Waikiki, Oahu-August 20, 2021
The Iconic KITH store opened up on Friday August 20, 2021 on Oahu. Located between the Apple store and Jimmy Choo on Kalakaua Ave. I stopped by for a few quick snaps of the store. And made an ill-fated attempt to get in to the store.
For their Grand-Opening they released a KITH colored bright light blue and white Air Force1 with the Hawaiian Islands featured on the tongue. They did tickets, wristbands and general standing in line to get the kicks. Saw some of the AF1’s re-selling for $700-$900.
The Store has clothes and shoes on the main road and a KITH treats shop a bit inside The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.
If you got lucky enough to purchase a pair of the limited release AF1. Congrats! Maybe I’ll see you down there one day in a few weeks or months. See you on the Streetz…blog!
Balenciaga Spring Summer 2021 Paris Fashion Week (October 5, 2020)
The World feels a bit better now with this show. Slick, nice music, real streetz, Paris at Nuit. Aaaah, feeling good today. Check out the Balenciaga S/S 2021 Runway show and the Streetzblog Hi-Lights and Low-Lights below:
- The dark streetz
- The womens wear especially the silver dress and bright outfit and the slashed/ripped dress
- The silver phone case necklaces
- The Music. Sunglasses at Night by Corey Hart. Sounds like it was remastered and a few extra beats added to the OG. Fits the vibe like a glove
- The Sunglasses. The Big Black versions!
- There’s a pair of shoes somewhere in here that has actual springs on them. Pro Tip: They are called the X-Pander, the latest and greatest street sneaks from Balenciaga.
- The Setting-Paris and the Eiffel Tower
- The Yellow E’s Good on Halloween Smiley Face T
- The crisp cool lighting and Electro vibe of the video
- Some of the guys clothes-looked too 1990’s and cut off jeans?
- No Masks
- Need a close up of the sneakers with the springs
- More Post Apocalyptic. Has the setting the music the vibe, but not the clothes
- Faded Jeans
- Bulky parkas and long trenches
Also, be sure to look over the credits at the end. Very detailed information about social distancing, sanitizing and even info on how the snacks and food was served and eaten.
Note for later: The Date on this show is October 5, 2020.
We are now really and Officially in the Blade Runner/Mad Max reality world. The FUTURE is NOT later, it is NOW.
See you on the Streetz!
Another Real x #Realfake
Not really sure what I think of this video. The Voice is that of an English Accent voice-over for a dramatic possible horror movie. Then it kinda’ rambles about 3D printing and how easy it is to make a prototype. I suspect what is missing is the quality of a real Rolex. Pretty sure they are wanting us to purchase the real deal. The video rambles so much I couldn’t tell what the 3 points were that they were attempting to tell us. Either way it brings up the big debate of wearing the Real Real or the #realfake version of things.
Back in the day the fake Rolex from the streetz of NY was easy to spot. Extra Gaudy and it ticked instead of smoothly sweeping. And went for $40-$75. It was fun to wear 3-4x at the Club, then toss or give it to a friend.
Since then, I’ve owned 2 x #realfake Rolex that smoothly sweep, both were about $100 each. The first, my friend with a real Rolex, got pretty upset when his wife complimented me on my watch. You should have seen his face! Priceless!! But then, on another night at a party, it was a bit embarrassing when it fell off my wrist and broke into 3 pieces on the ground. BTW: No one saw this happen but me. 🙂
The second #realfake I have is from December 2019. I negotiated for about 20 minutes to get it. Not sure who got the best of the negotiation. Seemed like by the time we were done, I didn’t really want it and he didn’t care if he sold it to me. Then before I could get the links right to wear it, Covid-19 happened and it sits in my home unwearable.
All Dressed up and Nowhere to Go has Never been more Real than Today
That takes us on to a whole nother thought about he world as of August 12, 2020. Why buy anything when there is no where to wear it to? All Dressed up and Nowhere to Go has never been more real than today. Kicks, watches, hoodies, suits, dress shoes, whatcha’ gonna do? It’s still tempting to purchase. But, there’s no where to wear anything. Flexing at the Grocery store anyone? I can barely get in and out without a nervous wreckage to my bodily system. Doubt I would even see you rockin’ your new J’s, Yeezy’s, Real or #realfake Rolex.
