Adidas Super Bape Star

Last year Adidas teamed up with Yohji Yamamoto (collection Y3), and this year they’re keeping it fresh together with Nigo. Despite the fact that Nigo and A Bathing Ape for long have been copying Adidas for their own shoebrand Bapesta, they now get the chance to remix the original material and create the Adidas Super Bape Star. Limited edition: 500 per style worldwide.


Submitted by TS guest blogger: Jesper Larsson of teefactory.


Gucci feather dress

I took this photo of a feather dress at Gucci on Omotesando, followed very shortly by…


… “the act of photography is strictly prohibited” gesture. Gagillion yen Gucci kimono for men are on display in the background.


Brand penetration

In the war of Louis Vuitton versus Prada, who would win?

Well in Japan it’s Vuitton with almost complete penetration of the market. Of Tokyo twenty-somethings, 94.3% own something from Louis Vuitton, but only 57.5% from Prada (Saison Research Institute).

In an article on luxury goods, one young Tokyo-ite offers this explanation as to why the Japanese are brand crazy: “Wearing any kind of brand makes you feel… good.” Oh, that explains it.

Louis Vuitton window display in Omotesando.

Prada Tokyo

As promised, photos of the new Prada Tokyo store. Below reflective knee length pants hang in front of white fur jacket.


Just right

Tokyo-style is not only about being a fashion victim. This girl, in her white cowboy boots, stripped skirt (and “matching” boyfriend also in pointy-toed cowboy boots), is kawaii in all the right ways: style with a sense of humor. And, here’s another example of Aoyama casual chic. She is pure elegance.


Just wrong

I am in a bad mood today so I feel like being bitchy. Below are two “Glamour don’ts“.

Never is it okay to wear bunny-fur slippers with black stockings nor white sandals with black knee-highs. It’s just wrong, wrong, wrong. The bunny girl also wears a red jean skirt (too tight) over black jeans.

wrongshoe01 wrongshoe02

Asian inspiration

One thing I was surprised to find on this trip to New York was just how big the Asian trend was. Everywhere, from the big designers, to chains, to boutiques, were Chinese collar blouses and skirts and tops cut from antique kimono.

Until recently Japanese designers rarely ‘reinvented’ the kimono (or so I’ve read but can’t find the source). Now it seems like what originated in Japan, then made re-fashionable in the west, has inspired the trend back in Japan (often in a far more comical way as in this
Japanese Streets photo). Or is it the western designers who are capitalizing on the trends created by Japan’s youth?

Bright red Chinese tops displayed in the Prada store in Soho.