Monday, August 29, 2005
Scenes from Tokyo
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Those D&G Jeans
People in the US are getting a little precious (as always) over D&G jeans...they are a bit below the waist. I think they are okay......on Brad Pitt - see fight club - or a muscle or non muscle mary. But those D&G models....no thanks!
Speaking of things around the waist I am waiting for the rest of the western world to catch up with Japan (guys anyway) and start wearing a "pouch" around their waist. (picture to come) These "pouches" usually come in "leather" and are used to store cash, mobiles and even product so you can give that hair a retouch when it needs it..I"m always seeing the J-boys doing it!
New designers in the making
I am happy to see some new Japanese designers rising in the ranks in Melbourne such as Hoshika Oshimie and husband Tatsuyoshi Kawabata with their label; ESS-HOSHIKA ( I have mentioned this before) They will be taking part in the Melbourne Spring Fashion Weeks "New Order" show September 9.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Registering my business name is going to cost me $70 for 3 years which is okay and means that nobody else can use my name!
Also been looking at woven clothing labels...did some research but got lazy and settled on clothinglabels4u.com which is based in the USA..somwhere! Actually her work looked DaM gooD! And prices are reasonable but it will pay to do more research...sigh..
I've also been reading a blog at fashionincubator.com. It's a Canadian website built for designers in Toronto, Canada. Anyway back to the blog. Carolyn Rohaly has begun her journey in the fashion world and has written about it. She talks about the excitment and the trauma of starting a flowering business. She also mentions a book by the name of Lovemarks, written by Kevin Roberts. Apparently it's a must read! So you can guess what I want for my birthday! It's good to know there are others blogging about their adventures in the fashion business!
Here is the link if you are interested in reading it.
Speaking of the net I also came across another nifty site for designers who can't afford to travel to Tokyo. It's a proffessional sight that....sigh....requires you to become a member at a cost of $800 USD a year which is a bargain if your cashed up like me!...NOT! I'm sure it's a great sight full of useful information but for now it's only for the big guys...Guess I'll just have to stay in Japan!
Sunday, August 14, 2005
I'm not promoting it but...
It had all my favourites plus a few surprises...fat 52 and 72...the Melbourne Design and Fashion Incubator...I would have been interested in getting a copy for myself however I'm not in Melbourne so why bother...
There is a website. I checked it out, however it only has a sprinkling of shop info..but here's the link anyway.
Melbourne Spring Fashion week
It's time again for Melbourne Spring Fashion week...It's a bit sad though, as this year all events cost..shame about that..
I like to keep an eye out on what's happening in Melbourne "fashion wise" check out these menswear trends. I'll let you be the judge..
Monday, August 08, 2005
Who is the Harajuku Girl?
Gwen Stefani describes Harajuku girls as wearing Vivieen Westwood, a Bathing Ape, having wicked style and claims to be their biggest fan. But perhaps this is just her definition of the Harajuku girl.
I define this underground culture of style now called by the west Harajuku Girl, as a girl or more recently, a guy who mixes brands, vintage and self produced pieces together to form an extension of their personality and taste and perhaps even a statement.
In his book Fresh Fruits, Shoichi Aoki describes the culture of "Fruits" as a result of teenagers "desire to be different from their peers" which causes a ripple effect. Pretty soon the emerging style becomes the current trend. So do these "Fruits" come under the Harajuku girl banner? If they do, they are fashion inovators, masters of style that are so ahead of their time and looked upon in awe that even pop stars from the west such as Gwen Stefani are even making songs praising their style.
Just who is exactly the Harajuku girl remains a secret much like the clothes these girls and guys will be wearing in the near future. But for now lets enjoy this culture that is emerging from the depths of Tokyo's streets for too soon it may become commerical.
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Whilst walking near Yoyogi Park today to check out the lolitas and goths I was surprised to find a new breed of this culture. That is the young foreinger. It seems that overseas students and expats are joining in this subculture bringing in their own style from their country. Others however have decided to adopt the local look. No matter what style the choose, they all have the same thing in common. Having fun with their own style and the subculture of fashion and lifestyle that they belong to. Which is what we all should be doing.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Friday, August 05, 2005
TOTE label going online
Give me 3 months and it will be up and running
My issues with Gwen
Whats coming into style
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
How to go from low to high maintenance in 5 easy steps
Admit that your are helpless
Use a moisturizer with sunblock
Work out at least 3 times a week
Ask your best gay pal to sort your wardrobe out for you. If you don't have a gay friend then a girl will do.
See it's not that hard guys!
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
How to set a trend/fad
Take something that you like and know it will be a hit with your friends...say for example some exotic tea or unknown T-shirt brand. Let them try it or see it. Tell them you bought it from one of those cool "underground hip new designer stores or a market somewhere that you can't remember the name of. TIP: be confident, but casual when you talk about it. Like it's almost not important.
Walk into a few shops/cafes with one of your friends and ask for whatever your trying to make trendy. When they announce "It's not in stock" pretend to be disappointed. Tell them you saw it last week in some other stylish city for example ,if you live in LA, you say NY. For London it's Paris. Quietly mention that a friend saw some famous person wearing/eating it in a magazine a few weeks back.
Casually mention to your gay friends that Brad or Orlando loves it.
Sit back. keep wearing/eating/using it and within 3 months everyone will want it!