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Onitsuka Tiger X Andrea Pompilio RTW Spring 2015

Onitsuka Tiger runway show was the last one for me this season and the best one yet in terms of entertainment. ^-^ Thanks to my friend Fabio, I got myself a VIP seat at the sponsor booth and an opportunity to wait for the start of the show there instead of lining up outside with the rest of the people for an hour. Yep, the show was fashionably late.

Andrea Pompilio is a designer for Onitsuka Tiger’s clothing line. He presented a very cool collection and an amazing show with 40!! models walking down a U-shaped runway. The finale was very dramatic – all the models lined up in rows on a separate stage for a final view of the entire collection.

I really liked some of the pieces like floor-grazing dresses, sweats with industrial tape-like stripes and gladiator sneakers. I also loved the styling of the models especially the feather crowns.

After the show, we were all invited to an after party at IDOL in Aoyama. I ran into a couple of friends so we decided to check it out together. One of them told me that when he was little, Onitsuka Tiger were the uncool, everyone-has-it type of sneakers and Adidas was something of a must-have. ^-^ Well, the brand did really well since. Old, forgotten labels are rebranding now with these cool, trending new looks and smart marketing campaigns. Look at the Birkenstock for crying out loud. Yes, they are still ridiculous but yes, I bought a pair this summer. ^-^

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Before the start of the show – Andrea is finalizing models’ positions on the stage.

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My favorite dress in my favorite color. ^-^

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Interview with the designers after the runway show.

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Ran into sisters from howtwolive.com again.

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With my friends after the show.

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At the IDOL, Aoyama

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Amazing sticker art! The artist was creating the famous Shibuya crossing out of small colorful stickers.

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Tokyo Fashion’s night out 2014

It’s this time of the year again. Each shop in Harajuku/Omotesando/Shibuya district prepared something special for the Fashion’s night out and I happened to miss almost all of it, hehe. My dear husband went on a well-deserved vacation to Shanghai leaving me with my little munchkin so I couldn’t really check a lot of stores with a stroller and an 8PM sleeping time. ^-^ But, I couldn’t skip it either so I dressed my son in a matching outfit and went out to at least support my friend Eri who organized an elegant event at Comptoir des Cotonniers Aoyama boutique.

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I had to make this fashion outing kid-friendly so our journey started at Softbank flagship store where we checked cool robots.

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Then, we stared at Hato buses – my son’s recent obsession. Because Hato bus is his favorite toy, he drags it everywhere and of course keeps losing it. The last one we lost at Moscow airport on our way home from our summer vacation so I had to go to Kiddyland to buy him a new one. ^-^

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At Kiddyland, we played with Lego nano trains and Totoro toys – another obsession of his. ^-^

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Then, we headed to Petit Bateau flagship store where he played with ducks while I was spending tons of money on his outfits. I love this brand for high quality basics but it is seriously overpriced.. :/

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I took some snapshots on my way to CdC boutique. I just love the atmosphere of FNO – lots of fashionable folks outside, DJ booths everywhere, champagne flutes are glistering in the lights and people shop, shop, shop. ^-^

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Hello Kitty is being very popular this year. She did a number of fashion collaborations with high-end brands like Mikimoto and Louis Vuitton. Now, it’s Gucci’s time. By the way, did you know that Kitty is not even a cat? It was all over the news recently. Apparently, Kitty is a personification of a cat – a fashion-obsessed character who looks like a cat. ^-^

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At last, we arrived at Comptoir des Cotonniers boutique. For this year, Eri organized a collaboration between the brand and Adrian, a very talented sketch artist and illustrator. He was sketching customers who tried on items from the new Nouvelle vague collection.

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I was wearing CdC so got my sketch as well. Adrian is an amazing artist. In 2 minutes he managed to make a beautiful sketch of me and my son even though we didn’t stop moving for a second. 😉

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My little artist was very inspired with Adrian’s work. He was mimicking him for good 15 minutes while I was sweating next to him, hoping he wouldn’t ruin any of Adrian’s displayed sketches. ^-^

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The new collection is amazing – lots of separates to mix and match and they all are so comfy, absolutely perfect for the cold season. I have my eye on so many things. Unfortunately, I couldn’t shop that night because the fitting room had a long waiting list and because my son was getting tired by the minute.

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I said my sad goodbyes and we left to catch a taxi back home. But not before I did a VERY quick stroll around my favorite Omotesando area behind Prada building. I give the most points to Moncler for their originality. They made it snow in the beginning of September. ^-^

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As usual, Red Valentino and Theory were almost empty. They just don’t know how to create a buzz during FNO. Having a cool DJ booth and free champagne does not guarantee you customers especially if it’s all inside and not visible from the street. And what’s up with all the clothes missing? Don’t you want people to shop? Theory has really missed the mark for me this year by removing ALL the clothes from the first floor.

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We got into our taxi right when it started to rain. I wanted to stay longer (snow, thunder, blizzard – whatever) but my little boy needed his dinner and sleep so we headed back home. Sorry for not having any more pics than that. Promise to do better next year. ^-^

Natura Siberica in Tokyo

Two days ago, I discovered Natura Siberica in the heart of Aoyama. It is a Russian brand that sells organic cosmetics made from wild plants harvested in Siberia. The first shop was opened in Russia in 2007 but I never knew about it since I have already been living in Tokyo at that time. However, when I posted the photo of their Aoyama shop on Instagram, many of my Russian friends replied saying that the brand is extremely popular and that they really love their products.
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Roberto Cavalli store opening in Aoyama, Tokyo

A week before Fashion’s night out, a friend invited me to the opening of Roberto Cavalli store in Aoyama. I wasn’t feeling well that night  but decided to go anyway because let’s face it, invitations like that don’t come very often. ^-^ And I am glad I went because the event was beautiful all the way – red carpet, A-list celebrities, champagne and tasty food galore.. I also ended up meeting lots of interesting people and making some really good friends.

Among all the people I saw and met that night were some of my favorite Japanese celebrities like Jessica and Ai Tominaga. I was also psyched to see Hidetoshi Nakata stylish and nonchalant as always.

The catering was gorgeous. Besides these beautiful canapes that were available throughout the whole night (and not just the first 20 minutes like at most parties), we were also given gift bags with Roberto Cavalli macaroons. My husband had a very delicious breakfast the next morning. ^-^

The store itself was exquisite. There were beautiful gowns and jewelry everywhere. You could try on or take a picture of everything you wanted.. It’s like a dream for a fashion blogger.. Me, I was too nervous to touch anything but I absolutely fell in love with some of the pieces like the sequined dresses – they were so dreamy… Store models and some of the celebrities were dressed in RC gowns as well.

At the party, I ran into some friends who I used to work with at TV Asahi and random modeling jobs back in the day.

And then, I happened to meet some wonderful people – fashion bloggers, radio DJs and graphic designers like me. We hit it off right away and ended up going to the after party together. By the way, the after party was at the newest Shibuya club “Vision”.

Marco Scardigli, the director of Roberto Cavalli Japan was so kind to introduce me to Roberto Cavalli himself and then snap this picture of us. Thank you so much Marco!

The party was an absolute success. I had a wonderful time exactly when I needed it the most. Thank you Elizabeth for inviting me. ^-^