わたしは東京ストリートファッションを誇らしく思っている。それは、この10年、自分のキャリアに欠かせないもので、沢山のことを教えてくれた。言わば、人生の一部。そして、ブルックリンの一角でひっそりと行われたショー。そこでは東京ストリートを引っ張る 10 のブランドが注目を浴びていた。わたしの前には素晴らしい光景が広がっていた。下に続くレポートで、東京ストリートカルチャーの多様性が少しでも伝わって欲しい!

Recently, a rather interesting milestone occurred. It may not be a game changer in the grand scheme of the fashion world, but it is something I am extremely proud of and it sure taught me more about my life’s work (which is Tokyo-based street-style) than anything in the past 10 years of my career. It was a teensy humble show in a corner of Brooklyn, which saw 10 totally different Tokyo underground street styles together on one runway. It was fantastic, and I hope you’ll go through it with me and see how varied the street culture of Tokyo really is.





…ロレックス?スポーツウォッチ? 今時はiWatch?ってとこかな。





She who has time, has infinite power.

Think quick; what are the first three things you think of with the words “wrist watch”?

Rolex. Sportswatch. iWatch.

One of those answers *should* be “women”. The wristwatch was actually first invented as a way for women to tell time when only men wore pocket watches. It was watch brand Omega that marketed the first wristwatch to women around 1899, back when it was seen as gauche for women to pay attention to such trivial things as “time”. Now, we have had hundreds and thousands of elegant designs that look beyond gender, but for all purposes concerned, this event was a celebration of women’s watches AND the myriad women who wear them.

Last week, I was in Milan to witness over a hundred years of women’s watch designs, and learned a little bit of this feminist piece of fashion history along the way. There were dazzling designs, a brilliant gala, and a riveting Q&A with Nicole Kidman.




オートク チュールとか、敷居の高いファッションはパリに任せっきりのニューヨーク。日々目まぐるしく変わる街はまるでハムスターのホイールのように忙しく、そこで 自分の居場所を探す私たち人間はハムスターみたいなものかもしれない。いろんな人がいるシティ、少しくらいハンデがあった方が燃えるよね。それでも、平等にアメリカ ンドリームの権利があるのが、そう、ニューヨーク。もちろん、常に”新しい”ものにウェルカムな街だが、パリなどと同じく、ヒストリーのあるものに誇り高き思う街でもある。

New Yorkers are not known for leading the scene of haute fashion, but their cool optimism in the face of constant, dizzying change in their city is something to give nod to. Yes, it may seem a bit like a farm of hamsters in wheels trying to keep their place, but damn if they aren’t some good-looking hamsters. There’s certainly a magnetism, and the city is something that anyone with some gall can take on and conquer. And while the “new, cool thing” is always welcomed, NYC still takes great pride in its constants.



shoshi in Neo street style fashion




“Neo”. It’s no longer just a sad Keanu Reeves, it’s a full-blown fashion phenomenon in Tokyo. Recently, we’ve seen the likes of post-modern gyaru Neo Gal style, the andogynous Neo Ikemen style, and a street-wise girly-girl in Neo Lolita (read about them here).  But what exactly is ”Neo Street Style”? To find out, I invited one of the most prominent young icons of this movement, Shoushi Ogawa, for coffee.

Neo Street Fashion is the newest sartorial game in Tokyo town. It’s absolutely wild and crazy, and only for the most daring to pull off. That’s why it’s going to be completely polarizing, since many will have heavy visceral reactions, while other will revel in its weirdness. And that’s absolutely why and it’s one of the most exciting Tokyo styles in recent memory.

Buccal-Cone- Neo street style fashion

Neo Street Style-favorite fashion brand Buccal Cone

kunio kohzaki pins

この仕事での最大の楽しみ、かつ喜びを感じる瞬間のひとつは、”根っからのアーティスト”に出逢ったときだったりする。彼らは想像を軽々と超えてくる。作り出すものはもちろんだけど、その行動や発言すべてがおもしろくて、興味が湧き、引き込まれる。その一人はヘアとヘッドアーティストのKUNIO KOHZAKI.



One of the most satisfying things about my job is feeding off of the genius of the artists around me. Be they in clothing, photography, events, art, makeup, even modeling… it is a sickeningly satisfying experience that cannot be understood unless you’re one who seeks it too, like a wee bit of a creative high.

One of the artists who makes that sweet buzz is hair/head piece artist Kunio Kohzaki. His magazine and catalog work is incredibly fun to look at, and this article from my blog a few years back when I was just a starry-eyed fan, is a great intro to his huge body of work.

kunio kohzaki pins

model at theatre products aw 2015 fashion show







When it comes to buying fashion, it’s always a gamble, isn’t it? Many brands have been following the whims of consumers by allowing us to shop the runway real-time, putting on pre-orders for select items that will come to your door fresh out of the factory. But in this case, you’re still getting what thousands of others are, and those “pre sale” items end up amounting to simple things like t-shirts or other basic easily-manufactured items. What if you could actually buy *straight* from the runway? There’s only one piece, so it would have to be first-come-first-serve (fire up those bots!) or…an auction. Theatre Products aw 2015 went for the latter, making for one heart-racing fashion show.

model at theatre products aw 2015 fashion show

These pants write their own ticket, honestly.