Above Photos by Tim Walker
Assistant editor: Yosuke Hokita
Above Photos by Tim Walker
Assistant editor: Yosuke Hokita
It’s the year of the snake for the Chinese Zodiac and we just started the Lunar Year this month. So for our February issue shoot for Newtide, I took inspiration from the celebratory colors of red, yellow, orange and gold–which we are lucky because maroon and oxblood are super hot colors for the season.
The photographer was Charlie Engman and we shot in New York. I was so happy to have Charlie as his photos are always brightly colored and minimalistic yet surreal (a lot of post work goes into making them look that way though!). I love the idea of a girl coming home post New Year-party and totally out of it like a zombie. We also had some major cool manipulations to make her look far more “out of this world” but we ran into cultural differences in the end. As the creative director I didn’t want to throw away my idea, but at the same time it is important to be flexible in this ever globalizing world. At least my shoot didn’t get completely thrown out like it did with Grace Coddington in “The September Issue”!
So please see the rest of the photos below, with miu miu, Prada, Jason Wu and more—!
Photographer’s assistant: David Brandon Geeting
Fashion Assistant: Lydia Shahmoon
Hair Assistant: Kikumari
Makeup Assistant: Kaori Yamamoto
Shot on location in Chelsea, New York City
Special thanks to BoyPlay Studio
See part 1 here. Recap: If you couldn’t tell from the title and that photo above of me in front of a little thing called The Uhffel Tower, I was in Paris. And now I am foisting the spoils onto you. On y vas!
First order of the day: The market! It was actually a bit overwhelming to me…SO MUCH FOOD. And I can’t take free samples because then I feel compelled to buy it. It’s like those shop keepers can pull me from my SOUL. I did enjoy seeing a lot of the regional foods like a strange “macaron” from the countryside that was more like a brown sugar cookie, and all the Willy Wonka Factory-like candied fruits. But my goal here was to get some cheese. And not just any cheese, but some REAL mutha-effin CHEESE. “Give me some stinky cheese! The stinkier the better! Goats milk! There, that one in the corner with no label! That looks positively stinky!”. And it was DIVINE.
Next, I ventured up to Montamartre in the afternoon all by my lonesome. Below is the “Wall of I Love Yous” written in a plethora of the globe’s languages.
I was here to check out a bunch of quirky shops, but you know what? THEY WERE ALL CLOSED. What’s up with that, huh, Monty? Can I call you Monty? So if I come back at precisely 3:37pm you’ll be open, you say? OK then. So I guess Montmartre doesn’t even wake up until after 4pm or so, a word of warning. Or maybe it just stays closed on the weekdays. So I just snapped pics of weird stuff being peddled in the windows:
A break. Salvation.
One of the special activities I got to do was hang out in the Maison Kitsune flagship shop and then sit down for an interview with the founders Masaaya and Gildas. I’d run into them oodles of times throughout the years in Tokyo but this was the first time actual sentences were exchanged. They were seriously cool-as-cucumbers and made sure to mention that they weren’t trying to be edgy or super high-design, just super high-quality (all their stuff is made in Italy). They also mentioned that they are opening their first shop in Tokyo this Spring. There was a customer there with us who couldn’t find anything his size but was SO determined to buy SOMETHING. That’s how fanatic fans are of the “fox”.
Positively French sexxxy shop decor, non? J’adore.
Next: my biggest challenge. My nemesis. COOKING. Our group was tasked to attend the freaking Alain Ducasse cooking school “L’ecole de Cuisine” and create a beautifully French course-style lunch. *hyper-ventilate* Alain Ducasse is a superstar global celebrity, and in Tokyo many will know him as the chef who presides over Chanel’s “Beige” restaurant in Ginza. So you KNOW we weren’t going to be slapping some neopolitan sauce on french bread, y know?!
Is there going to be a pop-quiz??!
A flamethrower, man?!
Our chef sensei had a wicked sense of humor and even spoke a bit of Japanese. Alas, he was NOT joking around when it came to our recipe and making sure everything was perfectment.
Finally, I mulled up some courage, and relented to help prepare the meal with my own hands. Victory!!! It was great fun. I was awesome and ROCKED that salmon and those romaine lettuce hearts!
I was frazzled after that. Here’s an idea: you cook, I`ll drink champagne.
Voila! Look at my plate! Doesn’t it look absolutely delicious?! I got an A+. Or I would have. But according to this diploma I graduated at least! And don’t tell anyone I wore an apron.
