Heels & Picks: Weekend fashion roundup

Nov. 25, 2015 | 0 Comments


BY ERIN SMITH / Special to the Star-Advertiser

There was a lot going on last weekend on Oahu. Am I right? It was a dizzying schedule for those who tried to keep up with it all.

COURTESY ERIN SMITHThe author and her boyfriend at the Miu Miu grand opening at Luxury Row in Waikiki.


The author and her boyfriend at the Miu Miu grand opening at Luxury Row in Waikiki.

My boyfriend and I ventured out from Kailua to attend the grand opening of Miu Miu at Luxury Row in Waikiki on Friday. Miu Miu is a division of Prada and their new location is lovely. Textured wallpaper framed in the shoes, purses, jeweled headbands and nautical bird and ruffle-accented pieces mark the signature look of their current line.

The shoes are a mix of street meets bling, and much of the footwear is detailed with Swarovski crystals. Think heels where the pump is encrusted in crystals, and men’s dress shoes and sneakers with crystal accents on the toe of the shoe. This style of shoe would pair well with a more demure outfit, and would be a nice pop to a solid color block ensemble or men’s suit.

The bejeweled sneakers create a Harajuku look if you were to pair them with a nautical bird print dress and a ruffled leather jacket. It would be the perfect outfit to wear to check out the Harajuku exhibit (a look that comes from the streets of Tokyo) running at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

I can’t wait to check that exhibit out and will be dressing the part when I attend with a few girlfriends and their daughters. What’s that, you say? Yes, I pretty much always dress a little Harajuku, anyway. Not much of a stretch.

The guests at the Miu Miu event sipped champagne and nibbled on cream puffs and mini crème brulee boats. I found a purse that is spectacularly my style.

NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARADVERTISER.COMGorgeous metallic dresses from Kini Zamora.


Gorgeous metallic dresses from Kini Zamora.

Ever since we attended the Miu Miu opening, my boyfriend has asked what fashion line we will check out this week. So far, the front contender is “Lookuphere Lookuphere.” It’s good to keep a sense of humor in your love of fashion.

Honolulu Fashion Week is underway at the Hawai’i Convention Center and one of my favorite looks was the runway show by “Project Runway” alum Kini Zamora. His floor-length metallic dresses in silver and rusty orange are to die for. I would love to wear these pieces to a holiday party.

Hawaiian Airlines also debuted a special clothing line — a series of pieces designed by Honolulu Community College Fashion Technology Program students. The hook? Each of the pieces were created using fabric from the discarded seats just replaced in Hawaiian’s planes. This upcycling moment was a nice way to wrap the Hawaiian Airlines sponsorship into the event. Plus, the blue jacket in this line is super cute.

COURTESY KOA JOHNSON Miss Teen Hawaii in her custom Koa Johnson gown.


Miss Teen Hawaii in her custom Koa Johnson gown.

On Sunday, the title of Miss Teen Hawaii USA went to Joahnnalee Ucol, who wore a custom Koa Johnson gown for the event.



Chloe Aquino.

Maui-based Johnson is one of my favorites. He made me a custom blue, ruffle-laden dress for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 2012 when my former band, The Throwdowns, performed live.

I think I may need him to make me a dress with a massive train this year, like the gorgeous yellow number he made for Ucol, but it might not be practical if my band performs. A train like that would get caught on the drum kit when I’m jumping around onstage.

Representing my town of Kailua in the Miss Hawaii Teen USA pageant was the stunning Chloe Aquino.

Also a musician, when playing music Aquino goes by Chloexox. She looked absolutely breathtaking in her pastel hombre Jovani gown and no one can top those beautiful eyebrows of hers.

I hope you had a fabulous weekend. Stay fierce, Hawaii!
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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