Pleats Please issey miyake and Francis Giacobetti prism installation in Tokyo




Sometimes, I surprise even myself.
Living between “writer’s block” and “floodgates” does a heavy one on the head, but when the ideas get flowing it’s sure a trip and a half.

It’s less about thinking about what should be coming up next and instead getting a fleeting hunch about it. And when you finally come to realize what’s going on, then you are already far into the journey.

Like stepping into the projections in the PRISM project, a new experiment from the mad laboratory of Issey Miyake and Francis Giacobetti. Accosting your sight and sound, giant images swirl in random (un)precision, stretching the subjects’ bodies in impossible poses. Take a step inside…

Luxury Japanese lingerie by Wacoal DIA for 2015


The culture of women’s fashion varies across borders far and wide, but whether you’re a girl in Paris or Phuket there’s one thing we all need just the same: bras and underwear. But when it comes to the approach taken to designing and selling these delicates…. well THAT is where the divides are as vast as the oceans. I’ve already talked about “mote-kei” (pretty style) and how sex appeal is different in Japan. But just how different? From functional common sense to how they are showing off (or not) to the opposite sex…let’s check in with the upper echelons of Japanese lingerie this time to see.


Peru Moda 2015 jorge salinas


だから“ペルーモードっていうコレクションを見に行ってたんだよね”と言うと、みんなは驚いた顔で聞いてくる:”ペルーのファッション!? どんなものなの?”

Macchu Picchu. Grazing Alpacas. …Macchu Picchu.
When I told people I just got back from Peru to see their international fashion presentation called “Peru Moda” in Lima, they responded with faces of slight unbelief and curiosity. “Fashion in Peru??”

Since style is in the eye of the beholder and usually found among a myriad of choices given, such reactions can only come from the viewpoint of a privileged country with a long established fashion market. Personally, I went into Peru Moda 2015 with an open mind and came back satisfied with learning about their burgeoning scene…and yes, finding style there as well.


model wears otaku fashion by kazafuta koki 2015



なんてストーリーが浮かびそうなルックを発表したのは、ガンダムをはじめとする”アニメ”から大きな影響を受けたクリエーションしているカザフタコウキ(壱吾弐工機 )秋冬2015 。約1年ぶりの新コレクションだ。

He passes through time-space, for his is a digital existence.
His uniform is a mountain coat.
He’s come from the future, landing in our time on Earth just about…

How does he see it?

…That’s the existential concept behind the Kazafuta Koki AW 2015 collection, the otaku-kei (otaku-style) label’s first set of new designs in a year.

model wear miyao AW 2015 fashion design

ブランドから独立して自分のブランドを立ち上げるデザイナーはたくさんいる。独立してもやはりそのデザイナーにはもと居たブランドの血が通っているものだ。ミヤオの場合、それは大ブランド”コムデギャルソン”。 でも決してそのままではない。ミヤオはミヤオ。


Not unlike the nomads of ethnic tribes of the world, when a worker leaves the brand it works for, he always keeps a part of that influence in his oeuvre. In Miyao’s case that is Comme des Garcons, which is not a shabby empire from which to seed the world. We last checked in six months ago, and he’s already expanding the collection enormously with Miyao AW 2015.

yeah right AW 2015 lookbook tokyo




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Luxury shopping in japan Cartier on Omotesando






It’s a tale as old as time…anyone with an interest in fashion and shopping for the latest luxury brand has had to come to terms with how much they’ve really got in their pocket to spend.

I’m always have to work for what I buy. So shopping in a big luxury brand’s shop has never been less than intimidating, and having sales staff judge you for how you look is a part of life in my home-country of the US and…. most parts in the world, frankly. But Japan is…different. As a nation with mostly middle-class shoppers, feeling judged against the rich patrons of the world is probably a fairly new phenomenon.

As such, a huge part of the population (mostly young people) is getting more and more turned off by luxury shopping in Japan. When a person is old enough they start caring about what sales people think of them less and less. But when young people are in their formidable late teens or early 20s, having a bad impression in designer shops is something very hard to turn around. And thus, cheaper stores with an easy-going atmosphere are thriving.

Here at TFD we asked some sales people at high-end stores about the current atmosphere of young shoppers in Tokyo, and what they think of them. Finally, we talked to a Japanese girl in her early 20s about how she feels shopping for designer and luxury shopping in Japan these days.


Cartier on Omotesando at night. Photo: Forbes