• #insideout oi oi @cosstores and @currentelliott - who made your clothes??? @fash_rev
  • Last @designerjumble outfit of the day - @saundersstudio jacket, Betty Jackson jacket, Antithesis shirt, @fromsomewhereuk top, Loewe skirt, Luella bag
  • More brilliant @designerjumble pieces @prada top and skirt, Antony Price parachute dress @rupertsanderson shoes
  • Made In Britain pieces by @jameslonglondon and @topshop Who made your clothes? #InsideOut @fash_rev
  • Amazing pieces from a 1,500 collection of Hannalore Smart, widow of Circus King Billy Smart Jr... Alaia,  Gaultier, Comme, Issey Miyake, Prada... All going into @designerjumble soon with some on auction!! Gaultier corset, vintage customised jeans, Prada shoes, CdG skirt - very Meadham Kirchhoff SS13!

In addition to checking out the new new gen of Tokyo fashion, it was impossible to forget the new gen – as in the generation post Comme/Yohji/Issey, designers who have more than likely come out of the design studios of the aforementioned big three with a belt of experience to go it alone.  Chitose Abe is a stellar example, having worked for eight years with Junya Watanabe at Comme des Garcons and then launching her label Sacai in 1999.  Sacai's first flagship store in Aoyama, Tokyo has been a longtime work in progress, with Abe searching for the perfect space to house her quiet but impactful collections.  Sacai's clothes uphold the sort of values, which I sometimes wish my entire wardrobe was based upon – useful, decorative without being frivolous and detail-and-texture heavy.  I put emphasis on the useful part.  These are clothes that have aren't meant to confuzzle you.  You're supposed to go to them and pull on with ease and the effect is still nonetheless interesting what with Abe's fine use of knitwear, seamless layering, decorative and functional details that juxtapose the sporty and the ornate.  

Aoyama may be stuffed with all the heavyweight labels but the vibe tends to be quite serene.  Sacai's store is suitably tucked away and once you escape inside this wonderful space designed by acclaimed architect Sou Fujimoto, you're rewarded with rooms of concrete, glass and glimpses of green, contrasting the natural and the artificial.  If it sounds cold, it isn't.  The clothes do much to warm the place up along with the garden outside (seeing green seems to be very important to many Japanese designers when it comes to their stores…) and the odd garden knome here and there as well as the random placements of ducks add a weird sense of humour to the store.  

Sacai isn't impossible to find in Europe now with Dover Street Market and colette as prime stockists but the store does house the full mainline collections in addition to the Sacai Luck line (comprising the underwear and casual pieces) as well as Sacai menswear line at prices that are still favourable even though the inflated Yen to GBP rate totally killed me this time round.  

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I spent an age drooling over structured cable knit sweater dresses, beaded hand warmers, frilly lingerie and drawstring tweed skirts before settling on a fairly basic Sacai Luck grey hoodie.  Well, basic for me because even this seemingly simple hoodie has a typically Sacai touch with its flared out shape and drawstring detailing.  When worn with a pair of fur fur crochet-decorated knitted trackie bottoms also procured in Tokyo, I have a new slubbing around outfit that fully re-affirms my love for grey jersey in 2011… 

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(Sacai Luck hoodie, fur fur tracksuit bottoms, Slobe Iena knitted hat – all bought from Tokyo, Miu Miu shoes)

Comments (21)

  1. valerie says:

    fantastic photos!!!!Love this collection<3
    xxxx

  2. Hay, i think it’s already a year now since i knew your blog :D
    first, i like u because your hairstyle is similar to mine
    second, because, you not only see fashion through a commercial thing but Art
    3th, because your writing style is amazing.
    Thank you for musing me :D
    Love, Melati.

  3. Aleya Bamdad says:

    I’m loving that red and black jacket. So unique.

  4. Kazuko says:

    oh so fabulous. i love their stuff!

  5. Men tshirts says:

    Really love the blog. It’s adorable!

  6. I love the big knits from the first photos, and your tracksuit bottoms, I WANT!! Where to get it?!
    Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

  7. Alexandre|P says:

    I don’t like your clothes cause they are beautiful… they are beautiful cause you “rock” them with your personality. We can feel a certain modernism in the cuts and in the mixes of fabrics…

  8. OMG, I absolutely adore this line. It’s the perfect mix of perfect and crazy. I love it!

  9. David says:

    Hey, check out http://www.mindthemustard.com They’ve got great stuff!!!

  10. Mariko says:

    I am glad you are making the most of time in Tokyo (I am from Tokyo but resides in Hong Kong now.). Sacai clothing is such a embodiment of beauty and elaborate. I, too, love the unexpected tranquility of Aoyama area, always fun to browse about…

  11. All your stuffs are very nice, I will go to Tokyo next month, hope to have a special shopping experience there too.

  12. Only you could make trackpants & heels look like like a good idea.

  13. I can never get enough of Sacai… Its my favourite kind of intellectual fashion!
    Feathers was actually the first UK stockist which is where I first discovered it :)

  14. I can never get enough of Sacai… Its my favourite kind of intellectual fashion!
    Feathers was actually the first UK stockist which is where I first discovered it :)

  15. I can never get enough of Sacai… Its my favourite kind of intellectual fashion!
    Feathers was actually the first UK stockist which is where I first discovered it :)

  16. Elisa Eymery says:

    I love the way you mix pretty lace with sporstwear oriented clothes/fabric: truly inspired, would never have thought of it!
    Elisa
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/thebod-clothing

  17. Olive says:

    I love the lace details on your pants!

  18. maisassygirl says:

    omg the sweatpants look great!! good purchase that day over the denim! xoxo

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