Omotesando Avenue is a valley-shaped, tree-lined street in the Harajuku/Shibuya/Aoyama area of Tokyo that is perhaps the capital's most stylish. There are other places like Ginza which is perhaps Tokyo's no.1 shopping mecca, nearby Harajuku which is raw, teenage posturing, nearby Shibuya which is in-your-face bling, and Shinjuku which is a kaleidoscopic free-for-all. But nowhere is quite like Omotesando with its blend of natural beauty, architectural pizzazz, and sophisticated fashion sense.
|1949 Chevy, Omotesando|
One of the cathedrals of fashion on Omotesando - actually a little beyond it, past the intersection with Aoyama-dori Avenue, is Prada. The building is architecturally thrilling: all green-tinged diamond-shaped panes of glass, with a big sloping forecourt: a statement of geometrically dreamlike simplicity.
|Prada, Aoyama, Tokyo|
The service was warm and sparky - and in more than passable English. My eye was drawn immediately to Prada's take on a Hawaii shirt for summer: abstract suns and ukelele's on a beautiful palm-green background: me to a T. However, a look at the price put paid to my vision of carrying it out in a Prada bag being seen off my staff: 105,000 yen - twice the price of the pants I bought here a few years ago! I hope it didn't show, but I said I'd think about it, perused another item or two, thanked the assistant and took my leave.
|Outside Prada, Aoyama|
He said he was off to Issey Miyake after that. He looked perfect as is, but I'm sure Issey Miyake's majestic creations would find a very happy home with him too. I thanked him and wished him the best.
|The door boys at Chanel, just up the road from Prada|
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