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A Power Spot in Ginza: Filling Up on Refined Luxury A Power Spot in Ginza: Filling Up on Refined Luxury
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.86
The beginning of September when signs of autumn steal up hot and humid Tokyo soon. But is it preliminary inspection of Collection just before Collection coverage of Europe? We looked in GINZA SIX in this aimlessly. GINZA SIX where luxury boutique where CRYDD Collection and Japan special are all present in a row links the eaves is pleasure to totally stroll avenue Montaigne of Paris and montenaporeone of Milan. New information that we want to understand as fashion journalist jumps into eyes, and thing which I come to want is found for hand a lot unintentionally. It is beginning of short trip of one and a half hours filled with temptation and luxurious experiences.
At first, it is TSUTAYA BOOKS that came.
In TSUTAYA Ginza bookstore which is known for selection of books which is the palace of book, and are unique, great anytime; favorite. It is corner of this photograph book that wants to come in particular in GINZA SIX. For some reason specially made limited edition is always put, and polite commentary is belonging to, and, including Banba sentence that supported if we ask on that day, white photograph CONCEIRGE which wore gloves turns up page.
This guide collection of photographs of photographer David Bailey of the U.K. (all 390,000 yen ※ lower than + tax price). It is easy to see this huge size more and is placed in desk of "Mark Newson" who was custom-ordered to be able to enjoy design (collection of what photographs and desk are set selling) and decorates entrance of photograph corner. We wanted to be fashion and there was hole and looked at collection of monochrome photographs with rapture, and, in the far-off times when we longed for fashion in London, David Bailey was my hero. It was embodier of pop culture of such a London that it was-like success story, and the old system society made a sound, and right collapsed in the 60s that son of fish shop conquered world fashion magazine as the top photographer in the U.K. where class system remained firmly, and jumped to the leading role of subculture.
Even if monochrome is occasionally humorous sharply, and photograph which we cut sees celebrity who shined by editing divided according to the times in the time how many times to this day from the 60s, we do not get tired. Called this far from imagination springing out like spring even if see how many hours more, and running out, photograph begins to talk until the life of subject.
Gene shrimp ton of supermodel who it was lover of David Bailey, and conquered the 60s. Twiggy was more famous in Japan, but, with fashion magazine globally at the time, Gene was absolutely big. When Gene gets wet through, and excellent chief editor Diana Vreeland of that American vogue rushed to the first meeting, it is said that we told lines, "it is cutie pie who, well, is perfect". It is legendary Muses of suingingurondon that even photograph of Passport was completely beautiful. As for the fashion photo with Gene whom debit takes and dropped, there are innumerable masterpieces which we displayed cover of magazine, and a part is put in collection of these photographs. After having broken up with Gene, we got married, and David Bailey broke up with Catherine Deneuve afterwards.
Oh, ... here Federico Fellini (supervision) and Mastroianni here Jeanne Moreau! Even if this is hit whenever we turn up page so that essence of David runs down and sees any portrait, smile overflows unintentionally. When look forever, soon time…This is rushed, unwillingly on the following page.
We have strong ties in fashion and subculture, and photograph, music, literature, art, dance various elements stimulate creator. One of the idea sources is the 60s, the 70s, and photograph which cuts and is taken, and did appropriate for characters expresses essence more than subject, and person symbolizing the time sometimes predicts situation. Main character actress Sharon Tate of "Sharon Tate case" that appeared in exhibited much-talked-about movie "ONCE UPON A TIME in Hollywood" now (case that Jay Cebu ring and others friend of celebrity hair designer was killed in her former fiances who he was London, and were with 8 months pregnant Sharon during shooting in mansion of Director Roman Polanski who was the husband in ※ 1969) sent short married life with supervision Roman Polanski, but the top of two happiness before tragedy attacks is told all about to this one piece of photograph. It lets you feel background in the times when hippie became cult that criminal was founder Charles Mansson and family of cult group.
Change feeling, and to shoes brand "GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI" (juzeppezanotti) where Italy is gorgeous next time.
It is already gorgeous, and, as for bustle of montenaporeone street at the time of Milan collection, good flavor of aroma drifts and we have a look like resident forever and stand in just what and want to talk. It is boutique of "juzeppezanotti" that crowd does not die out above all conspicuously. Shoes which are Aiko Nic which made ze;zei for boutique of GINZA SIX line.
zanotti will be this! White boots which irregularities design that pushed carved seal to metal heel of gold is engraved into. As magic of Giuseppe zanotti called polish is submitted to pair called "white X gold" that only this is gorgeous looking simple. It is the best to wear white boots in winter. If there are any this a little, any wearing seems to change into stylish Milan madam style.
