Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Drumroll please...


I promised that I would update with a fashion icon, and I am here to do so! I was in a little bit of a rut, as I tried to think of some of the current-day Polynesians who have put a serious name to fashion, and although there are so many up-and-coming (not to mention, some that have already made their mark!) brands coming out of the Pacific, I knew that there must have been a woman who has marked the ages. So of course, I called mom. I sort of already knew who she would say before she opened her mouth...and yes, I am my mothers child, because I was so right.


Mom: "Our late Queen. Why?", she said.

Me: "Well, why did you pick her so quickly?"

Mom: "Because, she was always so elegant. So put together. With her long skirts and pretty hats...she knew how to dress well."

Me: "Okay. I knew you'd say that."

Mom: "Well then why'd you ask?"

Me: "I'm just writing something...umm...not for the newspaper or anything..just something. Wanted to know what you thought. Oh, well do you remember any famous Polynesians during your day? You know, like movie stars?"

Mom: "Hahahaha!!! No."

Me: "Okay. Something else I shouldn't have asked..thanks, love you, bye."


So there it is. The verdict is in, and with the help of my mother I will have to agree that a great icon has been our late Queen Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tupou III. Her sense of blending modesty with culture and trend, was something to be seen in her time. But I do have to admit, that as put-together as she was, she had a spirit about her that I understand was more calm and understanding than that of anyone of her time. As many know, the story goes, that when she was in England for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, she refused to have the top of her carriage closed, as a way of showing the utmost respect to a person of her ranking, despite the fact that it must have wreaked havoc on her hair. That is the kind of attitude we should emulate, and they are the very values that we are lacking in our world today.


note: The picture of our late Queen above, is a most beautiful one, but is also the cover of the book "Queen Salote of Tonga" by Elizabeth Wood-Ellem. If you have not read it already, I highly suggest it.

13 comments:

Will said...

Great post! I'm not sure why I never thought of her as a fashion icon before, but now that you mention it, it seems like a no brainer. Your mom was right, she truly was an elegant woman who was always well put together.

Although our late Queen is probably the best example for "us" as a timeless/classic fashion icon, I gotta say, if there was anyone (in my opinion) who would come in second place, it would have to be my mom's aunt Kalolaine Mataele Soukop. Not only is she a successful business woman (owner of the Hawaiian Hut, South Seas Travel and Tour, and on the Board of Directors at the Polynesial Cultural Center), but in terms of fashion, she too always looks elegant and well put together. You can definitely tell that most of her influence comes from the Hawai'i of the 70's. I know that may seem like disaster to some, but she pulls it off! I've always been a fan of her stunner shades!! lol... Anyone who knows Kalo will testify that she's been rocking Harlot Sunglasses consistently for the past 35 years!

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