Japanese style icon Rinko Kikuchi shot to international fame following her Oscar-nominated breakout performance in the 2006 Babel, quickly capturing the public eye for her sophisticated and fashion forward sartorial choices. Kikuchi’s fondness for Chanel made her an unofficial ambassador for the luxury label. In late 2007, following a Vogue Nippon editorial shot by Karl Lagerfeld, Kikuchi was cast to front the Chanel handbag Cruise 2008 campaign. Kikuchi has served as a style ambassador for the brand ever since, and in 2012 was also cast to appear in Karl Lagerfeld’s and Carine Roitfield’s ‘The Little Black Jacket’ travelling exhibition.
The talented muse, who began her career in modelling aged fifteen in her hometown of Hadano near Tokyo, has also appeared in campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton jewellery. In 2011, Kikuchi was selected by Tom Ford to star in his debut womeswear presentation alongside established models Natalia Vodianova, Anja Rubik and Daria Werbowy. Kikuchi has also fronted the campaign for Kenzo’s autumn/winter ’13 collection alongside model Sean O’Pry.
A regular on street-style blogs, Kikuchi has also featured editorials for publications such as i-D, American Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar shot by prominent photographers such as Mario Testino and Pierpaolo Ferrari. Kikuchi also hosts a blog on popular fashion and style website Style.com.