Take A Virtual Tour: Former Honolulu Home Of Fashion Designer Geoffrey Beene For Sale At $14M

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The home’s three expansive stories hug the lower slopes of Diamond Head crater as they meet the water’s edge.

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Tucked away on the front slopes of the Diamond Head landmark in Honolulu is a Malibu-style house once owned by one of America’s most iconic fashion designers, Geoffrey Beene. The luxurious home at 3311 Beach Road is on the market with a $14 million asking price.

You might have to pinch yourself to be sure the stunning surroundings aren’t a dream as you view the beachfront home’s three stories hugging the lower slopes of Diamond Head crater as they meet the water’s edge. Stepping foot inside the custom kiln-formed textured glass entry door will likely confirm your feelings that this impressive home is indeed a retreat from the outside world.

Built in 1988, the residence features four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms in 4,878 square feet of living space. Beene bought the property in 1992, and it was gifted to the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 2003. The home was sold in 2005 to its current owner, who undertook a major renovation in 2014, the result of which is a serene, Zen-like haven.

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The handmade textured glass entry door was designed by a local artisan.

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Famed American fashion designer Geoffrey Beene owned the residence from 1992 until 2003.

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The house is built of glass, concrete and steel. Walls of glass maximize the breathtaking sunrise and unparalleled Pacific Ocean views that one can experience in almost every room. The south-facing beachfront home’s unique position captures views of the Diamond Head Lighthouse on the side of a cliff.

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The home’s position provides views of the Diamond Head Lighthouse on the side of a cliff.

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Julianna Garris and Patricia Choi of the Choi Group with Hawaii Life are co-listing agents for the property.

“The moment you walk in the house you see an expansive view of the ocean, and it’s just gorgeous,” said Garris.

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Spacious living/dining room combo

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Eat-in island, custom cabinetry and Thermador appliances lend a sleek backdrop in the kitchen.

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The luxurious master bathroom includes floating vanities and walls covered in glass tiles.

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The residence features smart home technology, a sound system, oceanside spa, central air-conditioning and a photovoltaic system to transform Hawaii’s abundant days of sunshine into energy.

“There are 16 outside cameras, and you can remotely control the house from anywhere in the world,” Garris said.

An elevator and stairs provide access to all three levels of the home where one can admire imported limestone that was used extensively indoors and out. The bathroom walls are finished in an iridescent glass tile that’s a blend of sea salt and beige hues. Subdued shades of sea salt green paint on the bedroom walls provide a restful ambience.

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The master suite is a peaceful retreat.

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Ground-floor guest bedroom

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Oceanside Jacuzzi

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The oversized garage can be accessed from Beach Road, its entrance tucked seamlessly into the home’s privacy wall.

“The wall creates a buffer between you and any public viewing,” said Garris. “When someone drives past, you can’t see into the house.”

A Jacuzzi and small, well-manicured yard are on the oceanside ground level.

The home is just steps from the white sandy beach and a few dozen paddle strokes away from some of Oahu’s most popular surf breaks. Honolulu’s business district and public and private schools are nearby.

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Upper landing of the three-story home

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The popular hilly five-mile loop around the base of Diamond Head takes you through some of Oahu’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Or you could hike to the peak of the Diamond Head Summit Trail from the entrance to Diamond Head State Park and Recreation Area, just five minutes away.

Fine dining, boutique and luxury retail shopping, nightlife and every possible convenience are available in Waikiki, less than two miles from the home’s front door and an easy stroll along the water’s edge of Kapiolani Park.

“Diamond Head is a coveted area,” said Garris. “Not many people could afford to buy in this area. And then to be on a beach with a beautiful sandy coastline, that’s pretty darn rare. It’s an opportunity for someone who wants the best of the best on this island.”

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The best places to buy dress shoes for women

It is simply the case that one can never own too many pairs of shoes, and when it comes to work-appropriate shoes, the “correct” number of pairs is practically infinite. Of course, finding a pair of flats or so-called modest heels that are both attractive and acceptable to the corporate powers that be can be a bit of a challenge. But with some help from our favorite office-ready shoe purveyors, you may want to keep your shoes close and your credit card closer.

