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Retro Moves: Do the Bus Stop

February 21, 2010

Fatback Band - Bus Stop

Though this song sounded vaguely familiar when I first heard it on the excellent soundtrack for the  By Malene Birger’s Autumn/Winter 2010 show, I couldn’t think of the name of the song or the band. Because of its genius refrain, I found it quickly enough: “Bus Stop” by the Fatback Band. This particular version dates from a 1975 broadcast of the one and only Soul Train. I’m just in love with the style here, not to be mention the moves. Enough to show they can dance but not too much to seem like they’re showing off. Unbeatable.

The Classic New Orleans Cocktail: The Sazerac

February 20, 2010

The Sazerac

The utterly thirst-inspiring cocktail featured in the photo above is the one and only Sazerac. Invented back in 1833 by Antoine Amédie Peychaud, owner of a New Orleans apothecary, the Sazerac in its modern incarnation is a satisfying mix of rye whisky or bourbon, Herbsaint, Peychaud’s Bitters, a sugar cube and a slice of lemon peel. I was introduced to it a few years ago by a savvy barman, and the impression has remained with me ever since.

Very few bars on O’ahu offer the Sazerac, but then again, we are a significant distance from New Orleans. One downtown establishment, whose name I shall kindly refrain from mentioning, offers a certain kind of Sazerac. Unfortunately, their version leaves me far from satiated and craving the genuine McCoy.

Thankfully, an expert bartender at one of my favorite Honolulu eateries, the fantastic Town located on Wai’alae Avenue in Kaimukī, makes a superb Sazerac. A friend and I out for drinks snapped a shot of this Sazerac on the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition and lifted a toast to connoisseurs of fine drinks everywhere.

I’m not certain if all the bartenders at Town are familiar with the Sazerac, so try to check ahead. (Thankfully, Town has an array of other satisfying alcoholic concoctions in case you can’t get a taste of New Orleans.)

To learn more

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Town
3435 Waialae Avenue #103
Honolulu, HI 96813
808 735 5900

Polynesian Gothic: Tikahiri's back with new album & clip

February 19, 2010

Tikahiri on Stage

Tikahiri's new album Merahi Kerekere

Tikahiri, my favorite Pa’umotu goth band – and perhaps the only Pa’umoth goth band that ever will exist – is about to release their second studio album dubbed Merahi Kerekere. According to the band’s Facebook page, the discs are sous douane, which I’m liberally interpreting as “stuck in customs”. Luckily, three tracks are already up for listening on Reverb Nation. Two  of the  tracks (“A Tauahi Mai” and “Kareho Koe”) are in Pa’umotu, the language of the Tuamotu archipelago where lead members Aroma and Mano Salmon grew up. The other  (“Falling in Love”) is in English. (Note: no tracks in French, so Tikahiri’s right on par with indie bands in France métropolitaine.)

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Polynesian Gothic: Tikahiri’s back with new album & clip

February 19, 2010

Tikahiri on Stage

Tikahiri's new album Merahi Kerekere

Tikahiri, my favorite Pa’umotu goth band – and perhaps the only Pa’umoth goth band that ever will exist – is about to release their second studio album dubbed Merahi Kerekere. According to the band’s Facebook page, the discs are sous douane, which I’m liberally interpreting as “stuck in customs”. Luckily, three tracks are already up for listening on Reverb Nation. Two  of the  tracks (“A Tauahi Mai” and “Kareho Koe”) are in Pa’umotu, the language of the Tuamotu archipelago where lead members Aroma and Mano Salmon grew up. The other  (“Falling in Love”) is in English. (Note: no tracks in French, so Tikahiri’s right on par with indie bands in France métropolitaine.)

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From the Web: Editor Glam with the Carine Roitfeld Top?!

February 19, 2010

The Carine Roitfeld tee

The marvelous blog I Want To Be a Roitfeld featured this tee in an earlier post this month, and I had to share. As much of a fan as I am of Ms. Carine Roitfeld – rédactrice-en-chef of French Vogue – I’m not entirely certain that I could sport this. Of course, the resemblance is not 100%. I’m sure the image would just make many think of some character from the film Avatar.

