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August 23 2014

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The Tao of Tao Okamoto: A Sneak Preview of the Japanese Supermodel’s Photo Exhibition Celebrating Her Fifteen-Year Career

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TAO OKAMOTO BY TIM RICHARDSON

Tao Okamoto is a “model” in every sense of the word. Since she began appearing on runways and in glossy editorial spreads fifteen years ago, the Japanese beauty has become one of the industry’s most sought-after faces (and helped break down barriers for Asian catwalkers). In recent years, Okamoto has extended her influence beyond fashion. In 2011, she helped raise funds and awareness for victims of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked her home country. Last summer, Okamoto made her acting debut in the X-Men blockbuster The Wolverine. Keeping up her silver-screen streak, she was cast in the upcoming action flick, out in 2016, Batman vs. Superman, and also made her first TV appearance in the new Japanese miniseries Chi no Wadachi.

Adding to her already-full plate, Okamoto has found time in the past year to do a special series of shoots—commissioned by her New York agency, The Society Management—with fifteen emerging photographers to honor her fifteen-year-long career. The resulting exhibition, Tao Okamoto 15, will be unveiled tonight at Hudson Studios in Manhattan and is open to the public for one day only. On view are unique images lensed by up-and-coming talents including Max Snow, Victor Demarchelier, and Santiago & Mauricio. An exclusive sneak peek of Tim Richardson’s portrait debuts here on Style.com. Below, we spoke with Okamoto about her latest showcase, balancing acting and modeling, and more.

Do you have any interesting on-set memories from the photo shoots for your new exhibition?
I remember the Maurizio Bavutti [shoot]. It was just the day before my movie premiere, and it was a funny experience because I looked totally different from one day to the next—from being covered in clay, which was an edgy, artistic look, to a glamorous Hollywood look.

Had you collaborated with any of these photographers before, and did you enjoy working with any one of them in particular?
I hadn’t worked with any of them before, but each and every one of them surprised me because they all had very unique, exciting ideas, so I can’t pick only one. I just followed and fit myself into each of their worlds.

How have your recent acting roles changed your outlook on modeling?
I think they’ve allowed me to become more fearless and to express myself in a bigger way. Acting has also freshened me up to the subject of photography.

Tao by VICTOR DEMARCHELIER

You sat in quite a few front rows during the Fall ’14 shows [Chanel, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and Calvin Klein, to name a few]. What was it like watching fashion from the sidelines as opposed to walking down the runway?
I’ve always loved fashion and, of course, enjoyed my experiences walking on runways, but I love watching the shows as well! Now I understand more why it’s such a big deal for the industry, and why people work so hard before and during fashion weeks. It’s interesting to see the same things from a different angle.

Are there any designers whom you admire or credit for your success?
I cannot thank Phillip Lim enough for bringing me to the stage I’m at right now. He also made a special dress for my movie premiere in Japan last summer. There are a few more designers who I have strong relationships with, as more than just a model. I will always remember how they appreciated me at the beginning of my career, and I would love to repay them as an actress somehow if I can.

Do your fans miss that signature bowl haircut you sported a few years ago?
I hear that a lot and really appreciate it, but I don’t plan to return to that haircut at the moment. I’m enjoying my new look!

In general, how do you unwind?
When I feel stressed, I [do] karaoke and sing for hours!

Tao Okamoto 15 debuts tonight (7 to 10:30 p.m.) at Hudson Studios, 601 West 26th St., 13th floor, and will be on view to the public through Friday, May 9.

Photos: Tim Richardson; Victor Demarchelier

Surf and Snow

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Max Snow's Surf Lodge collection, Lindsey Wixson in Max Snow's Surf Lodge collection

Artist Max Snow isn’t new to clothing design—he’s been creating his own black jeans and T-shirts for years. This summer, however, he turned it into a more official gig when he agreed to create a limited-edition nine-piece capsule collection for the Surf Lodge in Montauk. Snow’s luxe assortment of swim trunks, tank tops, wool baseball caps, and selvedge-denim jackets (with prices ranging from $75 to $595) will get their official debut tomorrow, at Snow’s weekend pop-up shop at the East End hotel. To accompany the collection, the Surf Lodge artist-in-residence for the summer will unveil his new series of black-and-white images (making their exclusive debut here, on Style.com), a few of which feature Lindsey Wixson sporting the pieces.

“Who wouldn’t want to spend a summer in Montauk?” asks Snow, who also hosted a weekend of partying and performances at the Surf Lodge, with Willie Nelson and Courtney Love, earlier in the season. “To be honest, the whole thing was a very organic process, and I’ve really enjoyed it from beginning to end,” he says. Continue Reading “Surf and Snow” »

Max Snow’s Ladies In White

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From now until February 2, New York-based artist Max Snow’s latest photography project, The Lady of Shalott (named for Alfred Tennyson’s poem) will be on view at Paris concept shop Colette. Featuring eerie black-and-white images of nude women hiding under sheer veils, their faces often obscured with white, the exhibition includes shots of such fashion stars as Rebecca Dayan and Arizona Muse. Not surprising, considering the artist’s wife is stylist Vanessa Traina—who, it should be noted, was also photographed for the show. Decidedly (and, perhaps, deliberately) more covered up than the rest of Snow’s subjects, Traina was shot wearing the custom Givenchy gown she donned for their wedding last August.

The Lady of Shalott runs through February 2nd at Colette, 213 Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris.

Photo: Courtesy of Colette