I’m fine dining in the sky (on the top floor of the Chanel Ginza building) with Michelin star cuisine epitomized at Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo. Could life get any sweeter? I think not! The food is absolutely delicious, the desserts are spectacular works of food art and the service is impeccable. My kind of place, I think I’ll move in so as to reap the full benefits of the sumptuous Chanel interiors, fine cuisine and flowing bottles of Perrier-Jouët champagne.
In 21_21 Design Sight’s latest exhibition イメージメーカー展 (Image-makers), strong, theatrical images by image-makers from diverse fields of creativity from both Japan and abroad gather to create a world of fantasy and entertainment under the direction of Hélène Kelmachter. The fabulous exhibition includes works by Jean-Paul Gaude, Noritaka Tatehana, David Lynch and Photographer Hal to name just a few.
A very fun addition to the exhibition was the interactive section where exhibition attendees could try on Noritaka Tatehana’s sculptural shoes. Walking in the heelless shoes proved to be a bit of a balancing act but channeling the likes of Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness and my inner diva certainly made it easier.
These fierce shoes wouldn’t exactly be the best choice for long leisurely strolls but could make for a dazzling pair of party shoe. My favorite pair would have to be probably have to be the red (officially dyed pink but dusted with gold to make it look red, though they mysteriously change color depending on the angle) hand painted shoes that have a bit of a renaissance feel to them. They’re also what I imagine the chopines worn in Venice might have looked like during the Renaissance. In second place come the dramatic sparkly studded heels seen in the background.
Photographer Hal’s images in Gallery 1 shows couples tightly confined inside sealed vacuum packaging and although very interesting I can’t help but feel a little claustrophobic by just looking at them.
These exotic shoes were inspired by the distinctively tall footwear worn by oiran (high-ranking courtesans) during the feudal period in Japan yet look more like stunning ornament or sculpture than shoes that are made for walking.
I find Goude’s photographs of model turned pop singer Grace Jones absolutely stunning in the bold images. ♫ Link -This is life ♫
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.
I’ve recently begun the journey towards honing the skill and art of Japanese いけばな (ikebana) flower arranging. In my journey I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by some of the best ikebana artists here in Tokyo to help instruct and inspire me.
As I’m just starting out my first lesson is to create a basic upright style moribana arrangement where the stems need to be precision cut and precision placed at fixed angles on a spiky kenzan. There are three main parts to the arrangement which are the shin placed at a 10˚~15˚ angle, soe at 45˚, and hikae at 75˚. After the three main stems are perfectly placed it’s time to accessorize with jushi subordinate stems that add volume and depth to the arrangement as the kenzan is not supposed to be visible.
The studio is filled with interesting add-ons that can make fabulous arrangements truly spectacular despite what they might look like carelessly piled in the studio corner. But I’m far from the stage where I get to go off textbook so it’ll have to be something to look forward to in the future as I progress.
In Tokyo you needn’t look far to find Kitty-san especially considering the sparkle that many of the Hello Kitty accessories are packing such as the heavily bedazzled cell phone shells. However, the fun doesn’t need stop there as real enthusiasts could easily fill their home and cover themselves from top to toe with everything from Hello Kitty themed televisions, fans, biscuits, toiletries, clothes, handbags, sneakers, umbrellas, etc.
But don’t think that Hello Kitty caters only to young girls as Japan’s かわいい (kawaii/cute) culture means that it’s more often adults donning a sparkly Hello Kitty iPhone shell with matching fashionable fake nails in pastels with bows, glitter and pearls while out and about.
Collagen wash, acne wash, cleansing wash, pore cleaner and hyaluronic acid are just a few examples of the vast range of kitty toiletries that can be purchased with a Kitty motif on. Nail clippers, tweezers, scissors, and mirrors are also available in pink and with Hello Kitty on.
If you already have a fan but it’s not one of the special Hello Kitty ones you can simply purchase a mesh covering to jazz up your plain white fan and covert it into a Kitty’s head complete with ears and whiskers.
I’ve now returned home to Tokyo, Japan and to fête the occasion I was indulged with a wonderfully luxurious evening spent at Bvlgari Ginza Tower. The evening included exceptional live Italian jazz music by Francesco Lomagistro & Berardi Jazz Connection Quintet enjoyed in great company and with flowing Dom Pérignon vintage champagne alongside a selection of small bite creations by Michelin starred executive chef Luca Fantin.
Chanel’s Le Jardin de Tweed (The Garden of Tweed), housed on the rooftop terrace of the Chanel Ginza building lets diners take in the spectacular views of Tokyo’s premier luxury shopping district while sipping on Perrier-Jouët champagne and munching on everything from delicious cheese platters to a light meal with dessert. Well worth a visit if you’re ever in town!
Ginza Sakura Box including a prosciutto salad, freshly baked focaccia, roasted pork with mustard, potato puree, marinated salmon and vegetables, beet-flavored ricotta cream, and for dessert a mango and vanilla matelasse and sakura macaron.