Saturday, February 27, 2010

On the YSL Site

Courtesy of YSL

It was a lovely surprise when I went to the YSL Manifesto site and saw my picture as a part of their collage. The original post is here.

Friday, February 26, 2010

high fashion

nother sad news concerning was announced that high fashion will stop printing after the April issue. high fashion has been in print since 1960, and has been a leading fashion magazine in Japan. In the official statement, the publishing company states that in times of difficult situations in the publishing industry, changes in the market, and the diversification of information sources, it has decided to close the magazine. The publishing company is still in consideration about running a part of the magazine on their site.
Their last issue is a 60-page feature on COMME des GARCONS. Also, there will be a special exhibit in March called "high fashion" The 50th anniversary. It will feature the photographs that will show the history of the magazine.
The whole "print media is dying" issue has been around for a while now, with many newspapers and magazines closing down. It's true that nowadays a lot of the information comes from the internet, but it makes me sad whenever I hear about magazines closing down. I like the feeling of excitement of going to a bookstore to buy the latest issue of my favorite magazine, and flipping through the pages of a magazine isn't something that can be substituted by the internet. I unfortunately don't have the money to buy every single fashion magazine out there, but I'll be buying high fashion's last issue with the hope that more magazines will stay in print.
What do you think? I'd love to hear everyone's opinions.

最後の4月号はコム デ ギャルソンの特集。また、3月に「ハイファッションに見るファッションの50年」展が開催されます。写真や記事を通してハイファッションとファッションの50年間の歴史を辿ります。

All photographs from Amazon

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I was totally blown away when I went to see the exhibit "Element", a collection of works by structural engineer Cecil Balmond.

Born in Sri Lanka, Cecil Balmond is described as one of the most daring and innovative architects today.

Image from here

This exhibit features pieces that are inspired by the nature around us. Balmond focuses on not only the outer beauty but the order and rhythm hidden beneath each object, and develops that into geometry. I admit that sounds pretty confusing and as math and sciences are not exactly my favorite subjects, it was hard to understand all the meaning put into each piece. Nonetheless it was inspiring to see the way Balmond thinks and how so much can come out of, for example, a single leaf.

The booklet with descriptions on each piece. Try wrapping your head around these!

I really wish I had photographs to show how incredible each of the pieces were, but this is something that should be seen in person! They had little cushions around on the floor so that viewers could relax and really take in the pieces and try to understand the meaning.

For those of you who can't make it, photographs of the exhibit are posted at the official website (it wouldn't allow me to repost the photographs). Please please go take a look! My favorites are #3, 9, 13, and 17.

Element Cecil Balmond
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Exhibit: 1/16~3/22, 11:00-19:00 (Fridays and Saturdays until 20:00)

エレメント 構造デザイナーセシル・バルモンドの世界
展示:1/16~3/22, 11:00-19:00 (金・土は 20:00まで)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

YSL Manifesto S/S 2010

Image courtesy of YSL

Today was the distribution day in Tokyo among other cities around the world. The times and places weren't announced until right before the distribution started, but it was the same as last year: Ginza, Daikanyama, and Omotesando.

The YSL crew preparing. Their black hightops were adorable!

She definitely has a fashionable future ahead of her :)

This year the manifesto was in a paper bag and a tote bag.

The manifesto this year is really big in size, like a newspaper. I loved the vivid pink background and of course Natalia Vodianova is stunning. I think I'm starting to like the strawberries...

Put together two strawberry paper bags to make a complete strawberry!

I'm really excited to see their new collection in Paris!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I love Marc and I love Tao

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Photos from

Marc+Tao+Long Sleeve Jumper=Perfection.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Preen A/W 2010

Preen Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Preen Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Photos from

I am again so far behind on watching the collections, but I really love Preen this season. The way the turtlenecks were incorporated is really fresh and original, and I'm excited to see how it works into the A/W 2010 trend. One of my favorites is the dress on the right. The contrast of the delicate fabric on the center of the dress and the strong shoulders with the turtleneck is striking. Oh and I would love to own one of the floral bustiers...!
Any favorites so far? Which collection are you looking forward to the most?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

all you need is...


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Chocolate Craze

Valentine's Day takes on a whole new meaning in Japan. It's celebrated quite differently from other countries--it's the girl giving candy/presents to the boy. On Valentine's Day, it's a tradition to give the person she likes some kind of handmade sweets. The boy returns the gift on White Day on March 14, which is like another Valentine's Day but reversed. It is a huge deal here, I think it's the biggest event after Christmas.
Another tradition is tomo-choco, where valentines are exchanged with friends. This is mostly girls giving each other chocolate or what not, so I think every girl comes home with at least 10 handmade sweets on Valentine's Day.
Whoever the valentine is for, a lot of Japanese girls work very hard for this day. I went to a store called LOFT today, and it was absolute chaos. 

The window decorations. I love how one of the phrases say "Girls be Ambitious". Notice how all the girls have LOFT bags.

Some of the cute kits and bags. There's a huge variety of these kits, ranging from brownies, truffles, macarons, cookies...

