Hair today, gone tomorrow

| Jul 16, 2006

Hair today, gone tomorrow

“Does that hurt?” asks the doctor. “Err, not really,” say I. “Right, turn it up to 40,” she tells the technician. Then it does kind of start to hurt. It feels as though somebody is firing a tiny laser beam into my cheek. Indeed, ...

Japan fashions a menswear coup d'etat

Jul 9, 2006

Japan fashions a menswear coup d'etat

For a week in July, Paris becomes an outpost of Tokyo as Japanese designers and buyers throng the catwalks, parties and cafes where business is done at the biannual men’s clothing collections The Paris menswear collections — five days of catwalk mayhem, cocktail parties ...

Jul 9, 2006

Fashionistas relish rumor over top job

Paris last week was rife with gossip over whether the menswear world’s leading light, Hedi Slimane, was about to exit hyper-cool brand Dior Homme when his contract expires at the end of the month. To stay, the Frenchman was reportedly demanding an annual fee ...

Getting the write stuff

| Jun 30, 2006

Getting the write stuff

Beyond scribbled shopping lists and jotted memos, putting pen to paper is increasingly rare in this age of electronic communications. But that only serves to enhance the delight of discovering a hand-addressed envelope on the doormat. While sending a signed and sealed missive is ...

Goodies to let you live with the Y

Jun 25, 2006

Goodies to let you live with the Y

The pea-green artery pumping shoals of company staffers into the heart of Japan Inc. every morning, and funneling them home by night, perfectly exemplifies Japanese efficiency. The sheer volume of bodies shifted is what takes the cake: If there is something dehumanizing about shuffling ...

Homage to a highland shrine

Jun 23, 2006

Homage to a highland shrine

Fifteen years ago, photographer Naoyuki Kobayashi was on a joint Chinese-Japanese mountaineering expedition in the Himalayas when an avalanche took the lives of 17 of his fellow climbers. He has been returning to the Meili Snow Mountain, where the tragedy occurred, ever since, in ...

Retro's where the future's at

| Jun 18, 2006

Retro's where the future's at

Japan’s talking heads of a liberal persuasion are clearly troubled by a rising nationalistic sentiment they detect throughout the land. But while speculation on the geopolitical consequences of any such shift may be an absorbing topic, trends in the world of culture — and ...

The beautiful game inspires sartorial sins

Jun 13, 2006

The beautiful game inspires sartorial sins

Soccer might be known as the beautiful game, but it has never inspired beautiful design. As the World Cup in Germany gets into full swing, patriotic fervor will move millions of fans to purchase their team’s jersey, resulting in innumerable crimes against good taste. ...