By Robbie Dingeman 

Photos: Tommy Shih

Founder of New York Fashion Week, celebrity interviewer and author Fern Mallis flew to Hawai‘i for HONOLULU Fashion Week, so we pulled her away from her special appearances to take a look at the 50-plus shops in the HONOLULU Fashion Week Marketplace.  Over the past three decades, Mallis has been instrumental in infusing energy and expertise to fashion weeks from Miami to Mumbai, so we wanted to see what Hawai‘i styles would catch her eye.

Here’s a sample of what she liked:

a.wattz dezigns
Mallis admired local jewelry designer Amanda Watkins necklaces and the stylish display in the booth as well. She especially called attention to the colorful neon beads, which put an edge on the simple lines of the local jewelry line.

Salvage Public
Mallis returned twice to the clean lines of the T-shirts and sweatshirts from Salvage Public. Patting the soft shirts with a practiced hand, she set aside a “Hang Loose Hawai‘i” sweatshirt to buy later. She learned to flash a shaka sign at the Todd Snyder talk at Bloomingdales on Thursday night. Could a loco moco be in her future?

Bradley and Lily
Letter-press cards, tiny chic notebooks and postcards with Island themes got Mallis' attention. Picking up a Mele Kalikimaka card with a green fern and a red ribbon, she nodded approvingly: “I like these cards a lot.”

The colorful zippered pouches, the kaftan tops, the shorts--Mallis found a lot to like here, and was contemplating buying three of the perky shorts for her three nieces. “I love the feeling of the pattern, the graphics, the simplicity,” Mallis said. She also admired the pop of fluorescent color for the zippers on the pouches.

Jewelry by Justine
This shark-tooth necklace was one of the few jewelry pieces to catch Mallis' eye. Knowing her reputation as a force in the fashion world, somehow it made perfect sense.

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