Yohji Yamamoto at the end of the Yohji Yamamoto fashion show ‘Cutting Age’ at St. Agnes Church on April 25, 2013 in Berlin, Germany
Recently during Japan’s fashion week I had the pleasure of attending the Shibuya Fashion Festival. It was quite a fun night and there was a lot to see including some amazing runway shows.
My favorite part was running in to the guys behind Exist. I’ve followed this small handmade leather goods company for a few years now through their blog and other sources but running across the pop-up shop they had at the festival was pure chance. Being able to actually inspect the items in person I am even more enamoured by their creations as the quality is superb. They were gracious enough to allow me to photograph their set up and even the designer himself. They also photographed me wearing a few of the creations - maybe it will come up on their blog in the future. It was very nice meeting the fellows behind the company and as always I am eagerly awaiting their newest work.
As many of my followers know I was slated to walk in the Lad Musician SS13 runway show earlier this week.
I’m sure a few of you savvy folk out there have already seen the show.
It was an amazing experience and nowhere near as up tight and regimented as I had expected.
Basically I showed up and was fitted for a wig and had my nails painted. No make up was applied thankfully but the wig did take a bit of getting used to. This being my first ~real~ runway show I was quite nervous especially after finding out I was the lead model.
After hanging around for a while and talking with some of the other guys we did the run through and were told to walk very… very slowly. With the music blaring, the smoke machines blasting, and the lights refracting from the disco ball I certainly felt badass and brooding as all hell. All of which I felt was very suiting for brand and collection.
It all went swimmingly and we did the finale practice where we all walked. They reworked it a few times and eventually settled on all of us just walking and splitting off then walking off to the left without pausing anywhere.
The only real stress during the show was after doing a walk you had to sprint around the back room while peeling off your clothing. Once I made it to the actual dressing room I was immediately accosted by a team of small Japanese girls who tore off my clothing and stuffed me in to my next outfit. During the show there was a slight change made which caught me off guard. Not only was I the first model to walk but I would also be the last during the finale walk. I found this rather flattering because they seemed to quite like me.
After the show a few of us models, the team including Kuroda-san, and a band The Novembers went out for dinner and drinks at a small bar. We did a screening of the video from there show there and all got wasted as is custom here. At the bar I got to know a few of the other models a bit better and one guy actually has worked for Ann D for the past few seasons. He told me a bit about her and what it’s like working with her and it was all so enamouring Everyone was surprisingly nice which really countered my preconceptions of the fashion world. I don’t know though… everyone is just especially nice here it seems.
I’ll be dining with the team again tomorrow night, I’m looking forward to that.
Full Collection viewable here
Street snapped outside of Hikarie Hall during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Shibuya
Wandering around Shibuya last night I was scouted by a Lad Musician rep… maybe you’ll see me in something soon. Interview is in the next week or so.
Update: Audition is in two days
Photo: Lad Musician FW09
As I previously posted a photo of me in some Rick gear I’m sure my followers know I paid a visit to the Aoyama flagship store recently. While there I was photographed for their instagram trying on a jacket from FW12 Mountain
Rick Owens Tokyo
I had gone here initially when I arrived in Tokyo but after meeting with Samuel of Tokyo Telephone he informed me that they keep all of the good stuff in the back. I went back today and requested a few garments to try on. I’m not too familiar with Rick’s retail prices but the items I tried on were a little much to comfortably walk out in. I’ll have to wait until near the end of my trip and see what my funds are like…
This is basically my dream Rick gear at the moment though… please ignore my shoes
No, No, Yes! studio visit as promised
No, No, Yes!
A follow up post regarding the video I submitted earlier this week.
My friend and I were able to get an appointment to visit the small studio in which they create these unbelievable origami inspired wallets. The two gentlemen there were kind enough to show us a large selection of their Shosa wallets as well as a few other projects they had hanging around.
As for an actual purchase I got myself a scarred boar skin wallet as seen in the photos above. The grey piece is a deer skin Shosa my friend picked up. Both leathers are substantial but soft to the touch. I must say I was quite impressed by the selections of leathers they presented. As well by the sheer hospitality put forth as they gave us a selection of leather coasters (as seen above) as well as a few other goodies which I may post in the future.
More of their work can be viewed on their website as linked above.
The projects they’ve done in the past are quite impressive including my personal favourite; a series of jackets inspired by Akira.
We were also allowed to photograph the studio in all it’s glory so expect those photos in the future.
I was fortunate enough to meet up with Samuel of Tokyo Telephone last night for a little tour of Shibuya and Harajuku. He exposed me to quite a few hidden gems nestled in those areas including one store actually tucked away under a cafe which was an absolutely breath taking space.
I must say it’s wonderful being in Tokyo as everywhere we go we’re greeted with warm and reception which in the fashion world does not seem ordinary. I’m truly in love with this city and its inhabitants.
I was lucky enough to find these two Julius samples in a second hand store and absolutely had to have them. Not to mention the price was a steal.
Pictured above are the stacking half skull rings I got yesterday evening and my previous Julius purchase from earlier on in the month.