When picking a great pair of work shoes, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. First and foremost, are they comfortable? If you’re already feeling pinched at work, the last thing you need is to have shoes that are literally pinching your feet as well. After all, it’s difficult to feel empowered when you’re constantly bending over to adjust your strap or massage your heel.

You’ll also want to keep heel heights in mind. While I prefer to live about four inches above my natural height, I would also prefer to sleep and pet cats for a living. Alas, in order to be part of the professional world, it seems that society has dictated that I live in heels of a more moderate one-to-two-inch height. Also important to consider is the width of your heel. As impressive as your ability to teeter totter around on a one-inch circumference may be, that’s probably not something that you can (or should) put on a resume or to the test in your office. Luckily, you don’t need to be in stilettos to pull off a killer look.

Furthermore, you may want to consider your preferred work shoe color. While black, nude, and the occasional navy shoe are common suspects, it’s also well worth adding a pop of color to your wardrobe with some more creative hues. Don’t shy away from white, either – sure, they’ll show dirt a bit more easily, but let’s be honest, in your sterile office environment, you’re not really at risk of getting things particularly dirty.

Regardless of which of our favorite office-appropriate shoe purveyors you decide to shop in, we’re sure that you’ll have a decidedly professional (and fashion-forward) experience.

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The best dress shoes for women overall

The best dress shoes for women overall

Why you’ll love it: Everlane’s classic collection of shoes are ethically sourced, responsibly made, and will keep you moving throughout the day.
When it comes to the professional woman’s wardrobe, few brands are better represented than Everlane. It’s hard to believe that it’s been less than a decade since the company was founded, but in its nine years of existence, Everlanehas proven that cutting out the middleman and employing responsible sourcing and manufacturing practices are both great for business, and better still for fashion. And that’s certainly no exception when it comes to the brand’s beautiful collection of shoes.

What I love best about Everlane’s collection is its rather manageable size. Sure, there are still more than enough options from which to choose, but you won’t spend hours upon hours scrolling through seemingly endless variations of what ultimately looks like the exact same shoe. Rather, in keeping with the brand’s broader ethos, the shoe collection is straightforward and elegant, offering elevated basics at reasonable prices.

If you’re looking for a simple yet chic flat, look no further than the Day Glove, one of Everlane’s perennial best sellers. Available in a wide range of colors, this ballet flat is incredibly comfortable and looks fantastic paired with a pair of slacks or just about anything else. As it turns out, wearing a heel is not a prerequisite for looking put together, and the Day Glove proves just that.

Taking the Day Glove up a notch is the Day Heel, which incorporates a two-inch block heel with the same beautiful design and fit as its flat sibling. I love its back pull tab, side vents, and cushioned insole, all of which make this heel easy to put on and easy to keep on. Plus, this shoe comes in a wide range of colors that span the classic suspects like black, rose, and bone as well as the bolder options like bright red, bronze, and other metallic offerings.

I’m also in love with the Editor Heel, a sleek kitten heel that looks effortlessly sharp with its miniature stiletto. While it runs a bit big, the soft, Italian leather material may just convince you that this is the last pair of heels you’ll ever need.

None of Everlane’s heels go above two inches, which makes them extremely comfortable and wearable all the livelong day, and most styles come in both leather and suede versions to fit your personal aesthetic.

Pros: Incredibly comfortable, ethically made, manageable selection of styles

Cons: If you’re looking for a higher heel, Everlane may not deliver

The best work-to-weekend dress shoes for women

The best work-to-weekend dress shoes for women

Why you’ll love them: Madewell shoes are perfect both in and out of the office, won’t break the bank, and are definitely comfortable.
I was a Madewell fangirl before I joined the workforce, and now, I’m a Madewell fan-professional. Not only does the retailer offer a fantastic selection of work appropriate clothing, like cardigans, dresses, and trousers, but it also has one of the chicest and accessible shoe collections I’ve found for the younger demographic.