I’ll just keep mine in the condo, awaiting a vaccine party, hopefully to come in late 2020 or early 2021. Then and only then, I may or may not even wear it. Do things like real or #realfake Rolex or Jordan’s really matter now or did they ever? When staying healthy, eating well, drinking green juice, meditation and yoga, making and keeping connections are so much more important now, than Kicks, watches or hoodies.
As of lately, I’ve been secretly donating some of my rare kicks to the basketball court across the street from my home. Why? Not really sure. It just feels like something I want to do. Will I miss the kicks down the line? Miss the $ I coulda’ made? Who knows. Right now, I think it’s better to give them to the universe. And hopefully, make someone happy, even if its just 5% more happy. That 5-20% happier, could mean the difference between life and possibly something much worse.
What do you think? Get the real Rolex? Or is it ok to Rock a #realfake? Let us know in the comments section. You can also let us know where you’re rockin’ your latest kicks? Maybe IG? The Grocery store? Or nowhere? And do you have enough stuff? Or is it time to give it to someone? Sell it? Or keep it on ice? Such a different world we live in today. Your answer, like mine maybe different today then tomorrow. Or as it is as of late. Our answers will probably vary from this hour till next hour. That is how it is around this world I live in now on August 12, 2020.
Hope you like me, can be and stay Happy, Healthy, Positive and Safe. Looking Good or wearing the same sweats all week.
See you on the Streetz…blog.
Y-3 Spring/Summer 2018 Runway Show
Y-3 is Slammin’ the Jams on the Spring/Summer 2018 Runway! Here’s the Highlights:
Simple yet Sweet Stacked Logo items-Jackets, shorts, shirts, socks & backpacks
Lots of Black & White
Lots of Luxe-Life Kicks fixes! The Hi-Top Bashyo, Boosted Kusari & Boosted Saikou. Style and comfort. Elevated Next Level Shizzems
Solid Confidence on the Runway gives you & me EXTRA Swagger on the Streetz
The BASHYO with stacked logo in Black, White and Red. Immediately raises your Clout Level. On the Street, in the Office, at the Club
Tailored Baggy Silhouettes = More Comfort on the Black-Top or in the Board-Room
Energetic, Youthful, Fierce, Solid, Swagger
On Trend-Wear Y-3 Bold or Understated. The Choice is Yours
Available now (3/18/18) Here
The Magical World of Fashion Designer Martin Margiela
See some of Martin’s most famous works. Thoughts on his life by Big Time Designers like Jean-Paul Gualtier and Raf Simons. If you like design, clothes, fashion, and style; this is a must-see video. My favorite part is when his friend says all he used to do was buy clothes at the expense of not eating. Sound Familiar? To me it does.
Watch and See the Magical World of Maison Martin Margiela. And where is he now? Hmmm. Seems we do not know. Any guess? I suspect he’s on his own private island filled with coconuts, scissors, paper, pineapples, pencils and lots and lots of shoes and clothes piled high like a volcano ready to erupt!
March into Spring 2015
Here’s your one-stop shop for Spring Trends 2015. I wonder how they compare with the trends predicted by the Runway shows in Milan and by Streetzblog.com in July 2014?
Men’s Trends (From the H&M Spring Chic Magazine 2015) *List inspired by their list with streetzblog editorial.
Seventies Workwear: Fashionable take on 1970’s utility Styling mixed with functional fabrics like raw denim. Utilizing expert tailoring to make this trend look just as good on the weekends and at work.
Summer Neutrals: Subtle shades of beige and gray. That Beige is driving me a bit crazy, not at all a fav of mine, but even though 50 Shades of Grey didn’t live up to all the hype, the color grey is marching into Spring as the number one color.
