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Tao Okamoto Trades the Catwalk for the Silver Screen


Although she starred in the recent Mario Sorrenti-lensed Rihanna for River Island campaign (above), Japanese model Tao Okamoto has largely been missing from the catwalk. And now, our suspicions as to why have been confirmed. The trailer for the new X-Men film, The Wolverine (out this summer), was released today, and guess who plays Wolverine’s (i.e., Hugh Jackman’s) love interest, Mariko Yashida? Sure, we know the stigma surrounding the “model-slash-actress” title, but perhaps Okamoto will follow in the footsteps of peers like Milla Jovovich and Amber Valletta to make her mark. Take a peek at Okamoto’s acting debut in the film’s trailer, below.

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Tao And Her Fellow Top Models Sell the Clothes Off Their Backs for Japan


Tao Okamoto was in Tokyo visiting family when the 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit the country back in March. A few days later, the Japanese top model sent out a heartfelt letter to friends and fashion industry contacts expressing her sympathy for victims and her intent to plan a benefit: “I want to tell Japan that a lot of people in the world are encouraging and helping us. We are not alone.” This Sunday, Tao makes good on that promise with Ragtag, a charity bazaar she’s hosting in the basement of Saturdays Surf in Soho. Runway regulars like Heidi Mount, Liu Wen, and Jenny Shimizu, along with Phillip Lim, Pamela Love, and Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean, will sell pre-loved clothes straight from their own closets to benefit the organization Save Japan! Items up for grabs include Naomi Campbell-signed T-shirts from her Fashion for Relief charity show in Cannes and, presumably, piles of sample-size togs and designer swag.

Ragtag will take place Sunday, May 29, from 12-6 p.m. at the basement of Saturdays Surf NYC, 31 Crosby St., For more information on Ragtag, visit

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Gummy Bears, Mascara, And Berocca:
Your Complete NYFW Survival Kit


This week, the fashion pack descends en masse: New York fashion week begins officially on Wednesday (though many of us have shows and appointments as early as today). And how do the professionals prepare for a week-plus of no sleep, free Champagne, ten-show days, and endless nights? According to our expert panel—model Tao Okamoto, makeup maven Pat McGrath, street-style blogger Tommy Ton, Net-a-Porter buyer Holli Rogers, stylist Giovanna Battaglia, and more—with vitamins, gummy bears, mascara, kombucha, and jaunts to Turks and Caicos. (No, really.) Click here to check out their complete NYFW-prep regimens. And be thankful that however much you’re carting around over the course of the week, it’s gotta be less than Pat McGrath is: She and her 50 (!) assistants do the shows with up to 75 bags and up to 1,500 pairs of false eyelashes.

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A European-American Exchange, The Zelig Of Fashion Week, Models Hit The Books, And More…


Rumor has it that Courtney Love (pictured) is headed to Paris to perform at V and Printemps’ Paris fashion week party. If her performance there is anything like her performances here, audiences can expect lateness, vitriol, and Lady Gaga covers. Should be a smash! [WWD]

And while we’re sending our best over to Europe, rumors are swirling as well that one of its best may be headed over here. Giles Deacon shows his new Giles collection in London today, but he’s apparently casting about for a New York venue to show here—even as early as next season. [Fashionologie]

The New York Times takes a moment with Brad Goreski, the 33-year-old right hand of Rachel Zoe (and breakout star of her reality show, The Rachel Zoe Project). Goreski hit so many shows and events this New York fashion week—Lanvin on Fashion’s Night Out, shows by Simon Spurr and Michael Bastian, the tenth anniversary party—that the paper of record has dubbed him “the Zelig of fashion week.” Well, he does have those glasses… [NYT]

With all of the time they spend backstage in hair and makeup, no surprise that models have a lot of time for reading. Racked collects the best of models-with-books, including runway walkers like Tao, Nimue, and Katharina reading Faulkner, Evelyn Waugh, Lord of the Rings, and (ahem!) [Racked]

Photo: David X. Prutting / Billy Farrell Agency

Ford’s Girls Get A Makeover, The Year’s Power Players Revealed, When Tati Met Marc, And More…


The Telegraph‘s Hilary Alexander sits down with model-of-the-moment Tati Cotliar. Cotliar—who opened Marc Jacobs’ Fall ’10 show—reveals MJ felt like they’d known each other before. A previous life, perhaps? Some girls have all the luck—twice. [Telegraph]

Show packages from the major modeling agencies are starting to arrive, including one that’s hotly debated among model-watchers: Paul Rowland’s first package since taking over at Ford. Karmen Pedaru, Tao Okamoto, Rose Cordero, Alana Zimmer, and the gorgeous newcomer Dafne Cejas (pictured) are done up in Mad Men-ish retro style. [Fashionologie]

Vanity Fair has released its Top 100 New Establishment list, including plenty of fashion types. LVMH chief Bernard Arnault is at number 6; PPR’s François-Henri Pinault is at 17; Karl Lagerfeld is at 39; and DVF and her husband, Barry Diller, share the number 40 spot. [WWD]

Phillip Lim’s Fall shoe collection—his largest yet—has hit stores and the Web. What was that we were saying about Wednesday being the prime online-shopping day? [FabSugar via Refinery29]