Friday, July 13, 2012

Salute Your Shorts

Lei Chic Be afraid. Be very afraid. A number of horrible things could happen today.

You could lose your wallet. Fall off a ladder. Get chased by a guy in a hockey mask.

Watch your boyfriend wear his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirt and polyester basketball shorts out in public.

On second thought, you'll take the guy in the hockey mask...

Good news. Your luck is about to turn, thanks to Ryan Ota's new men's shorts, available this weekend at Makkuro Makkuro's first-ever pop-up shop.

You remember Ryan. The Honolulu Community College graduate showed an impressive collection at the Fashion Technology Program's student showcase in April. His "Nugget" shorts are amped up versions of the ones he designed in school.

Lei Chic The 26-year-old used an olive khaki he found in Okayama, Japan, during a month-long post-graduation trip to explore the country and forecast the latest fashion trends. He added unique details, like contrasting panels, button-flap pockets from a vintage Army jacket, leopard print pocket lining, and a drawstring waistband with square eyelets. The result: cool military- and vintage-inspired bottoms that any man would be lucky to wear.

Pieces from his senior collection will also be for sale, including collared shirts and cardigans, raw denim shorts, cropped pants and jeans - a thoughtful mix of urban fashion, military surplus and work wear.

So you can stop worrying about your fashion disaster of a boyfriend and focus on bigger, more pressing problems.

Like surviving the rest of today.

Makkuro Makkuro pop-up shop featuring designs by Ryan Ota, Reise Kochi, Aron Luangphinith and Ramie Sagisi, tomorrow 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at ii Gallery, 687 Auahi St. For more information, follow Makkuro Makkuro on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted on Friday, July 13, 2012 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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