Next, it was time to relax. We traveled over to the seine river where a beautiful yacht was at the docks waiting for us. I was checking out some reviews of Paris touristy stuff online and everyone says “Don’t ride a boat on the river! it sucks!”. Well, yes, that’s because other than these yachts, you only have the choice of riding a dinghy. These boats run by “Yachts de Paris” were INCREDIBLE. We had comfy velvet chairs, a fireplace, champagne, macarons, espresso….I loved this ride.
My trip was winding down. But there was one shop I needed to steal away to. “The Lab Store“. It is the shop run by “Le Laboratoire”, an experimental installation and art gallery. It is highly futuristic, both robotic and unique to itself in the universe…*head goes BOOM*. Many of the products are highly frivolous…like “Le Whaf”, which is a vaporizer/aroma-fier for alcoholic drinks. Put in your favorite Gin and then stick your face in the vapors: you can get buzzed from the alcohol without having to drink a sip! My target here was to get me some “Aero Shots” designed by Phillip Starck and run in the same idea. You can inhale flavors or “foods” without actually eating them. There’s energy drink and chocolate….I got regular and mint “flavored”. So futuristic! Oh and yes, they are yummy…yummy um, air. They’re not available in Japan so naturally I got a bunch.
And now time to bid adieu. But not before getting a rad private tour of the Charles de Gaulle airport and the new supa-fancy Air France terminal that just opened. The business lounge was incredible. it’s called “The Park”, ostensibly because you can pee in the bushes. Kidding! Because it’s interior and furniture looks like trees. It’s beautiful, non?
Above: at the Air France head office before we literally RAN to catch our Airbus 383 home back to Tokyo. The fancy one with two stories and the best business class with yummy food and lots of good wine to ease us back into the droll of real life.
Oh Paris, you DO have a sense of humor! Love ya for life.
So there were a lot of places I didn’t write about here, but are being posted on AirFrance’s online Paris guide [coming soon] along with everyone else in my group’s travels and adventures. Warning, you WILL want to jump on a plane to Paris. Not such a bad thing, of course ;)
I don’t consider myself a traveler at ALL. I mean, I had illusions of grandeur when I was in college that I would have a job that allowed me to travel extensively, being a jet-setter like those people in the Michael Kors ads but with jucier style. And yet I was lucky to get out of Japan once a year for 6 years. Recently however, it seems that finally my time has come! Next stop; G6! So recently I went to Paris with Air France (who I don’t think operate G6s, natch) and 5 other young women from Japan too. We were kind of on a “dream trip”, and while there *were* a few things that can’t be arranged without help (like my interview with Maison Kitsune a tour of CDG airport and a trip to the Kenzo atelier), we pretty much were just being fabulous tourists. So how’d it go? On y vas!
This is where I stayed: The Mandarin Oriental which is brand new and situated on the ritzy Rue St Honore at the Tuileries. The lobby and courtyard are truly an oasis in the city.
I think my favorite part was the cheese buffet at “Camelia” for breakfast everyday >_>….this reminds me there’s an incredible restaurant at the Mandarin here in Tokyo called “Molecular Bar”. I need to check that out again.
Mesmerizing “Mandarin” commercial played on the TV on loop in my room….*_* Can I get a lava lamp like this?
The first thing we did was go to one of Paris’ oldest and most prestigious luxury department stores Printemps. They gave us two cute Japanese personal shoppers. And we were tasked to put together an outfit head-to-toe to be photographed. Leave it to me!
I LOVED these knit hats that looked like miniature cable knit pants and sweaters. I tried looking online for them afterward but couldn’t find them… T_T
Here I am with Chieko Higuchi, a popular seiyu (voice actor) and one of my travel partners. I feel like we were going on stage to perform The Seussical. Which means I LOVED it.
Sweater by Printemps private label, Skirt and green shirt by Meadham Kirchoff, Shoes by Charlotte Olympia, Jacket by Erdem.
The mess left behind in the VIP lounge. We had three rooms full of stuff! The interesting thing is you don’t necessarily have to be a VIP to use the service… just have to ask for it (and you get champagne, coffee, sweets, whatever!).
It was actually a dream of mine to live in the center of any metropolis in the world in a room behind a neon sign. This “DIOR” one at Printemps would certainly suit nicely. I’ll move in tomorrow!
Below: post-shopping exhaustion lunch of veggies, olive oil and a huge “egg” of mozzarella.
Above: Afterwards, I ventured out on my own to check out some cafes, boulangeries and passages. One of the places I wanted to see was “Le Kong” at Point Neuf which is a restaurant designed by one of my favorite designers Phillippe Starck. I didn’t know it at te time, but I guess this place rose to major fame after being featured on an episode of Sex and the City (thanks for beng so informative, friends of Instagram). As you can see, it’s pretty empty at 3pm but I enjoyed my glass of rose above the grey skies over the Seine River before moving on.
