Photos: Katherine Lowe I’m not going to lie, it’s been a fairly successful month in the acquisitions department. Arriving back to New Zealand from the States, I landed in Christchurch right in the middle of Ayyám-i-Há (pronounced ah-yummy-ha), which is the Baha’i gift-giving festival. There, I was presented with possibly the greatest present of my life: a maroon Comme des Garcons wallet courtesy of my sister Rebeccah. But not just any maroon Comme wallet, the maroon Comme wallet. Holla! Arriving back in Auckland, Black Box and Dr Denim gifted me a pair of corduroy trousers, which I’ve worn daily everClick to Continue!
1. Teased and permed strawberry blonde wigs, with no attempt whatsoever to disguise the fact that they were, in fact, fake hair.2. Full, floor-length skirts worn surprisingly well by young men. 3. Models coming out at odd intervals. Not just to be quirky or different, but because the casting at CDG shows is always a little lean. Most designers choose 20-30 boys to showcase 35-45 odd looks on, this show featured 11 with multiple changes. Sometimes they just couldn’t come out as quickly as might be expected. But that’s okay, it just added to the atmosphere. 4. Pants so baggyClick to Continue!
Photos: Katherine Lowe I don’t own a wallet. I have seven cards stuffed into my back pocket at all times and I rarely carry cash. Back in my university years I had a beautiful brown leather Huffer wallet that was given to me by a friend, but one night another friend stole it and never gave it back (he still uses it to this day). But no wallet I have ever seen comes close to those made by Comme des Garcons. The aged maroon Comme wallet above belongs to Robert Niwa, who I spent the day with on set atClick to Continue!
Photos: Katherine Lowe The trick to Melbourne appears to be to walk down every back alley, climb up every set of stairs and generally go where no man seems to have gone before. Take Chiodo, for example, one of the coolest stores I’ve seen anywhere – we discovered it quite by accident on our way to a Japanese restaurant (which, conveniently, was housed behind a big black curtain behind a big glass door with few discernible markings). Chiodo specialises in Comme des Garcons but also sells its own namesake brand which is designed and manufactured right here in Australia.It’s aClick to Continue!
Photos: style.com Comme des Garcons shows hold a magical appeal for me. It’s a combination of things – the nervous anticipation over whether or not I’ll get in, the eclectic clash of East and West, the peculiar casting, the nonsensical clothes and the fact that Rei Kawakubo doesn’t ever come out to take a bow after the finale. I’ve had a successful run in the last two seasons. In June last year, a well placed name drop got me through the door; in January, a kindly Japanese journalist worked his charm. This time around, I grabbed the bull by theClick to Continue!
I caught a bus into town today, from the top of K Road all the way down to the bottom of Queen Street. Cost me 50 cents. Cheaper and quicker than driving and parking, and it gave me more time to browse. Specifically, more time to browse at Fabric. I have a little obsession with Fabric – they do classic Americana very well. Blue jeans, oxford shirts, khaki pants, drill jackets and chambray as far as the eye can see. I’ve had my eye on these SeaVees Buck shoes for quite some time, and I wanted to take a photoClick to Continue!
It was back in August last year that I first heard about the Comme des Garcons/Converse collaboration resulting in Comme Play Chucks. The excitement nearly overwhelmed me. Fabric was supposed to be stocking them here in Auckland but there was some problem or other and they never seemed to arrive. So when I was in Paris I stopped by the Comme store and picked up a pair. Cream high tops with the red heart. They were €86, which is kind of funny because normal Converse Chuck Taylors are around the €95 mark in Paris. When have you ever heard ofClick to Continue!
The crowd milling outside Rick Owens We humans are creatures of habit and I am no exception. Every morning I wake up, get ready to go, then stop by the local boulangerie (bakery) to buy two pain au chocolat on my way to the first show. The ladies at the boulangerie utterly despise me. I’m public enemy number one. Alas, I am a victim of prejudice and persecution. My only crime – the first day I went, I asked (in French of course) for a bag to carry the three baguettes, four pain au chocolat and six croissants I hadClick to Continue!
Image /men.style.com This suit would make a delightful addition to my wardrobe don’t you think? It’s from Rei Kawakubo’s new Dover Street Market in-house collection. It’s like everything I love about Comme but on a much more conservative scale. Just what I always wanted. More details here. I LIKE YOU!Click to Continue!
Image /Mikhail Gherman I had breakfast with Karen Walker and Mikhail Gherman a few weeks ago. Over tomatoes on toast and cups of tea we discussed everything from politics to travel, and Mikhail made the ambitious promise of sending me one shot of the day everyday that they were in Tokyo. Well they’re there right now, and the first shot has just come in. From Mikhail: “The old Dover Street Market site has just this week been re-invented as a collaborative store between Comme des Garcons and Nippon Vogue. They merchandise based on what’s in Vogue each month and theClick to Continue!