Fashion Tribe: Kensei at Greystones Mansion

Nov. 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

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PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comKensei, center, posed for pictures after his fashion show with his models, songstress Cathy Foy, left, and Dale Young.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARADVERTISER.COM

Kensei, center, posed for pictures after his fashion show with his models, songstress Cathy Foy, left, and Dale Young.

BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Stylist Kensei staged an intimate fashion show for 20 of his friends at Greystones Mansion on Sunday.

The presentation featured fall looks including a 1970s boho-inspired segment, and evening looks showcasing the layering of textiles, textures, jewelry and accessories with Kensei-style ingenuity.

Cathy Roberts in one of Kensei's evening ensembles.

Cathy Roberts in one of Kensei’s evening ensembles.

Segments were introduced by songstress Cathy Foy, who set the tone of the shows with disco-era songs: Abba’s “Dancing Queen” and Donna Summer’s “The Last Dance,” and Broadway’s “South Pacific” tune, “Bali Hai.”

Makiki's  graceful Greystones Mansion was the setting for the elegant show.

Makiki’s graceful Greystones Mansion was the setting for the elegant show.

The 1970s-inspired segment also had a Southwest vibe with plenty of leather, fringe and statement jewelry.

The 1970s-inspired segment also had a Southwest vibe with plenty of leather, fringe and statement jewelry.

Radasha Hoohuli in a beaded evening ensemble.

Radasha Hoohuli in a beaded evening ensemble.

A special place was held for long-time Kensei friend, Jane Lyman, who died April 29 at the age of 93. The last time Kensei staged such an intimate show was in his living room, to mark Lyman’s 90th birthday.

I missed the beginning of the show, but was told that at the start, a giant moth fluttered through the living room, that portends a visit from the deceased. There were many that felt Jane was there with us. Certainly, she would have loved to be there and would have enjoyed the show immensely.
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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is 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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