Spare Beauty: Jac for Calvin Klein Collection Autumn/Winter 2010/2011

February 19, 2010

Jac at Calvin Klein Collection A/W 2010

One of the supreme highlights of Francisco Costa‘s women’s ready-to-wear show for Calvin Klein Collection was the appearance of Polish model Monika Jagaciak, or simply, “Jac”. She opened the show, which turned out to be one of Costa’s most minimalist and spare since he took over as women’s designer from Mr. Klein himself in 2004. In my eyes, it seemed as an evolution of ideas first presented in his fall 2007 and spring 2009 shows. (Cecilia Dean, founder of the luxe fashion magazine Visionaire had appopriately described the latter show as “soft geometry” in an interview.) While the show seemed geared towards pragmatic but ever-so-cool dressing for everyday, Jac did sport one of Costa’s three spare, elegant evening dresses in silver silk Lurex. Calvin Klein’s live webcast, unfortunately, did not capture the intricacies of the fabric’s delicate grid pattern. It is good to know that, even with technology, you still need to be there in person to truly see it… That is, until houses start broadcasting in high-definition.

In the meantime, Jac can also be seen as the face of Calvin Klein Collection’s 2010 Spring Collection campaign.

Jac at Calvin Klein Collection A/W 2010/2011

Sources:

  • Style.com | Photos: Marcio Madeira &  Greg Kessler, FirstView.com

Lean & mean: Calvin Klein Collection – Men A/W 2010

February 17, 2010

Calvin Klein Collection - Men Autumn/Winter 2010/2011

Along with over 8,000 people worldwide, I watched the A/W 2010 men’s collection from Calvin Klein Collection online on February 14, 2010. I took it as a Valentine to all those who appreciate minimalist design.

Lean and mean for everyday

I love the sheer lean, sharp, serious quality to this collection. GQ’s review is on target when it describes the collection as “crisp, angular, and authoritative as hell”. The futuristic element that Italo Zucchelli has introduced to the men’s line is still present. But this time, it’s more integrated into a real world sensibility without losing its éclat, or spark, as they’d say in French.

Pieces on the wishlist

While much of the construction was quite attractive, these are the favorites of Kaila Hawai’i.

Calvin Klein Collection - Men Autumn/Winter 2010/2011

Iron Cuoio Two Button Sport Jacket | Bonded Plongee Leather/Ribbed Merino Jacket

Calvin Klein Collection - Men Autumn/Winter 2010-2011

Ottoman Rib Hooded Sweater, espcially in cloud white.

Calvin Klein Collection - Men Autumn/Winter 2010/2011

Onyx Rubber Overcoat and the Bonded Sueded/Denim Engineered Pant

Details on all looks at Calvin Klein Collection – Men Fall 2010 lookbook.

(All photos – Source: GQ | Photo: Andrew Thomas)

The aesthetics of walking

One small change I noticed happily was the overall change in model’s walk from the Spring 2010 showing. Gone was the stiff gait that dominated much of the Spring collection’s appearance. Aside from Mr. David Agbodji-see more and less of him here-very few of the men seemed to have mastered the “back from the future” walk that the house was going for with that presentation. On this outing, the men opted for a more direct, boldly confident stride that had an almost militaristic quality at times. (A few did have an odd robotic quality with how they took corners. )

A touch of Grace?

Calvin Klein Collection - Men Autumn/Winter 2010/2011

(Source: GQ | Photo: Andrew Thomas)

Is it me or does Mr. Agbodji’s appearance seem to be referencing Grace Jones?  The cut of his hair and the sharp blazers are reminiscent of Ms. Jones on her 1981 album Nightclubbing.

Grace Jones - Nightclubbing - 1981

The soundtrack

The sound of the collection is built around various around a them, well, remixes that is. The sound design integrates several different mixes of “Basic Space” by up-and-coming Brit band The XX.

  • Basic Space – Jamie xx Mix
  • Basic Space – Mount Kimbie/Diskjokke remixes
  • Basic Space (Astronomer remix)
  • Basic Space (M.A.T.H.E.S remix)

Here’s the original version in the slick video by directed by Anthony Dickinson.