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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, November 1, 2006

All things haute converge at Ala Moana Center

By Paula Rath


Featuring limited-edition designer products, fashion shows and special appearances

Through Sunday

Ala Moana Center

www.AlaMoanaCenter.com /worldfestival

or 955-9517

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This week marks the annual World Festival, positioned by Ala Moana Center as Hawai'i's Fashion Week. Upscale retailers will unveil limited-edition handbags and accessories made exclusively for the World Festival and available only in Hawai'i.

A World Festival Fashion Showcase, 2:30 to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the mall's Centerstage, provides an opportunity to view all the World Festival exclusive and limited-edition products, and also to see presentations by celebrity guests and artists.

Beauty will be in focus:

  • MAC Cosmetics launches its holiday collection and introduces a limited-edition, exclusive MAC Silverette overnight makeup case ($90). Three of MAC's global artists demonstrate the hottest holiday looks at Centerstage at 6:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, and by appointment only (955-0356) in-store, 1 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Sephora presents Leslie Blodgett, founder of Bare Escentuals, known for creating i.d. bareMinerals makeup. Her team is available for consultations by appointment only (944-9797), 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

  • Dior hosts national makeup artist Thuy Pham, who was trained by Hollywood makeup artist Pati Dubroff. Pham conducts a "Backstage" makeover event by appointment only (943-6900), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Friday.

  • Neiman Marcus presents Frederic Fekkai celebrity stylist Kasai, from the Beverly Hills salon, by appointment only (951-8887), noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.


    There are many exclusive product launches and in-store presentations. Some highlights:

  • Cartier supports Kapi'olani Children's Miracle Network by featuring a limited-edition LOVE bracelet (featured last week on "CSI") in 18-karat rose gold on an orange silk cord. For each $495 bracelet purchased, Cartier will donate $100 to the Network.

  • Dior offers a jacquard hobo bag with pink patent-leather trim for $595, with only 250 available. They will also introduce two new product lines exclusive to Hawai'i: the Dior Hawai'i jewelry collection and a line of small leather goods.

  • Salvatore Ferragamo offers a mini Kelly handbag, a limited edition in pink Saffiano pebble calf, available only in Hawai'i for $900.

  • HermEs hosts scarf-printing demonstrations from 2 to 4 p.m. daily. A craftsperson from the HermEs atelier in Paris will print an exclusive design created for the store.

  • Neiman Marcus has partnered with Pucci to offer an 18-inch "Farfalle" print neckerchief in three colorways: fuchsia, violet and sky ($50). Also, Lizzie Scheck has designed a white-gold necklace with pave diamonds in a mini flower motif ($295).

  • Bally, the Swiss design house, has designed just 50 bags specially identified as World Festival 2006 bags ($495).

  • Fendi's Honolulu exclusive is the "FF Fendi Festival" bag, in bright red zucchino material with red velvet trim and red patent-leather strap ($395).

  • Coach, a first-time participant in World Festival, has created just 100 Coach Legacy Satchel handbags ($698).

  • Burberry features its 150th anniversary watch with black calfskin leather strap and stainless-steel case ($695).

  • Jimmy Choo offers a Rock handbag, made of pearlized soft goat leather with a World Festival plaque inside. Only 25 are available ($1,450).

  • Theory has a limited-edition (just 50 will be sold) Bianca Bag, a small leather evening bag ($125).

  • At Louis Vuitton, a master craftsman and sketch artist from the Paris workshop will assist clients in creating a made-to-order design, through Sunday. Unique pieces from the Museum of Heritage in AsniEres, France, are also on display.

  • Harry Winston presents an exhibition of jewelry and rare timepieces, Friday to Sunday.

  • CÚline hosts a Boogie Exhibition as tribute to their best-selling handbag. Ten Boogie bags will be available.

    Reach Paula Rath at paularath@aol.com.