Do you think she likes art deco much?
Love the pops of bright colour and fun prints in this range. All images are from Holly Fulton's website.
Men have over 30 brands of low tar cigarettes. You have Virginia Slims Lights.
Royal purple + the freshest ciggies + loads of fur + Debbie Harry + the low-heeled pump = VOGUE trends for July, 1980.
My cousin has some pretty amazing old catalogues lying around, but this one topped the lot of them.
I've let on about my penchant for fine perfumes before, but it was confounded when I came across Comme des Garçons' newest, Wonderwood. This rich, masculine fragrance is so completely unlike any women's perfumes I've come across recently. It's spicy and luxurious, heavy on sandalwood and the most interesting thing about it is the complete lack of floral content (though it's gotta be in there somewhere). Basically, it smells like wood.
Typical of Comme, attention to detail is key in any of their new product lines. The superb branding of this fragrance includes a film by the Brothers Quay, entitled Wonderwood, with the opening statement "Someone who loved wood more than words could say". Need I say more? I think I fall into that category!
It's a beautiful little piece that reflects the identity of the perfume perfectly. There's even a segment with animated parquetry! You can download it from the Wonderwood website.
All images via Comme des Garçons.
The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur. Stuffing my life into a suitcase, flying to Tokyo, starting my life again in Japan. Luckily the impact has been buffered a bit by the wonderful hospitality of my Tokyo-ite cousins Leon and Riya, who have spared so much of their time introducing me to their favourite little pieces of Japan life.
Above we have photos of the O-matsuri (festival) in local Azabu-juban, and a weekend spent at the beach in Shimoda, a few hours south of Tokyo. The festival mostly involved loads of delicious snacks including fish on sticks, frosty cucumbers on sticks, "tornado potato" (must be tried to be believed), and all kinds of grilled seafood. It's more of a novelty for the kids, who will be tempted nearly every two metres by something they can fish for, throw for, pull for or whack for in the hope of winning some brightly coloured, mostly useless toy prize.
The highlight of my Tokyo Introduction Week however was the last two days spent lolling on the beach in Shimoda, snorkelling, swimming, lounging, feasting and running from giant Inoshishi (wild boar).
Yep, it's all happening. And I just cannot wait to get my teeth stuck into Tokyo's design scene. Yokoso!
Why is it that when you get to the end of some long-term goal - in my case, ceasing full-time work - you always get hit with a death cold? It's the evil order of the universe I believe. So after a week of lying on the couch wrapped in a blanket and watching mostly terrible films and a whole lot of HBO series, my excitement level for the move to Tokyo is back up to ridiculous. This is my (extremely short) transitional period, so I really wanted to do a "transitional" blog post. Something that says: I've lived here, now I'm about to live somewhere else, and this is how I feel about it.
I've recently put my hands on two wonderful photographic publications, both of which illustrate a side of living in Japan and Australia that is not always the most obvious. I think these images more or less encapsulate how I really connect to my (now) two homes.
So. Here we have Sydney and regional New South Wales, Australia. Photos are by Mark Trzopek from his publication Trippin'.
And below are some images of residential Tokyo by Julian Gatto and Guillermina Baiguera for Sede magazine.
I feel extremely fortunate to be able to travel and live in such inspiring places. Please come and visit soon.