Red carpet season arrives
If Honolulu has a red carpet season, it’s definitely coming up in the next few months. With the Hawaii International Film Festival, Hawaii Fashion Week, Hawaii Fashion Month and all of the typical holiday functions, now is the time to shine.
Some people look forward to getting dolled up. I dread it. Especially in this weather; pulling on nice garments and putting on makeup that is already melting off my forehead by the time I get to my chin, only to be greeted by people sizing me up and taking photos that will be posted everywhere (with or without my consent) isn't exactly in my top 10 list of things I love.
BLOWOUT THURSDAYS: FASHION BEAUTY COLLECTIVE
Presented by AMP Industries and The Makeup Studio School
» Where: eleven44, 1144 Bethel St
» When: 6 p.m. Thursdays
» Cost: $3; ladies free
» Info: (808) 260-7788, eleven44hawaii.com
I should be grateful to have a life where this is the norm, but as hard as I try to force myself into dressing and acting fancy, it just feels unnatural. When the cameras start clicking I try to clear my head and think happy thoughts. If it comes from the interior, it usually will project nicely on the exterior. Usually!
This is what I was thinking on Thursday as I tried my best to figure out a cute, model-ish pose while the bright lights kept popping and one of Honolulu's top beauty photographers, Kaveh Kardan, snapped away. I hadn’t seen Kardan since he starred in local cult feature film “Ecila,” but have seen his work all over social media as he worked with a lot of models I am friends with (or lurk).
I was on a couch in a raised VIP cabana at eleven44 in downtown Honolulu for Blow Out Thursdays with the beauty bar organizer and The Makeup Studio School founder Angel Deihl, doing my best to look sexy. It was a bit easier to feel sexy after having my makeup done by local makeup artist Kecia Littman. Still, after looking at Kardan’s screen I only liked one out of the 15 or so photos he took. I just don’t know where to rest my arms and legs. I give it up to professional models; it’s definitely not easy.
The Blow Out is a weekly beauty bar hosted by Deihl and Amber Halterman, who work with eleven44’s already sophisticated and stylish interior to create an environment where ladies can treat themselves to complimentary makeup and hair along with free professional photos with their pau hana drinks. They pair the service with a multifarious roster of resident DJs who bring a fresh musical direction that's different from what is typically heard in bars and clubs.
Beguiling duo Omia (Taylor McAlpin and George Reeves), Partius Monsterous and Matte Blac (formerly known in The Standard days as The Britt) are the residents closing the night with house and electronic music after rotating guests do their thing .
I noticed last week it was one of those ladies nights that had a nice assortment of gentlemen as well, many of them dressed to the nines. It was very refreshing to see on a weeknight in Honolulu.
I also realized much later — after seeing how good my friend’s impromptu headshots turned out — this is pretty damn killer service to offer people for free. I like that it starts right after work on a Thursday, so it's totally possible to get dolled up before you go out on the night many refer to as the last good night out before amateur hour.
Christa Wittmier has chronicled Honolulu nightlife since 2004. She is senior marketing director at Young's Market Co. of Hawaii and executive director of music for Pow! Wow! Hawaii, and also helps promote the popular Bacardi Pool Party on Oahu. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.