Vogue Japan: The Secret Chatter Of Golden Monkeys

Posted on September 28, 2012

Darlings, we realized today that we haven’t actually had a day off in over two months and we are wiped the hell out over it. So as we crack open the bottle of wine and rip into some dark chocolate to go with it, why don’t you join us in gazing at a little bit of pretty to close out your week?  Couture, kimonos, and cute monkeys. What more could any of us possibly ask for in an editorial?

Enjoy, kittens.

Vogue Japan November 2012 Issue
Editorial: ‘The Secret Chatter Of Golden Monkeys’
Photographer: Mark Segal
Styling: Giovanna Battaglia
Hair & Makeup: Katsuya Kamo



[Photo Credit: Mark Segal via thefashionspot.com]

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  • hughman

    Ah, The Mikado!

  • Jill_3

    Is it just me or does The Secret Chatter of Golden Monkeys sound like a really awesome/crappy YA fantasy novel about a princess who’s, like, descended from monkey gods? Because I’d read the shit out of that.

    • Emily Rae Burke

       I imagine it would be about a blessed orphan who can communicate with monkeys, and they save the kingdom.

      • meowing

        Or a convert to Hanuman, the Indian sacred monkey.  One of them, however, once stole a samosa out of my hand as I began eating it, so I’m not a monkey fan.  The clothes are gorgeous, and wish there’s a way to make a kimono look that doesn’t end up costumey.

      • Jill_3

         YES. She’s a blessed orphan who speaks the monkey language, but she secretly is the descendant of the one supreme monkey god. And she must reclaim her throne and save her true love from a monkey curse, and there’s a love triangle and shit. Just because.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1124162729 Igor Buarque


    • http://www.facebook.com/cue5c Conner Emery

      The blonde reminds me of Delirium from The Sandman.

      No, that doesn’t have much to do with your comment, but it’s another nerd thing soooooooooo..I’m just gonna walk away now.

  • julnyes

    The kimonos are lovely.

  • everest19

    Woah, its Daphne! She’s been MIA for the last year it seems.

    • LaylaSV

      I say, what?  She is all over the new Dior commercials.

  • nannypoo

    I would love to dress like these women.

  • pandadoc

    I’d like this more if the Asian models weren’t used as accessories to the white model in the photos. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

      Me, too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664429801 Kate Clausen


    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BMEASIKJSVE6YP3DE2VLJA5CUU JulieJ

      Particularly for me, because the white model’s mouth is driving me nuts.  It is all I can see in these pictures.

      • J. Preposterice

        by the end of the pics, me too.  I was just thinking CLOSE YOUR MOUTH.

        • crackineggs

           I don’t think she can.

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

       Yes, this.

    • Verascity

       This is very common in Japanese publications, for better or worse.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1316070988 Roey Thorpe


      • DTLAFamilies

        That’s incredibly depressing.

    • http://twitter.com/xdrenched Serena Chen

      I instantly thought of Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku girls.

    • Le_Sigh

      Totally.  I started having bad flashbacks to Gwen Stefani and her Harijuku Girls days.  

    • nc17

       I TOTALLY AGREE and in Vogue JAPAN for crying out loud

  • marilyn

    Did they scare the monkeys?  Because they scared me.

    I am not sure what the platform shoes on steroids are all about, but the appear to be inconsistent with the rest of this. They also look dangerous to walk on.

    • MelonTheCollie

      Likely it’s harking back to Geishas.

      I really like it, it looks like Vogue Japan’s version of Cinderella. it’s beautiful, both insane and serene.

    • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com Kristel

      They look like some kind of insane geta, but I can’t pretend to know much about Japanese footwear, so maybe they’re something else entirely.

  • formerlyAnon

    Lots of great fabrics in play.

    But my takeaway is that those models earned every penny they were paid, & I hope it was plenty.  I bet getting that photo with the Extreme (and structurally unsound looking) Platforms on the worn stone steps, model holding two suspiciously placid-looking monkeys (wearing the embellished white coat and what look like leggings/trousers made of loosely connected brown trim) was fraught with peril.

    • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com Kristel

      Yeah, most of them they’re standing near things they can hold onto, but that shot just looks like a broken ankle waiting to happen. 

    • http://surelysonsy.blogspot.com/ Jessica | Surely Sonsy

      is it just me, or do the monkey’s look photoshopped on. i actually hope so. i mean, who in their right mind would let a bunch of monkeys on all that couture???

