March 17th, 2015 / posted by paularath
Emma Wo

Emma Wo                                             Photos courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus will celebrate spring this week with a special styling event in the CUSP Department on Level One. That’s the department with all the denim, as well as many cool and emerging designers.

The store recruited three Honolulu fashion bloggers – Emma Wo, Lindsey Higa and Summer Shiigi – to style a suite of three mannequins.

How fun is that assignment?

Each mannequin will represent one of NM’s Spring 2015 trends:

  • Mix, Don’t Match (making a mix of prints work for you)
  • Spice Market (rich, yummy colors inspired by the markets of Marrakesh and Istanbul)
  • The New Bohemian (layering distressed denim, flowing fabrics and beaucoup accessories)
Lindsey Higa

Lindsey Higa

Customers can visit CUSP from today through Saturday, March 21, and vote for their favorite blogger and suite of mannequins.

On Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m., you can stop by CUSP for a fashion chat with the bloggers as they present their looks. The winning blogger and a winning customer will receive a $500 Neiman Marcus gift card.

Voting will be pau at 2 p.m. Saturday, when light refreshments and an on-site DJ will be offered, along with complementary makeovers by Laura Mercier makeup artists.

- Paula Rath

Summer Shiigi

Summer Shiigi


March 9th, 2015 / posted by paularath
Photo courtesy Anne Namba

Photo courtesy Anne Namba

The popular Junior League of Hawaii (JHL) fundraiser, Sacs in the City, has been re-imagined this year.

It is now called  JLH-LUXE and will feature a fashion show of Anne Namba’s Spring 2015 collection. In addition, there will be a special luncheon, silent auction of designer fashion and luxury merchandise for sale.

It is sponsored by Bank of Hawaii.

JLH has a long history of outstanding (and fun!) fundraisers that raise an amazing amount of money for local charities.

At JLH-LUXE, the organization will announce $30,000 in grants awarded to local not for profit organizations from their Community Investment Fund.

A Furla bag that will be sold at JLH-LUXE

A Furla bag that will be sold at JLH-LUXE


Date: Saturday, March 14

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

Cost: Table of 10 starts at $1,500 and individual tickets are $135.


Score a DVF handbag at JLH-LUXE.

Score a DVF handbag at JLH-LUXE.

KHON 2 news anchors Kathy Muneno and Justin Cruz will emcee the program.

Funds raised from the event will support JLH’s community programs such as My Story and volunteer development.

For information and reservations, call (808) 538-8883, email or go to

- Paula Rath


March 3rd, 2015 / posted by paularath

Muse IX Spring 1

Here’s some great fashion news!

For those of us – and we are legion – who have been missing our beloved Chelsea boutique and Muse IX Designs jewelry – the two have partnered to present a Pop-Up Boutique this week for three days only.

Ronen Chen's Spring 2015 collection will be featured at the Pop-Up.

Ronen Chen’s Spring 2015 collection will be featured at the Pop-Up.

Here are the essentials:

March 5, 6 and 7

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (or until everything is sold)

Thomas Square Center

846 South Hotel Street, Suite 200

It’s across Hotel Street from Straub’s ER. Park on the street in front of Thomas Square Center or in Straub’s parking lot for a small fee. There are a few spaces in the Thomas Square Center Building in case your parking karma is totally on.

Every Muse IX Design is unique and one-of-a-kind.

Every Muse IX Design is unique and one-of-a-kind.

Naomi Loewe of Chelsea is bringing back some of her popular staples (think Clara Sun Moon pants), as well as new designers from Europe and Israel (think Italian knit blouses from Seduzione and dresses and tops from Israeli designer Ronen Chen). In addition, there will be Mesmerize pants, dresses by Ina and crazy, fun tops and dresses from Alembika.

One-of-a-kind shibori and kasuri blouses will add to the international array of offerings.

A spectacular lariat from Muse IX.

A spectacular lariat from Muse IX.

Muse IX Spring 4

Lynda Caris, the designer behind Muse IX, took a 14-month hiatus and now she’s back – big time – weaving her magic into beautiful new necklaces and earrings. Every piece is lovingly hand made in her jewel of a studio.

Muse IX Spring 5

Every lariat has a different color scheme and mood.

Lynda just returned form the Tucson Gem Show, where she found a treasure trove of gem stones, findings and pearls.

You will find, woven into her magical creations, baroque, cultured and Keshi pearls, French wire and pyrite, gem stones of all colors and shapes, vermeil and 14k gold.

This is a trunk show you won’t want to miss.

- Paula Rath


February 11th, 2015 / posted by paularath
An organic approach to styling.

An organic approach to styling.               Photo by Therese Wahl


Therese Wahl, right, styles model Zoe Curtis, along with hair and makeup artist Pia Sundquist. Photo by Kaveh Kardan

Therese Wahl, right, styles model Zoe Curtis, along with assistant Heather Curtis.  Photo by Kaveh Kardan

Sometimes a seemingly small story can grow into something spectacular. This is one of those stories.

I had interviewed professional stylist Therese Wahl, who lives on the North Shore, for a story I freelanced for Hawaii Business magazine. My story addressed the subject: What is appropriate Honolulu business attire in the year 2015?

