The Joys of Public Transport

Some observations… I’m thinking of Peter Gabriel’s song I Have the Touch.

“The time I like is the rush hour, cos I like the rush, the pushing of the people – I like it all so much, such a mass of motion – do not know where it goes, I move with the movement and … I have the touch”

Anyone spot a trend?

Hara- From Naked to Clothed

Stopped by the ultra cool Hara Museum of Contemporary Art which was originally built as a private home in 1938. I’m thinking of old Hollywood when I see the architecture with the long stylish driveway lined with tropical palm trees. It wasn’t until 1979 that the home was converted into the museum that we see today. It’s had a bit of a face lift with a major renovation in 2008 but otherwise I imagine it very original.

Interesting sculptures decorate both the inside and outside of the stylish property. It’s a lovely atmosphere and the art decorated house looks ready to live in with the addition of a few select furnishings like a sofa and a fluffy rug. Voilà, I’m ready to move in! Maybe in a different setting though, with lovely summery sunshine and a view overlooking the ocean. Perfect!

The main reason for my visit other than general curiosity of exploring Hara was to see Hiroshi Sugimoto’s exhibition From Naked to Clothed.

Stylized Sculpture 012 [Issey Miyake 1994] 2007, gelatin silver print, 149.2 x 119.4 cm

Sponsored by Dom Pérignon, Hiroshi Sugimoto’s exhibition of photographs aims to explore the history of the human race through the history of clothing. The intense gelatin silver prints show iconic garments from some of the worlds most prestigious fashion designers including Cristobal Balenciaga, Yves Saint-Laurent, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, John Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and more.

From left to right: Stylized Sculpture 020 [Rei Kawakubo 1994] 2007, gelatin silver print, 149.2 x 119.4 cm, Stylized Sculpture 064 [Rei Kawakubo 1998] ” “.

“The history of human clothing is as old as the history of the human race itself”. Based on this perspective, this exhibition poses the question: What meaning does being clothed have for humans? Personally, I think that the answer to this question will vary from person to person as clothes can be very individual and intimate while others see no need for them. Perhaps this question will remain an enigma. A must see exhibition regardless! Très chic!

May J at XEX Nihonbashi

Last night we headed out to party the night away at XEX Nihonbashi and hear the fabulous Japanese singer May J and catch up with her after her performance.

It was such a fun night filled with lots great beats and even a bit of dancing! Everyone in the crowd was super excited about the performance with lots of energy and dedicated fans. So adorable to see so many people singing along word by word to the lyrics for the entire performance! がんばった, I tried my best!

For more info about May J and upcoming performances you can check out her official website on the link here.

As friends of the artist we caught up with May J in the VIP section after her performance. She’s such a darling, always makes time for friends and fans!

Dover Street Market, ドーバーストリートマーケット

Sometimes Tokyo really isn’t that fun of a city to try to navigate. This proved to be the case when I was trying to find my way to the Ginza Dover Street Market store. I suppose in reality that it should have been a rather easy task but this way I got to see a few other exciting places that I didn’t expect.

Once I reached Dover Street Market, I was pleasantly surprised over the vast size of the store. In total it stretched 6 floors, in it’s own fabulously stylish building. It featured stores such as Comme des Garçons, Thom Browne, A Bathing Ape, Louis Vuitton, Maison Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Undercover, Stephen Jones, Marni, Celine, Ann Demeulemeester, Givenchy, 10 Corso Como and so many more. Many of these brands have their own larger, individual stores down Omotesando street if you desire a larger selection of goods but otherwise DSM is a good place to go for handpicked highlights.

“I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos: the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision.”- Rei Kawakubo

A highlight was the different atmospheres that can be experienced on each floor where art installations and fashion come together to create a whole concept. An example is this little creepy critter which could be seen crawling around the different levels of the store as well as through images of a lovely Victorian style house. A little like a Tim Burton film come to life.