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664429801 Kate Clausen

         I was thinking the same thing.  Monkeys poop all over everything.  And sometimes they throw their poop.

  • tallgirl1204

    Fabrics, gorgeous.  Shapes, not so much.  Styling, annoying.  Cute monkeys, though. 

  • TVKimmy

    I just can’t with the snap your neck shoes.

  • Imasewsure

    Fashion needs more monkeys, less hoof shoes… love love the picture with the flowing red scarf… otherwise I spent me time looking for monkeys (sounds like my dating history really). Happy weekend!!

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

       Definitely. More monkeys!

  • GorgeousThings

    Darlings, take the whole weekend off. You deserve it and I bet that we bitter kittens (at the very least, this bitter kitten) will be waiting for you on Monday. It’s going to be a lousy weekend anyway – good for sleeping in, drinking mimosas when you wake up and watching episodes of whatever you want while you eat cheese and crackers with sardines (totally wonderful on yucky weekends). Or whatever you prefer.

    Now – those chopines are insane! 

  • MK03

    Needs more monkeys. Everything needs more monkeys.

    • kimmeister

      Agreed.  One of the best wedding gifts I got was a silicone pot holder in the shape of a monkey’s head (you hold the pot in the monkey’s mouth).  It is all kinds of awesome.

    • crackineggs

       Needs more monkeys – maybe that can be the new code for red carpet looks that are under accessorized!

  • CatherineRhodes

    TLO — No days off in two months? My God, you two are the hardest working men in the blogosphere — and IMHO, the most talented!

    Go get drunk and take as much time as you need to refresh. The Kittens need to practice entertaining themselves, anyway. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Love the river shot with the parasols and the fun-with-perspective of the floating red scarf.  The shoes are some insane, seriously sculptural footwear, well deployed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    OMG monkeys freak me out!!!

  • boweryboy

    The Prada with the chopines is an inspired work of styling genius.

  • MilaXX

    I know not many remember this but David Letterman’s first show was a daytime talk show.  One day he had those zoo people on and they brought out this little money who took an instant dislike to Dave. Every time he moved the monkey swiped at him. I laughed until I cried.  Whenever I see one of those little monkeys, I think about that.  Still these models deserve awards for not falling off those shoes. Gorgeous spread.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Louise-Bryan/1177213326 Louise Bryan

    Those aren’t actually real shoes, are they?

  • quiltrx

    GORGEOUS clothes!  Wish the blonde gal would close her mouth, LOL.  And I wish American editorials were this artistic and well-thought-out.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    shoes shoes shoes who made the shoes?
    the ones i cant identify, you know which i mean. is it legible at a greater magnification? legible, buyable, affordable<—-please note the last means different things at different times…..

  • joything

    I like the long vests in pic #5, but what the FUCK are those “shoes”?

  • ChelseaNH

    More like the Secret Clatter of Models Falling Off Their Ridiculous Shoes…

    I kid.  Pretty fabulous stuff.

  • UptownNippy

    Love this. Love the shoes. Love the styling. Thanks for showing it to us.

  • Snailstsichr

    This was wierd and beautiful! Hope you’re having a lazy weekend.

  • Bozhi

    Thank you for the info on the shoes.  There is actually a lot of history and tradition behind those shoes.  That was very informative.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y3OY6COEVBS2STNCUNIRZ3COUE Claudia

    That model cannot close her mouth and that is terribly distracting.

    • stellamaris73

      Agreed. Her facial expression is idiotic. It ruins the photos.

    • AnaRoW

       Also she looks 13 years old.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1594250515 Kim Brightman

    Artistic and strange?  Yes.  Beautiful?  No.

    I don’t think western Vogue is missing out.  Korea and Japan provide plenty of this sort of thing.

  • Coralie Legister


  • RedRaven617

    I loved this editorial. It is not anything I could a “real” live person wear, very fantastical with a bit of whimsey. Those young lades must be exhausted by the end of the shoot. It is obvious how much forethought and preparation went into it. And kudos to the photographer, the stylists and those many people this editorial needed. The monkey handler! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

    This is seriously crazy but at the same time luscious.

  • ccm800

    The  look of DUH  on that model’s face in every damn shot is beyond annoying. BUT I LOVE the idea of little monkeys making stinky on couture HAHAH!   bc you KNOW they did

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Those monkeys give me the creeps.   All I can think of is whether or not they are going to shit all over those designs.  And they bite. 

  • Bjorn Shotwell


  • guest2visits

    I like the fabrics. And the cotton candy hair.