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?

Click here to see more Red Carpet Fashion in Off the Rack. And for more of the latest news and gossip on the award shows, check out our Red Carpet Confidential blog.

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Cheri on

Make that poor girl over!!

Roy Roy on

first of all,
everyone must know that japan’s fashion is quite differnet from america’s fashion yes? well here we go, if i have to say korea’s , japan’s, china’s, and other asian fashion is beautiful .much beautiful. and i have to say that she has quite the taste. but to me i dont see japan’s fashion or america’s fashion. its quite cute but honestly = it doesnt match, Korea’s and Japan’s fashion is very unique and i cant see anything unique about this. Sadly I must say, pitch it honey.

Chink on

Her clothes scream Japanese Fashion. I love it.

PPC on

The black dress is also Chanel – spring 2007 collection. She obviously subscribes to the school of Paris Hilton.

pia on

BWA HA HA!

There’s poor taste and then there’s poor taste. But she’s neither. That’s the Japanese ORIGINAL fashion sense for you… truly a fashion world of its own. Either you take it or leave it. And she looks like she’s enjoying it. Good for her. Just ditch the hair color though. Own up to your true roots.

K on

I think she’s been playful and having fun with fashion.
You’ll enjoy if you’re bored of Ugg boots.

Kylie on

who dressed them a blind preskool teacher.

Alie on

Finally, someone with a bit of quirk.
loved her golden globes dress, I MUST find the name of the designer.

e on

wherever she’s from, she looks ugly

J Dub on

Since when is it ok to look ridiculous just because your from a different country. I understand fashion may be different in Japan, but this is People.com and we judge fashion for how it looks not where the person learned it.

So, can we please stop lying to ourselves. The second outfit is hidious, just plain ugly. I dont like the first on her either, but it’s not that bad. And i dont care what so ever that it’s Chanel, its ugly. It looks like an early 90s Salt & Peppa outfit, come on please!!!!

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