Nearby was Stohrer, which is considered Paris’ OLDEST patisserie! Inside it just smelled divine, a melody of sugary confectioneries and pate, jambon and spices.
I also went to this place, a famous chocolatier called “Mere de la Famille”. It is famous for selling nostalgic French candies, nougats, marshmallows and chocolates：
あと、有名ショコラティエの“Mere de la Famille”も抜かり無くチェック。ここの名物は、
Speaking of food, we went to this popular seafood restaurant Rech by Alain Ducasse for lunch, and it was INSANE. Remember, this was just LUNCH.
I felt like I was preparing for surgery
DESSERT. A giant baguette-sized eclair! And there were pizza-sized french toast, a giant macaron cake and ice cream…. much to say, I was in a food coma for the rest of the day. I couldn’t even leave my hotel room all evening. And with that I end today… Part 2 here! Maison Kitsune, cooking lessons with Alain Ducasse, yachts on the Seine and Montmartre….
If one searches “Misha Janette” in Google they will most likely hit my official website before this one (I`ve had it for about 6 or 7 years, while this one is less than two years old). I use it to post my stylist portfolio and bio but like a bad creative employee I hadn’t updated it in a YEAR! Thatz not okay. So I took it out of HTML and spent the weekend rebuilding from scratch on WordPress. And ta-da! A simple, easy to navigate online portfolio. Whatcha think? Check out my stylist book, including editorials and other work I have never shared before.
And I feel very lucky to be doing what I am in Tokyo—I never set out to be a fashion journalist, and yet I have an arsenal of amazing publications and companies on my resume. Thank you to all, there is so much more to come in 2013.
There is always that “itch” to hop on the next bandwagon and shove off to a new land, and I am certainly in the position to do so if I wanted to (no familial, or legal ties to Japan). And yet I stay, because it IS my home. And I love Japanese food. And Starbucks makes the best coffee here (the microfoam!). And fashion is crazy. It IS the land of 2.5 dimension and that’s where I`m wafting at the moment. So I`m gonna
waft over to the store and get some washoku (J-food). Itadakimasu!
Leaving with this, the newest single from Brooke Candy that I can’t get enough of. You probably know her as “the cyber chick from Grimes’ music video”. The breakdown where she chants “Man, I’m so next level” is the best-
最後になりますが、このPVとアーティストにめっちゃハマっているので紹介します。”Brooke Candy”という子で、”Grimesに登場した劇サイバーなこ”として一番知られているでしょうか。私の好きな世界観を放っているしんシングル”Everybody does”がつい先日リリースされました。”I`m so next level”という歌詞に惹かれるな〜どうぞご覧ください！
Once again I found myself in that city where a minute is long enough for everything to change, for my 3rd NYE countdown and chillout session. I have never actually SHUT DOWN for vacation, there is always, *always* deadlines and daily work to be done but this time I did a pretty good job of getting out of routine. That said, I managed to get a few pics during my week and here is the buffet.
Madison Park and Broadway at dusk. You will see that every one of my photos is from nighttime… the sun sets at like, noon and I literally went without sleep a few days just to wake up early enough to catch some Vitamin D. My abode was the night… hit up spots like The Boom Boom Room, Electric Room, Bungalow, Le Baron in China Town, Greenhouse and more. I even took my first ride around the city on a Vespa that was so refreshing ;) Let’s start with the main event: New Year’s Eve.
Started off the night at Novita restaurant near Gramercy, my italian home away from home, that has the best portions of ridiculously genuine food you will find in all of Manhattan. The head honcho Gisueppe will make you feel so at home and makes the best conversation- one of my MVPs this week. Was here for at least 3 nights! We scarfed our food and bubbly and grabbed our cab to the “Out” hotel’s “XL” nightclub, trying to make it there before midnight. If you know this place, congratulations, we might be able to be friends. 7 minutes before the clock struck 2013, our favorite cartoon-character-come-to-life dancing friend Jonte Moaning took the stage.