Artistic Knits: Designers like Raf Simons and JW Anderson have updated the tank top with tapestry-like scenic landscapes. You also might want to check out your local Thailand or Tibetan shop to score some items of similar yet different aspects of this trend. If you’re going to wear a tank top, make sure you have your suntan lotion on or wear it at night. You don’t want to have that extremely funny tank top tan line, it’s just as bad as forgetting to button your fly all day.
Italian Riviera: You may have heard that the 70’s, 80’s and especially the 90’s are big now. Well, this trend takes us back to the 50’s with lightweight preppy styles including the piped polo look shirt and striped golf jackets. Now, it’s really time to find a friend with a yacht!
Premium Parkas: Tailored rather than functional. A more formal and luxurious look for Spring layered over a suit. Sounds a bit warm to me, but depends on where you may live this will work or won’t. Basically lighter, groovier jackets for spring ala Parka. If you had a Winter like most, you may not want to wear a jacket as long as you can. Me, I can’t wait to get back to NY in December to rock my Alexander Wang x H&M Scuba hoodie. I did get some good mileage out of it in NY, but gotta’ tell you if you have scuba material jackets, use them in Spring. they really are’nt meant to keep you warm in the Winter.
GQ Boot Spring Boot Trend *Info inspired by the February 2015 print issue of GQ, with additional streetzblog editorial
Made in the Suede
Dress Boots: Wing Tip or Cap-Toe. In grey, beige, brown or be a bit more daring and go with the blue or green. My favorite work shoes at the moment are’nt suede, but they are a nice deep Navy pair of hi-tip wingtips. Comfortable and go with most of work clothes and my blue watch. Whether you go leather or suede, just make sure you match your shoes with your outfit before walking out the door. It’s not too pleasant to make it all the way to work and find out you need to hide in your cube all day, because your funky blue or green boots don’t match anything you’re wearing. And even worse, getting called into the bosses office on a day like this. Be especially careful on Mondays.
Desert Boots: These look very comfortable, yet I’m still holding out from purchasing a pair. They are updated in luxe suede, fun colors, rubber soles in crazy contrasting colors. They just remind be too much of 1978, when I refused to wear them. For some reason, these just don’t scream Stylish. But if they are really comfortable, I’d give them a try. LMK if you’ve rocked them and had success?
Chelsea Boots: These crack me up, because every single season for the last decade, the trend setters are telling us to wear a pair of Chelsea boots. This time in suede. They can look pretty stylish especially when done in a wing tip brogue or a duo tone ombre. You really can’t go wrong with a Chelsea boot, they worked for everyone from the Beatles, to Lou Reed to Harry Styles. I succumbed to the hype and bought what I thought were a fairly inexpensive pair of rubberized Ferrigamo Chelsea boots in brown. But WOW, they hurt my feet worse than anything I own. Maybe the suede is the way to go. More flex. If anyone wants a pair of brown Ferrigamo Chelsea boots in size 10 LMK.
Work Boots: This is a tough choice. GQ claims not to worry and scuff them up. I have a very opposite view of suede boots. To only wear them on a perfectly great sunny day. And on a day that I wont be walking in too much dirt or rocks. For some reason, out of all the materials, I think these look best, nice and un touched. Even in a work boot. I guess that’s why I own only one pair of suede shoes. They can be hard to clean. Probably the best shoe to take to the shoe maker to trick out then a DIY project. For sure, don’t slap some gooey polish on em’.
Streetzblog Spring predictions *As seen on the streetz, the web, magazines, and in my mind.
The Dull Colored Chino: Lighter fabric, colors in bland blue, off Pink, rusty Red, Beige, and Green. These are the more comfortable chinos, they are also the kind that wrinkles easier, so don’t try and wear them 2 days in a row. Fitted, yet not too skinny and no we are not in the boxy 80’s style…yet. For some of us over a certain age, the 80’s boxy style will make you look even older even if it does come back like the Women’s Mom and Men’s jean trend. Be careful of trends. If you like the way it looks on you, wear it, no matter what we say here or you read anywhere, if you don’t feel good in your new trendy outfit, don’t bother.