I was really impressed with what Therese had to say on the subject and wanted to know more about her. In addition, I have long believed that people in Hawaii don’t really understand what it means to be a wardrobe stylist. So I thought it would be interesting to write a “My Job” column about Therese and her 25-year career in wardrobe styling. The Hawaii Business editor, Steve Petranik, agreed.

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Photo by Therese Wahl


The Malaekahana driftwood evolves into a character in the story as Therese performs her styling magic. Photo by Kaveh Kardan.

The Malaekahana driftwood evolves into a character in the story as Therese performs her styling magic. Photo by Kaveh Kardan.

After the interview, Therese and I began talking about visuals for the story. She wanted to create an actual styling scenario on a beach somewhere. (A North Shore girl’s approach.)

She chose one of my favorite swimming beaches, just off Malaekahana Park. This is also the beach where I found my beloved adopted cat, Eleele, who was starving to death all alone  in the park’s hau patch.

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Photo by Therese Wahl


Therese adds the final touches to  model Zoe Curtis.

Therese adds the final touches to model Zoe Curtis. The props are all Therese’s.   Photo by Kaveh Kardan

Therese has a deep background in styling. She has worked in New York City, Los Angeles and Honolulu. Among her national clients are Delta Airlines, Target, Coors, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Budweiser, to name a few. In Hawaii she has styled for Ala Moana magazine and the Royal Hawaiian Center’s magazine, “R.” She also did a lot of work for Hawaii Fashion Month and Honolulu Fashion Week. In addition, she has private clients for whom she does wardrobing and even helps them clean out their closets.

To see more images of Therese’s work, go to: www. or Instagram @Theresewahlstyling or email: or

Three of the photos shown here are simply iPad shots taken by Therese. Three others are shots taken by fashion photographer Kaveh Kardan, who actually appears in the photos for the magazine. The magazine’s photos will include Therese in the frame, working her magic with the model, Zoe Curtis, and Kaveh in his role as a fashion photographer. Therese loves to work with hair and makeup artist Pia Sundquist, a model from Sweden who now lives on the North Shore and has been doing hair and makeup for 25 years. Find her at

Therese prefers to use local designers whenever possible. In these photos, gowns are by Kini & Dinko (that’s Kini Zamora of “Project Runway” fame), jewelry from Nordstrom and Macy’s and Fascinators by Chapel hat store in Ala Moana Center, with a few tweaks and additions by Therese.

I can just imagine what the images in the magazine will look like. I hope they saved plenty of space for photos! You can see the final result in the March issue of Hawaii Business.

Therese’s goal: “I want my images to be inspiring.” Goal achieved.

- Paula Rath

January 31st, 2015 / posted by paularath
Rust-dyeing fabric

Rust-dyeing fabric with an old chain from George Woollard’s yard.

Jerry and I are hanging a new art show today at the Louis Pohl Gallery on Bethel Street, across from JJ Dolan’s.

Please come to our opening on

First Friday, February 6

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Louis Pohl Gallery, 1142 Bethel Street

We would love to see you there.

Jerry’s theme is “Windows” and he has done some beautiful watercolors and oils of windows in New Mexico, Europe and his imagination. Here are a few:


Watercolor by Jerry Mayfield

Watercolor by Jerry Mayfield


New Mexico adobe with window

New Mexico adobe with window

Mysterious woman in window by Jerry Mayfield.

Mysterious woman in window by Jerry Mayfield.

My newest paintings are created entirely with fabric – there’s no paint on them. I just completed last night (yup – the day before we hang – just a little procrastination) a fun work called “Waimea: Jump!”

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of summer days jumping off the rock at Waimea Bay. Our family had a beach home on Papailoa Road on the North Shore and we would often go to the bay with our friends the Patys and jump off the rock into the ocean over and over and over again. Here’s the painting:

"Waimea: Jump!" by Paula Rath

“Waimea: Jump!” by Paula Rath

People often ask how I create these fabric paintings. I have in the past shared my indigo process with my readers. Today I’ll share the way I get rust on fabrics.

It’s simple, really, but totally organic and therefore completely unpredictable.

First, I seek out rusty detritus from construction sites (with permission, of course) or friends’ back yards. For example,  one day I spotted a huge rusty chain at artist George Woollard’s home in Palolo. He gave it to me! Above, at the top of this blog, you can see that I have wrapped some cotton around the chain and sort of woven it into the chain to try to get the rust to transfer.

Waiting for rust to work the magic.

Waiting for rust to work the magic on an old bar-b-q grill.

I spray the fabric with a mixture of water and white vinegar and try to keep it damp until I get the rust shade I want. Sometimes I spray for days, sometimes it all happens in a matter of hours.

Soem recent rust dyeing that was less than successful.

Some recent rust dyeing that was less than successful.

Often the detritus I use doesn’t really work well as a dye. You can’t tell until you try. Those fabrics just get a smattering of dye, or a very light color. But it’s okay because I use those for the lighter areas of the painting.

A beautiful result!

A beautiful result!

Sometimes I luck out with a perfect, dense piece of rust that gives me a gorgeous color and print.

I’ve been doing this rust- and indigo-dyeing for quite a few years now. I think I’m ready to move on to something else. Other natural dyes – and their deep, mysterious, unpredictable hues – are beckoning.

See you at First Friday!

- Paula Rath