One to Watch: Style Chameleon Rinko Kikuchi

Japanese model and Oscar-nominated actress Rinko Kikuchi gained a lot of attention during the promotional tour for her film Pacific Rim, but she's been a bit of a fashion force for awhile now. Fashion houses like Chanel have developed a real love affair with Rinko, and Kenzo just featured the star in its Fall 2013 print advertisements. She also still has a pretty busy acting career and she'll soon appear alongside Keanu Reeves in 47 Ronin.

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Rinko's style can best be described as always in flux. Back in July of 2010 at Chanel's Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Fall 2010 show, she selected a ladylike Chanel pink tweed jacket and dress combination. A red classic quilted flap bag, Saint Laurent Tribtoo pumps and that platinum hair color brought some edge to the look. Rinko was still working the lighter shade that September at the 67th Venice International Film Festival premiere of Norwegian Wood. This time Rinko opted for a modified embroidered bronze dress from Chanel's Fall 2010 Couture offering styled with her favored Tribtoos.


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It was another Chanel creation for the re-opening of the Chanel Soho boutique a week later in New York City. Her Pre-Fall 2010 little black dress featured flutter sleeves and was once again paired with Tribtoo pumps. Flash forward to June 2012 when the actress stood out while attending Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Event at the Swiss Institute in New York City courtesy of this teal dress. A two-tone Chanel bag and Chanel pumps as opposed to her trusty Tribtoos helped further distinguish the look.


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When Chanel Fine Jewelry held its 80th Anniversary of the Bijoux de Diamants collection in October 2012, Rinko attended in a relatively demure drop-waist Chanel dress with beaded embroidery and floral accents. Black booties capped off the look. Rinko was back to pushing the fashion envelope at this year's Met Gala. Her bold printed Kenzo Fall 2013 suit was amplified by a gold clutch.


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The rising style star has traveled the globe during her recent promotional tour for Pacific Rim. At the beginning of July, Rinko made an impact posing for a photocall in Mexico City decked out in a fiery dress teamed with black Christian Louboutin Vendome peep-toe pumps. Later that night at the premiere, she impressed in this deep purple Marios Schwab Fall 2013 gown with sheer yoke and embellished skirt. Rinko polished off the look with a Mawi choker.


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Her next stop was London for the film's UK unveiling on the Fourth of July. This black high-neck Chanel Fall 2013 dress was complemented by Chanel pumps. The Los Angeles premiere saw Rinko outfitted in a sparkling Fausto Puglisi Fall 2013 sleeveless gown with dramatic double slit. She kept the accessories to a minimum, relying only on black Christian Louboutins to finish off the look.

We love Rinko’s well-documented ability to constantly reinvent her look and think her most show-stopping red carpet moments are yet to come.