Ripped Jeans: Especially for women, get the versions with the biggest holes and most rips. It’s Spring, time for some nice spring breeze to inherit your legs. And this Summer, get ready to cut them a bit above or below your knee and wear them tailored selvage or totally Mad Max ripped out of control.
The Black Motorcycle Jacket: Seems to be the must have piece for 2015.
70’s, 80’s, 90’s: Wow! It’s here that it gets confusing. Depending on what or where you read something these decades are all in. From what I can tell, 70’s are best for Coachella cool, 90’s are the it decade now, and the 80’s are fading, yet the day-glo and neons especially bright Yellow and Ultra Pink are here to stay especially for the athletic chic vibe.
Cotton Candy Hair: From Dull Pink to washed out blue. If you’ve seen it at the cotton candy stand at the fair or on the runway, this is the It color, especially for females. Guys? Are you ready to rock these fun colors? Watch out for more platinum blond shades, thanks to: Kim K and Jared Leto.
Tiny Floral Prints: Big and bold was last year’s version. This year, looks like the flare of the flowers and fauna are getting smaller. Yet still a huge hit amongst the fashion forward NBA stars.
Black, Blue and Grey: If you don’t know what to wear today or tonight. Just pick out colors from these, combine and get out of the house. These are awesome, reliable year round’ look great colors. If you want to be really on trend, go with the dull green, dull light blue or even the (yuk) beige/khaki.
Trendy a la Mode Fashion Words describing what’s now and what’s next:
Health Goth, AthLeisure, Avant-Bland, Fly-Girl, Retro-Chic, and the NoTrendTrend.
I’m thinking next blog post will be dedicated to the Health Goth look. Fun name and lots of great designers doing it. Rick Owens, HBA, Alexander Wang to name a few. See you on the Streetz.
Wait until you see the Shot!
I tend to have a hard time writing about H&M during my 3 month/Jan-Mar hiatus each year from buying clothes. But this isn’t so much about H&M as it is about a fun video to watch. I was like whoa, this is a bit boring, and they’re trying real hard to get all the clothing shots in during :49. Alas, when you see the last 10 seconds, you will most likely get a nice big smile on your face and go WOW!
We all need more WOW’s in our day, so here’s your chance to get at least one WOW for Today. Hope you enjoy it!
And even though, I can’t shop for clothes until April, you can. So here’s the info on the new collection at H&M. The Modern Essentials collections are pieces selected by David Beckham and include a linen Bomber jacket, a white denim jacket, a pique polo shirt with excellent piping, a linen blazer (already sold out on-line), a very comfy blue raglan sweatshirt, a linen T and a classic white poplin shirt. *Note: I didn’t see the nice black zippered jacket he wears in the video, but maybe it exists or it’s also already sold out.
Interesting enough, I found the video the same day the collection goes on sale-Today March 5th , 2015. So you can most likely head on over to H&M or check them out on line to get some classy new clothes. Maybe someone will send me a gift card and I’ll join you. If not, see you at H&M in April. Hope they still have some of the clothes remaining, or I really hope I get that H&M Gift Card.
If you’d like to see the making of the WOW’za video, It’s coming up next. It was done by filmmaker Marc Forster who also made World War Z and The Kite Runner.
The T-Shirt/Dress Shirt Hybrid Shirt
I like to wear crisp, clean T’s under my suits. Mostly because the weather is hot where I live and they keep me cool. And the way suits are cut so slim nowadays, it feels pretty stuffy with a standard long sleeve dress shirt underneath. That scrunchy feeling sucks even more in the hot weather.
