Tuesday, December 16, 2008

American Express Premiere Night with Patricia Field

Last night a few hundred lucky people in Tokyo had the privilege to attend the American Express Premiere Night - an event that included a fashion show styled by Patricia Field, a live performance by Japanese popstar Ai, and an afterparty with open bar and yummy French food at Joel Robuchon.

By far the highlight of the evening was the fashion show. Much more interesting than your typical one-brand show, it was basically a showcase of Pat Field's extravagant and sexy style, using a mix of clothes from labels both high and low. The show started with a few male models strutting down the runway (which was made up of square tiles that lit up in different colors) wearing tailored black suits and funny, ethnic-style hats. But it was the women (naturally) who really got the audience excited. Everything from see-through mesh skirts to metallic jersey jumpsuits to hooded fur vests had a showing, and there was no shortage of raw, feminine sex appeal (as can only be expected from the stylist made famous by Sex and the City). During the Q&A session after the show, Patricia described the event as the first of its kind in the world, saying "tonight we used the runway just to show style."

We had a chance to chat with Patricia in her private room before the show, and she said that she thinks of Tokyo as her second home (she's been coming here since 1985 and says she never leaves without making a visit to the iconic Shibuya 109). We can't give any more news just yet, but stay tuned to learn more about upcoming plans between Pat and Crystal Ball!

The runway and hall where the show took place

The afterparty at Joel Robuchon

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Crystal Ball's got bling

Yep, you heard us right, Crystal Ball now has a full line of chunky, sparkly jewelry. Made from sterling silver with real gold plating and Swarovski crystals, items include necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets. Take a look at the video above for a behind-the-scenes peek at our jewelry photo shoot, and then make your way to our Tokyo flagship this weekend to check out the real thing!

Monday, December 8, 2008

We love Interview!

(Photos: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/)

We at Crystal Ball have always been huge fans of Andy Warhol (hey, who isn't?). We even did a collection inspired by his pop art a few seasons ago. We are also big fans of Interview, the magazine Warhol founded in 1969. A few years ago a boxed collection of the best of the magazine's first decade was released (almost a thousand pages and so big that it has its own wheeled crate), and this has taken up permanent residence in our office, providing a constant source of inspiration. The current Interview is a much more mainstream, commercial publication than the original, but it still provides interesting insights into the lives of celebrities, as well as some beautifully styled and executed photo spreads.
Interviewmagazine.com relaunched at the beginning of December and now includes 40% original content not in the magazine, making it well worth a browse every now and then. Check out the gorgeous photos of Cate Blanchett (as well as behind the scenes footage of the shoot) and Gus Van Sant's interview with James Franco.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Crystal Ball Spring Preview!

For the past two days the Crystal Ball showroom/studio has been bustling with a photographer, model, stylist, hair & makeup artist, and an army of assistants. Why, you ask, have all of these people descended upon our office? For the Spring Summer 2009 photo shoot, of course! The lovely Sophia, lead singer of the chill-out music group Safarii, is modeling the collection, which will be in stores starting from early February.

The theme for next season is "Love Forever," a phrase meant to instill the carefree spirit of hippies in the 1960s. More Jane Birkin than Janis Joplin, the collection is infused with modern, elegant details and as always, includes several new and exclusive Crystal Ball prints. Take a look and let us know what you think!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

40 Years of The North Face

The North Face is holding a 40th Anniversary exhibition at the Spiral Building in Aoyama through December 3, so we stopped by the press preview the other night to take a look.

The North Face (along with Patagonia) is one of those rare brands that really inspires people and compels them to think about the world around them. The theme for the brand's 40th anniversary year is "Do More With Less," a quote by architect, designer, visionary and former Mensa president Richard Buckminster Fuller. Buckminster Fuller was an early environmentalist who believed, far before the rest of the scientific world did, that humans would soon rely on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. He is best known for his huge geodesic domes, which resemble the small scale one at the North Face exhibition (above). The exhibition also includes photos, videos, advertisements and products from the past 40 years, but it was Buckminster Fuller's catchphrase that has stuck in my head. I'm going out tonight to buy some energy-saving light bulbs.

Friday, November 28, 2008

'Six Scents' with Jeremy Scott in Aoyama!

Last night was a night of parties in Tokyo - everyone we talked to had plans of dining, drinking, socializing and dancing the night away. For our part, we couldn't wait to attend the Tokyo launch of Designers Against Aids' new perfume line 'Six Scents.' This is a collaboration project in which 6 international designers - Gareth Pugh, Bernhard Willhelm, Preen, Jeremy Scott, Alexandre Herchcovitch and Cosmic Wonder Light Source - were enlisted to collaborate on original limited-edition fragrances, with proceeds going to help create DDA's first creative International HIV/AIDS Awareness Education Center, to be opened in Antwerp, Belgium next year. There are only 2,000 bottles of each scent being produced, and in Tokyo they're being sold at the ever-hip Aoyama boutique The Contemporary Fix, which is also where last night's party was held.

Our favorite avant-garde designer and man-about-town Jeremy Scott was onhand at the festivities, and was as usual upbeat and in excellent humor, despite a killer schedule of interviews and press appearances all over Tokyo for the past week. We managed to get a few minutes of Jeremy's time to catch up and shower him with praise for the adorable print that he designed for his next collaboration with Crystal Ball, which is slotted for release in March. The man himself was wearing sneakers from his forthcoming collaboration with Adidas, which from the looks of the press photos, will also be a huge success. He sure knows how to capitalize on a girl's love of sequins!

Crystal Ball's new blog!

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Crystal Ball's blog! This has been a long time coming and we're new at this, so please forgive us if it takes us a little while to get used to the whole blogging thing. We hope to use this space to record our thoughts and musings, reflect on events and happenings in Tokyo and around the world, and also to keep you all updated about Crystal Ball news and projects. We look forward to your comments and can't wait to get to know you all better through the wonderful world of cyberspace!