Candy is fast becoming a Shibuya institution, easily competing with the department stores like Parco and 109 that tower above them.  Who ever made the call to move their from Shinjuku 2-chome must be deservedly smug right now, it was the right location for the concept of shop and now when ever they so much as post anything to their delightful blog the whole internet is buzzing seconds later.  I am personally buzzing with the news that one of my favorite artists/stylists is to create an installation in Candy from the 10th to 17 of January – so if you are in the Shibuya area and aren’t all ready set to indulge yourself in Candy’s new year sale I see no reason why you would not march there when you get the chance.

I thought I would take a closer look at this particular artist/stylist – he is clearly an enormously talented guy and deserves a proper introduction.

Originally trained as a hair stylist he went on to eventually style in general and style above the shoulders in particular.  It is pretty clear that he is more than capable of styling a whole shoot, but it is in his so-called – hair props – that his true talent flourishes.  He came to live over in London a couple of years ago and since then has been a regular in the London magazines, Fashion Week and has even been known to pop up at the Edinburgh festival and Spitalfields market.  Having absorbed the London that I too grew up in, it is gratifying to see him return to his home country and find such an audience for his unique take on facial construction.

He takes great delight in bringing found objects into his work and this enables to embue his creations with real character.  He is clearly influenced by peaks of English culture, whether it is the studs of the punk or taxidermy of Victorians.  Though it should be said that his masks and hair pieces do take elements from Venice, tribes of the world and even Noh and Kabuki.  Enjoy:

Now while I may be most interested in his head pieces, his styling which has graced some of the worlds finest is incredible and can be seen in significant depth on his site.

I hope I have inspired you to take a closer look at his work, whether it is at Candy or on his site.  I am personally a fan of this no-mans land between fashion and art that similarly talented artists like Joji Kojima explore so deftly.  I for one applaud Candy for giving his work a wider audience and hope that they bring in more art into their own achingly cool kingdom in the future.


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  2. Leanne says:

    I LOVED Candy when I visited it on Thursday! Especially the millinery pieces from Stephen Jones and Piers Atkinson, which were strikingly displayed almost like an installation. I’ll be posting about it soon myself 🙂

  3. Leanne says:

    …actually, it was the upstairs store Sister with its glam rock vibe that had the millinery and which I preferred over Candy, which I found more nu-rave.

  4. Tokyo Telephone says:

    Looking forward to reading all about it!

    And yes Candy can be a bit Nu-rave, but a couple of touches from there can really make an outfit. I also like how many UK designers they stock in there, but who are clearly best suited to the Japanese market.


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