But there are times when I want so show off the fact that might suits are cut perfectly to show some cuff. Voila, along comes Berluti’s Half and Half. The torso and sleeves are cotton jersey like a T-shirt, and the cuffs are made like a dress shirt of poplin with hand sewn mother of pearl buttons. I doubt I would wear this alone, but with a slim cut 2 button suit, it would be really fun & stylish. The shirt’s a little pricey at $490, but if it comes in black or goes on sale, I’m gonna’ get one of these. People will be like Whaaat! are you wearing? I always enjoy a nice conversation starter, especially when it has to do with clothes or kicks. Berluti Dress Shirt/T-Shirt Available here
PUMA’s Spring Summer 2015 Collection-Dropping This Saturday February 28, 2015
Very New Town Chic Video from PUMA. It just gives a total vibe of Slick, Hip, Cool, and Stand-Out Street Cred Chic. Something I suspect PUMA could use. I haven’t had a pair of PUMA’s in like 25 years, maybe it’s time to try out their clothes.
Check out this Magical Mini-Mixer
Oh, think of the fun you could have at the Club this weekend. Would be super-fun to hack into the real DJ’s system with this gizmo. What a Blast! eh?
See you on the Streetz of Oahu this weekend. I hope to see the movie-Focus and hopefully eat at Buca Di Beppo. What are your plans? Let us know in the comments section.
SB gives you the 411 on H&M Hawaii
Wednesday-Private VIP Party-Thursday-Grand Opening-Saturday-Streetzblog stops by H&M at Lunch and again at Dinner
Wednesday Night: Special invitees attended a pre opening VIP party complete with Live Band, DJ’s, Gifts, Photos, Shopping and More. People were already lined up at Midnight to get in on Thursday at Noon. (Info for the pre opening party acquired by Streetzblog through various Social Media Sites)
Thursday: Thousands lined up at the brand new grand Opening of the first H&M to hit Hawaii ever. I’ve been to many H&M’s in NYC and one in Chicago. This is the first to come to Waikiki on the island of Oahu.
I had to work on Thursday, thus I had a really good and thoughtful friend of mine down at the Grand Opening taking pictures for Streetzblog.com @scottmackenzie3 on twitter and streetzpix on Instagram. He said that Kalakaua had lines on both sides of it and that they were only letting 500 people in at a time. We said we would meet Saturday at Noon to check out the new store.
Saturday at Noon at the new H&M in Waikiki:
I parked at the Diamond Head side of Waikiki at the Zoo and walked to H&M, when I got there I found out that H&M has free validated parking right next door. All you do is buy at least one thing and they will validate for you.
The Store is pretty big, has Dj’s playing upbeat fun music, the first floor is for women and the Second floor is for men. The Great part about this H&M is it’s the month of March and almost all of the clothes are perfect for a warm weather climate. Typically when I go to H&M its in December in NYC, the selection is quite different. I think they did a really nice job of picking climate appropriate clothes. Although, they did have this very funny Alaska T, but I suspect someone put it there to be funny in a tongue in cheek type of way.
I had quite a fun time in my Hour and 15 minute Mid-Day Shopping Spree. I picked up 9 items. Then budgeted it out a bit and ended up with 5 items for $139 with a $10 off card. My 5 items including a $69 suit jacket that fits perfectly came to $129, quite a nice deal if I would say so. (Total Haul: Spectacular Suit Jacket, Purple/slate grey T, Long Sleeve Dark Grey/Black T, checked dress shirt with nice interesting inside stripes and a pair of crisp clean black slim tapered slacks to wear to dinner later in the evening.
My Cat named Squirly even likes all of the fun clothes from H&M. If they ever get cat clothes, I’ll need to hook him up with something.
Here I am with my big bag of 5 items and my free gift-Thanks H&M in Waikiki, that was very nice of you! (Notice my lack of tan, but just wait until my dinner time shopping spree, you shall see a different look).
Afterwords I went to have some lunch with my friends D and J, they don’t much like social media/blogs etc. They are two of the 8 people I know that don’t even have a Facebook account. Thus we won’t mention them by their real names, just their initials. But I do thank them for the $10 discount card and accompanying me to the Big Saturday of Shopping at H&M in Waikiki.
