Ala Moana Center: Where Fashion and Art Collide, of Course

Truth be told, we're not slaves to the fashion of whatever happens to be fashionable at every tick of the clock. Sure, we like to dress in our best vintage aloha attire for an event, possibly pull the iron out of the closet to spruce up a button down on occasion. But as far as rushing out to the latest boutique for the "must have's" of summer, you're not going to find that sort of read here.

However, when a national apparel retailer makes a point to reach out to the Hawaii art community by supporting artists as well as local museums, well, they earn a notch in our book.

This week, Club Monaco officially opens its first Hawaii location in the new Nordstrom wing at Ala Moana Center. To mark its opening, the retailer is hosting a "See the World in Black and White" exhibit that pairs the work of three local photographers with the launch of a line
of black and white clothing. All of the photographs at the opening-exhibit will be for sale, and all profits from the event will go to support the Honolulu Academy of Arts' ARTafterDARK events.

While Club Monaco has hired stylists, caterers and bartenders to be on-hand for the public event this Wednesday (July 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. in store), the art is proving to be as much of a draw as the opportunity to have professional re-design your wardrobe. Prints will
start at $250, and as mentioned, artists will be on hand to discuss their work prior to purchasing.

The artists include Naomi Olson, who most recently completed a "Night Time Landscapes" series of photographs that explores the perception of light and time in places throughout Hawaii; Aaron Padilla, whose mixed media has been shown internationally, is an art educator at U.H. Manoa, Sacred Hearts Academy and the Art Center at Linekona; and Mark Arbeit, whose photographs have graced the pages of French Vogue, Forbes and Marie Claire. His images tend to play on the mixing of cultures found across the island chain.

If you find yourself strolling the aisles of Ala Moana this Wednesday, pop in to Club Monaco for a drink, a pupu, and a taste of fashion-meets-the arts.