Originally posted on Paper Mothball Vintage
It is easy to understand how the natural world is so intricately woven into the fabrics of Japanese culture, a dominating theme from religion to art, culinary traditions and architecture. It has even persisted in modern manifestations through fashion and entertainment. In contrast, I originally come from Colorado where you are more likely to catalog the many types of dry grass than you are to encounter gigantic vines and flowering forests. While Boulder and Tokyo are similar in that they both enjoy four seasons, it is astonishing how much vegetation thrives even in busy urban environments. The diversity of flora in Japan never ceases to amaze me. With cities as large as Tokyo and Yokohama, there is of course infrastructure and man made construction, however, it always seems to be done in a beautiful way, working with nature. That is what I loved about this location. The lattice like cut of the concrete provided a canvas for moss, minerals and algae to paint upon, and a made a dramatic drop for these long vines.
I take all my own photos (Photography: Laura Okita)
The lattice wall and this lattice patterned dress seemed quite at home together. Made of a velvet and linen, this dress was one of those that, aside from the almost offensive initial shock of color, did not look very appealing on the hanger, but once it was worn, gave a very Prada -esque look. It seemed to take on a very Japanese mythological feeling of coming to life through the wearer.
As for the berry colors, maybe its from the persisting lip color trend ruling the runways for the past few seasons, or maybe its from my Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag that I received while in Japan at Christmas. Either way, I just cant get enough of it.