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Rising Sun, Melting Moon
The candy pop world of Harajuku met the dark underbelly of Japanese subculture, in a gallery installation showcasing the Jimmy D summer collection.
In association with Structure - Joico's new British-inspired haircare line - designer James Dobson of Jimmy D revealed his Spring/Summer 2013 collection entitled 'Rising Sun, Melting Moon' on Tuesday July 10th to invited guests at St. Paul Street Gallery on Symonds Street in Auckland.
It was a real anime manga comic of a collection, with the light and dark sides of Japan represented; the super kawaii cutesy girls juxtaposed with the bondage-esque lingerie showing through, and the criss-crossed and studded leather bags by label, Blue Blank.
Jimmy D's gothic side was again represented, this time seen in the Araki 666 prints, but in a font based on the original Tokyo Giants baseball team shirts.
The black colour palette had pops of candy floss pink, and the confectionary theme extended to the pink biscuit earrings.
The collection was modeled by Lili from Red11, Lochlain from Red11, Holly-Rose from Red11, Ashleigh from KHM, and Chloe from 62 Models.
Below: Women's and men's wear features prints by Auckland artist Andrew Mcleod - who has a collaborative relationship with the label - with artwork titled 'Marble Reality' screened onto teeshirts and digitally printed onto a silk crepe de chine tee.
Hair by Nic Apaapa for Structure, was pulled up in a black tape-wrapped ponytails and pigtails atop the crown, or pulled back behind the head and hanging down straight.
Make-up was created by Amber D for M.A.C Cosmetics, with taped eyebrows in smiley faces (light) or black/blue (dark) and sculptured faces, and Lip Erase nude lips.
Fingers were stained black with Indian ink, with silver foil nails by Magic Tan & Beauty.
A model plays with Japanese stickers on a plastic covered bed; elsewhere, plastic appeared in water-filled bags, a pool chair, and plastic-covered furniture.
Below: Domestic bliss, Jimmy D style.
Megan Robinson 12 July 2012
Photography Diane Pantoja