STATE OF THE ART: GUNDAM CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH LIFESIZE RX-78-2

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After months of preparation and an unofficial unveiling, the life-size Gundam at Odaiba (台場) Shiokaze Park (潮風公園), Tokyo was official open to public this past weekend. Based on the original schematics of RX-78-2 Gundam model from the very first Gundam animation released in 1979, the 18-meter (or 59-foot) high statue is comprised of fiberglass shell over steel frame. It also boast some 50+ lights and 14 points to emit “mist” for added effect. The statue will usher in Gundam Big Expo in August, the largest convention of its kind to celebrate Gundam’s 30th anniversary this year.

Freshness Mag

WHIZ 2009 SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION MAY RELEASES

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Quite possibly one of the most consistent labels on the Japanese streetwear scene, Whiz continue to impress with an endless array of quality designs. The t-shirt brand turned contemporary label give us a glimpse into the second delivery of their Spring/Summer goods featuring various lightweight cut-and-sew garments for the Summertime. The looks are now available through Whiz retailers as well as their website.

Hypebeast

MIME VINTAGE

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This is a bit of a teaser: Hong Kong’s MIME Vintage is launching a new website soon and I’ll have details about buying the kinds of incredible clothes shown in these amazing photographs. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an impressive collection of vintage, from the styles to the patterns and fabrics. Their fabulous finds are from Hong Kong/China, Japan, Korea, Portugal and France. MIME is a Hong Kong-based collaboration between a stylist, Juju, and a photographer, Qiqi – two close friends who share a love of art and collecting vintage and objects. The duo refer to themselves as ‘Retro Futurists’ and Juju, who is also an art student, tells me that lately she’s very into 1950s to 2050s sci-fi style, 80s neon disco and the costumes of Chinese traditional opera. Imagine the kinds of photographs we’ll be treated to next!

The Swelle Life