top - DP
bottom - Y-3
shoes - Timberland
necklace - Bosquejo
A few full moon ago, my friend from Phnom Penh, Nod, came to Siem Reap to send-off her mom back to the Philippines. It was a brief visit but I toured them around to some of my fave hang-out places. We had lunch at Moloppor for the requisite amok fish and squid with Kampot pepper.
We also dropped by at Amansara for a personnal tour and chic afternoon tea with Faith.
For dinner we had some Mexican food at Viva. Albeit short it was nice to have some sweet bonding time with Nod.
I'm reading this book about Japanese fashion designers and a great part of it was about Yohji Yamamoto. It can't be denied how he, together with Rei Kawakubo and Issey Miyake, totally changed the landscape and history of fashion during the 80's. They were revolutionary and totally so different from Western conventional fashion that it polarized the fashion cognoscenti. Although Japanese designers are still considered avant-garde these days, it's not as shocking as before.
My friend Toxic gave me this Yohji Yamamoto jacket knowing I love his designs so much. I think I can wear Yohji Yamamoto everyday if I can afford it.
I love grilled squid. I think I could eat it every day. It's like fried fish. So simple.
This place is going to the baray but i don't know exactly where it is. We had lunch there.
I like the ambience. It rained so the cool factor was seriously up. It's like a scene from a music video.
One of their 'specials' is this sauce made with large ants. Yum!
Thanks to Arena Homme + I got to know a fairly obscure label outside Japan called Men's BIGI. It was big during the 80's and went on a global mission in 1985 to launch worldwide. Takeo Kikuchi was the designer of the label and they introduced street casting for their shows. They filled their catwalks with inspiring individuals to create the biggest and most extravagant fashion statement which includes dancers from Harlem, singers from London, motorbikes and gospel singers, typically.
I snapped this Men's BIGI jacket from a Japanese thriftshop some time ago. The most interesting thing about it for me were the shape and the texture of the fabric. I like that the shape and cut were totally contemporary for me. It doesn't scream 80's boxy but is in line with a more softer vision of what the 80's boxy would look like especially when you think about the works of Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga or Christophe Decarnin for Balmain, before his untimely departure due to a nervous breakdown (or drug addiction, whichever you are talking to). The fabric has some textured patterns reminiscent of woodgrain and has a little bit of stiffness that makes the jacket armorial and compact when buttoned. I like that it can wrap me tight, actually.