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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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Mariana on

Japanese style usually tends to be girlish and a little too colourful and excessive most of the times.
Give her some time… as soon as she receive critics all around the world, she might get a chance to renew her style.

michele on

money doesn’t buy everything!!!

Me on

Well, she’s definately from Japan. They tend to have zany fashions. You wouldn’t believe most of them, but that’s because some of them get there ideas from manga comics and such, instead of fashion mags like we do.

Tomiko Mizuno on

I’m am a Japanese, so I like her outfits..in Japan, I’m sure no one would look two time, but in America, people don’t dress like this. Some Japanese think Americans dress boring. But, I like American clothings very much and I like Japanese clothings very much. So, I say, I like this!!

^.^

steph on

she’s so pretty. I like her so much the way she’s look. just unique!!

Raquel on

She’s young, and, given her performance in Babel, I vote for fashionista in the making. Give her a couple of years.

Chinch on

Agree w/ J Dub – why do we have to excuse her poor fashion sense because she’s from Japan? Good taste is good taste, no matter where you were born. And please, girl – pick a hair color that flatters your complexion. You look washed out.

Femme on

very japanese street fashion….luv it! =]

January on

She’s an amazing actress, and she dresses with individuality. she looks unique, she stands out and shes having fun with it.

Anonymous on

ur all closed minded

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