9 posts tagged "Tao Okamoto"
Top Japanese model Tao Okamoto will make her silver-screen debut in this summer’s blockbuster-to-be, The Wolverine. Previously recognized for her signature pixie crop (not to mention that flawless bone structure), the catwalker-slash-actress turned up at the film’s London premiere sporting an ultra-long ponytail that reached her lower back. Okamoto enlisted the hairstylist Asashi to do her extensions, and teamed the sleek look with a camouflage jacquard halter gown by Miharayasuhiro (she appeared in the Tokyo-based label’s Fall ’12 campaign). With so many women chopping their hair into short bobs this year, Okamoto’s lengthy locks look fresh to us. Do you agree?
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The beauty establishment’s obsession with 3-D makeup has eased up a bit since the Spring 2012 shows, when everything from sequins and crystals to precise paper cutouts were glued onto models’ lids to create a textural take on more classic modes of liner and shadow. But face accoutrements are a time-honored tradition that still rear their reflective heads every now and again, their latest cameo coming via next month’s Vogue China. Yadim, the rising star who has become Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s trusted makeup artist backstage at Kenzo, gave Tao Okamoto the paillette treatment in the latest issue of the glossy, using different-sized gold circles to trace a beautiful design around Okamoto’s eyes, down her nose bridge, and across her forehead. There’s something very Givenchy Couture Fall 2009 about it, although the matte ruby lipstick and garnet nails, courtesy of Elisa Ferri (Marc’s favorite manicurist), add a hint of holiday wearability to the whole thing. Thanksgiving dinner appropriate, it is not; but don’t rule it out if you’re in the market for a showstopping New Year’s Eve look.
The first fall-inspired fashion glossies are beginning to hit newsstands, which means some of our favorite backstage beauty trends are now showing up in print. Topping this list are bold red lips and boy-meets-girl androgyny, both of which have been captured in the August issue of Vogue China with near perfection. In a story aptly called “Handsome Girl,” model Tao Okamoto channels fashion’s favorite androgynous stunner, Freja Beha Erichsen, with clean skin, straight brows, and the kind of shaggy fringe made famous by the Danish catwalker. Also helping Okamato’s cause is a deep crimson pout courtesy of makeup artist Sally Branka. It’s not quite as bright as the true reds we spotted at shows like Giles, Diane von Furstenberg, and Rick Owens, but, like, Freja would never wear that color, anyway. Unclear if the typically bare-faced model would ever slick on this dark shade of mulberry either, but it would no doubt look killer if ever the mood did strike her.
Tao Okamoto has been a little experimental in the hair department of late. Her signature black bowl cut was transformed into blond beach waves for an editorial spread a few months back, and for the latest issue of Vogue Nippon, she’s gone red. The ginger hue is a popular one these days; with Karen Elson’s flame-colored tresses inspiring magazine covers and slideshows alike in anticipation of her new album, everyone seems to have crimson on the brain—and Nars makeup artist Lena Koro is no exception. For a spread shot by one François Nars himself, Koro echoed the color of Okamoto’s hair by dragging a similarly colored glossy shadow up to her brows and out past her temples, a popular runway technique that is gaining steam in print and on the red carpet. Please also direct your attention due south of Okamoto’s visage for another trend ripped right off the Fall catwalks. Her textured gunmetal manicure is a perfect match for the Dashing Diva overlays we spotted backstage at Cushnie et Ochs in February, which we hope is a sign that the nail art that dominated from New York to London will be falling into popular favor in the very near future. (The Japanese manicurists who have been pioneering the art of sticking anything and everything onto the nail bed for decades are no doubt even more excited than we are.)
Tao Okamoto has gone blonde! Well, sort of. For the April issue of Vogue China, the Japanese beauty ditched her signature jet-black bowl cut and thick fringe for long, soft, bleached-out extensions—with a middle part to boot. Perhaps not shockingly, the drastically different look suits her (we imagine she’d be able to take a Bic to her head and still manage to attract attention with that bone structure). What do you think of the transformation?