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GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.86
In early September, the signs of autumn are about to hit the hot and humid Tokyo. Just before the European collection interview, is it a preview of the collection? I looked into the GINZA SIX. GINZA SIX, which has a variety of luxury boutiques with cruise collections and Japan specials, is as fun as walking across Avenu Monteigne in Paris and Montenapoleone in Milan. As a fashion journalist, new information that you want to keep in mind jumps into your eyes, and you can find many things that you want to take care of. It is the beginning of an hour and a half short trip full of temptation and luxurious experience.
The first thing I visited was Tsutaya bookstore.
Tsutaya Ginza Shoten, a book hall of fame and a unique book selection, is always a great favorite. In particular, GINZA SIX wants to visit the corner of this photo book. There are always some special limited editions, and if you ask, a photo concierge with white gloves will turn the page with a careful commentary, including Bunba, who responded on this day.
The purpose of this photo is a photo book of British photographer David Bayley (390,000 yen * All + tax price). It is placed on a desk designed by Mark Newson so that this huge size is easier to see and enjoy (a photo book and a desk are sold as a set), and decorates the entrance of the photo corner. David Bayley was my hero in a distant time when he wanted to fashion, stared at a colorful black and white photo book, and longed for London and fashion. In the UK, where the class system remained strong, the son of a fish shop conquered the world's fashion magazines as a top photographer, and jumped to the leading role of subculture in the 60's-like success story. He was the embodiment of London's pop culture, where the system society sounded and collapsed.
From the 1960s to the present, the celebrity that shines in that era by editing according to the times is black and white sharp, and sometimes humorously cut, no matter how many times you look, you will not get tired. Rather, no matter how many hours you look at it, the imagination springs out like a spring, and instead of being exhausted, the photos tell the life of the subject.
Jean Schrimpton, a supermodel who has won the 1960s with his lover of David Bayley. Tsyggy is more famous in Japan, but in the world, Jean was definitely big in fashion magazines at the time. It is said that Diana Breeland, the editor-in-chief of the American Vog, vomited a line saying, "Well, the perfect cute child!" This is the legendary Muse of Singinglongdon, which is said to have been perfectly beautiful even in the photo of the passport. The fashion photo with Jean taken by David has countless masterpieces with magazine covers, some of which are included in this photo book. David Bayley broke up with Jean, married Katrine Douve, and then broke up.
A-Federico Ferryni (Director) and Mastroyanni are here, and Jeanne Moro are here! ! Every time I turn the page, the essence of David is let go out like a spill, and no matter which portrait I see, I can't help laughing. If you look at it forever, it's about time.…To the next page.
Fashion and subculture have strong ties, and various elements of photography, music, literature, art, and dance stimulate creators. One of the sources is in the 60s and 70s, and a photograph of a person who symbolizes that era is cut and photographed suitable for a character expresses the essence more than a subject and sometimes predicts a situation. "Charon Tert Case," which appeared in the topical movie "Wans Apon A Time in Hollywood," which was filmed in London, and a friend of her former fiancé, Javering, and others, who had been married and a famous hair designer, were killed. The fact that the culprit was a family with Charles Manson, the founder of the Kart group, gives a sense of the background of the era when Hippy turned into a kart.
Change your mood and then go to Italy's gorgeous shoe brand, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI.
At the time of the Milan collection, when Montenapoleone Street was busy, it was already gorgeous, with a good aroma, and I would like to talk on the street with a face like a resident forever. Among them, the boutique of "Juzeppezanotti" is that people are always crowded. GINZA SIX boutiques are also lined with luxurious Iconic shoes.
Speaking of Zanotti, this is it! White boots with irregular patterns like engraved on gold metal heels. This gorgeous combination of "white x gold" looks simple because of the magic of Juiseppe Zanotti called washing. The stylishness of wearing white boots in winter. With this pair, any style will be transformed into a stylish Milanamad style.
The magic of Juzeppezanotti 2. This brilliance is the essence of this brand. Even at the exhibition held in the showroom of Montenapoleone, the jewelry shoes (upper photo: 220,000 yen) that color the feet gorgeously are proposed every season. I want to wear my feet with elegant jewelry, just like a diamond ring on my finger. It's also gorgeous as people around you breathe. The radiance of a dazzling large flower that just fits the red carpet and evening glows on the ankle. What kind of dress will this pair with? Even if you just imagine, the tension will rise. These are special jewelry shoes for special occasions.
Juzeppezanoti Magic 3. At last I almost lost my temptation. In the word "only try", select a relatively town-use black flat shoe (105,000 yen) in the Zanotti lineup. The tip of the nail has a silver rhinestone ribbon, which has a strong scent of Zanotti. How do you suit your standard rubbing, a sweater and a pleated skirt?…I'm sorry. The discovery that not only evening dresses but also ordinary town clothes can be worn nicely. Now knocking out into the fascinating world of Zanotti.
