2014/09/16

the old new world.

Shinsekai, the 'New World' built in 1912 with New York and Paris as models in mind, but in the course of events beginning with the post-WW2 economic struggle, it has become somewhat forgotten. Having lost its former shine, it is now deemed one of the most dangerous places in the so-very-safe country that is Japan.
It sure is on the shady side - narrow streets lined with gamble - from traditional to modern, street food, homeless people, shabby-looking porn cinemas, neon-framed love locks, sellers shouting how real their thousand-yen knock-off watches are, karaoke bars playing now-forgotten hits... all powdered with neons and city dust. Nevertheless, it is also one of my favourite places, perhaps because it somehow feels more human than the rest of Japan, which can seem a little sterile and stiffing. In this old new world time stopped in an era where you could walk and smoke at the same time, or get into conversations with strangers over cheap takoyaki.

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2014/09/09

comme des yamamoto.



'WE WILL ALWAYS KEEP OUR INDEPENDENCE BECAUSE IT EQUALS FREEDOM AND THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING'

- rei kawakubo for i-D

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SOCKS - C/O SAMMY ICON | COMME DES YAMAMOTO T-SHIRT DRESS - NOPPELABO | HEELS - TOPSHOP | RINGS - H&M, 3.3 FIELD TRIP | REI KAWAKUBO CURATED BY TERRY JONES - TASCHEN

2014/09/06

thrifted.

I am now spending some time (reading and watching Korean TV shows) at my parents' house, so I paid a visit to a local second-hand store. It's one of those places where you have to dig and dig and dig some more, and you pay for how many kilos, not how many pieces, you picked up. I get extremely picky when I'm shopping, regardless of whether it's a £2 or a £200 item, so I only took away two pieces I was perfectly happy with - black oversized pinstripe trousers, and a grey men's pinstripe shirt. This proves that one's fashion sense is not necessarily determined by the $$$ (or £££) in their wallet...

_price in total: 69CZK (£2)

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 LACE BRA - MONKI | ROUND GLASSES - VINTAGE

2014/08/11

sacred playground.

I went out to play at the nearby shrine. It is by no means as impressive as the big famous ones, but it offers the luxury of breathing in the atmosphere of a sacred place undisturbed by anyone else, except for a few local cats here and there.
I haven't worn anything colourful for ages, I'm simply not in the mood, but I love the material this mint skirt is made from, so it shines brightly in my monochrome wardrobe alongside my long red CdG coat. To balance the layering and texture clash of the skirts (and the graphic eyeliner), I kept the rest casual and simple - a white T-shirt, a white bandana, white socks, and white sneakers. I made most of the pictures black and white (here I go talking about colour), because I like how they feel simultaneously old and new... A while ago I had a really interesting conversation about Shōwa men combining their Japanese yukatas with Western boots and such, which I find quite fascinating. (Not that you could see Shōwa men walking around in a pair of Air Maxes, so much for historical accuracy.)

KNEE-LENGTH SKIRT - J BROWN (VIA Å-LAND) | EMBROIDERED HAKAMA SKIRT - VINTAGE (VIA NOPPELABO) | T-SHIRT - MONKI | ARM CUFF - C/O INFINITINE | HEADSCARF - BLAZE | SNEAKERS - NIKE AIR MAX

2014/07/14

lazy Sunday

When I was a kid, I hated Sundays. There was something about the air of nothing to do, which made me feel uneasy floating in the twenty-four hour time span. That is why even now I am always trying to make myself do something, even if only for the sake of doing something, just to escape that old Sunday feeling.
Last Sunday, in the middle of laundry and watching odd films, I finally got round to play with some jewellery the people at Infinitine were kind enough to send over. I have a thing for decorations that don't look like decorations, be it simple lines of metal or chains or light bulbs (although pearl and gold clad in this case). This vintage Issey Miyake Men shirt I bought recently is perfect to make the jewellery stand out, and at the same time it matches the whole lazy-to-life mood.

ALL JEWELLERY - C/O INFINITINE | SHIRT - ISSEY MIYAKE MEN (VIA NIBUNNOICHI) | SHORTS - H&M | SPAGHETTI TOP - MONKI