-Jane type of girl that has a sense of personal style. I am always surrounded by models but that’s not what I’m about. It’s more than what a girl looks like. But I am single and open to looking.
Q: I know you appreciate music. What’s your summer jam right now?
A: Umm… hmmm… it’s probably “Monster” from Kanye West, Jay Z, and Nicki Minaj.