Elizabeth Kieszkowski, features editor

Paula Rath, fashion and lifestyle writer

Nick Gervais, designer

Joaquin Siopack, Norman Shapiro, photographers

Derek Paiva, Melissa May White, Anne Ramos, Lesa Griffith, Lacy Matsumoto, Catherine E. Toth, David A.M. Goldberg, contributing writers

Andreas Arvman, Web designer


Rachel Chavez, advertising executive, 525-7654

We couldn't have created without assistance from many. Mahalo to these locations, all of which serve as valuable resources for the fashion- and entertainment-minded.

Bamboo Sky
Co-owners and fiances Tiffany Young and Shane Breeden have created a cozy (and stylish) nest in their Kaka'ako boutique. Bamboo Sky, one of a bumper crop of recent like-minded ventures in Honolulu, has remained a standout among local fashionistas thanks to Young's eye for on-trend styles with palatable price points. Cirque, Golden Child, Miss Me, Tarina Tarantino, Voom, Habitual and T-Bags are among the labels carried. Regular sales and shopping parties add to the fun.
401 Kamake'e St., Suite 104. 591-8003

Tweed suits may not exactly spring to mind when one thinks of Hawai'i, but with two outposts strong in Honolulu alone, Chanel must be doing something right. Karl Lagerfeld's fall ready-to-wear collection for the label contained plenty of colorful riffs on its mainstay suitings, as well as sequin and tulle cocktail confections that are practically made to light up Honolulu after dark.
2116 Kalakaua Ave.; 923-0255

Donna Karan is known for her compassionate and innovative design sense, creating deceptively simple and flattering clothing meant for real living. From her best-selling cashmere wrap cozies to draped gowns customized with Robert Lee Morris' molded metalwork plates, Karan rolls out must-haves, season after season. The DKNY fall collection delivers on chic basics and provides the season's requisite pops of color in bold purples, blues, and acid hues.
Ala Moana Center; 955-7779

Winter for Fendi means one thing: fur and more fur. Fortunately, the fall collection is also a standout in the accessories category: the luxe, bejeweled belts, platform sandals and feathered bags will suit warm-weather wahine nicely until the spring collection brings lighter fare.
Ala Moana Center; 973-3311

Max & Co.
Max Mara's little sister has taken over in Ala Moana Center. Sporting a fresh, gamine look and budget-friendlier price points, Italian brand Max & Co. is poised to become every freshly minted career girl's go-to source for polished pieces with a European sensibility.
Ala Moana Center; 943-6262

Ohelo Road
For Michael Stars fans, Kahala Mall's Ohelo Road is ground zero, reliably stocking his entire range of easy and stylish tees. The boutique also earns points for its impressive array of comfortable, luxe casualwear. Look for tailored pieces by Burning Torch, luxe tees by Velvet and feminine, lace-trimmed fare by Anne Ferriday.
Kahala Mall; 735-5525

Donna Loren and Katie Waronker are the mother-daughter team behind e-tailer ADASA. Loren (a former Dr. Pepper Girl and beach-blanket movie star) and L.A.-based buyer Waronker constantly push the envelope of fashion in Hawai'i. Their Young Street e-concept boutique offers a unique real-time Internet shopping experience, and the selection is an evolving array that includes high-end favorites as well as progressive, under-the-radar lines like Buddhist Punk, Christopher Deane and Lulu Frost.
2023 Young St.; 218-6121

DIG Lifestyles
Chris Nakano, promoter and co-owner of DIG Lifestyles, is known for bringing the hottest hip-hop artists to Hawai'i. He's added street style to his resume with the new Ward Warehouse storefront, where B-boys can stock up on underground labels like Artful Dodger, Akomplice, Kilo Goods, and Orisue that were hitherto hard to come by locally. Ladies will also flip for edgy, reworked styles by Bay Area label Nicacelly.
Ward Warehouse; 946-8620

For years, Linea has held strong as Honolulu's source for edgy, clubworthy fashion. Bold, hard-edged labels like Custo Barcelona, Triple Five Soul and Parasuco denim anchor the selection, but what's underneath the Linea girl's tough exterior? Playful, monkey-festooned skivvies by Paul Frank.
Ward Warehouse; 591-8990

Louis Vuitton
Fans of the metallics trend should look no further than Louis Vuitton's fall collection. Marc Jacobs liberally splashed glossy, liquidlike silvers and bronzes on everything from signature logo bags to pencil skirts. Voluminous toques also make a bold statement that feels right in line with the Vermeer-inspired collection.
Ala Moana Center; 973-0580

It's the charismatic megafauna of American department stores, and soon to become ubiquitous thanks to last year's Federated-May merger. Take a stroll through the Island Attitudes section or lunch at Alan Wong's Pineapple Room, though, and you'll see that this is a store steeped in local culture. Predecessor Liberty House certainly helped with the ambience, but it's the regular sales (and the constant stream of cardholder rewards) that keep local customers coming back for more.
Ala Moana Center; 941-2345