Are you planning anything special for Valentine's Day? Whatever you're doing, I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

McQueen Forever

Photograph taken from here

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Selected works from NORITAKA TATEHANA's 2010 Artisan Collection and Hotel Gluttony's 2010 Royal Suite Collection is on display at combine Daikanyama.
NORITAKA TATEHANAの2010 Artisan CollectionとHotel Gluttony(ホテル・グラトニー)の2010 Royal Suite Collectionがcombine Daikanyamaで展示されています。

NORITAKA TATEHANA is a Tokyo based designer, and this collection consists of his handmade dresses, handbags, and shoes. His skyscraping shoes like the one above were especially incredible. 
Hotel Gluttony is a "lifestyle brand that images styles of people who gather at [the] fictional 'Hotel Gluttony'". Pieces from Hotel Gluttony might look familiar, as Lady Gaga has worn it for a Vogue Hommes Japan editorial.
NORITAKA TATEHANAは東京を拠点とするデザイナー。このコレクションは手作りのドレス、ハンドバッグ、靴などがあります。特に上の写真のような靴がとても印象的でした。
Hotel Gluttony(ホテル・グラトニー)は”架空のホテルに集う人々のスタイルをイメージしたライフスタイルブランド”。あのLady GagaがVogue Hommes Japanのエディトリアルで着用したブランドです。

The exhibit itself is small, so I recommend eating there too (combine Daikanyama is a restaurant/bar with an exhibit space). They had a whole list of desserts that I would love to try.
展示自体は小さいので、そこでお食事もするのがおすすめ(combine Daikanyamaは展示スペールがあるレストラン/バー)。食べてみたいデザートがいっぱいありました。

NORITAKA TATEHANA & Hotel Gluttony Exhibition
Phone: 03-3770-3309
Exhibit: 2/7~2/21, 12:00 (PM)-4:00 (AM)

NORITAKA TATEHANA & Hotel Gluttony Exhibition
展示:2/7~2/21, 12:00 (PM)-4:00 (AM)

Monday, February 8, 2010


It is true that print media is not selling well--popular Japanese magazine PINKY has stopped printing and I'm sure this is the case in a lot of countries. But there's one publisher, Takarajimasha, who is doing very well with their "mooks".
"Mook" is magazine and book put together (I know, great naming) and the recent ones feature a magazine and a supplement. There are so many different kinds of mooks today--Marc by Marc Jacobs, YSL (cosmetics), SEE BY CHLOE, Vivienne Westwood, A BATHING APE...the list is endless. A typical magazine inside a mook for example, the Marc by Marc Jacobs one, consists of the full collection, a look at the individual pieces, an editorial, and more. The supplement is almost always surprisingly well made, and I use my Marc by Marc tote almost every day. All this, and the price is under about 20 dollars. 
雑誌が売れない中、非常に人気があるのがムック本。最近は人気のマーク BY マーク ジェイコブス、SEE BY CHLOE、イヴ・サンローランなど、ブランドのファンにはたまらにものがぞくぞくと販売されています。日本の付録は高品質だし、もちろん雑誌の部分も読み応えたっぷりでその上お手軽な値段。しかも外国では雑誌に付録がつくのは少なく、日本限定のものが手に入ったりします。特にマーク BY マーク ジェイコブスなど、海外でも人気のブランドの付録を海外で持ち歩いているとうらやましがられる、なんて話も聞いたことがあります。
The latest Mook to be released on March 3 is the Marc by Marc Jacobs 2010 S/S collection.
こんなにメジャーな海外ブランドがムック本になるのはちょっと抵抗があったけど、安さと可愛さに負けなんだかんだいって購入してます。そんなムック本の最新がこちら、3月3日発売のマーク BY マーク ジェイコブス2010年S/Sコレクション。

The supplements this time consists of a make-up bag, a handkerchief, and a mirror. All this for under about 15 dollars sounds pretty good to me...and I've been pleased with the past mooks so I'm considering buying this one too. What do you think about mooks? Would you buy it?

To see a complete list of mooks, go here.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Seeing Double

Today I indulged myself with two magazines, InRed and SO-EN (my favorite). Musician Sheena Ringo is on the cover of InRed and singer Kaela Kimura is on the cover of SO-EN. Now I think we all know that stripes are going to be everywhere this S/S season, and unique trousers have been popular too. 

But even so, I was surprised to see practically the same styling on the cover of the two magazines! The striped shirt and accessories are quite different, but the jeans are from the same brand, FACETASM.


Sheena Ringo is older than Kaela Kimura, thus the more simple and polished style with heels. The younger Kaela Kimura's styling is more fun and playful, with big ribbons, necklaces, and star-print shoes. I think the styling fits their personality and age, but which do you prefer?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Blog Award!

I am honored and excited to receive my first blog award from the lovely pilcuis of Oh my Dior. Thank you pilcuis and make sure to check out her blog!

The rules: To accept the award, you must post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted you the award, and add a link to their blog. Then pass the award on to others, no more than 7.

I pass this award to these bloggers who never fail to inspire me:

Oh my Diorから初めてのブログ賞をいただきました!とても光栄です...ありがとうございます。
上記の7つのブログを選びました。Oh my Dior含め全部素敵なブログなのでぜひ見てみてください!

Supermarket Fantasy

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Lady in Red

Bursts of color among the gray and dreary winter brightens my day.