Heels & Picks: ‘Five-0′ fashion in Waikiki
BY ERIN SMITH / Special to the Star-Advertiser
What’s black, white and red, with sand and stars all over? The red carpet at “Sunset on the Beach” on Thursday, Sept. 26.
CBS police drama “Hawaii Five-0” celebrated their season four premiere at Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikiki. It was a gorgeous evening, with a classic Hawaiian sunset that was perhaps a little more flashy than usual — a nod to upcoming night of celebrities and screening of the new season’s premiere episode.
Thousands of fans lined the streets, pushed up against barricades hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite “Five-0” stars or the Jonas Brothers, who wrapped up the night’s events with a 30-minute performance. Also in classic Hawaiian style, the crowd was relaxed, happy and not pushy, the way you might find in other major cities for a television red carpet event.
On the islands, we do it island style.
That relaxed vibe and easy-going attitude, being completely happy with where you are and what you are doing — that’s how it is in Hawai’i. This applies not only to the crowd gathered last week, but also to the stars and the way they dressed for the red carpet.
When it comes to fashion, there is one thing that works against you for an event on the beach. Shoes.
Sure, men can wear dress shoes with dress pants, and women can sashay onto the red carpet in heels. But as soon as you step off the red carpet and onto the sandy, star-lit cinema, men are kicking up sand and women are sinking to their ankles. What everybody needs at this point is a pair of slippahs.
I had my cheetah print pair tucked away inside my purse, and after slowly sinking into the sand while chatting with the stars, I decided to make the switch when the lights went dim and the screening began.
Television actors on police dramas are likely fairly adept in wearing the wrong shoes and having to run, dive and roll across floors while shooting scenes in which they catch a criminal. So they took their dress shoes and heels off-roading and made the switch from red carpet to the beach like the pros they are, shoes and all.
Much like the attitude, fashion, when it comes to red carpets in Hawai’i, is also more laid-back.
Actress Michelle Borth held it down for the female star contingent on the red carpet, wearing a lovely, yet simple, black Cynthia Rowley dress.
Just as I was posting a joke on Instagram about how it was more important to find out who made the leis the stars wore than their clothes, actor Daniel Dae Kim said the same thing from the red carpet. Touché, Mr. Kim, touché. He spent more time talking about local restaurants he enjoys than his fashion choices for the evening. (On his down time he frequents Kaimuki hot spot 12th Avenue Grill and had praise for the restaurant’s new location.)
Dressed in a white dress shirt, black pants and a handful of gorgeous leis, Kim kept his fashion light and relaxed, and in what was largely the theme of the evening, white and black.
Actor Chi McBride added some tropical brights to the red carpet, arriving in a coral-colored suit jacket. When asked about his jacket, he said, he likes to keep his designers to himself so that he can keep his own unique style — but revealed his shoes were by Evergreen. He affably told the press how much he enjoys golfing here and mentioned he was looking forward to an upcoming trip to Turtle Bay for golfing and North Shore adventure.
Near the end of the red carpet, actor Alex O’Loughlin chatted with the press in a black suit and tie. As the episode was about to begin, he was ushered to his place amongst the cast before we were able to discuss wardrobe selections for the night.
Then it was time for the premiere. I watched the explosions, helicopter chase scenes and physical stunts and wondered if I could, in fact, dodge an explosion in my spike-heeled ankle boots.
Considering I could hardly manage the red carpet that night, I’m going to guess no. Good thing I had my cheetah print slippahs.
Erin Smith is a singer and guitarist who performs as a solo artist and with Maui-based Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated band The Throwdowns. Born in Canada, she moved to Hawaii in 2004 and now resides in Kailua. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.