Now that the Comme des Garçons retrospective at the Met has been announced, we can expect a lot more discussion about Japanese fashion, whose modern history has roots in the late 1970s and early ’80s when designers like Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto started showing their innovative clothing in Paris. About 100 years earlier, in 1872, the French started using the term Japonisme to describe the influence of the arts of Nippon on the West. There were strains of the style woven throughout the Spring collections.
“I adore Japan, its sense of discretion, its silence, the sense of calm refinement,” said For Restless Sleepers designer Francesca Ruffini, one of many to incorporate Japanese-style prints into their offerings. Others, like Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson, used kimono-like fabrics and Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sent out a showstopping trench lavishly embroidered with traditional motifs.
A bionic hand like this one, designed by Japanese company exiii, would have cost tens of thousands of dollars to make a decade ago. Now, using a 3D printer, it can be made for less than $300. The firm has made the 3D-model files for the arm, called HACKberry, available for anyone to download.
I’d like to present you the new footwear which will perfectly match with your foot by “dipping” your own foot. I have named it “Fondue Slipper” because the production process is similar to cheese fondue. It’s very easy to make. You just dip your foot and dry it. That’s all. *This prototype is using PVC, which hardens at 200~300 degrees Celsius (392~572 degrees Fahrenheit). This time I used my foot mold instead of my foot. I am currently developing a kit which allows Fondue Slipper to make at home. Soon this new kit will be complete and you will be able to make your own Fondue Slipper that fits your foot perfectly. You can wear Fondue Slipper both inside and outside. It can also be used as slipper by folding the heel, or you can wear it without folding the heel if you want to run. SATSUKI OHATA
If you’ve ever wanted a pet goldfish that didn’t have to stay home in its fishbowl whenever you go out, check out these beautiful Nubuck Goldfish Purses by Japanese retailer Atelier Iwakiri. Sure, at prices ranging from $900 to $1100, these giant leather fish cost a bit more than your average live goldfish, but then again, they can also carry all your stuff.
The giant goldfish purses are available in two different sizes and handmade to order using red, black, brown, or dark brown leather. While all those fins and scales make them look very real, we suggest you don’t try to see if these fancy fish can swim.