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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faith on

i don’t like either look. however, i realize that these are only two examples. maybe she dressed better on other occasions. i mean, who knows, i’ve never seen her before.

what i don’t understand is how her makeup and hair look good (or atleast DONE) in the first pick, and then it looks like she opted to do NOTHING with her hair and face when she dons CHANEL of all labels.

COME ON!! you don’t ROLL OUT OF BED and put on CHANEL!! you get COMPLETELY GLAM and slip on chanel!

Jackie on

EWWW she sucks!

katie on

I agree with j, while it’s her hair to do with what she wants, why ruin beautiful black hair just to be a blonde- Yuck! Farrah/Madonna hair flip, extensions and fried hair- major Yuck! Dressing unflattering? Well, it does take the focus off that bad hair, lol.

BC on

an asian girl with blonde hair? alrighty then

andrea on

flop flop flop. she needs to go back to her original hair color as well.

Shana on

I’m not crazy about either of the ensembles pictured here, but I do respect the fact that she isn’t just conforming to the same fashion standards that so many other actresses have established, because the status quo can get tedious after a while.

Yamile on

You can be different & pretty at the sametime but this is different but definately not pretty

Terra on

Poor, Poor Baby………

Exotic Goddess on

Someone should have told her to pull up her skivies. They’re down at her ankles.

jap on

well, it’s funny because if you’ve never been to japan, you’ve never seen their fashion. huge difference from american fashion. we wear styles that japan has worn 3 years ago. so what’s “unfashionable” will be fashionable in 3 years.

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