I can’t even remember the last time I had a birthday party. I think it was about three or four years ago, I’m not sure. In any case, it’s always nice to celebrate your birthday surrounded by great old friends and amazing new acquaintances. I had a little surprise birthday celebration at the Commons&Sense Magazine + A Shaded View on Fashion party at Le Baron de Paris. As my favourite style icon Diane said, I sure did get the ‘rockstar treament’.
Baby Mary of Faline, Jun Takahashi of Undercover, my dearest Yoshiko, the fabulous Yuya, the iconic Diane Pernet, Yoshiko of Yoshiko Creation Paris and of course, Shun (of Vogue Hommes Japan) in the background — I can hear your voice!
Thank you so much to everyone who made my birthday special. Tokyo rocks!
You know, the first thing my dad told me when I woke up on Monday morning last week just four hours before my light for Tokyo was “Bry, a FedEx cargo plane exploded in Narita airport so you need to check with the airline company whether your flight is delayed or not.”
My response: OH NO THEY DIDN’T!!!!!
But not because of my flight. I was scared because my friend Lauren bought a pair of those precious Balmain shoes and they were on their way to Tokyo!
Can you imagine how devastating it would be if you’ve been saving (or in my case, STARVING) for weeks then your $2,000 Balmain spring/summer 2009 sandals blew up with other cargo? I would probably die!!! The sandals arrived in safe hands though — thank god for UPS.
You know you are in real Tokyo when you walk IN THE CEMETERY at MIDNIGHT just to go to your friend’s house. That’s exactly what I did last night. After a night out in Aoyama, I took a cab to be dropped off at the nearest subway station where my friend lives. I forgot my friend’s address, my phone died and I don’t speak Japanese
so I can’t give instructions to the taxi driver so walking from the
subway station was the best option. What was meant to be a 3 minute walk turned out to be a long late night trek cause I couldn’t find the bloody cemetery.
I was wandering around Ikebukuro when I saw this white guy walk on the street. I wanted to ask him for directions but I hesitated cause he might be a tourist so I was like ok whatever. As he got closer, I looked at him, he stopped, did a double take and looked at me so what the heck, I went up to him and asked him where the cemetery was. Lo and behold the response was “hey aren’t you bryan? you’re the one with the blog?”
I WAS LIKE WATTTTTTTTTTT?!?!?!?!?! OMG.
He helped me out and walked me to the entrance of the cemetery. I thought that was nice. Since he lived in the opposite direction, I went to the cemetery alone. My friend’s house was just around the corner. I took this video because I was sooo scared. I’m not scared of being raped… you can’t rape the willing. I was scared of ghosts!!
Whoever you are Mr. Stranger, thank you for rescuing me.
Here’s a video of the final walk through of the John Lawrence Sullivan menswear show last night. John Lawrence Sullivan is one of the biggest shows here in Tokyo. I sat next to WWD Japan’s Editor-in-Chief.