The Italian brand, after all, eagles women's minds. As guided, go to the boutique of "FENDI".
A long-established fendice with roman fur. GINZA SIX also has a boutique at the corner along Ginza Chuo-dori. Founded in 1925, five daughters have succeeded in developing a more modern taste, and now the third generation, Sylvia Fendy, is in charge of the design field. In 1965, he signed a contract with Carl Lagerfeld, who was 27 years old, and his 54-year collaboration is the history of Fendy. Unfortunately, Karl Lagerfeld passed away two days before Fendy's February collection show, but he said he had been giving instructions to the collection by telephone until the end. It was a sudden event that nobody expected to die. In honor of Carl's feat, David Bouy's "HERO", which flowed at the end of the show, still remains in the ears. One of the reasons I visited the boutique this time was that in 1981, Karl wrote a self-written "Karligraphy" (a calligraphy that shows beautiful letters, close to calligraphy in Japan) and the FF logo "Carligraphy" was commercialized into several items. I heard that it was being developed. From fur coats to bag buckles! Like the last message of Carl, the elegant and presenceful FF logo "Carrigraphy" is one of the gifts left by Carl Lagerfeld who wants to have.
The splendid sketch of Carl Lagerfeld is also displayed on the elevator leading to the VIP room, giving a strong bond with the fendic. Carl's unique chic colors and beautiful sketches have eternal lives in fendices.
A big size (3,500,000 yen) made of crocodile appears in the currently popular bag "Pikabu X Wright". Documents are also included in the van, and the size seems to be easy to use for work. The bright brown crocodile looks good on any style and can be used widely. It is surprisingly lightweight and makes you feel the depth of the maison unique to fendices where craftsmanship shines.
The FF logo is still popular with the history of fendices. In 1969, the pretaporte of the fur coat was released, and the FF logo used for the lining was used for the first time on the front side, and since then it has become an icon that symbolizes the brand. It is used as a popular bag bagget, jacquard and print, and as a fur accent for various items. This tailored coat (516,000 yen) is characterized by gorgeous and humorous fur pockets of the FF logo.
After all, if you come to the fendice, I want to pass through the finest fur that is the icon of the maison.…I'm sorry. Happiness that is wrapped in the feel of soft fur feet and heals both mind and body. I think that every woman can sympathize with that. It is said that if you wear it carefully, you will have 100 years, and after wearing three generations of parents and children, you will return to the soil. In the VIP room on the 4th floor, with the advice of an exclusive fur expert, it is exactly at the time of bliss to see through this hand. This black and white blouson (23,681,000 yen) is likely to match not only evening but also surprisingly sporty jeans. Nevertheless, using the finest bobcat and putting it into a casual design so far is more and more fascinated by the wonderful fendices with both sense and technology.
You can visit many of the highest peaks of Milan and Paris's luxury brand in a short time, and enjoy the polite and thorough customer service attitude, not only the quality of the product but also the strength of a long-established store. It is a rare experience that can be enjoyed not only by famous overseas streets but also by GINZA SIX. I believe that the true power of the brand is the strength of the boutique, not just technology and design. GINZA SIX, where you can feel the high quality, may be like a Ginza power spot where you can take a luxurious aura just by walking.
Text: Atsuko Fujioka Photos: Kanako Noguchi Edit: Yuka Okada (edit81)
It’s hot and humid here in Tokyo in early September, but signs of fall are beginning to seep into the air. Soon I’ll be on my way to Europe to cover Fashion Week, but today I chose to stroll around GINZA SIX—lined with luxury boutiques displaying cruise collections, Japan specials, and more, all arranged side by side—and maybe get an advance peek. It feels much like taking a stroll down Avenue Montaigne in Paris or Via Monte Napoleone in Milan. As a fashion journalist, I’m always on the lookout for new information. There’s so much here to catch the eye. I feel I want to pick things up without thinking and find so much I would personally like to own. And in this way begins a short hour-and-a-half trip filled with luxury and enticements.
I first visit Ginza Tsutaya Books, a palace of books.
The GINZA SIX location in particular is known for its collection of unique titles. It’s my perpetual favorite. Whenever I’m here, I browse the photography section, where you’ll always find special limited editions. If you inquire, a store’s white-gloved photography concierge will turn the pages for you while providing helpful explanations. My concierge today is Fumiaki Banba.
On this occasion, I’m after a photography collection from the English photographer David Bailey (390,000 yen; all prices listed before tax). To make it easier to leaf through and enjoy this huge book, it’s displayed on a custom desk designed by Marc Newson (amazingly, the book and desk are sold together!), which is positioned at the entrance of the photography section. In the distant past, seeking out and pining for fashion and London, I’d gaze intently into his black-and-white photos, all but boring holes through them. David Bailey was my hero in the London of that distant time.
