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A Little Aloha from Fashion Designer Roberta Oaks Power


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Designer Roberta Oaks Power knew something was up when the men’s size small section of her boutique started rapidly shrinking. It turned out that her female customers were snapping up aloha shirts for themselves, wiping out the size run in the process. The poor guys never stood a chance.

To even out the shopping field, Power launched a new mini collection of women’s button-downs with a similar retro-cool aesthetic. Available in three nautical and leaf prints, the ladies’ versions feature the same vintage poly-cotton fabrics and clean lines as the men’s, but come equipped with a few extra feminine details, such as a rounded hem and fitted silhouette. And the cool epaulet-like shoulder details? “That’s kinda my style,” says Power, “a mix of mod, military and country—it’s pretty much in everything I wear and do.”



Courtney (left): Captain shirt, $95, Roberta Oaks, 19 N. Pauahi St., 428-1214. Fighting Eel Paloma skirt, $128, Fighting Eel, 1133 Bethel St., 738-9300. Samudra Moorea Sharks clutch, $60, samudra11.com. A.Wattz beaded necklace, $42, Owens and Co., 1152 Nuuanu Ave., 531-4300. Tile bracelet, $45, Banana Republic, Kahala Mall, 737-4747. Link bracelet, $68, rope bracelet, $24.50, chevron bracelet, $22.50, J.Crew-on-the-island, Ala Moana Center, 949-5252. Faux-stone bracelet, $17.95, Gap, Ala Moana Center, 955-9517.
 
Taneka (right): Tammy shirt, $95, Will tote, $95, Roberta Oaks. Twill shorts, $45, rope bracelet, $24.50, thread-wrapped bracelet, $22.50, J.Crew-on-the-island. Leather belt, $39.50, Banana Republic.
By Chari shark tooth necklace, $45, and freshwater pearl bracelet, $25, C Smith silk cord bracelet, $35, Owens and Co.
 
More ways to wear it: “Rock it casual, over a tank with skinny jeans and boots, or on a beach day, with high-waisted shorts and a bikini,” suggests Roberta Oaks Power.
 

PHOTOGRAPHER: DALLAS NAGATA WHITE. MODELS: COURTNEY ARNDT, KATHY MULLER TALENT AND MODELING AGENCY, AND TANEKA STEPHENS, WILHELMINA HAWAII. HAIR AND MAKEUP: ERICA ELISHA.

 

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