Meet Rinko Kikuchi: Fashionista or Flop?

01/09/2007 at 10:30 AM ET

While Rinko Kikuchi’s turn as a deaf-mute teenager in Babel may have won her a Golden Globe nomination, her wardrobe is speaking volumes. A former model in her native Japan, the 25-year old actress is already showing a knack for wearing high fashion with a quirky twist, and her outfits at the 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival were no exception. From her black mini with attached bustle, which reminded us of Demi Moore’s infamous Oscars dress, to her logo-laden Chanel suit with ankle warmers, the ingenue is definitely not playing it safe. We can’t wait to see what she wears to the Golden Globes next week. Tell us: What do you think of Rinko’s style? Does she need a Red Carpet makeover or is she a fashionista in the making?

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BC on


Stephanie on

Tacky! Very Tacky, my 13 year old niece has better style..

yen on

she looks cute,original nice to see something new

anna on

she looks cheap.

Rachel on

who is she? she needs help from head to toe !!!

GG on

Well, atleast she is covered up. Now, what she is covered up WITH, is a totally different story. Point blank, the girl needs help.

KJ on

Definitely different!

Misty on

Flop…definately a flop.

Rebecca on

I appreciate the fact that she’s trying to stand out and look different, but it’s not working- her outfits are frumpy and weird. She doesn’t look comfortable or confident, especially in the second photo. First step would be to color her hair back to it’s normal shade- blonde does not work on her. Rinko is so much prettier as a brunette!

j on

i think her hair is worse than the clothes. if i had gorgeous hair (as asians do) i’d never in a million years touch it w/any type of bleach!!!

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