In Britain, when the class system remains fairly entrenched, a fishmonger’s son conquered the world’s fashion magazines as the industry’s top photographer and became a major figure of the counterculture—truly a 60s success story. He was the embodiment of pop culture in London at a time when the establishment was tumbling down.
The book is divided by era, from the 1960s to the present. The photos of the leading celebrities of the day are sharp black-and-whites, sometimes whimsically cropped. You look at them again and again and never tire. Or, perhaps it’s better to say, you can study them for hours. They’re materials from which the imagination springs; will the source ever run dry? The photos almost speak the lives of their subjects.
Jean Shrimpton, supermodel and erstwhile lover of David Bailey, was also a conqueror of the 60s. Twiggy may have been more famous in Japan, but globally, in the fashion magazines of the time, Shrimpton was by far the more prominent figure. When Shrimpton rushed in, soaking wet, and met Diana Vreeland, famed editor-in-chief of American Vogue, for the first time, Vreeland reportedly cried out, “Adorable!” Shrimpton was the legendary muse of Swinging London; even her passport photo was perfect, it’s said. Among the fashion shots of Shrimpton taken by Bailey that graced magazine covers are innumerable masterpieces. You’ll find a selection of these in this volume. After his relationship with Jean Shrimpton ended, David Bailey married Catherine Deneuve; they later divorced…
Oh, here’s Federico Fellini, the director, and Marcello Mastroianni, and here’s Jeanne Moreau! Every time I turn the page, I encounter, once again, brimming from every page, the essence of Bailey’s vision. Every portrait I look at makes me smile. I could study each one forever—but the time, the time… I feel rushed and turn the pages reluctantly.
Fashion has strong ties to counterculture: photography, music, literature, art, dance—all these modes of expression stimulate creative individuals. The 60s and 70s are themselves a fount of inspiration. The photos that transformed the symbolic figures of these decades into icons express something beyond their subject matter. At times, they presaged what was to come. The much-discussed film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, currently in theaters, takes up the 1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate, in which Sharon, eight months pregnant, and several friends, including her former fiancé, celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring, were murdered in the mansion of the director Roman Polanski, Tate’s husband, while he was away in London shooting a film. Tate hadn’t been married to Polanski for long. The photo here shows them when they were perhaps at their happiest, before tragedy struck. She was murdered by members of the Manson Family, a cult led by Charles Manson. The photo gives a sense of this historical backdrop, a time when the hippy movement began tilting towards cultism.
Needing a change of pace, I next go to Giuseppe Zanotti, a gorgeous Italian shoe brand.
During Milan Fashion Week, there’s great vibrancy and glamour on Via Monte Napoleone. Perfume drifts through the air. I could chat there on the streets forever, as if I actually lived there. There’s an unending stream of people at the Giuseppe Zanotti boutique in particular. At the GINZA SIX boutique as well, you’ll find rows of iconic shoes that express peak glamour.
This is what Zanotti is all about! These white boots have metallic gold heels with a patterned uneven surface, as if they’d been embossed. Giuseppe Zanotti’s magical powers of sophistication give a simple look to this stunning combination of white and gold. It’s chic to wear white boots in winter. Wearing these, no matter what else you wear, will transform you into a Milanese sophisticate.
Giuseppe Zanotti’s second magical power is to make sparkle itself the essence of the brand. Without fail, at the showroom in Via Monte Napoleone each season, he sets out jeweled shoes that confer brilliance upon every step (above photo: 220,000 yen). As diamond rings are for fingers, these shoes are exquisite jewelry for the feet. They’re gorgeous in a way that makes the people around you catch their breath. The large, dazzling flower, apparently created to grace the red carpet or a special evening occasion, sparkles on the ankle. Who would wear these shoes? What dress would they wear? The thought buoys my spirits. You’ll want to keep these jeweled shoes for special occasions.
This is the third magical power of Giuseppe Zanotti. I find myself succumbing to temptation. “Feel free to try a pair on,” says an encouraging voice. With that, I choose a pair of black flats (105,000 yen) from the Zanotti lineup, more or less intended for ordinary outings. There’s a ribbon of rhinestones on the toe; there’s an intense sense of Zanotti’s spirit in the air. By chance, they go pretty well, I think, with the sweater and pleated skirt I happen to be wearing, my signature look. I discover the shoes look great not just in evening dress, but with the clothes in which I regularly venture out into the world. The enticing world of Zanotti is a knockout.
Italian brands really grab hold of a woman’s heart. And, as if drawn by magic, I go next to Fendi.
