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.
Today I’m indoors sketching for a new collection that I’ll continue to work on in Tokyo over the summer. I like to get a bit of a head start whenever I can and the ideas are flowing so I manage to get quite a few sketches out of it. The clothing line will be a perfect complement to the new additions in my jewelry line. I think I’ll even go so far as to create an original print for my designs as it feels so much more genuine and personal than picking up something from a popular fabric shop. For London, my go to store tends to be Cloth House on Berwick Street that stocks beautiful, wholesome linen and cotton fabrics. Overly synthetic materials make me cringe so they are definitely out of the question.
The weather is beautiful and it’s finally t-shirt and shorts weather again so I decide to head outdoors so that it’s not wasted. I take a walk through Kensington Park where much to my amusement they’ve installed a merry-go-round. I simply can’t resist reliving fond memories from my childhood so I hop on for a few rounds. My all time favorite ride at amusement parks and fair grounds was always the merry-go-round so I couldn’t be happier! It feels like I’m the female and more stylish version of Owen Wilson’s character in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris (2011) when he nostalgically and mysteriously finds himself going back to the 1920s every day at midnight. It’s absolutely charming!
After a dizzying few spins on the merry-go-round I make my way over to Wholefoods to stock up on some groceries for a dinner soirée that I’m planning. I simply can’t resist their delicious Chaumes cheese, kalmata olive spread and freshly baked bread. I’m hoping my guests will be equally taken.
If you’re anything like me and tend to enjoy watching silver screen films all weekend long, you might just appreciate this wonderful new collection on display in the fabulous Belmacz gallery. It gives a glimpse into the notoriously private world of Swedish screen siren Greta Garbo through items from her personal wardrobe including everything from elegant gloves, straw hats, dresses, handkerchiefs, a cooking apron, and a fabulously unique yoga suit.
Film, glamour, style, fame, fortune and a secret admirer too? It seems like Miss G had it all as this silk scarf with a personal love telegram stating Greta I love you guess who I am -r seems to prove. I wonder who it could be from…
Garbo may have been best known for her glamorous, feminine film persona but off camera she preferred to dress in more masculine attire. Letting Garbo’s personal flair be an inspiration for modern icons such as us, Manolo Blahnik created these ‘Piola’ brogues, which will be available to order for September delivery. Exciting, I’ll certainly be keeping a look out for them!
Grab your sunglasses and prepare to be blown away by the blinding sparkles of some of the world’s finest precious gems, stones and diamonds, all in the form of beautifully, well-crafted Italian luxury jewelry from none other than Bvlgari in their exhibition Italian Magnificence. Even their sleek 銀座 (Ginza) tower has been installed with a fierce snake that lights up at night.
I have now finished the first couple of steps on my detached collar project, so I’m kind of halfway… I have trimmed the bottom hem, machine stitched it together and changed the button. My current plan is to match it with a t-shirt.
Jewellery: linneabylinneanilsson Memento Mori, Dress and blouse in the background: Jade Jagger
Match it with some fierce looking earrings, and you’re set.
Hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend!
I have to admit, I have never been a devoted fan of arts and crafts or do it yourself projects. Don’t ask me why, but a professionally cut and tailored outfit have always felt more tempting. Visualize Armani, Ferragamo, linneabylinneanilsson :) or something along those lines. Back in 2010 I had a detached collar included in my mini-collection. It was matched with a short skirt and came in Chinese silk. I flipped through the November 2012 issue of ELLE (Japan) and saw this cute Marni collar, which multifunctions as jewellery. Detached collars are back again, or rather, they have now reached the fashion houses. No rules without exception… Time to make your own!
Use a shirt (Sorry dad!), unless you want to make your own collar. This is a great way to reuse and redo. (Works great with the cuffs too.) Just detach the collar from the shirt. If you want to challenge yourself and take your project a step further, change fabrics on one side. Silk maybe? Or, why not a funky print?
Glass or plastic beads, even small buttons, are possible to wash by hand and usually weigh less than stones or pearls. Keep a towel under your project to keep the beads in place. Change the button and time to bead! Just let the thread run through the upper layer to avoid visible stitches. Sounds like you’d be done in no time… That’s not true!
The pink uneven pearls are dyed, cultivated, sweet water pearls. At the time, this is a highly unfinished project of mine. If it ever changes status, I’ll let you know.
These earrings and long pearl necklace are new additions to my Memento Mori Collection. The name Memento Mori was inspired by the Renaissance and Baroque thematic expression in art, which reminded people of their mortality as death was constantly present in society. My interpretation is live now, make the most of it and don’t get hung up on trivial matters. Not to forget, look fabulous while you’re at it! Carpe diem, anyone?
Have a great weekend!
Similar to Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Japanese otaku/poku (pop+otaku) artist 村上 隆 (Takashi Murakami) back in 2003, it is now time for another Japanese collaboration with one of my favorite artists, 草間 弥生 (Yayoi Kusama).
Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan. Just like Takashi Murakami, she started out in nihonga, Japanese style painting. She became frustrated with the strict Japanese style and prefered to experiment with American and European avant-garde. This lead her to venture out and move to New York in 1957, where she continued to work with pattern, repitition and the psychedelic colors that she’s so well known for. Much like other greats as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, Kusama was a precursor of the pop art movement.
I fell for Kusama’s fabulous work after seeing her exhibition Kusamatrix at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum in 2004. Everything featured was designed especially for the museum and showed a series of environmental installations, developed out of her auditory hallucinations, dot and net filled visual fantasies. Needless to say, I was mesmerized.
Then, a leap in time and Britain’s Tate Modern, supported by Louis Vuitton, hosted an exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s work that ran from February 9th – June 5 2012. The exhibition showed a range of Kusama’s work, which included a variety of media such as drawings, paintings, film, and installations. There was a large emphasis on her work with penises, showing an obsessive atmosphere that hints at a desire to escape from her own psychological trauma. Personally, I prefer her colorful and fun polka dot installations and sculptures. They never seize to amuse, entertain, and make me smile.
Fashion and costume designer Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn’s relationship was a great match. Very stylish!
Here are some of my all time favorite Audrey Hepburn films. My list includes: How to Steal a Million (1966), Love in the Afternoon (1957), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964), Sabrina (1954), and Roman Holiday (1953). I have the collector’s box so little get’s by me.
I sketched this fabulous image of Audrey Hepburn from her film My Fair Lady (1964). I fell in love with this particular costume look designed by Sir Cecil Beaton that Audrey wore to the Ascot Races. Très chic!
I sketched Ms. Hepburn using graphite on white cartridge, size A1.
Probably one of the films she’s best known for is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. With rain and typhoon season lurking over our heads, it’s a great opportunity to catch up on the classics. I absolutely love black and white films. Alfred Hitchcock is also a weakness of mine.