Neiman Marcus
Quite possibly the poshest shopping experience in town, with immaculate dressing room lighting, opulent displays and downright cushy powder rooms. All this is of course secondary to the gobs of the latest and most fabulous shoes and clothing lines hot off the runways. For all those PYTs, the contemporary section has recently picked up hot new lines such as 3.1 Phillip Lim and See by Chloé. Who could ask for more? (With the possible exception of a high-limit credit line ...)
Ala Moana Center; 951-8887

Queens Candy Shop
The brainchild of local entrepreneur Tiffany Tanaka, Queens Candy Shop (the other half of eBay outlet has become a buzzing hub for local talent. Stocking the lines of established local designers like Michele Lau, Roberta Oaks and Akane, the store also provides a venue for newly minted designers to cut their teeth in retail. Recent University of Hawai'i grads Liezel Pagala and Leah Evans are among the new talents to be feted there.
839 Queen St.; 589-1102

Yves Saint Laurent
Stefano Pilati's fall ready-to-wear collection for Yves Saint Laurent is all about power dressing. With angular shapes and volume concentrated in the upper body and a serious palette of grays and blacks, the silhouette is formidable and daring. The accessories are likewise somber but edgy. Now is the time to scoop up truly modernized versions of fashion classics from this iconic fashion house.
2114 Kalakaua Ave.; 924-6900

Executive Chef
A venerable institution serving Hawai'i's chefs and home cooks since 1981, Executive Chef is the go-to place for variety: 30 models of peppermills, say, from the run-of-the-mill to the top-of-the-line. With 15,000-plus items for the kitchen, tabletop and bath from more than 600 suppliers, there's something for the kitchen purist and the gadget-monger alike here.
Ward Warehouse; 596-2433

Interior Accents
This eclectic showroom in Gentry Pacific Design Center strives to please both Eastern and Western sensibilities. Its furniture and upholstery collections are accented by an array of exotic lamps, porcelain statues from China, paintings, glassware and curiosities from offbeat locales throughout Asia.
Gentry Pacific Design Center; 523-5553

INTO, Inc.
INTO owners Alan Carrell and Glenn Stewart pride themselves on thinking outside of the box  box store, that is. From John Derian decoupage plates to Taschen coffee-table books, vegan handbags from Matt & Nat, and an impressive selection of forward-thinking lighting, INTO is the place to pick up unique home accents and gifts that you can be sure won't be lurking on the shelves of any old chain store.
40 N. Hotel St.; 536-2211

The Place
Whether your taste is Polo or punk, The Place has got you figured out. Its cache of gifts and accessories for the home, body and pet is divided into five personality types: preppy/conservative, urban/"bling bling," edgy/rock 'n' roll, posh/jet setter and yoga/zen. A concierge is on hand to help customers navigate the offerings, which include exclusive labels like French Vintage, Antik Denim, 100% Pure and Ola.
Ward Warehouse; 593-7522

Under a Hula Moon
A longtime Kailua favorite, Under a Hula Moon carries a whimsical mix of gifts, accessories and fashion items, including "Be ology," a fresh T-shirt line popularized on Oprah's "O List," handbags from Mary Frances and the sterling silver jewelry of Israeli designer Simon Sebbag. Townsiders now have access to this trove of fabulous finds, as a new location recently opened in Ward Centre.
Kailua Shopping Center; 261-4252
Ward Centre; 596-4442

Reflections of the Heart
Step into this Kahala Mall storefront and you're at once swept into a sparkling, ocean-like world of glass baubles, lamps, and fine jewelry inspired by the sea and its creatures. The shop is in the process of reinventing itself. To that end, Reflections of the Heart begins a temporary hiatus in late September, to make way for a new concept store. When it reopens, owner Donald Olson will feature high-end, unique pieces straight out of "Desperate Housewives."
Kahala Mall; 734-1200

The Cottage
This cozy Kailua nook is known for its fresh homemade fudge as well as a variety of uncommon, delightful gifts. Island-made gourmet treats and bath products share the shelves with French linens and milled soaps, nostalgic game sets and eclectic home decor.
315 Uluniu St., Suite 102A, Kailua; 263-0827

Purveyors of all things crystal since 1764, Baccarat has moved well beyond goblets and decanters into baubles for the body. Chunky cocktail rings and pendants forged from clear and colored crystals delight the senses and look perfect with fall's rich hues and layered textures.
Ala Moana Center; 943-6688

Riches Kahala
Owner Lo Kaimuloa's eye for cutting-edge accessories is evident in her diminutive Kahala Mall jewelry and accessories shop. She was the first in the Islands to carry Kate Spade and continues to break style barriers by scouting new talent and stocking the latest celebrity favorites such as Double Happiness. She also designs her own jewelry line, He'e Nalu, available at Riches.
Kahala Mall; 737-3303

Credits compiled by Melissa May White, with assistance from Paula Rath.