Child's play

Jun 8, 2006

Child's play

The annual “No Border” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, received unprecedented media coverage this year. Titled “From Nihonga to Nihonga,” it ran from January to March, and featured fast-rising stars, including Hisashi Tenmyouya, Fuyuko Matsui and Kumi Machida, all of whom ...

Design doyenne still sets aesthetic agenda

Jun 6, 2006

Design doyenne still sets aesthetic agenda

Standing well over 180 cm in her two-tone Chanel pumps, Andree Putman, the Grand Dame of modernist design, is at once icon, icon-maker and iconoclast. Born in Paris in 1925, her illustrious career traverses friendships and collaborations with many of the last century’s revered ...

Manga by any other name is . . .

May 28, 2006

Manga by any other name is . . .

With the video-game business now outgrossing Hollywood’s box office, and anime being distributed to destinations as diverse as Patagonia and Phuket, the influence of Japan’s entertainment industry on young people worldwide has never been as powerful. But it doesn’t stop there, because interest in ...

'Yankee Doodle Flea Market & Art Show'

May 18, 2006

"Yankee Doodle Flea Market & Art Show"

Hillside Terrace Daikanyama Friday to Sunday New York-based indie art-fashion provocateurs Miho Aoki and Thuy Pham get up to all sorts of creative mayhem under the auspices of their label United Bamboo (www.unitedbamboo.com; [0120] 298-493). Their latest stunt is to gather around 50 artists ...

Stylewise

May 16, 2006

Stylewise

Sport couture The bottom lines of sportswear giants like Adidas make even the biggest fashion firms look like minnows, so it is no wonder that cutting-edge designers clamor to put their names on sneakers made by the big boys. Although there are dozens of ...

Putting art into fashion

Apr 27, 2006

Putting art into fashion

“I’m just fed up with all the recycled cliches and the sensationalism,” says Samuel Bourdin, son of the celebrated French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, over the phone from Paris. “The press tries to make my father out to be some kind of depraved monster, ...

Ugly and macho or ultimate supercool on wheels?

| Apr 16, 2006

Ugly and macho or ultimate supercool on wheels?

The streets of central Tokyo are thronged with countless high-end automobiles, but one model above all others stands out from the crowd. Two meters high and 2.1 meters wide, with a mean, military-style mien, the Hummer H2 is hard to miss among the massed ...

Knight expands fashion empire

| Apr 14, 2006

Knight expands fashion empire

Eccentric British fashion designer Paul Smith is currently presiding over a rollout of stores across the globe. Following on from the December 2005 opening of a bubblegum-pink store on Melrose Avenue, L.A., last week he was in Tokyo to unveil a four-story flagship in ...