Fashion Tribe: RedValentino opens at Ala Moana

Jun. 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

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BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

REDValentino opened its first boutique in Hawaii at Ala Moana Center on Wednesday, with additional in-store events celebrating the arrival on Saturday, June 14 and June 21 with light bites and music by DJ MixMaster Benhur.

I’m a big fan of the brand because of its romantic, playful spirit and sense of whimsy. Many pieces incorporate Valentino’s signature bow. It’s the kind of brand for those who peer at the world through rose-colored glasses, inhabiting a parallel world in which dreams trump reality.

It’s also very pretty and feminine, though what you’ll see in the boutique now is a little more tomboyish, with sweatshirt-style tops, tempered by flounce skirts of tulle.

There’s always a sense of the unexpected coming from REDValentino and I was so charmed by a fuzzy faille coat paying homage to Hans Christian Andersen and Icelandic singer Björk’s iconic swan dress from the 2001 Academy Awards. Something to think about for winter!

Right now, I’m eyeing the summer dresses that were worn by store manager Angie Zhang and director of retail Jane Moon, and can’t wait until the arrival of fall’s Snow White-inspired pieces.

THE NEW BOUTIQUE IS NEXT TO THE APPLE STORE AT ALA MOANA CENTER. THE STORE WAS BLESSED BY REV. RONALD F. CHING.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

THE NEW BOUTIQUE IS NEXT TO THE APPLE STORE AT ALA MOANA CENTER. THE STORE WAS BLESSED BY REV. RONALD F. CHING.

I COULDN'T RESIST TRYING ON THIS FUN HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN-INSPIRED FUZZY FAILLE SWAN COAT DURING THE GRAND OPENING OF THE REDVALENTINO BOUTIQUE AT ALA MOANA CENTER. SHADES OF BJÖRK 2001! IT'S $1,095.

I COULDN’T RESIST TRYING ON THIS FUN HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN- AND BJÖRK 2001-INSPIRED FUZZY FAILLE SWAN COAT ($1,095), WITH A TIARA-EMBELLISHED ENVELOPE CLUTCH.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE TIARA CLUTCH.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE TIARA CLUTCH.

THIS REDVALENTINO LEOPARD-LOOK COAT HAS HEART-SHAPED SPOTS.

THIS REDVALENTINO LEOPARD-LOOK COAT HAS HEART-SHAPED SPOTS.

SWEATSHIRT-STYLE KNITS FILL THE STORE.

SWEATSHIRT-STYLE KNITS FILL THE STORE.

RETURNING TO THE ISLES FOR THE OPENING WAS CALI-BASED DIRECTOR OF RETAIL JANE MOON, WITH PABLO.

RETURNING TO THE ISLES FOR THE OPENING WAS CALI-BASED DIRECTOR OF RETAIL JANE MOON, WITH PABLO.

A SWAN TOTE.

A SWAN TOTE.

The new RedValentino boutique is on Level 2 of Ala Moana Center, next to the Apple Store.
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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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