>> It's that time again when I'm flitting about parts of the world for seemingly no apparent reason except that it will become apparent in months to come, which conveniently explains my inhospitably timed posting. I've dropped into Tokyo for a few days for something work-related but primarily to fuel the growing dominance of Japanese brands in my wardrobe. Meadham Kirchhoff shouts out for the Brits in this outfit (although their clothes seem to fit right into Tokyo's stylescape anyway) with this polka dot silk shirt from their A/W 12-3 disco-glam collection. It's something that has become something of a signature fabric for the duo to use as it pops up in practically every collection – ruched, edged with lace or in a colour blocked shirt like this featuring a sole heart-shaped plastic button just to remind you that Meadham Kirchhoff are the types that are really into stickers, hearts and flowers. As for the rest of this Tokyoite ensemble, it's Japan all the way, beginning with a blue lurex cap-benie combo hat from the A/W 12-3 Ganryu by Comme des Garcons collection. The former Junya Watanabe pattern-maker Fumito Ganryu's menswear line (which is housed under the Comme umbrella) is scarcely found outside of Japan but both myself and Steve are constantly drawn to it whenever we're in Tokyo. The trenchcoat is a Junya Watanabe find from the newish mahussive Rag Tag store in Harajuku. I've extolled the virtues of designer consignment shopping in Tokyo. Make Rag Tag (the Harajuku and Shibuya branches are best) your first destination and ye shall not be disappointed. The collegiate shorts are by Facetasm, another label gaining momentum in the West with the likes of LN-CC showing support for this mens and womens label that cuts up sportswear, streetwear and uniform codes and splices them into strangely appealing combos. The Japanese contingent in the wardrobe continues to grow as I've also been sneaking in a few personal orders here and there with designers such as Toga and Sacai that make my heart go ba-dump-ba-dump. If my wardrobe was in an United Nations meeting scenario, there would be some UK vs. Japan issues to resolve.
October 24, 2012