Paris Icon meets Hydrangea of Japan (パリの定番が日本のアジサイへ向かう)

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 When I saw Alexandre de Paris’ signature Papillon (Butterfly) hairband, I thought of Hydrangea flower gracing temples in Kamakura, the ancient capital of Samurai warriors in Japan.  The flower may not have the gorgeous seductiveness of roses, but somehow it has been associated with Buddhism in Japan.  The tapestry of Hydrangean blue, violet, white and yellow spread all over the temples renders a serene embracive beauty to the otherwise austere settings.  It comes in its element during the raining season in June.  It is one flower that reaches out to your soul, not your visual senses, in the right environment. 

The Papillon was not on discount because it is one of Alexandre de Paris’ timeless collection.  I am very frugal, bordering on stinginess, but the allure of wearing this hairband standing among the bed of Hydrangea was too much.  I am a graphic novelist before a fashion philistine.  I regarded it as a painting.  But still…Paris, look what you have done to me.  I bought this art work joining the group of women whom I had before labelled as barking mad.  It did not stop there, I had to buy a matching clothes. 

I started roaming about Galeries Lafayette without a clue, literally no ideas whatsoever.  Round and round…until I saw a yellow-green soft jacket.  I think it is green, but the shop assistant insisted it as yellow, the color of summer 2015.  All right, yellow it is then.  I was still drawn to it as it reminded me of the leaves under the round mass of Hydrangea.  The brand was Derhy (René.)  You would not guess it from their innovative design, but the brand was established during the 70’s.  It looked simple on the rack, but once you put it on, it surprised me with the intricate details.  Should I wait till Summer Sale?  Supposing the shop assistant was telling me the truth, it was one of the designs that Derhy made only 3 pieces for this season.  Derthy retained its original price even during the spring sale which shorty followed at Lafayette.  Hmm…I had booked a flight back to Japan in time for raining month of June already, so I had no choice but to buy it at the undiscounted price.  Oh, Paris, what have you done to me? 

I arrived at Charles de Gaulle and to my delight saw arrays of Derhy advertisement.  For the first time in my life, I felt a bit in mode.  The Turkish airline (offering the cheapest promotional price at the time) flew me to Japan for 2 weeks break.  To be continued.

My new graphic novel ‘ Scapegoats’ has been released.  For sample pages, please click the book covers on the foot page.  Copyright 2009 to 2015 by Mirror Miroir/THE THIRD RED APPLE All Rights Reserved. 

ajisai.JPG2始めてアレクサンドル・ド・パリの定番パピヨン〈蝶〉の髪飾りを見た時、紫陽花を思いました。歌手マドンナが嫌いだと踏んづけた花ですが、お寺に植えられる事が多い紫陽花は宗教的な意味合いがあるかもしれません。静かな美しさはよいものです。紫陽花の傍にこの美しい髪飾りをつけて立ってみたいなあ…趣味とはいえオールカラーのグラフィック小説家です。お洒落というより絵ととらえていました。だけどブランド店(フランス語ではマルケという)は定番だけは値引きしないのですよね。それはどケチな私の信条に真っ向から反対します。う~ん…考えた末にマッサージを我慢して買っちゃいました。パリの影響は私のような服装音痴に対しても偉大です。次は合わせる服を買う羽目に。衝動買いはするもんじゃないですね。

全く何のあても考えも無くガレリ・ラファイエットを歩き回っていました。ようやっと緑の柔らかな上着が紫陽花の葉を思わせました。店員は「緑色に見えるが今年流行りの黄色だと言い張ります。どっちでも構わないが何故そこで言い張る?おフランス人ですねえ。 ブランド名は(ルネ)デリDerhy (René.)。斬新なデザインから想像つかぬが1970頃に設立されたパリの人気ブランドだそうな。夏のセールまで待つにしては店員いわくこの上着は3着しか作らなかった最新のデザインだという。その後すぐに始まった春のセール時も値下げはなかったので仕方なく原価で購入。パリの影響で被害甚大です。 

シャルルドゴール空港に着くとあちこちで(ルネ)デリDerhy (René.)の宣伝がしてありました。生まれて初めて服装音痴の私がちょっち流行にのった気分。でも2週間の帰省に日本まで私を運ぶのは最格安のトルコ航空であった。続くDerthy

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