Alexander McQueen opened a new shop in Roppongi Hills on Thursday and it’s the world’s first McQueen accessories shop. This means a wealth of jewelry, shoes, bags and of course a large selection of the signature skull scarves. The SS collection was based off of honeycomb and bees so the honeycomb graphic can be seen all over the place, from bags to shoes that come with see-through netting alluding to a beekeeper’s mask. I have an irrational fear of bees (my mother is allergic so I never liked them) but the honeycomb pattern is so mesmerizing I can get behind it.
And even better, the shop currently has two showpieces from the runway on display until the 11th. You’ll see that the lace overlay is actually BEADED to look like honeycomb lace. The weight on this dress must be incredible. I was asking about the pieces and I was told that McQueen only makes one set of showpiece samples so they have to be shared with the world. That is amazing because many big brands have to make several sets to give to their multiple showrooms around the world. If McQueen shows 50 looks then every single magazine, celebrity and window display in the world has to share those pieces—!! So it’s really a treat to be able to have them in Tokyo!
Check out the colors on the scarves made only for this Roppongi shop.
I am a huge McQueen fan (my wallet is McQueen and is from the meatpacking store in NYC) and I especially love the gothic, dark side even though everyone thinks of me as being colorful. Long live BLACK, forreal.
So, I didn’t expect to come to this store and get goosebumps, but I was like a plucked goose the whole time. See, the store collaborated with an artist to create a window piece for the opening. …I was led out front to see it, and there it was “Artist: Motohiko Odani”
Oh that’s FREAKY! See, Odani is an incredible artist who had an exhibit in Roppongi Hills Mori Art Museum a few years ago. When I went to see it I immediately saw a lot of McQueen in his art, especially when it came to fashion as art, beauty and torture, pain, gothicism and elegance. I even wrote a freaking essay on it here on the blog. So it was very satisfying to see that I wasn’t the only one who pictured the combination. For this store, Odani created a “Shroud of Turin”, the one believed to be the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in when he died then came back to life in his tomb. For Odani’s shroud, he created it out of the McQueen union jack scarf and even put a face on it. On the side it says “God save McQueen”
Check out the shop when in Roppongi Hills!