Shopping Bug in Aoyama

DSCN7097I’ve got the shopping bug so what better city to be in! With Ginza, Aoyama, Omotesando, Shinjuku and many more exciting places, I’ve got plenty of old haunts to keep me entertained and busy. Here’s the stunning Prada building in Minami Aoyama.

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DSCN7085Pleats Please Issey Miyake

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南青山 (Minami Aoyama)

Cartier, Minami Aoyama Tokyo JapanEnjoying the finest of what 南青山 (Minami Aoyama) has to offer. Shopping in the luxury brand’s uniquely designed buildings is seriously a treat and I’m loving the architecture!  The Cartier building designed in the shape of a diamond by architect Bruno Moinard, 2005. Then, in the background is the “Jewels of Aoyama” designed by Jun Mitsui and Associates, 2002.

Pleats Please Issey Miyaki Minami Aoyama Tokyo JapanPleats Please Issey Miyake boutique window.

Prada Tokyo Minami Aoyama JapanThe Prada building by the architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, 2003.

Miu Miu Tokyo Minami Aoyama JapanThe Miu Miu building.

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!

Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue

At Tokyo Midtown I went to see the Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue Exhibition which celebrates the unique 13 year collaboration between Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake and the late photographer Irving Penn.

The exhibition was lovely and incredibly suiting. The clothes and images were both so cutting edge and timeless. It was extremely cohesive even down to the fabulous show space 21_21 Design Sight which I am now fully ready to move into. It’s a must see in other words!

 

Issey Miyake, Pleats Please

Always exciting to check out what Japanese designer Issey Miyake has to offer when I’m in town. I have a weakness for his pleats.

This unique hat is made from Japanese knotting, which tends to focus on individual knots. Mizuhiko symbolizes togetherness and is usually made from washi, Japanese paper. Each knot is colorful, has a meaning and is used for a special occasion.

Fresh and beautifully neutral colors.

Welcome to Tokyo

 

For those of you who have not visited Tokyo or anywhere else in Japan for that matter, here are some real incentives. And what else could I be talking about if not shopping :) What say you to these gorgeous stores? Above is Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato’s store in central Omotesando.

Below are some pictures of the world famous designer Issey Miyake’s store also in downtown Omotesando. One of the great things about Tokyo is their great window displays. These two are by far ranking high in my top favorite happy and colorful window displays.