虎ノ門にできた新しいホテル”アンダーズ”に行ったことはあるかしら？ラグジュアリーでグラマラスで、ホテルからの眺めは本当に信じられないくらい素晴らしいの！改めて東京がどれだけ大きな街なのか気付かされたわ。だから先週のMy Little Boxのお披露目にはぴったりな場所だったの。ラッキーなことにそのお披露目パーティーに招待されて、彼らのコンセプトやストーリーを直接聞くことができたの。
Have you been to the Andaz hotel in Toranomon Hills yet? It’s very luxurious, glamorous and in a way intimidating – the view from there is so incredible, it makes you realise how big Tokyo really is. So it was the perfect place for the super cute surprises from My Little Box to take flight last week. And Iheartokyo was lucky enough to be invited!
My little box by INES de la Fressange
My Little Boxのファンになったのは少し前のこと。特別にラッピングされた可愛いボックスが毎月ポストに届くの。ボックスの中身はコスメやステーショナリー、フランスのトレンドが載っているブックレットなど。今回My Little BoxがInes de la fressangeとコラボするって知ってとってもワクワクしていたの。８０年代に彼女がCHANEL広告塔になってからずっと私のアイコンだから。私のベッドルームの壁は彼女のキャンペーンポスターでいっぱいだったほど！幼い頃の私にとって、パリのイメージは彼女そのものだったわ。
I have been a fan of My Little Box for a while – those special boxes that appear in my mailbox every month filled with cosmetics and very French curiosities, and I was excited to celebrate the new collaboration with fashion icon Ines de la fressange – one of my fashion idols since the 80s when she was the face of Chanel. My bedroom wall used to be covered with images of her old ad campaigns – to me she was the face of the Paris that I imagined but had never travelled to when I was young.
The night was all about the finest things in life, and a perfect merge of Paris and Tokyo. I love adding a touch of France to my life, and having My Little Box give me my monthly top-ups of Parisian chic.
This Valentine’s Day, while you are on a romantic date with the man of your dreams, I will be celebrating with a slice of pizza, a tub of microwave popcorn, and my remote control, watching Molly Ringwald re-runs on hulu. To be honest, I can think of no better way to spend Valentine’s day!
Molly was the 80s fashion It-Girl
I love the 80s silhouette of this dress!
Pretty in Pink
Pretty in Pink – Andie’s room
Molly Ringwaldは８０年代の青春映画でブレイクした女優なの–Sixteen CandlesやThe Breakfast Club、Pretty In Pinkが彼女の代表作。彼女の役柄はいつも、お嬢様でお堅い清楚な女の子で、ストーリーの最後は不良グループの一員になるっていうオチなの。彼女が出てる映画はどれもファッションや音楽が素敵だからみんなに観てほしいわ。彼女のスタイルは８０年代のアイコンで、この時代のティーン向け雑誌はこぞってMollyを表紙に使っていたの。フロッピーハットにショルダーパッド、ジャケットにピンバッジがMollyの定番スタイル。わたしもこのスタイルが大好き。
Molly Ringwald was the breakout star of 1980s teen romance movies – she was the unexpected star of some of my favourite films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and of course Pretty In Pink. She always played this kind of untouchable, steely sophisticated girl, but in the end she always ended up being one of the gang. Her curly ginger hair played a totally unexpected role in many of her movies and gave her the feeling of being an outisder, of being something a little different. And don’t get me started on her fashion choices – she was on the cover of every teen magazine in the 80s and always had a floppy hat, shoulder pad and loads of pin badges on her jackets. Respect.
As a person living and working in the fashion world, every season I like to have certain fabulous icons that I use to give me inspiration and to help me get through. This season, it is undoubtedly Olivia Newton-John, the 80s blonde Aussie bombshell famous for her movies Grease and the spectacular roller skating sci-fi fantasy Xanadu.
I am not sure if you have seen the movie or not, but if you haven’t you should download it RIGHT NOW! It’s sooooo perfect for the upcoming season, and it will get you into the mood for the new Sretsis collection called The Runaway Rum. Based on rollerskating motifs and silhouettes that are all laced up, this collection will drop on iheartokyo.com very soon!
While last season we were head over heels for everything 60s, now the world is turning its gaze to what was possibly the most fun decade of last century, the 70s. I personally love the 70s because to me it’s when women really had a voice and were able to express themselves freely. Post-Sexual Revolution, ladies were able to use fashion to push the envelope and show their own personal points of view, making themselves icons at the same time. There were so many fabulous ladies – many of them from right here in New York – who seemed to typify that specific 70s style. Here are some of my favourites.
