Berlin Alternative Fashion Week (BAFW) は私の経験上、世界一エキゾチックで、奇想天外で、ワイルドで、カラフルで、開放的で、クレイジーで、クリエイティブなファッションイベントのひとつ。そしてスクロールした先に並ぶ写真をみたら、みなさんの私と同じことを感じるのではないかと思う。
We all know that fashion trends come from both the high-fashion runways as well as the streets. But the street aspect is gaining more ground against the establishment, and it is becoming more daring, cultured and respected. So doesn’t it make sense to have a fashion week that features some of the most unique street-wear brands from around the world? It’s called an “Alternative” fashion week, and it was born in the best city to represent street fashion: Berlin.
Berlin Alternative Fashion Week (BAFW) is one of the most exotic, surprising, wild, weird, colorful, inclusive and creative fashion events I have ever seen in my life. And after you see the photos from the event, you might feel the same way too.
“Beyond Expectations” is certainly a loaded phrase. After all, without a bar to adhere to, we don’t even know where our expectations are set. Coming from Tokyo, I can say that mine and my fellow style-discerning Tokyoites’ expectations are set almost impossibly *high*. We already have the best food, shopping, and customer service at our fingertips… what could possibly top it?
Topping expectations…. no, knocking them down and bulldozing them and sending them out to orbit, is what Marina Bay Sands Singapore hopes to do by staging one of the largest and most ambitious events in Tokyo in recent memory. For one night, they are turning a venue in Shibuya into a parallel version of the major resort, bringing along their special guest David Beckham for the ride.
The night features a slew of entertainment, but in the middle of it is a fashion show. Marina Bay Sands called me up, asking if I would like to direct this show. Using fashion to create an atmosphere, especially one of joy and good vibes is the reason I live. And since I had never been to Singapore, I just *had* to get there myself to pick up on some inspirations to get the show off the ground. Below, find my inspiration diary, and see how a little jump over the ocean became the basis for one of my most favorite and exciting shows yet.
While Tokyo may still be in the throes of sweltering days and nights, we in the city are looking forward to a more soothing and thoughtful season, one that is arguably the most beautiful Japan has to offer. Chopard is celebrating that turn into the season of allure with a week-long event at the Isetan 1st floor stage, beginning today, the eve of September. There, it will showcase (and be available for purchase for the first time) some of the world’s most exquisite watch models created by Ancient Japanese artistry for a modern woman, as well as a look at why Japonisme is still one of the most inspiring aesthetics today.
Is Los Angeles a fashion wasteland? No…. but, it’s not exactly flush with the waters of street style parades or endless couture maisons either. But there are certainly whispers in the air that LA is going to be ramping up its fashion pull to try and put a dent in rival New York City. “Moschino is going to be showing here!” squealed one friend. “Hedi Slimane moving Saint Laurent here has and will continue to do wonders!” said another. But two brands and two shows does not a fashion capital make.
So then we have to look deeper, into the nooks and crannies and see where the creatives in LA really are. The ones forging their own style born and bred by the city, and not just mimicking those of NY or abroad. It’s people like this that bring a city into the fashion spotlight, bringing something new to the table that people will happily travel long distance to see in person.
There, I was able to meet up with Steve David, a hair artist and designer of avant garde headpieces who loves the city he grew up in and is banking on it getting its (and his) time to shine.
そのルイヴィトンが、ガリエラ宮パリ市立モード美術館 館長のオリヴィエ･サイヤールのキュレーションによって集めた膨大なコレクションの展示を行っている。「Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton(空へ、海へ、彼方へ──旅するルイ･ヴィトン)」展というタイトルのこのエキシビションは、一歩中へ足を踏み入れればたちまち、創業者一族のアーカイヴから現在までのルイ･ヴィトンのクリエーションの膨大な歴史をたどる旅がスタートする。
Japan is a nation that has a penchant for the good things in life, and that includes designer goods. And one of the most beloved in the whole nation is Louis Vuitton. And that’s not just among the rich or fashion bourgeois, but no doubt that the baker or butcher down the street knows the brand, or may even have his own LV wallet at home. And that’s because the relationship between Louis Vuitton and Japan goes back a very long way.
The “LV” monogram itself is inspired by Japanese “mon” or coat of arms, and no less than three Japanese artists have been tapped for major collaboration since the start of this century (Takashi Murakami, Comme des Garcons and Yayoi Kusama).
So now Louis Vuitton has chosen Tokyo to be the second city to get their large-scale exhibit, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez- Louis Vuitton“. Stepping inside, you’ll find a myriad of rooms displaying the personal trunks of founder George Vuitton and his friends and family through the decades. It’s a literal “trip”, taking you through the desert, into the air, on trains, and more.
Even the most analog of accessories is being forced to upgrade using super high-tech advancements. But what does that mean?
To find the answer, last week I visited Los Angeles to witness a revolution in mechanical watches, the world’s first Master Chronometer from Omega.
Although I run a fashion blog, when I wake up in the morning the first thing I check are technology and science blogs, because I’m a big nerd inside and let’s be honest: technology is the most exciting frontier, even in fashion. And watches are in fact the first ever “wearable tech”, considering they have little mechanical “engines” inside. Their simplicity seems almost primitive, and expecting them to work 100% on every occasion is a given. However, apparently there is something in our modern daily lives that is messing with even the most luxury of mechanical watches and rendering them faulty… can you guess what that is?
彼の最新作はビューティーブランドCle de Peauのコスメティクス ＆ スキンケアラインから登場する”Bal Masque”のヴィジュアルとパッケージデザイン。今の季節だと春物で出始めて、普通明るくてハッピーな物が沢山打ち出されるけど、この極寒い１月の日々だからダークでかっこいいのがよりぴったりだよね。リアルな話。だからこのムードはミーシャには持ってこいのコレクション。
It’s been so exciting to follow the career of Joji Kojima, the fine jewelry artist and art director who blew up right after art school graduation in Tokyo with a mask that ended up as a Lady Gaga album cover and followed it with some incredibly eye-catching 3D-printed pieces. His style is dark, mysterious, and exotic, with a taste for villains rather than heroines. Recently, he was commissioned by beauty brand Cle de Peau for a line of cosmetics and skin care, called “Bal Masque”. I know that the spring collections are hitting the shelves and everything should be bright and happy and yadda, yadda, but where I’m at, it’s still dark and cold so this moody collection hits the spot right now.
Fashion has spent the past few years creating a remedy to the real world’s problems by ushering in collections of POP grandeur, in fun and peppy prints and playful designs. I myself was swaddled in a pink python coat printed in bunnies and a 60s-style t-shirt dress featuring graffiti eyeball stencils and pretty plastic paillets from the Prada pre-spring collection currently in stores now. This is certainly one of the most peppy, uplifting, and buzzworthy collections in a long time. But as the audience shuffled into the venue for the Prada mens and womens fall show in Milan on Sunday night, it was like we’d stepped into a different world. This collection that Miuccia Prada showed for fall 2016 was an antithesis to pop, and was instead a snapshot of a dark and twisted tale… and that tale is reflecting the reality of the harsh world we live in. Is fashion finally coming to terms with it by going dark and heavy?