Friday, 31 May 2013

Tokyu, ikebana for the head

Australian milliner Anna Shoebridge sketches out her
homage to Japan with her latest 'Tokyu' collection
celebrating the timeless influence of Japonism through
sculpted headpieces for all seasons: each item has a
famed Japanese name ranging from evocative words
like 'rising sun' or 'geisha' or the ballyhooed 'kawaii' to
the names of Tokyo's trendsetting districts 
such as Shibuya and Ginza.

The Melbourne-based milliner created her first collection
back in 2003 showing since the beginning her inbred
passion for contemporary art and design through inspiring
headwear pieces for all occasions in vibrant colors and
sculpted shapes. 'Tokyu' trans-seasonal collection
evokes ”cherry blossom season, warm sake, big city
lights and a hint of Kyoto rustic charm” by combining
feathers or silk flowers with French lace and veil bows,
swinging fringes and textures in fishnet 
paper straw and sinamay.

A perfect complement to the collection is the Harajuku
inspired nail art by 'The Super Rad Nail Sisters', that is
to say Rohani and Rosalie Osman whose art, as they
wittily state, is ”...for those who love a Miu Miu handbag
but respect a good sneaker” and the cute images taken
by renowned photographer Jo Duck, styled by editorial
and personal fashion stylist Lauren Dietze (I have to
admit the pics I selected don't do enough justice to their
work keeping a close eye mostly on Ann's gorgeous
headdresses) conveying the endless fascination of
Japanese aesthetics with a solid Aussie touch.

> all images © by Jo Duck, style by Lauren Dietze <

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