BEHIND THE SCENES
We take a trip to Tokyo
Tokyo is a city of juxtapositions; an urban dreamscape where skyscrapers and temples stand side-by-side, and the cherry blossoms swirling in the air are a foil to the constant flicker of neon lights. Home to over 13.5 million people, it’s also the most populous city on earth – vibrant, ultra-visual, and a delightfully challenging environment to shoot in! We couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop than the shopping district of Shibuya against which to showcase the new season collections, although with distractions on every corner, how we managed to stay on task is anyone’s guess! From the gentleman taking his tortoise for a walk, to the two domestic cats being transported in a push chair (one of which was wearing a lion's mane, naturally), it was one weird and wonderful sight after another. Meanwhile, the luxurious serenity of the Mandarin Oriental hotel offered respite from the chaos of the streets, as well as an incredible vantage point to survey the sprawling metropolis below.
The modern and the traditional collide in Japan’s bustling capital
At Tokyo’s iconic Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world, up to 2500 people can be rushing across the road at once.
Katie embracing the kimono life between takes at the hotel.
Our cover star Katie Braatvedt takes a break at the Mandarin Oriental during our ‘Modern Blossom’ shoot (page 108).
Left: Meek captures Katie in amongst the hustle and bustle of Shibuya. Above: Tokyo is considered by many to be the culinary capital of the world, boasting more Michelin star restaurants than Paris.
Above: Team Tokyo consisted of Fashion Quarterly editor, Sally-Ann Mullin, photographer Meek Zuiderwyk and model Katie Braatvedt. Left: Japan’s own version of the cat in the hat.