The Man Himself
Julius FW 2014 [Crack;]
Presentation in Tokyo
Yohji Yamamoto’s Tokyo Home
Harper’s Bazaar (American Edition) June 1999
Julius Spring Summer 2014 Details
The shoes… oh the shoes…
I declined to comment on this aspect of the collection earlier today as I was unable to really see the footwear in the photos initially posted. I’m happy to say these boots do not disappoint.
Tatsuro comes through strong this season with a striking array of shoes and boots. The usual chunky soled combats make an appearance but with a very unique twist. Not only do they feature a back zip but a zipper running parallel to the laces that would seem to offer a lot of variation in styling the boot.
My personal favorite of the collection has to be the lace up boots with the simple back zip. The abundance of laces creates a beautiful layering across the face of the shoe.These are so far my grail from from the collection.
The only photos I could find of the peep toe boots were quite blurry but those as well look like classic Julius boots with the toe cut off. An interesting design indeed.
Finally we come to the complex boot - runner hybrid piece. I’m not even sure how to classify these shoes in terms of the shape and elements involved. They seem more relaxed and likely easier to wear than a majority of the shoes from this collection but they are hardly an understated piece. Again magnificent.
Last but not least we have the accessories featured through the collection which I as well did not comment on earlier. Again because of the lack of clear shots of them but going through the detail photos I can see a lot of gorgeous leather pieces. My favorite thus far being what appears to be a series of stacked leather circles creating a layered bracelet. I’d be interested in finding out if they are individual pieces or actually adhered together in some way.
I’m glad to see the detail shots made it out so quickly so I can finitely say that this collection in it’s entirety is fantastic.
What a great start to Paris Fashion Week.
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