Bottoms Up!By: Nadine Kam
FASHION WRITER: NADINE KAM
PHOTOGRAPHER: LEAH FRIEL
MODEL: ANGELA BYRD AND DAVID MILES
MAKEUP BY: KECIA LITTMAN OF WWW.KECIABELLA.COM
HAIR STYLING BY: ASHLEE VALEROS
SHOT ON LOCATION AT: THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN, A LUXURY
COLLECTION RESORT, WAIKIKI
It started with COLOR
For the past four decades, pants came in basic colors of black, tan, navy or white, or various washes of denim. Pants were a wardrobe’s stalwart staple, destined to play it straight while tops had all the fun, reveling in exuberant, exciting prints and colors.
Then last fall, an explosion of vivid colors hit us below the belt. Years of denim dominance gave way to primary colors and jewel-tone violets and emeralds.
With color still key to Spring/Summer 2012, pants have progressed to neon lemon, tangerine and fuchsia hues, but women emboldened by bright colors aren’t standing still. They’re learning the language of prints, embracing gallery-worthy graphics on bottoms that may or may not relate to what’s on top.
It’s more about “mixing and mixing” than “mixing and matching.”
Perhaps it’s a sign that women are finally acknowledging who really wears the pants in the family.
So what’s your pleasure? Floral on floral? Spots over stripes? Lace over tribal patterns? IT’S YOUR PREROGATIVE.
ABOUT THE SETTING
The grand dame of Waikiki, The royal Hawaiian, a luxury Collection resort, Waikiki, rises as a pink beacon of gracious hospitality along Waikiki Beach.
The HILuxury team was thrilled to feature spring fashion’s pant penchant with this storied hotel as the backdrop. When The royal Hawaiian first opened in 1927, the woman who wore pants was considered risqué; now the storied property has-like good fashion-managed to stay rooted in its elegant tradition while embracing the present and looking to the future.
Details of this can be seen in one of the suites in which our shoot took place. While there, we heard guests raving about the outdoor cabanas at Abhasa Spa, the chef’s tasting menu at Azure restaurant, the feast at the royal Hawaiian luau-Aha Aina, and the romantic beach front setting of the Mai Tai Bar.
While The royal Hawaiian was originally the playground of the rich and famous, the hotel’s majestic experience and hospitality have become popular with an array of visitors and kama’aina alike. Similar to our goal for this fashion shoot, it is a location steeped in timeless beauty.