I'm not sure how I coped before the internet. There is so much more shopping available on the internet, especially as I live in a small town and don't often get the opportunity to go big city shopping any more. But there are also occasions when the internet can make me scream by presenting opportunities and ideas that are just out of my reach.
Since starting to write this blog, I have discovered so many lovely clothes but couldn't possibly buy all of them, even if I could afford it, as my wardrobe would burst open. My latest discovery, Japanese label, Toga, is way out of reach this, time due to the distance. However gorgeous, the clothes are, I don't think I could justify a trip to Japan, to the husband. I've heard that the Harajuku district in Tokyo is one of the most vibrant fashion districts in the world and so it is no suprise that this is where the Toga boutique hides. The label was created by Yasuko Furuta in 1997 with the name Toga meaning draped clothes. Yasuko is a graduate of Esmod Paris and a self-taught designer. She made a name for herself working as a freelance costume and fashion stylist.
The Spring Summer collection, Trojan Horse feature lots of similar shaped dresses and skirts, but with very different details. The colours are mainly dark and interesting with a bit of a mish mash of different patterns and textures. My favourites are the second picture, just for the gorgeous deep blue ombre effect and the fifth picture, as it is so interesting. It looks as if it has many folds and layers to it yet has no bulk- (as a petite, I can't do bulky clothes).
There is also apparently a stockist in Dover Street Market (for those in London) , but sadly this is to far for me to go at the moment. I shall however be watching this label with great interest, the Autumn Winter 08 -09 looks stunning and I may one day get my trip to Japan.