The most typically “All-American” of all of the Charlies Angels, Farrah was known for her hot body, sporty style and that hair, famously dubbed the “Farrah Flick”. She was the fresh-faced sex kitten, the woman all American women wanted to be. I remember she used to be the face of Fabergé shampoo, and the ads featured her looking amazing and flicking that hair like a legend.
Fashion Legacy: high waisted pants worn with simple tees, platform boots and skater shoes.
Ali Macgraw – Preppy Hippy
Ali Macgraw’s natural, earthy style
Macgraw with Ryan O’Neill in Love Story
絵に描いたようなシンデレラガールAli Macgrawも私のお気に入り。この清楚で美しいAliはNYのBazaar誌でDiana Vreelandのファッションアシスタントとして働き始めて、そこから運良くモデルへと変身を遂げたの。上の写真でもわかる通り、映画 Love Story (邦題:ある愛の詩)では主演を務めた女優でもある。キャメルコートブームはこの映画からきたのよ。
This girl had the dream life – I’m jealous! This clean faced American beauty started out as a fashion assistant to Diana Vreeland at Harper’s Bazaar in New York, and then began to model and next minute pow! Ali Macgraw became one of the leading actresses of the 1970s starring opposite Ryan O’Neill in Love Story (the camel coat she wore in that movie became iconic), and was able to use her skills as a stylist to always look effortlessly cool.
Fashion legacy: Camel coats, short shorts, Italian paisleys, knitted caps.
Macgraw advertises CHANEL
Jane Birkin – Flower Power
Jane Birkin’s minimal cool
There was always a relaxed ease to how Birkin wore her clothes
While American actresses were dominating the 70s style stakes, on the other side of the globe, the expat British singer and actress Jane Birkin was wowing Paris with her breezy beauty. The epitome of jet-set chic, her minimalist style inspired the world – she was often seen on boats on the French riviera wearing crop tops or striped beauteous and wide legged jeans, or wearing unbuttoned oversized shirts.
Fashion legacy: Mini dresses, wide leg jeans, crop tops and that handbag, flower prints
Birkin’s Flower Power beauty
Debbie Harry – Punk Rock
Debbie Harry’s leather jacket is pure rock
Polaroids of our favourite Blondie
Debbie Harry ほどiheart girlを象徴する７０年代のアイコンは思い浮かばないわ。ロックバンドBlondieのボーカルであり、彼女のスタイルはNolitaがベースになっているの。彼女がよく通っていた地元のクラブMax’s Kansas CityとCBGBs(のちにマドンナが同じクラブに通い、彼女のマネをしたと言われた)や、Stephen Sprouse（彼は私の個人的なアイコンでもある）が手がけた彼女の衣装はパンクロックプリンセスムーブメントの象徴。
There’s no other style icon from the 70s that best represents the iheartgirl than perhaps Debbie Harry, the lead singer of the band Blondie. Her style is based in Nolita, where she evolved into a punk rock princess by frequenting local clubs Max’s Kansas City and CBGBs (later a young Madonna would hang out at the same venues trying to emulate Debbie), and many of her outfits were created by the late legend Stephen Sprouse (another personal style icon of mine).
Fashion Legacy: Ombré hair, denim, camouflage, leather biker jackets and printed punk vintage tees.
I remember my parents listening to Stevie Nicks and her sultry, authentic voice. But it was a while before I recognised her amazing style – a mix of hippie, rock and goth goddess. In her live performances as the singer for Fleetwood Mac, she would saw around in a drug-induced haze, swirling her long frilled maxi skirts and knitted shawls to maximum effect. Those girls at Coachella only wish they could look this good!
Fashion Legacy: Cowgirl shirts and boots, fringing, long maxi skirts, crochet shawls.
I’ve got a confession. I’m always stealing my male friend’s clothes. For me there has always been a fascination with that oversized look, and the kind of sexy masculinity attached to an oversized shirt. Lately, I’ve been seeing lots of girls around Nolita wearing baseball and sports jerseys, and doing amazing things with them. To me, this ultra sporty look is best when worn as a dress, as above, with a retro cargo jacket. Or oversized stadium bombers also rock – you can give them a fashion edge depending how you mix it up. The look is bold, and very American.
