Vogue Fashion’s night out in Tokyo is getting better every year. Of course nothing can top off the last year when 17 Vogue editors came and brought along designers, celebrities and bloggers from all over the world but it was a special one time event to show support to Japan after what happened in March. This year, nobody major came but nevertheless the shops went out of their way to organize fun events, stamp rallies, contests all the while offering free drinks and food to its visitors. Many also offered limited edition merchandise – FNO-related novelty goods (Roberto Cavalli, Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs) as well as one of a kind items you could buy only then and there (Gucci). Japanese girls absolutely love “gentei” – limited time thingies so those were selling out pretty fast.
Moncler window display
This year, I stayed mainly to the South-East of Omotesando area visiting Issey Miyake, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Theory and Roberto Cavalli. I skipped opening ceremony at Omotesando hills because it is the same every year with the same hosts and the same celebrities but here are a couple of pictures taken by my friend’s fiance. ^-^
Van Cleef & Arpels reception at Omotesando Hills (photo taken by Matthew Chong)
FNO opening ceremony at Omotesando Hills (photo taken by Matthew Chong)
Armani store on Omotesando street
New Bao Bao bag at Issey Miyake store. I am in love with this bag. I have it in white and absolutely love it. It gives such an edge to whatever outfit I choose to wear. I have been using this bag every day this summer and never ever did it not go with what I was wearing. I am seriously considering getting the pink one too now. ^-^ By the way, Bao Bao bags are only available in Japan for now but if any of you guys want it, I can help you get it. Contact me at email@example.com.
Dior, Chanel, Bulgari and Maison Martin Margiela stores, Omotesando street
Yayoi Kusama window display at Louis Vuitton. The wax figure is really freaky. It is so detailed, you can see oily pores on her skin and facial hair.. She is one strange lady but I don’t question her artistic sense. However unusual her designs are, they do make an amazing impact. Nobody went past Luis Vuitton without peaking inside. ^-^
Yayoi Kusama closeup (photo taken by Matthew Chong)
Ralph Lauren Rugby window display
In front of Gucci I ran into Gervin – my stylish friend from Philippines. He was as always full of positive energy.
Tommy Hilfiger window display at Tokyu plaza in Harajuku
Sergey and me in front of Dior store in Omotesando
Belvedere bar at Marc Jacobs flagship store in Omotesando
Beautiful MJ bags that we could take photos with. Marc Jacobs store offered a free photo session with Keiichi Nitta as part of their FNO celebration.
On the second floor, Tokyo Dandy organized a creative workshop. Everyone had an opportunity to customize US Vogue’s September issue cover with Lady Gaga on it wearing gorgeous Marc Jacobs gown. Me and Sergey immediately decided to go with a Russian theme. He made a really corky matryoshka out of Lady Gaga and I did this. Mine is not very creative but it was just for fun. ^-^
Then, I run into Marni, my New York friend who works at Marc Jacobs. She was wearing the cutest and most original skirt I have ever seen. I just wanted to keep touching it. ^-^
In front of MJ I also met Anna – Russian jewelry designer and model. She is amazing. I so wished to be wearing heels though when I was taking this picture with her. ^-^
At Prada, I ran into some more friends – two Russian models and my fashion friends Elly and Chiemi.
At Roberto Cavalli I met with Meg – my Japanese model friend and multitalented Misha Janette who as always was so dazzling and so sweet.
Models at Roberto Cavalli
Gorgeous Roberto Cavalli gowns
I finally bought new Roberto Cavalli’s perfume. The smell is incredible. I love it so much!
Corona beer bar at James Perse (photo taken by Matthew Chong)
Thanks to FNO my wish list doubled in length. ^-^ Now in addition to everything I need to buy at shopbop.com I also have to get Bao Bao bag in pink, purple Theory sweater and new MJ wallet because my present one is literally falling into pieces. Good thing my birthday is coming which means it is time to make some strategic suggestions to my family. ^-^