Melisa Uchida
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Friday - November 11, 2005

FASHION, fame and film are all hot this week.

The Honolulu International Film Festival presented its first-ever Achievement in Acting award to Samuel L. Jackson Friday night. Fans and film lovers got a chance to meet the actor at a special celebration honoring his career. Publicist Mona Wood and coordinator Angela Laprete spent a few moments with Jackson in the VIP room prior to the main event. Angela played a big role in getting Jackson to Honolulu for this award. She was also the production coordinator for his film, Snakes on a Plane, which shot a scene on Oahu earlier this year. Jackson’s films include A Time to Kill, Pulp Fiction and The Red Violin ... Al Waterson and Nancy Bernal had already met Jackson - sort of. On a recent trip to New York, they visited the Wax Museum and Nancy snapped a shot of Al with a life-sized wax mold of his favorite actor - Samuel L. Jackson. On Friday, they got the chance to meet the real thing ...

IN FASHION - Celebrity trendsetters and international designers flooded Ala Moana Center for the World Festival Fashion Week. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Carson Kressley hopped from designer party to designer party over the weekend. On Saturday, he was off to Fendi’s event honoring fur designer Roberto Masci. Masci lives in Italy, but made a rare appearance to launch his latest Fendi fur collection. Sunday, Carson appeared at the Dior fashion show, which was followed by a red carpet gala event. Cast from the Emmy winning series Lost, pro surfer Malia Jones, pro triathlete Lokelani McMichael, Blue Crush actress and pro surfer Sanoe Lake and others attended. E! Network brought its cameras to cover the party that launched the latest trends from Bally, Burberry, Celine, Dooney & Bourke, Dior, Emporio Armani, Escada, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc, Neiman Marcus and Sephora. Celebrity model and Japanese TV host Rinka, Leslie Blodgett, CEO and founder of Bare Escentuals cosmetics, and Roberto Masci attended. The event showcased exclusive designer handbags and new products (some exclusively made for World Festival). ...

HIFF awards
Achievement in Acting award winner
Samuel L. Jackson with Angela Laprete
and Mona Wood at the HIFF awards

WOMEN of all ages attended Downtown Decadence at the YWCA. Good food, the latest fashions and chocolate! What else could any woman ask for? First the food - delicious. Endless chocolate flowed in fountains on the tables. I just about died when I saw the twiggy models eating chocolate truffles and “melting moment” cookies, red velvet cake and blond brownies. Philana Bouvier found all the models through Hawaii Pacific University and coordinated the Macy’s fashion show. The models danced and flaunted Macy’s cutest, latest lines for 20-somethings. Women draped in boas holding glasses of champagne mingled and friends got a chance to catch up. The night was decadent, until women started slipping on flower petals on the stairs. First one woman - swish - right onto her okole, then a second, then a third. It was like something out of a movie. Whoever tried to help the ones who’d fallen, ended up on the ground. Somehow the show’s emcee, KSSK’s Sweetie Pacarro, stayed on her feet through the ordeal. At least there were no serious injuries ... AS WE head into the holidays - Hawaii Student TV is putting out a call to video students and school video programs. It wants PSAs with anti-road-racing themes. Entries may air during the holiday season. “It is important for students to know that the local television stations are behind them,” said Robert Olague, HSTV and HSFF president/executive producer. For more information on submitting an anti-road racing PSA, log onto ...

HARDLY over The Wave Villains Halloween bash and the Waikiki nightspot is throwing another party. Happy 25th to The Wave Waikiki! “Holy crap, that’s a long time!” says Flash Hansen, The Wave’s promotions director. Birthday party - Nov. 10 with performances by Sonya Mendez (of Sonya & the Revolution) Hat Makes The Man with Frank Orral and other legendary performers ... Paul Ogata is leaving Hawaii’s shores for the big, bad Mainland. His final local performance Saturday, Dec.17, at Pipeline Café, presented by OnStage Hawaii. Let’s help Paul go out with a bang ...

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