Magic 2 of juzeppezanotti. This brightness is the essence of this brand. It is jewelry shoes (as for the upper photograph 220,000 yen) which what have been suggested regularly in exhibition held in showroom of montenaporeone in every season is gorgeous, and color step. We want to be dressed in footwear with elegant jewelry to wear a ring of diamond on finger of the hand. That is the splendor that people of the circumference hold their breath, too. Brightness of large flower as it is dazzling doing just fit in red carpet and evening shines to ankle. What kind of people will put these shoes together with what kind of dress? Tension goes up just to imagine. It is special jewelry shoes for special time.
juzeppezanotti magic 3. We almost yielded to temptation at last. "But, only as for the trial", black flattie (105,000 yen) of town use is relatively chosen in lineup of zanotti by the word. Tiptoe has ribbon of rhinestone of silver, and there is strongly flavor of zanotti. Surprisingly, own basic look called sweater and pleated skirt which we wore then looks good…. Discovery to be able to manage to wear to not only evening dress but also common street clothes splendidly. We already knock out in the world of fascination of zanotti.
After all, Italian brand makes a grab at heart of woman. So that is led; next time to boutique of "FENDI" (FENDI).
Well-established FENDI of fur of Rome. We set up boutique in with Ginza Chuo-dori ino section in GINZA SIX. It is founding of 1925, but five daughters become successor and develop in more modern taste, and Sylvia FENDI equal to the third generation is in charge of the field of design now. We contract with Karl Lagerfeld which was young age 27 years old in 1965, and collaboration to cross for a long time called 54 years is "bloom" of history of FENDI. Unfortunately Karl Lagerfeld passed away two days before collection of FENDI show in February of this year, but it is said that we provided instructions to Collection on the telephone till the last. It was sudden event that we died, and nobody expected. We praise great achievement of curl, and "HERO" of David Bowie who drifted last of show still remains in ear. One of the reasons that visited boutique this time is because we heard information that FF logo "karigurafi" by "calligraphy" (manner of writing to make letter look beautiful, calligraphy in Japan are near) that Carl wrote by handwriting in 1981 is commercialized by some items, and is developed. There was from coat of fur to buckle of bag! Dignity is high, and, like the last message of curl, bold FF logo "karigurafi" totally thinks that one may be present which Karl Lagerfeld which we want to never have left in history.
Splendid sketching of Karl Lagerfeld is given glory to into elevator abreast of VIP room and lets strong bond with FENDI feel. Kitschy color peculiar to curl and flowing elegant sketching inspire FENDI with everlasting life.
The big size (3,500,000 yen) made of Crocodile in the bag "PEEK-A-BOO X right field" just proud of great popularity is appearance. Documents enter straight, and, to size that convenience looks good for work, way grows unintentionally. Crocodile of spirited Brown matches any style nicely and seems to be usable widely. It is prepared to light weight and lets, as is expected, profundity of maison only by FENDI which craftsmanship shines feel surprisingly.
It is this FF logo that one with high popularity is as ever with history of FENDI. We announced pret-a-porter of fur coat in 1969, and it was icon which symbolized brand since errand in face in FF logo used for lining for the first time until then. Including baguette of popular bag, we are used for jacquard and print errand, items again various as fur accent. This tailored coat (516,000 yen) is gorgeous and is humorous, and pocket of fur of FF logo accentuates.
After all, we want to put fur of the highest grade that is icon of maison through hand if we come for FENDI…. Happiness that they be wrapped up in the touch of soft bushy foot, and both heart and body are healed. We think that everybody may sympathize if it is woman that thinks so. It is said that we hold 100 years if we wear carefully and returns to soil after having worn for parent and child three generations. When it is right blissful, there is that we see through hand this and that while receiving advice of contracted fur expert in VIP room of 4F. Of course, as for this monochrome blouson (23,681,000 yen), high tone seems to fit unexpectedly sporty jeans in evening. However, we are attracted more and more by sense and splendor of FENDI with technical two wheels to plunge into casual design using bay lynx of the highest grade to here.
The powerful charm not to be only height of quality of products, and to taste the well-established real ability in waiting on customers manner that several can visit the highest peak of luxury brand of Milan and Paris in a short time, and is polite, and was perfect. That is rare experience to be able to taste in not only overseas famous street but also GINZA SIX. I believe that true power of brand is not only design only in technique either, and there is correspondence of boutique to height of collective strength that we included. GINZA SIX which can realize high quality seems to be able to bathe in deluxe aura just to stroll, may be existence such as power spot of Ginza by any chance.
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