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This new video for Kenzo Resort 2013 hits like an LSD trip in the rainforest. Not great for anyone prone to elliptic seizures but good clean fun for the rest of the family.

Women Resort Collection 2013 video by Mat Maitland
Art Direction: Mat Maitland
Direction: Smith & Read / Mat Maitland
Animation: Natalia Stuyk
Production: Alastair Coe at Big Active
Music: ‘Mädchen Amick’ by Buffalo Tide

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You may remember our first It Girl feature from Tokyo featuring Caca Co. My friend Rajiv (who is the designer of the Tokyo based fashion label SAWHNEY) styled and produced this second It Girl Tokyo feature for Third Looks.

SAWHNEY collaborates with emerging fashion model and blogger Yuri Nagakawa combining several men’s pieces from the debut Spring Summer 2013 collection with her distinctive boyish/cute style in a series of street snap looks in Shinjuku “Golden Town”. A contributing model for S Cawaii magazine, Yuri has been regularly featured on many famous Tokyo fashion street snap sites including Stylearena.com and Fashionsnap.com.

Firstly, tell us about your background.

I dreamt about working in the fashion industry for a long time. At first I planned to start working in the industry after I graduated high school. However, my parents wouldn’t allow me to move outside my prefecture if I didn’t go to college. So I started studying for the entrance exam to get permission from my parents. While studying in college, I proactively attended many events and enjoyed my life to the fullest. Also during this time I started modeling. By my third-year in college I had finished all my necessary credits for graduation so in my final year I completely absorbed myself in modeling work. I feel that if you have the strong willingness to try anything that is available to you then there are no bounds to what is possible. During my childhood, I studied Japanese tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and gymnastics and enjoyed expressing myself, the colors of nature, and Japanese culture. I think those experiences made me who I am today. I’m happy that I can express myself through modeling. In addition, I pass along the days inspired by various other creative individuals.

 

What about your life as a fashion model and fashion blogger?

As a fashion model I express what is demanded from the client. As a fashion blogger I express my own individually. It is important to have people (fans) who support my taste.

Look 1

Cap – UNIF
Shirt – Kenzo
Pants – Zara
Shoes – Who’s who gallery

You’ve become famous for your unique boyish and cute style and recently have been featured on many prominent Tokyo fashion snap sites. When and how did your unique style develop?

Perhaps I’m a bit greedy since I choose both boyish and cute styles? (Laughs) I’m quite particular about adding kitsch and ironic elements into my own fashion. As a model, I strive to be a model that has an element of irony and is outside of orthodox standards. Back when I entered college, I was anxious that my style was too over the top. So I wore casual clothes to initially fit in but soon changed back to my own unique style. Which reminds me, when I was a elementary school student, maxi-skirts were in fashion, At the time, I wore a vivid orange mermaid like skirt and walked around town. I remember everyone talked behind by back. What’s the point in everyone supporting conventional fashion?

Look 2

Shirt – Sawhney
Pants – Zara
Gold necklace – Topshop
Beaded necklace – Sawhney
Ring – GYDA
Shoes – Who’s who gallery

Recently what styles and brands do you like?

Recently I’ve taken notice to girlish-cute brand “lilLilly” and COMME des GARCONS 2013 Spring Summer collection. I also really like K-pop, particularly BIGBANG’s fashion. There is no close relationship between my interests rather I like all types of fashion.

See the rest of the feature after the jump

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A$AP Rocky made a stop in London to promote the release of his new album LIVELONGA$AP. On the way he collaborated with Oki-Ni choosing a selection of items from Rick Owens, Kenzo, Paul Smith, Margiela and more.  You can shop his selections directly online HERE.

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It’s been some time since we’ve featured an ‘It Girl’ here on Third Looks. In case you haven’t seen the other It Girl features, I’ll recap what the label means to me. These are girls who are are free-thinking, charismatic and stylish. These are the girls the world needs more of; the ones that eventually be be at the top of their respective fields.

