Alexander McQueen’s Victorian Dolls: Pre-Fall 2012

Oh how lovely. Feminine extravagance at its best.

We see a lot more Victorian inspired fashion on the runway with Alexander McQueen’s Pre-Fall 2012 Collection. Under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, McQueen’s Pre-Fall line maintains its museum-worthy couture lavishness.

A lush autumn palette with bustlingly full skirts and belted, cinched waist is the primary element in the collection. High-necklines and poplin shirts with cropped pants are incorporated, maintaining the Victorian era inspiration, with some off the shoulder peasant blouses, suggesting a Spanish influence. Fabrication includes rich velvet with intricate embroidery, floral detailing, frothy tulle and diaphanous fabrics as light as air.

Dramatic and theatrical, but still wearable.

Photos courtesy of



Wearable Spring/Summer 2012 Trends

Living in a tropical paradise, I always looked forward to Fall Fashion trends (much more than Spring season) because they are generally styles that we can’t wear in Hawaii. Usually, spring trends are easier to put together, but they bore me. During the fall, I always love the challenge of successfully pulling off outfits that may trigger confused looks from the uncles and the “tutus” here. Thigh high boots, faux fur, leather jackets, trench coats, etc… only in the end to be complimented and admired for being fashion forward. A sharply said, (but sweet) comment “Eh, I like your outfit,” brings music to my ears.

Anywho, fashionably speaking for the first time ever, I am actually looking forward to this upcoming Spring/Summer 2012. Styles this coming season have a bold and fun, yet feminine feel and still oh-so-wearable for our weather and environment here in Hawaii Nei.

Browsing through these trends felt like I traveled through time and took a trip around the world all at once, with inspirations coming from so many different things, places, people and ideas.

Emerging trends on the runways include flapper inspired fashion, focusing on drop waist silhouettes and sequins from designers such as Gucci and Marc Jacobs; athletic influences with sophisticated cuts from the collections of Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, and Victoria Beckham; 1950s & 1960s ladylike fashion continue to grace the runways but with more intricate details such as lace from Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino and Nina Ricci. Interestingly enough, bird prints are also popular this season from Carolina Hererra, Kenzo and Jill Stuart.

Here are some of my personal favorites in addition to the trends listed above— styles that I know for sure I will be trying in the next few months.

PASTEL SEPARATES- sorbet color palette in various ensembles

NEON & GEOMETRIC- brighter, bolder hues and geometrical shapes

PEPLUMS- sassy and classy, this 1980’s style is back

TRANSLUCENT WHITES- a warm-weather staple, with a more structured silhouette

SUMMER SUIT- blazer jackets dressed  and dressed down with city shorts

OUT OF AFRICA- tribal prints and stripes

TANGERINE- one of the primary colors of the season.

FLOWER POWER- April showers bring May flowers 😉

DIGITAL AGE- The use of digital photographs on garments

What’s your favorite so far?



Emilio Pucci- Luxe Bohemian

A quick post on Emilio Pucci’s Fall 2010 Collection.

I love how luxurious and boho his collection feels…. the color palette of  black, greens, indigo and plum, with accents of dramatic fringes, laces and metallic sheen- so dark, yet so edgy…..

Even the music is getting to me, I absolutely LOVE IT…..

My personal favorites from the collection, images courtesy of

Now the challenge is to find something similar…. will post soon 🙂



a tribute to my mother

August first marks a very important date that neither my sisters, my brother or I could ever forget. August first was our mother’s birthday.  A woman whom we all loved very much, my mother was beautiful and fashionable, but she was as alluring as she was tragic.

My mother had fair skin, jet black hair and almond eyes.  As a little girl growing up i remember her black and white polka dot dress that she wore that would make every head in a room to turn to look at her…

Polka dot prints represents femininity, sensuality and confidence (think the ity-bitsy-teeny-weeny polka dot bikini ), and to me, my mother has characteristics of all of the above.

I remember thinking that when I grew up I wanted to have that effect on people.  The kind of effect that would just immobilize people because of your presence…

My mother’s polka dot dress was something that i wish i kept after her death, my mother wearing that dress was the most vivid memory I’ve ever had that I wanted to be fashionable, beautiful and alluring, just like her.

In Spring  2009, the fashion industry saw a comeback of the polka dot prints, and boy was I excited to get my hands on some of those dresses.  Hawaii, unfortunately is almost a year behind in the world of fashion, so I didn’t see the polka dot prints appearing in stores here until the Spring of this year.   Jason Wu, Emmanuel Ungaro and Dolce and Gabbana kept some polka dot prints in their Fall 2010 RTW Collection.

For Spring Resort 2011 we see a strong presence of polka dot prints in various garment pieces such as leggings, pants, skirts, dresses and tops, and even shoes accessories.  Georgio Armani , Miu Miu and Moschino feature feminine and whimsical polka dots in their collections.

As a tribute to my mother, I have collected some polka dot apparel and shoes to add to Honey’s Closet.

Rest In Peace, Mama….



The Return of the Goddesses

Fall 2010’s most alluring trend include the elegant, ethereal and fantastical draping designs seen on the runways this season.  Designers who have played the draping card this fall season and emphasized the classic Grecian trend while keeping their personal touch includes Alexander Wang, Donna Karan, Derek Lam, Gwen Stefani (L.A.M.B), J. Mendel, Oscar De la Renta, Costelo Tagliapietra (my personal favorite collection) and of course, Narciso Rodriguez– the king of all draping techniques, the brilliant and incredible Zeus of all modern Greek-Goddess inspired fashion.

In addition to an elegant, Greek-Goddess appearance and quality, draping can also enhance volume and texture.  The Grecian formula for figure flattery ensures  sensuality while masking insecurities (Vogue).

With endless holiday dinners and parties during the fall and winter season, wearing a beautifully draped garment can make you look and feel like a goddess.  The draping trend can be found in various styles, from tops, to skirts to cocktail dresses.  

The great thing about draped pieces is that you can mix and match and STILL look magical.

You can wear a draped top with a pair of skinny jeans or a draped skirt with a ruffle top to even out the volume.

Drapes, interesting knots and a flowy silhouette can make any woman feel enchanting, fabulous and chic.

In honor of the beautiful goddesses Aphrodite and Athena, I visited Express at Ala Moana Shopping Center and purchased a black knotted mini skirt to add to Honey’s Closet.

Have a great night everyone!