Monday, August 23, 2010

Sheer Genius

Lei Chic Moto jackets. Zipper-flanked cargos. Stud and chain-adorned everything.       

With fall right around the corner, your wardrobe is starting to take a turn for the tough. 

Give sweet one last shot with a few pieces from local designer Reva Canali’s delightful little debut line, available starting today on her brand new Etsy boutique.

Originally from New York, Canali came to the Islands to study apparel design at UH Manoa. Her graduation this past spring came on the Lei Chicheels of a standout showing at the school's annual student fashion presentation for her senior collection, aptly named Once Upon A Time, Canali whipped up a mix of ultra-romantic confections (puffed shoulders, satiny tulip skirts and paperbag waistbands) which garnered rave reviews.  

For her new line, Canali wanted to carry over the same whimsical feel with pieces that were a little less dressy, and a lot more wearable. The result: a collection of flirty high-waisted lace skirts that can easily be dressed up or down
think tights and ankle booties by day and strappy sandals at night.

All are made of a soft cotton knit topped with a delicate lace overlay and come equipped with comfy elastic waistbands. More than just another pretty lace, this ain't the fabric your granny's shawl are made of Canali kept things fresh with edgy, unexpected color combinations, like bright turquoise over pale lavender and burgundy over gray-and-white stripes — there's even a paint-splatter printed lace.  

You'll also want to keep an eye out for Canali's soon-to-be-available velvet and lace headbands, and racerback tanks and v-neck tees embellished with fabric flowers, sequins, and appliqués.  

It's just what you need for a little sweet escape.    

Reva Canali Etsy boutique, online here. For more info, call 808.294.8032.


Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 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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