McManus will show her latest designs
By Paula Rath
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Paula Rath
During last fall's Fresh FACE of Nuuanu fashion show and contest, Honolulu's version of "Project Runway," Aima Aluli McManus was a standout. She won the award for Island wear with a sky-blue Polynesian print confection layered over tulle; a little bit Island, a little bit fantasy. McManus, of course, is better known as a musician with her family's beloved group, Puamana.
Now she has put together a line of 20 garments, many of them deconstructed and reconstructed dresses. Her inspiration, she said, is her late mother, musician and composer Irmgard Aluli, who "dressed like a fashion plate."
McManus's line, called Hulalulu Designs, will debut at a Mother's Day fashion show and luncheon on the Big Island to benefit the Battered Women's Shelter. The event, called He Waiwai Nui (Overflow of Abundance), will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Daniel Thiebaut Restaurant in Waimea. Tickets are $45. Reservations required: (808) 887-2200.
KINI ZAMORA SHOW
It's not your usual fashion show venue, but the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet will set up a runway at 10 a.m. tomorrow for emerging Honolulu designer Kini Zamora's special Mother's Day show.
Zamora will showcase around 60 pieces from his spring/summer collection, including dresses, evening wear, day wear and swimwear. This season he is using chiffon, cotton and satin in florals and geometric prints. His current inspiration: the baby-doll look with flirty skirts and flounces that create movement.
SPLIT OBSESSION SHOW
Split Obsession, the clever, eclectic lifestyle boutique for men and women in Koko Marina Shopping Center, will hold its first trunk show from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Two local designers will be featured: Allison Izu Nagato of Reincarnation Hawaii, who hand- paints or appliques vintage fabrics, and Marylea Conrad, designer of Melia Conrad swimwear and after-swimwear, whose silk and cotton dresses have just arrived from Australia, where she has them manufactured. Her new summer prints are digitally printed designs inspired by the plumeria, her signature flower.
MEET SHAESBY SCOTT
Jewelry designer Shaesby Scott is known for fusing art with fashion in his sophisticated jewelry collections. Having begun his career as a sculptor and furniture designer working primarily with steel, his jewelry has a unique aesthetic. His experience with metalsmithing enables him to create sculptures that are wearable art.
Meet the designer in his first Hawai'i public appearance from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow at Neiman Marcus Ala Moana, in the designer jewelry department on level one.
Also this weekend at Neiman Marcus is a Shu Uemura Atelier Artist event. Principal artist J.P. McCary and atelier artist Misumi Kitano will lead a team of makeup artists for personal consultations and a customized summer look. Reservations recommended: 951-8887.
Add one more to the list of improvements in Waikiki. Princesse Tam-Tam by Allure, known for its feminine lingerie lines from France, Italy, Britain and the U.S., recently opened in a new location. The 585-square-foot boutique is now on the third level of Building A in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, across from Okonomiyaki Chibo Restaurant.
The boutique carries many designer names in lingerie such as Calvin Klein, Felina, Wacoal, DKNY, Le Mystere and, of course, Princesse Tam-Tam. Prices range from $34 for a Jezebel bra and panty set to $400 for a Ravage bra and panty set.
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