Stephen Jones’s section

Funny enough, when I returned home from DSM and began reading through a pile of magazines I found a very relevant Wall Paper article (May 2012 issue, page 67, if you’re curious) about the DSM Tokyo retail boutique.

Sogetsu – Words into Flowers

Teshigahara Akane, head master of the Sogetsu School

Today I took a quick train ride to Shinjuku where I visited the lovely Takashimaya department store. It was hosting the latest Sogetsu Ikebana exhibition entitled ‘Words into Flowers’, which opened today. The exhibition was spectacular but I expected nothing less as I happen to know a darling that’s currently sweating the Ikebana flower arranging world and every week I get to see amazing creations and I’m blown away each time!

Sakaguchi Suikei

Masuda Seikin

Teshigahara Akane

The exhibition was divided into sections with 11 “words or phrases” acting as the focal point in which the exhibitors would express their own interpretation of the words and phrases into gorgeous flower arrangements. The visitors will similarly see the words and phrases in order to draw their own conclusions and experience a deeper appreciation for the arrangements. The exhibition was curated to perfection which also featured background music and lovely spotlights highlighting each individual work in the masterpiece ensemble. If you find yourself in Tokyo at the moment, it is an absolute must see and the perfect opportunity to emerge yourself in culture. If you can’t make it in person, hope you enjoy the photos!

Tomiishi Seibi

Tsuchiya Kisen

Lunch at Ginza Ladurée

After drooling away in the Ginza Salvatore Ferragamo boutique, I stopped by the luxurious Mitsukoshi department store for some lunch and dessert at their Laduree boutique and cafe.

Deciding to be adventurous, I tried a new delicious tea from their menu and fell in love! I’m not kidding when I say that the Eugénie tea tasted just like candy which of course worked in perfect harmony with my divine rose and raspberry saint-honorés dessert. I already have a large box of their tasty royal French Marie Antoinette tea at home so adding another wasn’t a difficult choice to make. Luckily, they coordinate with one being in their lush pink color and the other in a delicious mint green.

Out of the Ladurée Saint-Honorés desserts I’ve tasted the heavenly rose and raspberry as seen above and the similarly delicious pistachio griotte. Next on my to do list is tasting their classique but that will have to wait until next time.

A Ferragamo Way of Life

Needless to say, I’m ready to move into my new life as the ultra-glam poster girl as seen in the Salvatore Ferragamo boutique here in Ginza, Tokyo. Ahhh, what a magnificent life wearing silk chiffon dresses, lovely fine Italian leather heels, all while walking on a fluffy white carpet similar to clouds. Paradise!

My next mission will be to locate the new Ferragamo scent Signorina and get sniffing to determine whether it’s time to add a new bottle to my perfume collection. I’m in love with the bottle! Another scent that I’m also considering is the Bottega Veneta perfume, which is absolutely yummy.

I’m also in need of some new flats so while I’m dreaming, these adorable shoes will be on my mind. One in every color to go with every look. Ohlala, remembering my fabulous trip to Firenze, Florence, last summer where I visited the Ferragamo Museo. Perfetto!

Kartell

Wasting no time here in Tokyo, I headed out shopping in Minami-Aoyama, my favorite shopping district. My mission at the funky Kartell store was to find the perfect desk chair for my room. What did I settle on you may ask, I of course went for the über-stylish Louis Ghost chair designed by the fabulous Philippe Starck.

The chair will be delivered in a few days so I’ll have to show some sort of patience and self control while waiting. When it finally does arrive, it will fit in perfectly with my two Bourgie desk lamps by Ferruccio Laviani. Very stylish and very luxurious in transparent plexi. I’ve also added some final touches with a delicious Mikimoto frame with a lovely regal Baroque portrait inside and my stunning Marie Antoinette Cire Trudon candle, which I brought with me all the way from Paris. Super stylish if I may say so. Ahhh, I’m super excited for this new arrival!