Fendi, a long-standing proprietor of fur and leather goods, operates a boutique in the corner of GINZA SIX along Ginza Chuo Avenue. Founded in 1925, the shop was passed down to the founder’s five daughters, who expanded it with modern styles. Currently, its creative director is Silvia Fendi, from the family’s third generation. Karl Lagerfeld joined the company in 1965 at the tender age of 27: this 54-year collaboration is the great glory of Fendi’s history. Regrettably, Karl Lagerfeld passed away this year in February, two days before Fendi was to show its collection. He reportedly was giving instructions over the phone until the very end. It happened suddenly; no one expected it. David Bowie’s “Heroes” played at the end of the show to honor Karl’s prodigious achievements. It still rings in my ear. One reason I came to Fendi today was I’d heard that a number of items incorporated the FF logo based on the calligraphy handwritten by Karl in 1981. And, indeed, from fur coats to handbag buckles, this turns out to be true! It’s somewhat like Karl’s last statement. Highly refined and with an affecting presence, this FF calligraphy is perhaps a gift Karl Lagerfeld has bequeathed us. I definitely want something with this logo.
His gorgeous sketches are displayed in the elevator leading to the VIP room. The strong bond with Fendi is palpable. His distinctive kitsch color schemes and flowing sketches breathe eternal life into the brand.
Peekaboo X-Lite, a hot handbag line at the moment, is now available in a large-sized crocodile leather bag (3,500,000 yen). The large dimensions make it ideal for carrying numerous documents, and it looks versatile enough for work. I reach for it without thinking. The bright, brown crocodile leather goes well with any style. One could carry it with all sorts of looks, and it’s surprisingly light. The splendid craftsmanship gives a strong sense of Fendi’s depths as a fashion maison.
The FF logo, an integral part of Fendi’s history, remains as popular as ever. Initially used in the liners, it first appeared in 1969 with Fendi’s prêt-à-porter fur coat collection, becoming an icon of the brand thereafter. Starting with the popular Baguette handbag, it’s woven into various items in Jacquard fabric and prints and occurs as a fur accent as well. This tailored coat (516,000 yen) is accented with gorgeous, whimsical fur pockets bearing the FF logo.
Anyone coming to Fendi would want to run their hands through the maison’s iconic top-of-the-line fur. Wrapping yourself in soft fur exercises a soothing magic over both body and mind. It’s a kind of happiness to which all women can surely relate. If you’re reasonably careful, the fur will last 100 years, I’m told. Three generations will wear it, after which it returns to the earth. In the fourth floor VIP room, I get advice from the fur expert on hand. Seeing various furs and running your hands through them is the ultimate experience. The refinement of this black and white blouson (23,681,000 yen) makes it perfect, of course, for special evenings; but it would also go surprisingly well with a pair of sporty jeans. Having said this, the use of high-grade bobcat fur in a casual design speaks to Fendi’s wonderful combination of sensibility and technique. The brand feels all the more appealing.
GINZA SIX offers the opportunity to visit, in a short span of time, the pinnacles of Milanese and Parisian luxury brands. The customer service is thoughtful and attentive. It’s a real pleasure to experience the underlying strength of these long-standing brands—brands that are about so much more than the quality of their products. It’s a rare experience one can experience not just on famed shopping boulevards overseas, but at GINZA SIX. The true strength of a brand isn’t just technique, and it isn’t just design. I’m convinced it’s the high standard for overall capabilities, including the service customers receive at its boutiques. You can experience this exalted quality at GINZA SIX while strolling about and soaking up this aura of luxury, as if you were at a power spot in the heart of Ginza.
Text：Atsuko Fujioka Photos：Kanako Noguchi Edit：Yuka Okada（edit81）
Began working as a fashion journalist after serving as a fashion coordinator for women’s apparel at the International Wool Secretariat (IWS). Has written for a wide range of media, from newspapers to fashion magazines, including Asahi Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, AERA, and FIGARO japon. Pens regular columns for Japanese fashion magazines like 25ans, GINGER, and GIZELE, as well as for the Chinese editions of Ray and Glamorous. She’s also written for and edited the fashion section of imidas (Innovative Multi-Information Dictionary Annual Series). Her site “Flower Runway” explaining fashion terms on the mobile edition of Imidasu (http://imidas.jp) is especially popular. Her clear explanations of technical terms are highly regarded, and she’s presented numerous lectures for companies and groups across different industries, including home electronics and cosmetics. Attended by editors, apparel buyers, designers, and other industry insiders, her biannual seminars on fashion trends draw rave reviews and are the most popular seminars of their kind in Japan. Author of When Buyers Change, Sellers Change (Japan Management Association); fashion advisor to the Japan Fashion Color Association; director of the Association France Japon; visiting professor since fiscal 2016 for the Fashion Planning degree in the Department of Fashion and Textile Design at Kobe Design University.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram