Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HEIHEI "I Am Not A Doll" FW15 Collection

I was very excited to take part in a very fun and creative photo shoot for the Japanese brand "HEIHEI's" FW15 collection a few months ago.
Inspired by Tim Burton and handmade construction, this collection features several DIY aesthetics from Ragdolls to Christopher Nemeth esque stitching.
The designer Shohei-san is a leader at incorporating clothing that is both relevant on the streets of Harajuku, as well as staying true to his own personal interests.
The baggy silhouettes, for example are very reflective of his own style as well.
I love that a lot of his clothes are unisex, easily encouraged to be worn in such unique ways.
I think a lot of what gets people excited about the idea of "fashion in Tokyo" is that clothes are reinterpreted and made fresh again. Items that people don't want. These pieces are often taken out of context, and made fresh and new again.
This season, HEIHEI is definitely taking his own twists with very "on-point" textures, colors, and shapes. I'm definitely thrilled to see where this brand will continue to go!

*I want to personally thank Tokyofashion.com for featuring this shoot in video form! You can check it out here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Josiah Chua x Lactose Intoler-Art "Remake" Collection Collaboration

I'm really excited to announce a long awaited collaboration project with designer Josiah Chua!
Josiah and I became friends after I reblogged some pieces from his graduating collection from LaSalle in Singapore on my tumblr years ago.
He and I ended up moving to Tokyo around the same time, and have became really close friends.
The same collection that started our friendship ended up being stocked at DOG in Harajuku, and the main showpiece from the collection was purchased by Lady Gaga later.
In Japan, Josiah and I both went through very similar experiences. We were working with people in the fashion industry, and trying to manage the language and the daily strive that comes with living in Japan.
Being both "outsiders", in a very "insider" scene and culture, we were able to keep each other inspired and encouraged, with the root of our inspiration being the same...Tokyo!
This collection is a collaboration of Josiah's amazing design skills and aesthetic  and a very Lactose Intoler-Art illustration-inspired style..As if my sketchbook came to life in real garments!
Each of the looks consist of several one-off pieces, and will never be reproduced. The exhibition will be the first weekend in March. Please look below for more information! Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu! :)

Josiah Chua x ラクトス コラボレーションコレックション!
When? 3月の6(金)、7(土)、8(日)!(13:30時-21:00時くらい)
。。ぜひぜひ!ラクトスとJosiah Chuaのオリジナルアイテムもあります。よろしく!:)
The long awaited Josiah Chua x Lactose Intoler-Art Collaboration will soon take place!
WHERE? Koenji's Hayatochiri Gallery alongside the Kitakore Building.
WHEN? Fri-Sun, March 6th through 8th (the first weekend in March!) we plan to be there from around 1:30-9:00pm each day!
This will feature a collaborative collection with several unique looks. There will also be original Lactose Intoler-Art and Josiah Chua items avsislvld as well. Come out and support local indie artists in Tokyo! :)
Looking forward to seeing you all there! Special Thank you to our fun model Holly (@lehua__ ) and creative photographer Lenne (@lenneigh for the original non-illustrated photos as well! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

excube exhibition featuring Lactose Intoler-Art x Kisoutengai (キソウテンガイ)

Very excited to announce that Lactose Intoler-Art will take part in a collaborative exhibition at excube Gallery in Osaka.
There will be "remake" themed pieces, collaborating with the designer of "Kisoutengai" (キソウテンガイ in Japanese)

If you're in the area, please be sure to check out unique one off pieces by designers from around the world.

The pieces will be available Saturday, January 10th to Sunday January 18th.
I will be in the States, but please let me know here if you stopped by!

Be sure to check out excube if you haven't already on Facebook or instagram @excube . 

Or, check out their official web site at http://excube.jp


"超メイク人"展 ナニワ編
[期間]2015.1/10(sat) to 1/18(sun)



5TOY (はやとちり/キタコレ)
On Mark,Sue Going (OMSG)
Rachel (ilil/キタコレ)


(Art Exhibition:memento)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lactose Intoler-Art x Josiah Chua Collaboration Photographed by Kimoken

Excited to share these photos of a shoot I did with featuring one off collaboration pieces I did with Singaporean Designer Chua.
The idea behind this collection was mixing the idea of art and fashion, as well as analyzing how people perceive "Japanese street fashion" outside of Japan.
There were a total of six looks for this collection, so there's a lot more to see and to be talked about.. (More info in the next post!)
For this particular collection, we had two official shoots. This shoot is solely featuring one specific piece shot by Kimoken in Koenji.
Kimoken is a street fashion photographer, taking photos of the more indie/underground side of Tokyo's fashion scene. The people he captures are usually more subcultural, into the arts, music, or have their own indie brands. Koenji is an area where you can see a lot of flavor in Tokyo outside of Harajuku. It's more of a place though, where you have to be there at the right time/event, and to know the shop. Kimoken does an amazing job of capturing exactly what's happening in the scene when other photographers aren't around.

I have enjoyed working with Kimoken on this project. He has a great eye for location and people on the street as well.  Not only is he is truly talented,  but has become a great friend.
For this shoot, I was also very excited to meet Pachiko, the sweet model he scouted on the streets of Koenji when she was visiting in from Hokkaido. She did such a nice job embracing the clothing! This first photo below is called "hatching Tamagotchi" by Kimoken..(haha). Stay tuned for the rest of the looks from the other shoot!

Model: Pachiko-chan
Pachiko-chan's twitter and instagram
Top: Lactose Intoler-Art x Josiah Chua
Inner: Lactose Intoler-Art x Josiah Chua
Shoes: Buffalo (with original hand painting by Lactose Intoler-Art)