Dear Shaded Viewers,

I have so many cherished memories with my dear friend Akiko. We met nearly two decades ago, around 2006 or 2007, in Tokyo. I had been invited by L’Eclaireur Tokyo in collaboration with Commons & Sense Magazine, and the experience was pure magic. Akiko, who was the project manager, took great care of me, and that marked the beginning of a long and treasured friendship. We’ve shared wonderful moments in Paris, Tokyo, Seoul and even Bulgaria.

Over the years, Akiko has produced ASVOFF Tokyo five times, starting with the first event in 2009 at the incredible Rise Cinema. The poster featuring Mr. Pearl is a testament to that time.

I can’t wait to see her again next month in Paris.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.