With great options for both the summer and the winter, Madewell’s shoes are, as you might imagine, well made, and reasonably priced, with most coming in at less than $130.

What I particularly appreciate about Madewell is its ability to turn classic shoes into fresh, modern offerings. Take, for example, the all-important loafer. While Madewell certainly offers this staple pair in your usual black leather, there are also a few updated options. My personal favorite is the Crackle Metallic version, which is just bright enough to catch your eye, but not so aggressive that you’ll feel the need to hide your feet any time a senior partner comes around.

If you’re looking for a great pair of mules, Madewell certainly has you covered. These shoes come in a wide range of heels, prints, and colors, which means you can dress up or dress down your professional wardrobe however you see fit. I also love the solid craftsmanship of these shoes. The pair I own has more than withstood the tests of time, weather, and situation.

Pros: Modern takes on classic styles, inexpensive, wide selection of colors and prints, available in stores and online

Cons: The dressiest of office environments may not be well-served by Madewell shoes

The best work-appropriate boots for women

The best work-appropriate boots for women

Why you’ll love it: If I could only wear one type of shoe for the rest of my life, it would be a pair of boots, and they would probably come from M. Gemi.
You may not think you’re fancy enough to buy Italian-made shoes, but M. Gemi is here to prove you wrong. The direct-to-consumer brand is best known for its beautiful loafers and flats, but as it turns out, the high-quality footwear company also makes some of the most beautiful ankle boots that you’ve ever seen. If you’ve ever questioned whether or not boots are work appropriate, M. Gemi is answering with a resounding “yes.”

Made in artisan Italian workshops with almost unbelievably soft leather or suede, the Corsa ankle boot is not only insanely comfortable, but extremely versatile as well. The beautiful silhouette has a fitted shaft and sleek sole, and looks fantastic paired with a sharp pair of cigarette pants or a dress.

While it takes some time to break in a pair of boots or any pair of work shoes, this simply isn’t the case with M. Gemi. Its products are ready to wear right out of the box, and I’ve literally never gotten a blister from its shoes, even after very long work days. Plus, with the just-over-two-inch heel height, you won’t feel as though you’re at risk of falling and breaking your neck when you’re running from meeting to meeting.

If you’re not into the boots look, you could also check out the famous Stellato Sacchetto. The company’s constant best seller, this pointed flat has a soft suede upper, a tiny heel, and an effortless sophistication. The shoe quite literally wraps your foot in comfortable leather, and comes in a range of surprising colors that rotate out by season.

As it stands, I love the sage color, but M. Gemi is always coming up with new earth tones that never go out of style.

Pros: Truly quality craftsmanship, beautiful and comfortable material, warm inviting earth tones, unique look

Cons: M. Gemi shoes do come at a premium, but they’re worth it

The best dress shoes for women who like variety

The best dress shoes for women who like variety

Why you’ll love it: If you believe more is more when it comes to shoe options, then dive right into the crazy shoe world that is J. Crew.With a seemingly endless roster of styles, colors, and patterns, J. Crew is truly the shoe lover’s dream come true. While this may sound a bit overwhelming, I appreciate that J. Crew’s website allows you to narrow down your choices based on the kind of shoe that you’re looking for.

A particular treasure trove, I’ve found, is its heels department, where you can find elevation of the slim or chunky variety, the miniature or stiletto variety, or just about anything in between.

The Elsie Suede Pump is a personal favorite of mine. Think of it as the shoe that every woman needs in her closet, what with the slightly curved heel that is generously sized at 3.5 inches, and the perfectly pointed toe. I find this pair to be especially useful on presentation days, when I’m looking for a bit of additional lift.

The fact that J. Crew has both IRL and online presences certainly makes shopping considerably easier, especially considering the size of its shoe catalogue. I’ll often scour the internet for a pair I like, then go to my friendly neighborhood store in order to take it for a test run. And of course, with different selections in different stores, shopping is always a fun surprise.