Ming Xi in Los Angeles Dodgers STARTER Jacket, photo by Phil Oh
Daphne Javitch in Los Angeles Clippers NIKE Coat, photo by Phil Oh
For me, the essence of New York City dressing is being able to give things a sporty reality; making things wearable, stylish, and still fun. And there’s nothing like mixing up masculine and feminine; vintage and chic. So next time you are heading out shopping, think first and hit the sports store – you never know what you might find. Join the sports club and show your support. Just be careful which team you pick!
I look around and think that the most stylish women are the fabulous old grannies – they are so well put-together, and not trashy like so many of the street kids nowadays. And it seems like I am not alone in thinking this. This morning when I opened up the latest Vogue, I saw the new Saint Laurent Paris campaign featuring the 71 year-old Joni Mitchell, and my instagram has been swamped lately with the new Céline campaign starring the 80 year-old Joan Didion.
Joni Mitchell photographed by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent Paris
Joan Didion photographed by Juergen Teller for Céline
then my heart stopped. New York jewelry designer Alexis Bittar just released an ad campaign featuring teen blogger Tavi Gevinson next to 93 year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel. Something new is happening and it seems that the freshest faces in fashion seem to be much older and wiser.
Part of this has to do with the work of photographer Ari Seth Cohen, whose amazing advancedstyle blog has been featuring fashion for the senior set for a few years now. Based in New York, Cohen was bored by the traditional street snaps of hot young fashionistas and chose instead to feature inspirational older ladies who he thought look chic and offered something a little different. I think we have a lot to learn from these older ladies who have seen all the trends and really know how to work it!
Photos by Ari Seth Cohen for Grey Magazine, Styling Valentina Ilardi Martin
Photos by Ari Seth Cohen for Grey Magazine, Styling Valentina Ilardi Martin
Ari Seth Cohenの写真展「アドバンストスタイル ーNYマダムのオシャレスナップ」は西武渋谷店 A館7階 特設会場にて2月17日〜3月1日の期間で開催される。入場料は５００円。
Ari Seth Cohen will have an exhibition of his works in Shibuya Seibu from next month (17th Feb. – 1st Mar.) Entry fee ¥500.
Fashion always likes to look backwards, forwards and sometimes sideways, and gains inspiration from all over the place – a bit like me at iheartokyo really. Fashion moments can spring into my head at the strangest times. Lately, for some unknown reason, I have had a fixation with the 1960s. Of course the 60s is a massive source of inspiration ripe for the picking, with everything from crazy psychedelic pucci prints to something a little more grooooovy baby! My current fixation is the Youthquake.
Youthquake influenced fashion and music
The Youthquake explosion on London’s Carnaby Street
The 1960s Youthquake movement had its heart in London, centred around Carnaby Street – kinda like an old Harajuku – and at this time the fashion and music movements were dominated by teenagers. Its fun and youthful energy brought about styles like the miniskirt – can you believe it? The legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland coined the term, and often put these young hot models – Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Verushka – onto the front cover of Vogue.
Jean Shrimpton in 1965 on the front cover of Harper’s Bazaar, shot by Richard Avedon
But there’s no doubt that the face of this Youthquake period was led by a young model called Jean Shrimpton, and she is the inspiration behind the girl in my latest shoot “That 60s Girl”. In my eyes, Jean Shrimpton was totally perfect – her face had that youthful innocence that I know iheartokyo girls just love. She somehow manages to combine the look of the girl nextdoor so honestly in her photos, whilst always looking at the height of fashion.
That 60s Girl exclusive iheartokyo photoshoot
Here’s one of my favourite photos of Jean Shrimpton, which directly inspired this shoot.
Together with photographer Maciej Kucia, we explored the mind of a young girl coming to terms with creating her own style, but this time it’s not in London, but on the streets of Harajuku, and it’s right now, not back then. Nothing was too posed, and it almost seems like the girl is unaware of the photographer. This modern day Jean Shrimpton is about a girl who likes to play with fashion, wearing classic styles with a fun modern twist. She’s fun, inventive, clever and unique, just like all of us. And this girl, the iheartokyo girl, has a style and a way of putting clothes together all her own.
If you want to know more about this amazing time in fashion history, I suggest you watch the movie called “Blow-Up” which was shot in the 60s and is all about London street fashion of the time. You can see the original trailer here: