I have put together a rather unique pop-up shop for Daimaru Shinsaibashi in Osaka, as they allowed me to experiment before they close down to renovate the Art-deco-era building. Over the course of 6 weeks, three groups of brands which represent the next generation of luxury fashion from Japan will be presenting an ample lineup of their newest collections and archives for sale.
We are now into the second of the three parts, on from Dec 16 to 30th. The theme is “Edge”
I have asked 5 brands who have a strong sense of self and stand out better for it: Christian Dada, Leonard Wong, Nocturne #22 In Ｃ Sharp Minor, Op. Posth., and accessories brand Flake. Please read about these special brands below and check out the store at the first floor of the grand Daimaru Shinsaibashi Department Store on the main Midosuji Road. (and don’t forget to check out the holiday windows I designed for them!)
What is “fashion” to you? Is all fashion clothing? Sure. But is all clothing “fashion”?
Personally, I think not. I also think there is a difference between a clothing brand, and a ”fashion” brand. Not all clothing is created equal. And when it comes to fashion week I am there to see capital-EFF-ashion.
This article is not being written by Misha the critic or journalist. It’s being written by Misha who is interested in fashion, loves to buy fashion, and loves to work hard to earn money to spend on fashion.
Every season I should be excited to see the designs and dream of wearing the clothes or putting them into my closet. But recently… and especially last season….I didn’t see much fashion. I didn’t feel compelled to go buy it. But I did see a lot of clothing. A glut of….body-covering panels of cloth.
Is this Tokyo Fashion Week? Or is this turning into Tokyo Clothing Week?
Below: Onitsuka Tiger by Andrea Pompilio 2015 SS. Top photo: Ne-net 2015 SS. Photo by Mitsugu Uehara.
Walking into the DRESSCAMP AOYAMA shop today, a rash of memories came flooding in: one of my first experiences on a photo shoot was here in the shop, when I was a lowly assistant. We were using 10,000 dollar gowns and other priceless pieces and I was star struck. This is one of the most legendary tokyo brands of this century after all, and the gilded salon atmosphere with chandeliers, sofas, and champagne on tap, made me feel I was somewhere special.
Fast forward to 2013 and I was here to see the newest collection and reveal of a refreshed direction for the brand. It’s an especially important one since it marks the return of Iwaya Toshikazu as designer, after he left to pursue other projects. It was a shock when he left and equally but happily surprising when he returned!
To mark the reborn again collection, the aoyama flagship is displaying some amazing archives in the front windows.
I saw Iwaya tweet about the archives and I knew i needed to see them in person. When I went, unfortunately Iwaya was on business in hong kong but his assistants were very helpful. I was looking at some archives and did wish I could have heard more about them straight from Iwaya though— for example about this glass bubble dress accented with forks and spoons. Apparently the materials alone cost about 10k!
Inside, the store has gotten a colorful facelift thanks to artist Shohei Takasaki and he will do another panting on the store facade as well from 3/11.
The theme is: “PLAY (Instead of anything)”
Even if we didn’t have all of this media to entertain us, we would be able to find ways to play ourselves. That is the way it’s supposed to be. Just “I`m gonna have a great time time today.” That is all.
The SS collection was laid out for me, and I got to see why high-end sporty works so well; collaborating with football brand Lotto, they had access to high-tech fabrics with look like plain polyester but are thick and spongy and they are engineered to keep the body cool. The Dresscamp accents like acid-color fur, blingy gold and tinsel fringe were all there too. Don’t forget the Mondrian print!
The register doubles as a champagne bar (hey, I have made some excellent shopping decisions while buzzed. Bring on the bubbly!!) レジ兼シャンパンバー〜記憶力浅くしてから思い切って買物することをおすすめしますw
It’s a fun place to come and shop, and the label exudes a modern fusion of sporty chic, being at the forefront. Various archives will be on display indefinitely so stop on by when in Aoyama. Also don’t forget the fashion show on march 20 for Tokyo Fashion Week! Now THOSE are always affairs to remember!
A gallery of my favorite outfits, for which I express utter gratitude in having the opportunity to wear. There is something transformative about a great outfit. I remember when I was head over heels in love, near strangers would tell me I looked like I was glowing, or asked me point-blank, “Are you in love or something?”. I kid you not…and it’s a testament that how we feel inside reflects on the outside. For me, wearing something that makes me feel good is like a defibrillator for my mood.
And then we have unrequited loves…in fashion as in real life. Like falling for things we can’t afford. Or not buying things when the opportunity is there. I wish I got the Dresscamp lips belt, the Marios Schwab down dress jacket, this rainbow dress and that asparagus-colored one-piece at Mican in Laforet 5 years ago that disappeared the day before I was going to buy it and who would do that it was an asparagus!?! All lost… Heartbreak.
These pieces below made me feel like I was in love. Am I glowing? No matter sartorially or humanly, I wish that everyone will find theirs.
I am so very very proud to share with you a project done in collaboration with Przemek Sobocki, a dear friend and one of my favorite illustrators this side of the runway.
This project features one illustration for each “day” in my life in Tokyo, given a surreal, fantasy-spin. I sent snippets of my favorite items from Japanese brands and he magically transformed them into stylized works of art.
That moment, when you’re in the middle of an intense conversation with Ms. or Mr. X sitting next to you about fluff….fashion follies and fantasy…and the lights drop and a maniacally tall unearthly being steps out on the runway grabbing everyone’s rapt attention. 10 times out of 10 that intense conversation will never be returned to again, left to languish. We are already on to the next thing.