Monday, August 25, 2008

Dress Success

Fall shopping attempt, take 10.

Mainland jeans chain: Turtlenecks, thick-knit sweater sets. Next.
Name brand boutique: Tweed jackets, plaid flannel dresses. Sigh. Pass.
Big time department store: Wool pea coats, knee-high leather boots. Really?

Guess your maxi-dresses will have to carry you through till spring.

Or at least until you get your hands on a dress from the new Satori line, just launched this month by local designer Lynn www.leichic.comSakutori, a UH grad who recently returned to Hawai‘i after nearly a decade in New York designing for top labels like Kenneth Cole.

Named for the Japanese word for enlightenment, the collection of eight silk charmeuse dresses is perfectly on trend for fall, with structured shapes and rich jewel tones like bright emerald, deep plum, and shimmery taupe.

As the name suggests, the simple silhouettes have echoes of Asian influence, but still feel new and modern, with precise pleating and folding details at the necklines, ruched waistlines and flowing skirts. The sleeveless pleated scoopneck style pairs perfectly with ballet flats or platform pumps. The short-sleeved tunic works www.leichic.comwith bare legs or leggings (or even skinny jeans). And the spaghetti-strap slipdress goes perfectly with your strappy sandals – as well as your slippers.

Any way you wear your Satori, it’s a look that, finally, translates cool-weather trends for Hawai‘i life.

And that’s something you can totally fall for.

Satori dresses are available only at Koko Cabana, in the Koko Marina Shopping Center, 7192 Kalanianaole Highway, Hawaii Kai, 808.394.9090

Posted on Monday, August 25, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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