Fashion Tribe: Inside Bloomingdale’s opening gala
BY NADINE KAM / firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloomingdale’s Hawaii celebrated its inaugural Hawaii store opening in style, with a VIP gala that took place Wednesday.
I was lucky to be the first one in the store, warning gatekeepers to avoid getting trampled. In addition to the eyeful of the store itself, guests found themselves greeted by leggy models in Rockettes-inspired tuxedo jackets, with leotards and top hats, as well as waiters bearing cocktails.
In town for the occasion were Bloomingdale’s chairman and CEO Tony Spring; executive vice president, ceative services Jack Hruska; the store’s vice president and general manager Carolyn Edward; and “American Idol’s” Colby Benson.
The initially limited guest list swelled to 900, but due to the spaciousness of the store, it was easy and comfortable to mill around and view all the merchandise.
Most packed was the second-floor Aloha Room, destined to become a gathering place for special events, where chef Roy Yamaguchi was serving up caviar on mini cream cheese blinis.
Scattered elsewhere over the store’s three levels were drink and food stations featuring small bites from Ed Kenny (Town), Chai Chaowasaree (Chef Chai, Chai’s Waikiki), Chris Kajioka (the upcoming CK restaurant); Lee Anne Wong (Koko Head Café, Hale Ohuna); and guests did not leave without a “Tiny Brown Bag” of sweet treats from Michelle Karr-Ueoka (MW Restaurant).
To mark their entry to the local scene, Bloomingdale’s also made donations to 10 local-based organizations: Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Friends of Iolani Palace, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Joyful Heart Foundation, Kapi’olani Health Foundation, Kōkua Hawai’i Foundation, Nā Kama Kai and the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.
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