Heels & Picks: Dior opens at T Galleria

Feb. 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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BY ERIN SMITH / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Close your eyes and picture yourself in an apartment in Paris.

What do you see? Are you eating a croissant and wearing a raspberry beret? Why not go a little more… upscale?

Some of the handbags for sale at the new Christian Dior store at T Galleria by DFS in Waikiki. (Courtesy Erin Smith)

Some of the handbags for sale at the new Christian Dior store at T Galleria by DFS in Waikiki. (Courtesy Erin Smith)

How about floor to ceiling windows, matte grey tones providing the perfect neutral backdrop for racks of elegant clothes, gorgeous pink heels, crocodile purses, champagne and amuse-bouche?

Now we’re talking.

This Parisian experience is precisely the sort of ambiance you can expect when visiting the new Christian Dior store in Waikiki at T Galleria by DFS. I got to attend a grand opening gala on Jan. 30 with my boyfriend “T” (short for “Trouble”) as my date, as usual. He always looks dapper in a black button-up shirt and slacks; the man actually has an eye and aptitude for fashion.

I managed to pull it together quickly with the classic Erin “grab-a-gown dash.” Flying through the door of our Kailua cottage after a performance earlier that day, I hastily snagged a black strapless dress with corset and faux feather skirt by BCBG out of my closet. T zipped me in, I threw my hair in a loose chignon and we were out the door to Waikiki for the event.

Having broken my ankle five weeks prior, my footwear included one black leg brace — and in a turn I will label here as “classic Hawaii” — one cheetah print slippah. Trust me, I would have rather been in heels, but re-injuring your ankle in Dior has got to be a faux pas on so many levels.

Upon our arrival we were handed flutes of champagne to accompany a dazzling view of the party’s entrance, filled with Dior clutches, scarves and accessories.

Working our way through the spacious store, staff shared the stories behind stunning crocodile handbags, a watch collection and rows of gloriously gorgeous shoes. The L-shaped store curves through perfectly lit boutique rooms towards a large faux closet in the back. It looks fit for Dior himself, and is remarkably just like the closet I see in my mind’s eye when I picture the closet of perfection I will someday have. (Fingers crossed, right ladies?)

A spray-painted rounded pump. (Star-Advertiser File)

A spray-painted rounded pump by Dior. (Star-Advertiser File)

For me, black is ALWAYS the new black. But if it’s not black, it’s pink.

My top pieces of the night were a black purse with light pink handle, pink-to-white hombre heels, a white, blue and pink textured dress and a pink and grey crocodile clutch. I really need to get a handle on the amount of pink I have in my wardrobe.

Not a fan of pink? Not to worry, there was plenty of royal blue, black, cream, peach, turquoise and silver in the collection as well.

Those of you in the market for a few key pieces in your spring line-up might want to visit Dior and take a look at the newest collection. There are absolute gems in there. Those purely curious about the new location should stop by, too, as the space itself is a dream and does not disappoint. Each luxurious wall is peppered with artwork designed specifically for the store, and textures shift and change in an effortlessly chic, yet intriguing, way.

As for that closet I plan to build? Once that dream comes to fruition, you are all invited over to sip champagne, eat petit fours, try on dresses and nap on a plush chaise longue. You can hold me to that.
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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.

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