the wall painting for renowned stylist Sasaki Keiko – for her son`s, Kato kun, room – it was one of the most enjoyable project I have done recently. All hand drawing – by marker, and no black outlines at all – featuring underwater world. The secrets of the ocean. It was also feature at Keiko san`s new book “Ketty`s Fashion Life”
underwater wolrd for Kaito kun – Sasaki san` son
- Keiko Sasaki with her Kaito-kun
- under thw water with Keiko san and Kaito kun
Finally after “a little” break Stephen Jones license is back to Japan, with AURORA company this time, and it had its lovely launch at British Embassy in Tokyo – with dress code: “Hats Essential”, of course!! Lucky us [read: me and some of my friends] were invited to this event on Stephen`s behalf. All dressed in hats we enjoyed it much mingling with the crowd and… the hats – from aw2013 collection as well as some of the designer`s iconic pieces; and of course with Stephen Jones himself as the main guest.
I was very lucky to meet Stephen on few occasions during his this time visit in Tokyo – apparently it is easier to see him here than in London. All about it soon, after the Golden Week Fever fades away.
guests with the hats /from the top left/: Yuka Noguchi /H3O/, Jason Lee Coates /H3O/, fab Sawa Vaughters /milliner/ with John Vauters, Hiro Suzuki /H3O/, from Paris Nobuki Hizume /milliner/, Fumiko Gotoh /H3O/ and myself
FREEMANS SPORTING CLUB just opened in Tokyo – Aoyama area – including retsaurant, tailor and the-most-classy-and-sophisticated barber in the town.
at the opening with Yoshiko:
Another exciting project of mine is just happaning now – a collaboartion with I Heart Tokyo for its first pop-up shop at Laforet Harajuku. It`s including: visuals based on Maciej Kucia`s photos shot especially for this occasion, featuring out new hot IT Girl in the town – Sayo Akasaka /BELLONA/; as well as POP UP FACTORY design with co-art direction of Jason Lee Coates /AVGVST/. All inspired, of course, by Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and his FACTORY and his INTERVIEW magazine – endless source of inspiration. The POP UP shop is on till May 21st and apart exciting fashion pieces and accessories also present “photo booth” where can have a quick Marilyn Monroe or Andy moment!!! And also do not miss Dry Clean Only /D.C.O./ T-shirt especially made for this pop-up-extravaganza!!!
T-shirts by Dry Clean Only
MARC JACOBS ICONIC SHOWPIECES EXHIBITION - it just can`t be missed!! It is not so often to have an opportunity to check on with the real “iconic pieces” of Marc Jacobs world. At the IDOL, a new hot venue in Tokyo`s Aoyama district, “space composer” Junji Tanigawa created very modern exhibition space taking us for a real adventure with Mr Jacobs collections. Apart Iconic pieces we have his iconic bags and all with vidoe screens playing his iconic collections. There is also another treat for eye – mini exhibition of ad campaign photos – all by Jurgen Teller, of course; featuring Victoria Beckham and Sophia Coppola to name few. At the opening reception there was an opportunity to take picture in the huge Marc Jacobs`s shopping bag as Mrs Beckahm did for 2008 campaign.
the exhibition is on till 14th April, from 11:00~23:00; http://idoltokyo.com/
B&W from latest collection
Thom Browne is one of the pretty new designer-brand I do truly “adore” and respect. So, sometimes ago, the evening was already special since his Aoyama boutique /Tokyo/ was about to open. Windowless, concrete grey, simple and plain, divided into smaller separated rooms giving you the idea of being at somebody`s house in a way – walk-in closets and very minimal living rooms with no windows, of course. The designer himself attended the opening, and then… his arm around me… Special. Unexpected. Respect.
After long relationship history – Koko san, her brand Matriochka and MATSUYA GINZA, has collaborated on pop up boutique – 3rd floor and only till 19th March. Maybe you won`t be that lucky to see Koko san herself, as I was, on the spot but you can still go through her latest collection as well as some of her archive pieces, plus some designs made especially on the occasion – among them T-shirts and bags with Mexican motifs. WELCOME to Koko`s magical world and please visit Matriochka`s pop up corner before 19th!!!
I was interviewed by friend of mine Tomoko Inuzuka of Beams Vermeerist for BEAMS website last year. LONDON CROSS TALK 1 was published some time ago and I have just now found it accidentally – never ” read” it before. For the whole interview pls check http://catalog.beams.co.jp/2012aw/vol03/ladys/vermeerist/
Some time ago I had a pleasure to work on a project for one magazine together with Louis Vuitton. And the occasion was a release of quite exclusive collection of city bags called Haute Maroquinerie. It is collection of five models: three handbags designs inspired by the icons /Lockit 1958, Triangle 1934, Noe 1932/ and two new shapes / Trapeze, Berlingot/. Each of the models can be only “reached” as a private order and every lady /or some gentlemen I guess too/ can personalize it to its maximum – to make it one and only for her/his own, by choosing desired model, the leather, the colour /outside and inside – up to 26 colours together/ and the finish /zippers, locks, labels etc/. Of course I do not need to mention that all is in its highest quality as the Louis Vuittion always provides. The private order can be placed only by appointment – visiting the maison`s VIP rooms – in Japan only at its two stores – at Louis Vuitton Namiki Dori /Ginza/ as well as at its store in Osaka. For the project I was invited to visit one of the VIP rooms, at Ginza store, and have some snapshots of it which I would like to share – to present an exclusive quick look inside of Haute Maroquinerie. For the launch of the collection four very stylish and successful ladies were invited to order one of the designs: model Ai Tominaga, stylist Isabel Dupre, very stylish Italian blogger Chiara Ferragni and renowned Japanese architect Yuko Nagayama.
LEATHERS to choose: Supple Leathers /Veau Soie, Veau Bougie, Veau Ecore/, Structured Leathers /Chevre Frisson, Vochette Nomade, Veau Box/, Exotic Leathers /Crocodilians/; Leather Linings /Goat Lining, Lambskin Lining/.
LV trunk with all you need to create your very own Haute Maroquinerie hand bag – full of colour swatches, leather swatches and finish pieces; there is also space for ipad
shopping time and bags are everywhere – Nagayama san deciding on her own design
IMPORTANT: by appointment only
VIP Room in drawing and Nagiyama san`s choice – TRAPEZE handbag; more about the project click HERE