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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enigma on

Flop like a dead fish FLOP!

kaye on

Japan has their own UNIQUE culture AND fashion! American fashion tend to lean on conservative and simple, Japanese fashion are somewhat Haute Couture European but more individual, fun, and ASIAN. So WE CANNOT JUDGE her because we are not Japanese, and we do not have DEEP knowledge of their culture.

Mary on

While I am not fond of her hair (nor would I ever dye my hair–I am Asian too), a native-born Japanese with bleached/lightened hair is the norm.

My mother works at a community college that many young Japanese people (the ones who didn’t make it through Japan’s tough education system) attend. She says they’re easy to spot, they’re the ones with dyed hair.

C on

Yuck! The dress looks sizes too small and the suit is hideous. Ankle warmers? And her hair is the same color as her skin. Very unflattering. This girl needs some help!

Hana on

I would like to point out that the legwarmers are chanel.

My bet would be that Karl dressed her up to toe in the second picture. Japanese girls are pretty fond of chanel. especially coloured clothes.

I think the way she dressed is pretty japanese. Her hair is bleached and yeah it is trendy in japan. But the hair doesn’t fit her. I like the clothes, but she needs to go back to a haircut that suits her more.

Now on a last point, nobody gives a toss if britney dyes her hair brown so i’d suggest you keep your ideas on what asians can do and not do to their hair to be irrelevant.

KT fr Cda on

Where was Mr. Blackwell on this one!

Allison T. on

If she continues the trend, I think she’ll be headlining Mr. Blackwell’s list next year!!

Melanie on

What a mess!!

nikkie on

fashion flop. What was she thinking?

KT on

Would like to support her.
She does not look nice at all in either photos.
She may be nicer when she is not buried herself in the people there. I think when she finds her Japanese originality important, she would shine more. But please do not do too much like Ms. Yuki Kudo. Ganbatte!

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