Some people love to wear new things immediately..I am the opposite (to a fault), I have to wait to feel like I’m in the exact mood to wear something. Colin had been egging me on to break this headpiece out for a few months and we finally came upon the perfect place to shoot it while running around one of the canyons by our place in San Diego. Although arguably a happened upon tepee is the perfect place to take pictures of anything. RP Encore is a fascinating label, as in one of those sites you click on that makes you stop and stare to figure out exactly what is going on. The idea behind designer Reid Peppard’s designs reminds me of American Beauty’s Ricky Fitts’ take on ordinary or grisly sights taking your breath away if you just take the time to see them right (I’m sure everyone remembers the plastic bag scene):
Ricky Fitts: I was filming this dead bird.
Angela Hayes: Why?
Ricky Fitts: Because it’s beautiful.
That scene pretty much inspired the entirety of my interest in photography, and is probably why I take way too many shots of like, the ground and broken things. Anyway, Reid uses animals that have already suffered their fates and transforms them into everything from cufflinks to necklaces. This is of course visually upsetting to some people and some of the pieces may be hard to translate into daily wear, possibly including this headpiece she sent me, as much as I may love it. But the final message I get from her work is the possibility of finding and creating beauty from unlikely sources. Check out this Huffington post article here if you remain curious.
ViVi magazine took me to the new Topshop in Shinjuku to style a look to shoot in store…I had about 15 minutes to go through the racks and pick something out. Ended up going with the chunky sweater, pony skirt, and red suede platform sandals, though that nude sequin tunic was tempting too. I used the dressing rooms set aside for their personal shopping service, so cute! With chocolates, Evian, huge rooms, and a gridded rack on the wall to be able to get a better look at your options, you couldn’t really ask for much more. Sort of wondering how hard it would be to dedicate a wall or two of my own to this floor-to-ceiling display idea. Might save a few things from being perpetually draped on the couch.
Borrowed some pieces from Mercury Duo’s new collection to shoot a couple spring looks for Sweet magazine yesterday at the cutest studio ever. Decaying velvet couch and wooden antler chandelier have been added to my wishlist along with the tiny crochet shorts and tawny cropped sweater. The skirt I got at the new Topshop in Shinjuku last week..I love the simple cut and hairiness, which is weird because I haven’t been attracted to miniskirts for a while now. Sometimes it’s just time. Sorry for lame mirror pic overdose but the EP-2 almost makes it seem ok? Almost.
(3.1 Phillip Lim double sleeve sweater, vintage belt, Forever 21 lace shorts, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, Theory bag, hat from Oak NYC, cross ring courtesy of Lord Griffon)
Sorry for the absence! A couple pics from Norcal in a knit hat I got at Oak in New York in September and a Phillip Lim cashmere sweater with mid/double/rolled up/waffle woven sleeves. I’m still here in Tokyo for a few more days and have just now managed to take care of basic internet issues with some sort of miraculous go-anywhere pocket wifi device I bought in Shibuya today that looks like a computer mouse but..isn’t. I haven’t had much time to breathe but the trip has been amazing between the people I’ve met, the opportunities I’ve had, and the chance to work on my Japanese through complete immersion. Exhausted but happy.
September 20-24, photography by Colin and me
Highlights: the Stolen Girlfriends Club show inside a creepy old theater, breakfast at the Hilton overlooking the water every morning, gigantic faux fur coats layered over dresses layered over pants at Zambesi, a spur of the moment trip to the top of Sky Tower with my dear friend Kris Hauser, hair bones, hijacking an Audi driver to go to Takapuna, velvet and massive corsets at Cybele, spilled champagne, a sheepskin-covered front row and perfect fuzzy sweaters at Ruby, ‘flat white’ coffee, Jimmy D’s chained tshirts and triangle bras, hourly rainbows, and a backstage raid after the Stolen show with Gala to borrow dresses for the afterparty. Much love to Marc, Anna (x2), Isaac, Dan, Luke, their beautiful wives, Liam, Kris, Max, Rachel, Anjali, and Murray.
(Monki sweater, Therese Rawsthorne dress, Topshop ‘Proud’ boots, Forever 21 sunglasses and headband, Hope leather tote)
Still convinced that this dress is the best thing ever…for the potential it has to be dressed up (it has this beautifully low cut back and knotted straps) there are infinite possibilities to wear it casually too. Worn here in San Francisco last week with one of my favorite cropped and boxy sweaters and these boots I can’t seem to take off.
Today’s makeup and sunset in Tokyo (with a just barely visible Mt. Fuji in the distance)..actually didn’t step outside once today because I was working all day at an event in the hotel but it looked nice. The hotel is so magical and easy to get lost in that it’s a good one to camp out in. Maybe it was freezing? Blandly temperate? Tomorrow I will venture forth for the opening of the Marc Jacobs store in Aoyama but for now it’s off to sleep.
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