The Aristocratic Palace and the Collection of the Nobleman

Bunkamura: The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty Milano the Magnificent Collection of the Nobleman -Collection of Museo Poldi Pezzoli

A collection from Museo Poldi Pezzoli is currently on display at the Bunkamura Museum in Shibuya, Tokyo showing the stunning exhibition The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty -Milano, the Magnificent Collection of the Nobleman. Gilt gold frames enclose dramatic portrait masterpieces and those with religious iconography, intricate tapestry, and further ornate objects help give insight into the lavish taste of prominent Milanese nobleman Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli.

Bunkamura Museum: Collection of Museo Poldi Pezzoli : The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty Milano the Magnificent Collection of the NoblemanThe idea of bringing a few pieces home with me was tempting especially in order to compliment my own collection, but alas I had to make do with some beautiful postcards and  Italian snacks (Sacucci Horocci with flavors of milk, strawberry and tiramisu) from the exhibition gift shop.

Espace Louis Vuitton – Traces of Disappearance

The Soul of the World "Anima mundi" by Anne and Patrick Poirier Espace Louis Vuitton TokyoThe Soul of the World “Anima mundi”, by Anne and Patrick Poirier, Cone in metal, diameter: 600cm / height 700cm, a “living sculpture with living birds”.

Luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton’s art space which occupies the 7th floor of their vast Tokyo Omotesando boutique never seizes to amaze me with their interesting exhibition program and their Traces of Disappearance exhibition is no different. With a live bird sculpture and a gummy bear mosaic that mimics traditional stained glass windows, can you really blame me?

Naoya Hatakeyama 畠山 直哉Mont Ventoux, by Naoya Hatakeyama 畠山 直哉, 2005/2013, Consisting of a series of 12 C-Print images, 100 x 49 cm, framing structure 63 x 114 cm.

Traces of Disappearance Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

Traces of Disappearance at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo(Mosaic) The Sheer Size of It, by Kasper Kovitz, Candy on Plexi-glass, diameter: 710cm.

Beige Alain Ducasse at Chanel Tokyo

Chanel Beige Restaurant TokyoFeasting on Michelin starred cuisine on the skyline of Ginza- one of the world’s most luxurious shopping districts, is the best pick-me-up after an intensive shopping spree. Alain Ducasse’s restaurant Beige, in collaboration with fashion brand Chanel boasts two Michelin stars and offers a sumptuous setting with excellent service and delicious food that indulges both sight and taste senses.

Beige Alain Ducasse TokyoBeige tweed upholstery in line with classic Chanel suits is used on the dining chairs and the large glass windows feature a square quilting diamond pattern similar to that of the Chanel 2.55 handbag.

Linnea Nilsson at Chanel Beige TokyoI chose a delicate green lentil soup followed by roast chicken from Bresse as appetizer.

Chanel Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo

This was then followed by a main course of seared Kinmedai, two ways fennel, lemon jus.

Small Sweets at Beige Chanel Alain Ducasse Tokyo Small sweets included summery lemon and sakura (cherry blossom) macaroons with chocolate Chanel buttons.

ベージュ アラン・デュカスAs for dessert, I simply had to try the lavish and indulgent chocolate-praline Chanel square sprinkled with gold leaf and served with hazelnut gelato. Délicieux!

Ginza TokyoThe restaurant also offers a fabulous view of the luxury lined streets of Ginza with the Bvlgari, Tiffany & Co. and Cartier buildings in the near distance.

Signature of Elegance at Chanel Nexus Hall

Chanel Nexus Hall Signature of Elegance Lillian BassmanFor you fashionistas or photography buffs, this is the exhibit for you and what better setting than Chanel’s vast Tokyo Ginza store which houses it’s very own gallery space on the 4th floor in the Chanel Nexus Hall. The exhibition Signature of Elegance displays a stunning selection of black and white fashion photographs by the legendary photographer Lillian Bassman (1917-2012).

Chanel Nexus Hall Signature of Elegance Lillian BassmanWhile some images oozed post WWII glamor typical of Christian Dior’s New Look, others appeared as modern as ever. Lillian Bassman’s images of furtive eroticism featuring corsets, girdles and lingerie could easily enough grace the current pages of Vogue Paris without looking out of place. And, unlike the crass, sometimes even disturbing, erotically charged images of Helmut Newton (1920-2004), Lillian Bassman applied a tasteful sensitivity to her work with the female form.

So whether or not you find yourself in Tokyo at the moment and have access to Chanel Nexus Hall, Lillian Bassman is a name well worth looking up and getting some inspiration from.

All That Glitters and Sparkles

Hair AccessoriesAccessories are a vital part of any good wardrobe and the task of finding new and exciting additions isn’t too difficult when living in Tokyo. The challenging part is not getting carried away when presented with endless options.

PearlsHere feminine pearls, ribbons and frills are a fashion classic and exist in endless quantities.

Hair AccessoriesSpring pastels with plenty of glitter tend to be the norm regardless of season and when worn correctly can be quite charming or even かわいい.