Star-Bulletin Features

Thursday, August 30, 2001


Stuffs featured item
Christian Dior director of haute couture Willy Lima, right, dressed
Ann Ditzler as the mother of the bride during the Dior segment
of last year's French Fashion show.


Feast on fall offerings

Ferragamo's autumn/winter collection will be shown Sept. 9 during "Breakfast at the Palace ... A Feast on Ferragamo," a fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association of Hawaii, taking place at Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Monarch Room.

The event starts at 8 a.m., with a menu created by Daniel Delbrel, executive chef of the Sheraton Waikiki.

There will also be a silent auction and "Keys to a Cure" sweepstakes in which the winner will receive a pair of Vara shoes and matching handbag.

Tickets are $100 per person, available by calling the ADA at 947-5979.

French gala coming up

The 5th annual French Festival of Hawai'i black tie fashion gala, "Technique Moderne," will feature haute couture by Chanel; 2002 ready-to-wear collections from Christian Dior and Christian Lacroix; and guest of honor Marcel Marceau.

The event takes place Nov. 3 in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom and will be the grand finale of the event beginning Oct. 27 with a week of product launches, beauty workshops, designer trunk shows and gourmet tastings.

Organizations hosting the festivities include The Contemporary Museum, Halekulani, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Neiman Marcus and the University of Hawai'i of Hawaii Art Gallery, which will be showing "Theatre de la Mode," an exhibition featuring more than 150 post-World War II miniature French mannequins that toured Europe and the U.S. in 1945 and 1946.

But the event the fashion junkies are waiting for is "Technique Moderne," the most prestigious fashion show held here annually, with designs straight from Paris. Tickets are on sale now as follows:

>> VIP runway seating -- These guests will receive luxury gifts from Chanel, DFS Galleria, Neiman Marcus, Padovani's Chocolates, Sephora and a subscription to Honolulu magazine, and will be served dinner on La Table Hermès porcelain with white glove service, and will receive invitations to private receptions at Chanel, Christian Dior, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Neiman Marcus. Tickets: $1,000

>> Premier seating -- Guests will receive luxury gifts from Chanel, DFS Galleria, Neiman Marcus, Padovani's Chocolates, Sephora, and a subscription to Honolulu magazine. Tickets: $500

>> Gallery Seating -- Guests receive a luxury gift from Neiman Marcus, Padovani's Chocolates, Sephora products, and a subscription to Honolulu magazine. Tickets: $300

Proceeds from "Technique Moderne" will benefit The Washington Place Foundation. For more information, call 1-877-THE-FEST (843-3378).

Emme on Bay TV

"Island Moments by Emme," a partnership between local TV personality Emme Tomimbang and Iolani Sportswear, Ltd., will be featured Wednesday on a segment of "Evening Magazine" on KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco.

"It's an honor to be sharing with the people of San Francisco the aspects of our culture and lifestyle through my clothing line," said Tomimbang, who has been working with Iolani Sportswear since 1999, on the line that reflects Hawaii's easy-going lifestyle.

Tomimbang will host a mini fashion show held for "Evening Magazine's co-host Malou Nubla, on the grounds of the Kahala Mandarin Oriental.

The segment is one of four that will promote the "Sounds of Hawaii" concert at Great America in San Francisco on Sept. 8. The concert will feature Na Leo Pilimehana, Ten Feet, Kalapana and Colón.

Fetish for fashion

Succubus Couture, known by club kids for its seductive collection of after-midnight garb, now has a boutique open Friday nights at The Eye, 3259 Koapaka.

The collection of corsets, bras, sheer dusters and fetish wear will appeal to all creatures of the night.

The boutique will be open from 10 p.m.



Master steel guitarist Jerry Byrd performs on "Na Mele:
Traditions in Hawaiian Song," 7:30 p.m. today on KHET/PBS.
Byrd will be joined by friends Hiram Olsen Jr., Dennis
Keohokalole, Gary Aiko and Ned Ka'apana.
The show repeats 10 p.m. Sunday.

Writing for kids

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators -- Hawaii Chapter presents its Fall Conference from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Pacific Beach Hotel.

Featured speakers are:

>> Michele Coppola, editor at Clarion Books (a Houghton Mifflin imprint).

>> Martha Alexander, author and/or illustrator of more than 60 books for children.

>> Lisa Matsumoto, author of "Wailana the Waterbug," "How the B-52 Cockroach Learned to Fly" and other children's books and plays.

>> James Rumford, author-illustrator of "Island-Below-the-Star," selected by the New York Times book critic as among the top 10 picture books of the year. More recent is his book "Seeker of Knowledge."

The conference fee, which includes lunch, is $65 for SCBWI members, $75 for non-members. Registration deadline is Sept. 8. The fee for late registration and walk-in is $75 for SCBWI members, $85 for non-members. Vegetarian meals are available on advance request.

Make checks payable to SCBWI and send to SCBWI-Hawaii, 4224 Waialae Ave., # 493, Honolulu, HI 96816. For information, call 554-4744 or email

Oldies still golden

Oldies Radio 107.9 and Tom Moffatt are presenting "Doo Wop Hop," being billed as the "first authentic doo-wop show in Hawaii."

Featured at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Blaisdell Arena will be The Platters, whose hits include "Only You," "The Great Pretender" and "Smoke gets in Your Eyes"; plus The Cadillacs ("Gloria"); The Penguins ("Earth Angel"); The Marcels ("Blue Moon"); and The Toys ( "A Lover's Concerto").

The Toys will also perform a tribute to girl groups.

Tickets are $25 for the upper level and $35 for the lower level, and are on sale at Ticket Plus outlets such as Foodland and Sack 'N Save, Tempo Music, house of Music, the University of Hawai'i Campus Center and MWR Kunia.

Tickets may also be purchased by calling 526-4400 or by logging onto

Wellness heart of fair

The 2nd annual Women's Wellness Fair will take place noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at IHS, The Institute for Human Services, at 546 Ka'aahi St.

The fair is geared toward the homeless or women with low income, whose lives have come apart due to addiction, domestic violence, mental illness or bad luck. Social services agencies will offer options in child care and health care, treatment and employment programs.

Lunch will be available, and there will be a clothing distribution, haircuts, giveaways and entertainment.

For more information, call 521-2437 Ext. 248.

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