Now what could be better than spending a magical evening getting inspired by Condé Nast Brides the Show – Where Stylish Weddings Start? Everything from flowers, gowns, stationery, cakes, venues, classic cars and honeymoon destinations are presented to the plenty at the fair which began this evening and runs until 4pm on October 5th at Business Design Center, Islington. The stunning wedding dresses featured above, which look as though they might have come straight from the set of a lavish party as seen on Downton Abbey are by designer Vicky Rowe.Luxury event styling and design by Platinum Raspberry. So whether you have a groom or not, stop by and get some inspiration and contacts for your next big fête. I’m seriously tempted to pick up a big, beautiful bridal cake to celebrate that it’s Friday, who’s with me? Have a great weekend!
Barbie The Eternal Fashion Icon exhibition held at Tokyo’s Seibu department store is a decadent display tracking the development of an icon from its start as the German fashion doll Bild Lilli in 1955 to Mattel’s refined Barbie doll. Throughout her journey she has been a reflection of the times with plenty of style and fashion hits but also with a few misses just like the rest of us.
To see the many extravagantly chic outfits and accessories meticulously made in miniature for dressing Barbie and the different personas that she assumes through them was incredible. I’m tempted to bust out a selection of my wardrobe’s finest and get fully dolled up in vail, fur and jewels but the sweltering Tokyo heat forces me to be a bit more sensible unfortunately.
Shopping for your pet pooch who’s trendy to the point of rivaling you, has never been as stylish or fun as it is here in Tokyo. Colorful raincoats, pet IQ training toys, doggie carrier bags that look like luxury handbags and bedazzled leashes are just some of the must-haves.
Stylish pet carriers that look like luxury handbags but with breathable fabric inserts to the sides to make for comfortable travel.
Banana, apple, avocado and cheese flavored treats are just some of the many options available in the dining department for your pet.
Truth be told, I probably have far too many scented candles in my rooms at the moment and probably don’t need any more but who can resist a good collaboration? Fashion designer Giambattista Valli has teamed up with French luxury candle maker Cire Trudon to create two limited edition scented candles. Rose Poivrée combines the divine scent of roses with Tuscan black pepper and comes with a black motto on clear glass in a baby pink box. Positano transports you to the Amalfi Coast with its notes of gardenia, orange blossom, jasmine, magnolia, tuberose and lily and comes with a white motto on white glass, in a white box.
Both scents are lovely and relatively light compared to some of the heavier Cire Trudon scents so it’s perfect for summer. Not only does it make a wonderful gift to yourself because you clearly deserve it, but it could also make the perfect gift when attending those luscious summer weddings if you’re stumped for ideas.
For 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).
While 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.
Accessories 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.
Here feminine pearls, ribbons and frills are a fashion classic and exist in endless quantities.
Spring 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.
Finding the perfect hat to suit your face, personality, and style can be a challenge but a task well worth undertaking. Trying on various styles in front of a mirror at an interesting hat/milliner boutique is a good way to start but it helps to know what style you might be interested in. Be it a fedora, panama, pill box, cap, fascinator, beenie, etc. Hats are such a neglected accessory in the modern wardrobe which is truly a pity as not only are they stylish, they’re practical too. During winter they keep your head warm and during summer they protect you from the sun. P.S. They can also cover up a bad hair day, just an added bonus.
In my own search I took style inspiration from 17th century French musketeers or rather the costumes of BBC One’s new program The Musketeers. Having fallen for the character Aramis (played by Santiago Cabrera) and his stylish hat, this became my starting point. As you can see through the pictures I think I managed to get quite close to the original hat worn by Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) with my new CA4LA hat (picked up on a recent trip to Tokyo).
Apart from the hat, another accessory that I wouldn’t mind having is Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) and D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino) on my arms. However, if that’s not possible then I’d be able to settle for the hat, one of their leather doublets and perhaps even a rapier to put my classical fencing skills to good use. En garde!
David Downton’s fashion illustrations are undeniably glamorous and remind me of another iconic fashion illustrator’s work, namely that of René Gruau. The two illustrators have numerous things in common and one of these are their work for several of the same big fashion magazines and famous designers. I’m such a fan of David Downton’s work to the point of having three stunning limited-edition fashion prints by him decorating my wall in Tokyo.
These are two of my three fashion prints and show Dior Couture A/W 2009 collections made under the reign of John Galliano whereas my third is an elegant Versace from 2008, all purchased in London. I can’t help but gloat that they make an absolutely stunning trio and especially after having been framed at a great expense with hand-made champagne wood frames in Tokyo. Another bonus is that they compliment my home milieu to perfection.
So when I saw the cover of Kensington & Chelsea Magazine while browsing the isles of WHSmith I couldn’t help but feel team spirit and subsequently went on to pick up my own edition of the magazine for entertainment. This way I can also coordinate my two homes and have a bit of Downton in my London home as well, a total win-win if you ask me.
Earlier this evening I attended an inspiring talk at Central Saint Martins featuring American designer/entrepreneur Tory Burch in conversation with Imran Amed (Business of Fashion founder and editor-in-chief) which was streamed live onto the Business of Fashion website. Talks and conversations like this covering everything from a bit of background info to success stories and struggles, personal anecdotes, questions and advice are such a treat.
Tory Burch’s background includes an art history degree from the University of Pennsylvania where upon a week after graduation she headed to New York where she began her career in fashion by working at Zoran. Following her stint at Zoran she went on to work as a sitting assistant for Harper’s Bazaar magazine then advertising and PR at Ralph Lauren, then Vera Wang and later Loewe before heading up her own fashion label which began under the name of TRB by Tory Burch. Hearing about her personal journey into the fashion industry and building her label into a billion dollar brand certainly teaches one not to be afraid of dreaming big and having the ambition to make it happen. Yikes, it’s time to get to work!