Power in flowers


POSTED: Thursday, May 07, 2009

It'll look like the '60s again at Hawai'i Convention Center on Saturday. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu is encouraging all to bring out their inner flower child and go-go to its 16th-annual fundraising gala, “;Imagine!”;





        Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser:

» Place: Hawaii Convention Center Rooftop Garden and Ballroom


» Time: 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday


» Tickets: $200, with three-course dinner, live auction, entertainment and dancing


» Call: 695-4558




Planning the event was a trip down memory lane for stylist Paul Brown of the Paul Brown Institute, co-chair of the event with Shelley Wilson of Wilson Homecare, who gamely dressed up to promote the event, though she's too young to have lived through the era.

“;John Lennon's 'Imagine' is one of my favorite songs of all time,”; Brown said. “;The '60s were all about peace and love and change, and we're all about that right now. Because of the economy, we're back to spending more time with each other, and that's a good thing.

“;I've been involved with a lot of fundraisers and Big Brothers Big Sisters is the most important. This is the future of our society, of Hawaii, these children. We're asking people to imagine all these children with mentors.”;

Funds raised will go toward helping the non-profit achieve its mission to help children become responsible adults by matching them with volunteers who are able to offer friendship, guidance and support.

The message may be serious, but the event promises plenty of laughter and finger-pointing as people dig out mini skirts and bell-bottoms to dance to music from the 1960s, while enjoying a three-course dinner, live auction and entertainment.

“;I think people just need an excuse to get dressed and have fun, and a reason to wear their go-go boots,”; said Wilson, who didn't recognize herself in the mirror with her normally sedate hair coaxed into a beehive. “;I feel like a big cornball,”; she admitted.

“;The bigger the hair, the shorter the skirt the better. That was a happy day in the '60s,”; Brown said.

IF YOU DO plan on dressing for the occasion, Brown said there are two looks that represent the '60s, and one may suit you a little better than the other—though people would look at you funny if you dressed either way to shop for groceries.

“;One is very high, full hair with very short skirts. The other is the hippie, grungy, headband-wearing rock 'n' roll look,”; he said.

Men have plenty of options, including retro aloha shirts, safari or military jackets, bell bottoms or pegged pants. If all else fails, think Mick. The Rolling Stones epitomized '60s rock 'n' roll dandyism.

As for the makeup, by Paul Brown director of makeup Gerry Davenport Brown, eyes are the centerpiece, starting with long lashes, spiky on top and bottom. You can go with false eyelashes, or those blessed with long lashes can achieve the look with about five coats of mascara. Enhance the big-eyed look with thick black eyeliner, “;Cleopatra style—thick, heavy and winged.”;

Your eyes will stand out even more when enhanced with matte white eyeshadow, or a color pop of green or blue, and soft-colored cheeks.

“;Lips are very pale, almost white, with a touch of frost.”;

Frosty lipstick is hard to find these days, but you could achieve the look with foundation or nude lip color over the lips, followed by a touch of pale shimmer gloss.

Then, squelch your impulse to say, “;That's hot.”;

Try “;bitchin' “; or “;groovy.”;