Pros: Huge selection of shoes, higher heels available, ease of shopping either online or in-stores

Cons: Some J. Crew shoes can get pretty pricey, but there are also less expensive options to offset those pairs

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Leading Designer Calls For Sustainability To Be The Driver In Functional Fabric Innovation

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Munich-based Performance Days is an event created especially for functional fabrics for sports and work clothing with the aim of giving textile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers the opportunity to present their products to decision-makers from almost every European active clothing and functional wear brand.

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Performance clothing is central to the business of the outdoor recreation sector in Europe. According to the latest State of Trade Report from the European Outdoor Group, the apparel category represents 50% of the market’s value. Next month’s Performance Days Functional Fabrics Fairhas as its theme ‘The Beauty of Function’ and aims to show that the concept of beauty is also relevant to functional fabrics for the collections of summer 2021 and beyond.

Independent design professional Anne Prahl specializes in sustainable design innovation and her Expert Talk – ‘Designing Beauty: Considered Innovation for Performance Products’ – will address ‘what role sustainability plays within the context of beautiful functional fabrics and clothing’. She will be exploring the meaning of beauty and how it can be created through a combination of color, texture, fabric handle and garment construction before outlining some of the sustainability challenges this brings.

In an interview for Performance Days regarding the future design of performance clothing, she noted,

For the next few years, I expect to see lots of incremental innovation around fabrics, manufacturing and recycling technologies. We will also see the continuation of new consumption models, such as sharing, rental and reuse, which will have an impact on how functional clothing is designed and used. In response to growing consumer demand, so-called sustainable fabrics will become more ubiquitous and commercially viable.

The industry’s long-term future looks more disruptive, as we will see a new generation of bio-based materials that are lab-grown and engineered, as well as 100 % recyclable and biodegradable textiles fit for the circular economy. This move will also affect how fabrics are coloured and finished and clothes are manufactured so they can be fully recyclable or biodegradable at end-of-life. This will no doubt lead to highly unique and surprising aesthetics, silhouettes and styling.

Another important factor in designing and developing functional clothing in the future will be the use of digital and 3D tools and systems. Some of these tools, including digital material libraries, 3D design programs, virtual prototyping, digital and automated manufacture and digital sales, will provide exciting opportunities for designing and producing original and customised clothing.

In theory, performance requirements should not limit but inspire the design of functional clothing. Some designers may see performance requirements as an obstacle to their creative freedom but the beauty of functional clothing is that products are designed for a specific end-use, and therefore should become items that the consumer loves to wear for a long time to come, rather than throwing the item out after a couple of uses.”

Regarding the role of sustainability in apparel design, Prahl was clear about its future,

I have been working with many different companies, large and small, to find creative ways to make sustainability part of the design process. The first step is to have a clear vision on what sustainability means for the brand we are designing for. This vision needs to be inspiring and achievable and requires a good support system so that designers and developers can make the vision reality through educated choices.

In my opinion, we need to embed sustainability right into our design concepts. This can be done through training and inspiring designers on sustainable and circular design strategies and making sure that sustainability becomes part of the design. As designers, we also need to constantly push fabric suppliers and clothing manufacturers, in order to push the innovation agenda and having a wider selection of sustainable options to choose from in the future.”

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Alia Bhatt’s designer anarkali is just perfect for a mehandi celebration

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Alia Bhatt has been very busy promoting Kalank lately, and today seems to have been no different for the actor. This afternoon, the star was spotted spreading word about her upcoming film once again on the sets of a reality show. Her pick for the outing was a pretty peach anarkali by Anita Dongre. Bhatt accessorised her look with a pair of silver earrings by Minerali and gold heels. Accompanying her at Kalank‘s most recent event were co-stars Varun Dhawan and Sonakshi Sinha. While the former complemented Bhatt’s pastel look with a soft pink kurta, the latter played with prints in Anamika Khanna separates. If you’ve been on the lookout for a peach wedding-ready look, however, Bhatt’s anarkali is the one you need to check out.