After, I went and played some basketball in the nice Hawaiian Sun, took a little rest and got ready for dinner. For Dinner I wore my new black fitted trousers, the Purple/slate grey T-shirt, and an older medium blue long sleeve shirt I bought at the Chicago H&M about 8 years ago. I noticed it just started to fit me again. Must have lost some weight when I was at the hospital in January. Well, actually I did, about 14 pounds. Just surprised I’ve kept it off, good thing is somethings fit really well, bad thing is most of my work clothes are pretty baggy.
At Dinner Sharen and Gail said they wanted to go to H&M. Me, being the Shop-o-Holic that I am, I said; Oh for sure. I’ll just go on a $25 budget .. HA! So at 8:10 p.m I returned to H&M in Waikiki.
We said we would stay from 8:20 until 9:00, we stayed until 9:25 just a tad bit over time. I ended up getting the pants to my suit jacket and I tried but couldn’t resist a pair of sweats with zippered pockets. My Bill was around $70, not nearly as fun as 5 things for $129. But too hard for me to resist. For me, the best way not to shop is to stay at home. I went January thru Today without shopping for clothes or shoes, a couple weekends, I either stayed home, went to the gym, yoga or the beach to stay out of the stores. And I also didn’t go to any of my favorite on-line shops during that time. So I guess all is well in ShoppingLand. They did have some great Grand Opening prices. some kicks were $10, some shirts $15, they had some basic T’s for $5,95 and a bunch of Cali T’s for $6.99. I think day one would have been the best day for the $10 and $20 shoes, most of them were gone, only 8.5’s and 11.5’s left when I was there at Lunch and even less after dinner. I also noticed they had camo pants at lunch, but none left by Dinner.
Earlier in the Day I asked one of the employees what the best seller was. He said the Beckham Collection. I will need to come back one day for that. And later in the night I found a really nice sales executive who gave me some great tips for you and me on the new store:
- Sign up for H&M on Facebook. They will mention special sales. Also sign up for the newsletter to get special prices and special event details delivered directly to your email address.
- Parking is free with a purchase and lasts THREE hours, that is some of the best parking in Waikiki, I sure hope it lasts!
- Here’s a fun one: Bring in Two bags of your old clothes and get a 15% off coupon for each bag you bring in, and get this each bag just needs a minimum of 2 pieces of clothing in them. He said that they re-purpose the materials for new clothes, how cool is that! I will for sure be doing this in the near to late future.
- Hash Tag for the Hawaii store is: #HMlovesHawaii
- Look for the Red Tags!
- He also said the grand opening party was Lots of fun and re-assured me that Beckham did not attend. I would have been even more upset if I missed him. I still need to give him some of my own Starbecks shirts.
Here’s some other fun things about my day:
When I shopped with D and J, I noticed they didn’t buy anything. I said hey whats up? Guess what they sneakily went to H&M on Thursday evening and filled up their bag of goodies. Hmm.
When I shopped with Sharen and Gail, I get outside to see what their big hauls were. Sharen had ONE $6.99 T for her husband and a ONE black top for herself. Gail had ONE beanie for $3, a warm weather cap for $3 and some other little trinket for $1, she spent a whopping $7. I guess I do like clothes and kicks more than the average person, didn’t know it was that different. But I do know, I typically have way more clothes and shoes in my condo than Food.
Gail and Sharen with their Big Bags of H&M Gear: (Yes, you can guess it easily, the Biggest Bag is mine).
Me and Sharen. Note the Tan..LOL
I think that about covers the first few days of the brand new H&M in Waikiki on the island of Oahu. Let’s see how long I can go without going back. I kinda’ liked having H&M further away from me, it’s just so tempting especially when I come out with big bags of goodies for less than $150. That is the best and most fun way to shop!
Do you have an H&M where you live? Did you go to the H&M in Waikiki? What did you buy? Also, If you ever need anything from H&M in Hawaii, just hit me up, I love to shop, so no biggie for me, just let me know what you need at firstname.lastname@example.orgHope you have a nice sunny? Sunday or at least a relaxing Sunday. See you on the Streetz or maybe at the Beach.