By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Former Miss USA Judi Andersen wears a chiffon and
lace gown by mom Joan.
Pack rats stashStar-Bulletin
now fashion flash
As luck would have it, designer Joan Andersen is a pack rat. Her stash is now the basis of a fashion show, "Pleasures in Paradise," taking place Saturday at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
The show, a scholarship benefit hosted by the Associated Chinese University Women, will feature designs -- past, present and future -- from Andersen's company, Princess Kaiulani Fashions.
In addition to showing garments stored away since the '60s and '70s, Andersen will show Princess Kaiulani's current designs in retro prints, washable rayons and multi-colored palaka, as well as new garments created from fabrics and laces that last appeared on runways 30 years ago.
"Some of the old garments could be worn on the street right now, they look so contemporary," Andersen said.
But don't write this off as a retro showcase or trash-to-treasure extravaganza with designs meant to shock, rather than be worn. With a signature of elegance and eye for feminine shapes, some of Andersen's new creations -- mixtures of chiffon and all-cotton French lace -- are fit for a ballroom, or a garden party, provided your garden looks like the grounds of The Contemporary Museum.
Although Princess Kaiulani Fashions has been synonymous with aloha wear for 39 years, the company managed to avoid the loud Hawaiian print syndrome. This won the favor of a local, upscale clientele.
Said Andersen, "I like to see a woman's face, and not a whole bunch of print. I try to have something going on at the neckline -- eyelet, lace or velvet -- to draw the eyes up so that viewers see the woman."
Pleasures in ParadiseWhat: Princess Kaiulani fashions, with the Royal Hawaiian Band and Halau Hula Olana
When: 11:30 a.m. with boutiques open from 9 a.m.
Where: Sheraton Waikiki Hotel