a glamour all her own
A pair of fierce, medieval-inspired A. McQueen boots very well worn.
Note the gloves that pull everything together.
This fabulous sharp dresser photographed here is Yumi, the owner of the mainly vintage fashion boutique, Sister, in Tokyo. Featured in all Japanese street snap sites that matter, she’s credited as one of the chicest women in the current Japanese fashion scene in SPUR’s Febuary 2010 issue. (See bottom of post for a little intro on SPUR.)
I’ve been wanting to write about Sister for a while but couldn’t manage to pull together enough time to do something half decent. Fortunately, I just came across an English interview Tiffany Godoy, famous for covering Japan’s avant garde fashion, with a focus on the Gothic, did with Yumi and Fuyuri, Yumi’s partner in revolutionizing Japanese femininity, on her Colette blog. I deem that enough to exonerate me from actually writing an intro myself, at least for now.
Sister’s official blog is a must see, with daily updates showcasing new arrivals modeled by Yumi, Fuyuri, and staff. It doesn’t matter whether you can read Japanese; the pictures are enough in themselves.
Better yet, everything can be bought online, so you can be anywhere in the world and still partake in the chicness that is Sister. No idea how much international S&H costs, but my past experience is that Japanese online stores tend to use the very fairly (even cheaply) priced Japan Post EMS service that delivers your precious online gems to your physical door step in a couple days, and the stores generally charge only the actual delivery cost and no handling fee, which is a bliss.
Special recommendation: Check out Sister’s spectacular store-brand tights.
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That ends the first of my planned series of hip Tokyo boutique and personality mini profiles. ;-)
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SPUR is a well-established Japanese monthly that features fashion from the Western runway and uses only Western models, also perhaps the first Japanese mainstream fashion rag to garner international attention, mentioned every now and again on (Western) fashion insider blogs like The Imagist. Japanese models need to establish themselves on the global stage first to be given a go in there, which doesn’t apply to fresh Caucasian faces. Both the sole focus on brands currently popular in Western press and the use of a constantly changing cast of non-Japanese models deviate from the Japanese norm.
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Why writing so much all of a sudden, after I just declared semi-hiatus?
Such is the joy of minor insomnia.