Above: Backstage with Jonte and music producer Ansoni (Boyplay). Below, Jonte with his dancers, makeup artist and friend. Kaon, the Japanese contestant from “Project Runway” was there helping Jonte with his costume and running around. Home-rye Jonte shut the place down and was the best performer of the night by a fuckton. Otsukare, darling~
Some city scenes. Above: While in Tokyo it has become a given to stumble upon little shrines and temples hidden among houses and “ooh” and “aah”, I had forgotten it’s the same but with Churches in NYC. I loved running across all of the old stone buildings with towering, colorful stained-glass windows greeting me in the darkness. This church is competing with the Empire State Building behind it for attention. The pairing reminded me of the Romeo + Juliet remake with the allusion to commercialized, neon churches. Below: Art Deco artwork in the 42st Times Square subway station. I went there once, to visit Bergdorf’s and that was enough +_+
Above: Ace Hotel’s Stumptown Coffee shop is excellent. The chain is actually from Portland and the neo-hippie atmosphere is recreated with warm, vintage and organic interior and baristas with purple hair who make coffee wearing leather gloves. Below: my favorite shoe brand United Nude’s flagship store in SOHO. I never miss out coming here to get some shoes when I’m in town, hitting the sales. UN just opened up in Tokyo, but the selection is a bit more conservative… I got my Iris Van Herpen collabo shoes here last year. It looks like a vending machine for high-end shoes, no?
Food:I ate a TON of Japanese food. I was a happy person. Below, I met up with George Inaki from AA Japan and Jed Root for a dinner at “EN” in Tribeca, which was the best meal I have had…EVER. Everything was just perfect! Tai shabu-shabu, mushroom and soy porridge, the yummiest salmon I’ve tasted, “smoked” sashimi and a about 15 more delicious courses. There’s a branch in Shiodome that I want to go to now, although I need to prepare my stomach for the outing.
This is the other restarant I ate at almost every night….Ootoya. Not joking. Ootoya opened up in Chelsea about 6 months ago and it’s the talk of the town. This place is so oshare, you’d have NO IDEA it was a teishoku-ya! The prices are more expensive than in Japan, but you pay for the atmosphere. One night, Lucy Liu was sitting next to us at the bar so you know the food is good though. My favorite was the steamed veggies with miso sauce. I know it’s Ootoya, but it was seriously a comfort to eat such good, casual food!
Other than eating I went around searching for costume jewelry which is usually my actual goal for getting to NYC once a year; to STOCK UP!!! Oh yeah, and I managed to get a magazine photoshoot done and met an inspiring artist, and I will get to those soon…
Back home. TADAIMA!
☆HAPPY 2.5D NEW YEAR☆
from Tokyo Fashion Diaries
Editor: Misha Janette
Editorial assistant: Shunsuke Okabe / Photography: Mami Tanabe
Photo: Mami Tanabe for SOEN magazine
So, it’s Christmas! Once again! If someone didn’t manage to remind me, I would totally forget it. After all, when I think of the “25th of the month” I’m like, “Oh! Rent is due!”. It’s funny because Christmas was (and, I suppose, for all purposes concerned, still) my favorite holiday. But it’s just celebrated differently in Japan. Differently enough to make me feel quite “meh” about the whole thing.
Before I came to Tokyo I remember reading about a CHANEL Christmas tree in Ginza. Holy moly!!! I had never heard of such a thing….how glamorous. All I wanted to do was be in Japan for Christmas season and go trolloping through Ginza and see if the luxury brands would all one-up each other in the Christmas displays. Now THAT’s the Christmas spirit, amirite?
No, no it’s not…. but still , I had my first Xmas here 8 years ago and I distinctly remember it: store-bought fried chicken, a homemade strawberry shortcake and Music Station on TV. THIS is tradition, people! For some reason fried chicken (and more specifically, from KFC) is the meal du jour though don’t ask me why. Colonel Sanders is RAKING it in. Even the other fast-food chains take reservations ahead of time for families, couples and friends to make sure not to miss out on the chicken.
Then there’s the Xmas cake tradition here. I can understand if it’s pie like pumpkin or strawberry or walnuts or such, but *strawberry shortcake*?? Really?? And people get really serious about their cakes…the more high-end the better. In fact, even CHANEL sells a $90 limited-edition Christmas Cake every year now. Well, here’s 2012s:
“The Christmas cake we have planned for you this year is modeled after a Chanel handbag. Inside the matelassé (quilted pattern) “bag,” two types of chocolate cake with differing textures will be layered with marmalade and orange-flavored crème brûlée, with the further addition of caramel mousse. I hope you will enjoy this dessert with both your eyes and your taste buds.”
Cute! Thanks Yuko
Alright, that sounds yummy.
As for me, I spent Christmas Eve here in Tokyo in the company of friends and chicken (not fried!) and yes, CAKE. These looked delish.
On Christmas day in Japan the decorations come down (what??) to make way for New Years ones (oh). New Years is far more important culturally, and carries far more significance. People get a week vacation and laze around at home or their families’ place eating food all day. And don’t hink that only American/European holiday food is fattening… sticky rice called mochi is the most eaten here and ONE of those things is equal to *two* bowlfulls of white rice. And they tend to eat many a day, stuffed with sugared beans. So. Be merry and eat, all!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!