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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 26, 2010

Welcome to the 'Jungle'

By Paula Rath
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Brothers Michael and Jonathan Olderr, 12 and 10, respectively, model aloha shirts by Kahala Sportswear. Michael's print is "Wheels" ($68) and Jonathan's is "Kekoa" ($38). Shoes and shorts are the models'.

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Kainoa Bostock, 17, wears a Krush shirt ($86) and Affliction jeans ($175), both from The Blue Buddha. Paris Bell, 15, left, models a dress by Ringspun ($98) from The Blue Buddha, while Emily Hawkins, 16, wears an Orion London dress ($144) from Therapy Boutique, accessorized with bangles and earrings from Therapy. Footwear belongs to the models.

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A Safari Champagne Tea PaHTY & Children's Fashion Show

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. April 11

Hawai'i Prince Hotel


reservation deadline April 5

Information and tickets:

839-9885, ext. 711, or carolyn.kishi@gmail.com

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What's in: Budi Staven, owner of The Blue Buddha (1221 Kapi'olani Blvd., 591-1648) and lecturer in Introduction to Fashion and Fashion Forecasting at UH-Manoa, on summer trends for young men:

"Tie dye-ombre is going strong. It's not a regular tie-dye like the '70s; it's a fresher and newer version. They use multicolor ombre on plaid."

"Fabrics are all about softness and lightness."

"For prints we're done with the tribal tattoo (skull/wings) and foil/bling. We see lots of pop art and music influences."

Tina Wary, owner of Therapy Boutique, Kahala Mall, on summer trends for young women:

Military-inspired pieces.

"Jeggings," or jean leggings.

Flirty and fun banded floral skirts.

Cargo with pocket details on shorts, skirts and dresses.

Accessories and bags in bright colors, especially turquoise.

Nautical themes.

Black and white anything.

Studs everywhere, on bags, belts and shoes.

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The folks at Honolulu Theatre for Youth wanted to put on a fundraiser with an original theme that would also include their organization's mission: to entertain and educate keiki and families through the performing arts.

The result: "It's a Jungle Out There! A Safari Champagne Tea PaHTY & Children's Fashion Show."

The event's theme ties into HTY's next production, "Jungle Book." Co-chairs Aubrey Hawk and Audra D. Stevenson put their heads together to include imaginative elements that would make the event fun for adults and youth.

It's a clever concept that plays to parental pride. Buy two tickets and you get to see your keiki on the runway. Buy a table for $2,500 and it includes runway space for seven young models of your choosing.

"For me the event is perfectly attuned to the organization not like a silent auction in a big ballroom, where you forget who you're raising money for," Hawk said.

"Kids are involved, and there's an element of self-expression."

Stevenson said a keiki party that's as much fun as the adult party in the ballroom will take place backstage: "There's pizza and DVDs, and they get their hair and makeup done in this wild atmosphere while the adults have their civilized tea."

ADR Agency coordinates the runway show, which is directed by Stevenson, while Jessica Hoffman provides hair and makeup.

Adults are also invited to dress up, as "the hunter" in khaki (pith helmets optional) or "the hunted" in animal prints (tails optional). Dressing to theme has become trendy at Honolulu events, including ARTafter DARK, "Alice in Wonderland" night at Loft and "Dress You Up" '80s night at Bar 35 in Chinatown, and widespread embrace of costumes for Mardi Gras.

HTY acknowledges that "it's a jungle out there" for local retailers, as well. To give them some visibility on the runway, keiki will be modeling garments from BECCA Beach Kahala, The Blue Buddha, Crazy Shirts, Hawaiian Moon, Jams World, Kahala Sportswear, Kami Atelier Honolulu, Roxy/Quiksilver and Therapy Boutique.