Second, as I always say about Rinko, I wish she was in EVERYTHING, because she never shows up wearing, like, a black sheath dress. And obviously I love a good LBD, but you have to appreciate a woman who never fails to bring the drama. And this short, dark hair is really chic on her.
Fugger: Rinko Kikuchi
RINKO’S MOM: Rinko? Rinko, come down here right now and show your Aunt Murgatroyd how much you LOVE the dress she made for you out of all her leftover personalized stationery!
RINKO: FINE. HERE. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW? Because in ten minutes I am totally recycling this thing.
I’m sure at several offices around America right now (AKA, those owned by Conde Nast), someone is saying to someone else, “I just LOVE what Rinko Kikuchi wore to the IWC event last night! Those high-waisted, tapered khakis! The blue vest! It’s like a post-modern take on the Wal-Mart uniform! That’s so refreshing! So now! So unflattering! I MUST have it this spring!” As for me, you know, I think I’ll pass.
I admit, I was hoping that Rinko Kikuchi would show up to the Oscars wearing something crazy — a dress made entirely of bubble wrap, maybe, or couture legwarmers, or a turban. I wasn’t alone. On the E! preshow, they ran a crawl along the bottom of the screen featuring text messages that viewers had sent in. Typically, they said things like, “Jennifer Hudson RULES! — Sarah in Chicago,” or “Where’s Rachel McAdams?!?! – McGosling Lover in Houston” or “Ryan Seacrest is so HOT — Ryan in Los Angeles.” But one message caught my eye in particular. It said, “Wear something crazy for us, Rinko!” (Sadly, I did not catch the name of the sender. If you’re out there: well played, sender.) And yet, I can’t say I’m disappointed with Rinko’s lack of Oscar crazy:
Because she looks awesome. This is what I imagine Chanel couture SHOULD look like, when I am imagining having the kind of money it takes to buy Chanel couture. I don’t want to spend my bazillions on ankle spats. I want to spend them on something like this: exquisitely fitted, chic, a little sparkly, and very glam. And yet I hope this is not the last we’ll see of Rinko Kikuchi. For one thing, her name is cool. For another, I suspect she has not worn the last of her out-there outfits.
Presenting An IM from GFY HQ:
HEATHER: Oh dear, Rinko Kikuchi.
JESSICA: It’s like she’s mocking us.
HEATHER: She DOES seem to be having a good time.
JESSICA: I know it’s couture Chanel….
HEATHER: I know that I want to use it to apply my astringent.
JESSICA: I know that it reminds me of dust bunnies.
HEATHER: I know that I’m relieved she’s not wearing spats.
JESSICA: I know that we probably both want her shoes.
HEATHER: Shoes are the great uniter.
JESSICA: Thank god for them.