Recently I went down to Osaka for the Naniwa-based brand Roggykei’s first anniversary of their shop. It was held in the “2-chome of Osaka” gay-bar district there in a great little club called Explosion. I joined a group of models to do a show wearing their latest 12-13 AW collection ”But Couture” and they invited drag performer Col Kid Gaga from Tokyo to do a performance. I had no idea who would come or how it would turn out, but by the time 9pm rolled around and the club opened (!!?!early?!) it was PACKED with the entire Osaka local fashion scenesters out en force. The club was so packed it was difficult to move, much less make room for us to walk for the fashion show. It all went off splendidly however, and I am just happy I got to wear an amazing piece from their But, Couture collection.
Photos: TATSUYA HAYASHI
I usually do my own makeup the same way for everything so I felt like a different person here!
Ok I HAVE to get this out of the way: in Osaka, dancing really *is* illegal. And not even in a way that’s like jaywalking is “illegal” but everyone does it anyway (unless you’re in Tokyo where everyone waits for the traffic signal..heh). I was warned multiple times before going to Osaka to DJ at the Roggykei event that I needed to be aware that people couldn’t dance in the club.
And they didn’t.
It’s like a “nodding the head” with a foot tapping motion. Then they kind of have to “hide” the dancefloor by pushing the tables right up against the DJ booth so there isn’t any room to dance anyway. People start drinking at 9, stay for the entertainment, and when 1am rolls around, start to clear out. I was just incredulous the entire time… what is this, “Footloose” circa 2012?! So when it was my turn to DJ there were 4 or so souls who risked their lives and were up and jumping up and down (probably still considered illegal there). Thank you for the risk… *cries* I would have felt like a failure as a DJ if no one in the entire room were moving. There are rumors this law could go into effect in Tokyo as well… HELL NO. I wonder who it would take to convince the PM how ridiculous it is? Mick Jagger?? *dizzy*
The drag queens still know how to cut one
Despite that, I met so many interesting characters and people and saw in one room just how varied the fashion is down there (check out some of the shops I`d seen, like Jajaqucya, Ahcahcum, Teknopolice and excube).
Anyway, back to ROGGYKEI. The next day I visited the exact atelier/shop that the event was celebrating. It’s above a couple restaurants on the fringe border of the fashionable Hommachi district. The store was in slight disarray due to the event the night before but I still got a good look at their pieces.
They have a ton of their archives available here, like the face dress from their Psycho collection. I adore this piece!
And this stretch-lace and vinyl vest from the Romantic Future collection was made for Lady Gaga (unfortunately it didn’t get worn…and they won’t sell it… it’s beautiful!). Instead, Kiko Mizuhara wore it for a feature on Osaka shopping she just did in NYLON Japan.
このストレッチレースとビニールで作られたRomantic FutureシリーズはLady Gagaの為に作られたもの。残念ながら着用されることは無かっ
This is where Roggykei, which is made of super duo koROGI and KEIko (hence “ROGGY-KEI”) have their atelier during the week and then open it as a shop on the weekend. They sell a lof their vinyl clutches,
wallets and train pass cases here I`m sure, as they have such a variety! I wanted to scoop up all of their acrylic accessories, like the cube “necktie” and the metallic fringe cuff. The silver quilted dress with blue wool panels and cutouts was also one of my favorites! I`m sure, depending on the request, they would also do some customization here too.
Roggy and Keiko