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Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007
Marc by Marc Jacobs, Yohji Yamamoto, etc.
By MISHA JANETTE and PAUL MCINNES
Harajuku's new Marc
Marc by Marc Jacobs now has a place to call home in Tokyo with the opening of a flagship store in the heart of Harajuku.
To celebrate the arrival on July 28 of the new venue for the international brand, a reception was held at which guests were treated to the presence of Japanese "It" girls, model Anne Watanabe (pictured far right) — daughter of actor Ken Watanabe — and Mika Ninagawa, photographer and director of "Sakuran," as well as a preview of the new "Daisy" fragrance due for release in September.
The two-story shop for Marc Jacobs' affordable second line for the younger consumer greets visitors with a huge LED screen spanning the back wall that shows off Jacobs' latest runway show. While the steel-and-glass interior is young and hip, it will also appeal to fans of the causal duds. The store features his ladies', men's and children's lines, as well as quirky trinkets such as cutesy rat-motif key rings, lipstick-shaped pens and commemorative "Tokyo" shopping bags. Thanks to its convenient location behind the Omotesando police box, it is sure to be a magnet for trend-setting Cat Street crawlers and chic Omotesando strollers alike. (Misha Janette)
4-25-18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; (03) 5772-5561
Christmas has come early for sneaker fans, as the label Y-3, a collaboration between Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas, has announced the limited-edition project FAC51-Y3, which was produced with the team behind the legendary Manchester club The Hacienda.
Only 250 pairs of the sneakers have been made, and with just 30 being released at Y-3's flagship Tokyo store in mid-August (Y-3 is tight lipped about actual release date), expect a January-saleslike scrum in order to get your hands on them.
Created by renowned Factory Records and Hacienda designer Peter Saville and codesigner Ben Kelly, with advice from New Order bassist Peter Hook, the project is in honor of the 25th anniversary of the club and the recent opening of Y-3's first standalone Manchester store.
Using an innovative color scheme, these sneakers are a must for any sportswear lover, or a fan of Factory Records. The sneakers' name is a combination of the record label's code for the club, FAC51, and its partnership with Y-3.
Packaged in an amazing Hacienda-shaped box that includes a DVD detailing the life and times of the celebrated club, the sneakers come in at a pricey ¥85,050. (Paul McInnes)
5-3-20 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo; (03) 5464-1930; www.Y-3.com
When designer Yasutaka Tomita started to come up with his new line for this autumn and winter, it would not have been surprising had he continued to produce the soft, girly wares of his defunct brand MOSSLIGHT. But instead, Yasutaka chose to present the Inverse of Renaissance, a collection of retro-cool, functional home accessories.
Yasutaka's designs juxtapose faux-antique exteriors with the latest technologies: a jet-black candleholder doubles as a PC speaker; a white vase houses a glowing blue digital clock; and a chandelier lamp acts as a dock for an iPod. With a true convergence of function and design, funky fashionistas will appreciate being able to hide their daily electronics in uberstylish casings. (Misha Janette)
Available at Beams International, Loveless and Croon a Song; (03) 6808-9513
Skulls for gals
In the 1990s, designer Masaaki Homma's classic men's line Mastermind strove to apply traditional Japanese craftsmanship — such as the intricate weaving of kimono and braiding techniques used in the construction of armor — to create modern, fun fashion.
Fast-forward 10 years, and Mastermind's high-quality and highly sought-after clothes are collected around the world by trendsetters and celebrities alike. So it was only a matter of time before the brand decided to take a gamble on the ladies' market as well.
First presented in Paris in January, Homma's women's collection is now hitting stores with contemporary but edgy coats, sweaters, jeans and accessories — adorned with the brand's trademark skull motif — for the autumn and winter. A blue tweed blazer (¥177,450) and matte-black motorcycle boots with skull studs (¥131,250) are standouts, while it is rumored that Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's eccentric designer, has already picked up a long, black sweater and colorful tote bag from the men's line for himself. (Misha Janette)
Available at Loveless and Re-Style Plus in Isetan Shinjuku; (03) 3486-4707; www.mastermindjapan.com
Under normal circumstances, the words "fashion" and "ecofriendly" don't have much in common. However, the philanthropic group L.E.N.Y. (Limited Editions New York) hopes to change the less-than-stellar environmental image of fashion with biannual exhibitions held during the fall and spring fashion weeks in New York City to persuade the industry's most powerful to battle ecological woes.
For its first venture, the group is releasing a limited-edition collection of T-shirts: 12 designs by 12 artists, including designer Jade Jagger, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and supermodels Helena Christensen and Kate Moss. Each handmade tee (¥29,400) is limited to 500 worldwide and a portion of proceeds goes to The Climate Project, a non-profit organization led by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who has been acclaimed for the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."
Isetan Shinjuku has 10 of each design available on Aug. 22 for its Tag Line label. So quickly walk or car-pool your way down to pick one up before they go the way of the rain forest. (Misha Janette)
14-1 Shinjuku 3-chome, Shinjuku-ku; (03) 3225-2514
With brand-name fashion labels getting in on the lucrative kids' clothing market, and elite fashion magazines such as Milk on the shelves of bookstores, parents are starting to dress their little ones in a suitably trendy style.
Tokyo-based Mint Designs, which already has a reputation for cute and stylish adult apparel, has now decided to join the ranks. After creating samples for an exhibition at the Bon Marche Department Store in Paris, head designers Hokuto Katsui and Nao Yagi decided to release a children's line in their Shibuya Parco store. A selection from the children's line will also be available from Oct. 17 to 30 in Re-style Baby in Isetan Shinjuku.
Available in one size for 5- and 6-year-olds, the collection includes gorgeous woolen tuck pants with a playful 3-D lace Mint Designs logo, a colorful cotton check coat and a luminous orange V-neck cardigan for cold winters. While not exactly cheap — items are upwards of ¥20,000 — your children will love these fun and beautifully crafted garments. (Paul McInnes)
(03) 3464-7833; www.mint-designs.com