Alia Bhatt’s designer anarkali is for every woman who loves soothing hues

If you’ve been keeping up with Alia Bhatt’s recent sartorial choices, you would know that keeping her on-screen character’s look in mind, the star has been dressing largely in Indian ethnic wear for Kalank‘s promotional rounds. While the first look of Kalank had Bhatt dressing in a white Manish Malhotraanarkali, the launch of its song ‘First Class’ saw her meeting fans in a striking black Anita Dongre kurta. Her latest anarkali featured delicate embroidery and a lightweight tulle dupatta that made it perfect for a day event like a mehandi party, or even a poolside engagement celebration. Bhatt went the elegant route with her beauty look and opted for lightly kohled eyes, glossy lips, dewy makeup and freshly blowdried hair. A pastel ensemble like Alia Bhatt’s is a refreshing addition to your festive wardrobe if you’re bored of bold jewel tones. Get something similar for yourself today!

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Dunkin’ preps for Boston Marathon with doughnut-inspired running shoes, ‘munchkin’ sizes for kids

Dunkin' and Saucony partnered to release doughnut inspired sneakers before the Boston Marathon.

The 6 Best Road Running Shoes for Spring 2019

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As winter loosens its icy grip, it’s time to gear up and hit the road. And these running shoes make it fast, fun, and comfortable.

Skechers GoRun Razor 3 Hyper ($135)

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Best For: Setting PRs
When going fast is your priority, step into this fun speedster. At 6.4 ounces and with a 27-millimeter stacked heel, the Razor 3 Hyper boasts the best weight-to-cushion ratio of all the shoes we tested. The tight upper boosts control, while the EVA midsole delivers one of the most launch-you-forward rides of any shoe on the market.
6.4 oz; 4 mm drop

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Saucony Triumph ISO 5 ($160)

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Best For: Unmatched comfort
Roomy and smooth riding, the Triumph ISO 5 is the Cadillac of daily trainers, a stable cruiser best suited to slow and moderate days. With 28 millimeters of resilient TPU, this shoe is a cushion lover’s dream. Saucony’s new footbed contours around your heel like a bucket seat, providing a truly dialed-in fit.
11.4 oz (men’s) / 10 oz (women’s); 8 mm drop

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Under Armour Hovr Infinite ($120)

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Best For: The data conscious
There’s no shoe more feature rich than the new Hovr Infinite. Its midsole has a soft core wrapped in mesh for a plush yet snappy feel. And a chip in the midsole syncs via Bluetooth with the MapMyRun app to record pace, stride, and cadence.
10.8 oz (men’s) / 8.8 oz (women’s); 8 mm drop

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Hoka One One Cavu 2 ($110)

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Best For: Bounce on a budget
Hoka’s Cavu 2 has minimal cushioning on the tongue and around the heel, a 21-millimeter stack height (thin for Hoka), and breezy mesh. All that made the shoe airy, while the zippy midsole pushed us down the road.
7.2 oz (men’s) / 5.8 oz (women’s, pictured); 5 mm drop

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Brooks Ravenna 10 ($110)

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Best For: Controlling pronation
The newest Ravenna has Brooks’s GuideRail technology—thin pieces of dense foam under the arch and outer heel that function like bumpers for your foot, keeping it straight. And the shoe keeps its generous 24.5-­millimeter stack height in the heel.
9.4 oz (men’s) / 8.3 oz (women’s, pictured); 10 mm drop

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361 Degrees Meraki 2 ($130)

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Best For: Going the distance
This everyday trainer is our high-mileage favorite. The upper has webbing that keeps your foot locked in, while a padded tongue and heel cup offer comfort. The combo of a peppy midsole and a springy carbon-fiber shank boosts energy return and fights fatigue.
9.6 oz (men’s) / 8 oz (women’s, pictured); 9 mm drop

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