Fashionating

Thoughts, tips, trials & tribulations

Posted on June 13th, 2019 by paularath

Whew! It has taken me several years, but I have finally found the perfect swimsuit to wear when I’m swimming laps. I had a favorite swimsuit for several years; I bought three of them in succession and loved them until the company started having “my” suit made in China with inferior fabric and sewing. Next
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Posted on May 23rd, 2019 by paularath

In 2005, I wrote a story in The Honolulu Advertiser about a new line of Polynesian clothing called Pili. In my lede, I wrote that Pili means to cling, hold tight, or bring together.¬† http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Jan/10/il/il02a.html Today, in 2019, the “bring together” part of Pili has special significance. That’s because Pili is bringing a family back
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Posted on May 8th, 2019 by paularath

I recently caught up with Bliss Lau while she was on a bus, infant daughter Soa in her arms, traveling between her studio and her home. It’s a whirling dervish sort of life, the life of a working mother. While Bliss is a thoroughly NYC girl now, she was born and raised in Honolulu and
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Posted on March 28th, 2019 by paularath

  Lynne Koplin, the CEO of Hawaii’s own Reyn Spooner, brings a world of retail to the islands. Her fashion pedigree goes deep into some impressive brands and labels. Her background is in swimwear merchandising, but she has also worked in resort, sportswear, upscale denim and lingerie. Koplin was mentored by none other than Anne
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Posted on February 20th, 2019 by paularath

Yes, there were moments when I shared a space with the late great designer¬†Karl Lagerfeld. But of course, he took up all the space, and most of the oxygen, in the room. He is as magnetic and mesmerizing as the world’s fashion writers say he is. They also bear witness to his misogyny and the
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