Latin America struts into the fashion spotlight

Sep 26, 2006

Latin America struts into the fashion spotlight

Ever since Gisele Bundchen attained supermodel status, Brazil has been going catwalk crazy. Now the country is hoping that the fashion world will recognize it as not only an exporter of top models but also as a center for the creation of designer clothing. ...

Style wise

Sep 12, 2006

Style wise

Heart of Harajuku renewed Teeming teen shopping haven LaForet Harajuku opened in 1978 and has been a pivotal part of Japan’s youth culture ever since. The complex has had a few subdued periods over the years but is currently experiencing a happier chapter in ...

Dover Street shop storms into Tokyo

| Sep 8, 2006

Dover Street shop storms into Tokyo

When it comes to revolutionary retail concept stores in Japan, there’s no getting away from Tokyo’s Aoyama district. That area’s latest major opening comes from none other than Japan’s epoch-making fashion house Comme des Garcons. For the benefit of the fashion unsavvy, Comme, as ...

Sep 5, 2006

Japan-born stylist brings influence to bear back home

W ith his big brown eyes and permanent pout, Nicola Formichetti doesn’t look like the kind of guy to battle his way to the top of the bitchy world of fashion. But that is exactly where this super-stylist is — flick through the phonebook-size ...

The search for 'nihonga' clouds artistic judgements

Aug 31, 2006

The search for 'nihonga' clouds artistic judgements

While proponents of contemporary Japanese art do not seem quite as preoccupied with attempts to shock as their Western counterparts, for curators and creators with an eye on finding fame and fortune overseas, courting controversy can seem almost like an obligation. But for a ...

Motor City soul

Aug 25, 2006

Motor City soul

In the mid-1980s, when Detroit was a city in decline, Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson (collectively known as the Belleville Three) kicked off a musical revolution. By working the futuristic electro sound of European acts like Kraftwerk and New Order into a ...

Seniors go French with a 'little pig'

| Aug 20, 2006

Seniors go French with a 'little pig'

During the summer months in Japan, parks, baseball grounds and school yards come alive with the grimaces, grins, grunts and cries of triumph or dismay from people of advanced years who gather together to toss big metal balls at a little wooden one. The ...

Meet the chic sikh

Aug 15, 2006

Meet the chic sikh

Waris Ahluwalia has some good anecdotes. Like the one where Willem Dafoe asks him if it’s OK to give Spike Lee his number, and a couple of hours later he gets a call and the voice at the other end of the line says ...

An attack of the cute and quirky

| Aug 11, 2006

An attack of the cute and quirky

Fashion designer Eri Utsugi is a very lucky lady: After only one catwalk outing, her mercibeaucoup brand will open six new stores in prime locations — starting with Aoyama and Ginza — over the course of the next seven weeks. This remarkable rollout is ...

A life in pursuit of beauty

| Aug 6, 2006

A life in pursuit of beauty

H ailing from a conservative family of businessmen and bankers, as a young man in occupied Japan, Shu Uemura dreamed of becoming an actor. But, fearing that his weak constitution would hamper his chances of success, he instead enrolled at Tokyo Beauty Academy — ...