With that out of the way, I’d like to introduce you to Rachel Hodin. She’s a New York native who grew up in the heart of Manhattan. The first time I met her Rachel was wearing 6″ Wheat Timberland Boots and pulling them off perfectly; a good start to any friendship. Rachel’s warm presence is balanced by a healthy dose of cynicism, in other words she’ll politely cut through the bullshit. Rachel is extremely well read AND will show up to your function in an effortlessly fashionable ensemble. What more can you really ask for out of friends in this city?

Rachel is currently a freelance writer for the The Local (New York Times Blog). You can read her very first published book review HERE.

A special thanks goes to Rebekah Seok for photographing this feature.

Look 1
Gap Denim Jacket
Ekhaus Latta pink fuzzy irrationally expensive cropped top [Ed.Note Rachel’s Description]
Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony black and white Checkered Pants
Tsumori Chisato socks
Vintage Gucci loafers

Look 2
Kenzo striped dress
Acne Denim Jacket
Tsumori Chisato socks
Vintage Gucci loafers

What sparked your initial interest in clothes and fashion?

I guess it all started with Clueless. Traveling with my family at a young age–to paris and london–definitely helped as well.

I’ve never really been interested in fashion, per se, more so just looking good. I went to college in DC and that definitely inspired me, though in a reverse sort of way. i guess i was inspired to look good by all of the terribly and monotonously dressed people in DC.  (hope I don’t offend anyone)

You’re able to really mix designer items with vintage items and make it look very seamless. It’s a pretty delicate balance so how do you make it work?

I don’t tend to focus on the actual designer–just the piece at hand. If I like it, then I’ll wear it. Some of the pieces I like end up being designer, some end up being vintage. Most of my purchases are on impulse; I can’t seem to delay gratification.

Look 3
Rag and Bone Red Jeans
American Apparel cropped black top
Jimmy’s vintage Dior Monsieur bomber
Timberland Boots

How do you think growing up in New York has influenced your style? 

I think the city’s diversity and freedom of expression (encouraged by my parents) influenced me the most. I would find a “trend”–or my idea of one–and cling onto it for dear life. I became obsessed with the color neon green and made sure that every subsequent clothing purchase for the next year was of that hue.

Probably my biggest fashion influence growing up in the city were my best friends’ moms. Seriously, it’s an untapped fashion resource in this city.

I’ve been exposed to high fashion since I was very young. I’ve grown up with a ton of privileged kids and most of all what i’ve learned is that privilege does not amount to style.

Look 4

Vintage Rifat Ozbek Dress
Acne Leather Jacket w/ Detachable shearling Collar
Balenciaga white shoes
When you put together an outfit is there an you generally start from? (ie a jacket, shirt, jeans or shoes?)

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’ve recently amassed a dope collection of pants, so lately that’s where I’ve been starting.

What are some of your favorite places to shop in the city?

Narnia, Assembly NY, Brooklyn Flea, Edith Machinist, Opening Ceremony

Who’s style do you admire and look up to?

Don’t really look up to anyone’s style in particular. I admire people who dress for themselves, who incorporate their culture and background into their sartorial choices and, of course, my friends’ styles.

 

Be sure to follow Rachel on Twitteror visit her on the floor of Opening Ceremony in Soho. Rachel covers book readings and signings at the Greenlight Bookstore and you can read her work on The Local.

Words by Rocky Li
Photography by Rebekah Seok
Styling assistance by Jimmy Jimeno

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If you haven’t seen any of these VFILES XFW (Xtreme Fashion Week) videos stop whatever you’re doing right now and click play on the above videos ASAP. Video coverage of fashion shows is often poor quality, bland and poorly edited but luckily for us these videos buck the trend. XFW captures the frenetic energy of fashion week and the guerilla style makes for lots of laughs and cameos (See if you can spot Devonte Hayes, M.I.A, Linda Fargo, Tilda Swinton, Nicola Formicheti Kenzo’s Humberto and Carol in the videos).

VFILES describes explains XFW as

“Imagine Elsa Klensch on 5-Hour Energy® with a camera strapped to her head — that’s Xtreme Fashion Week but with a cast of equally XTREME hosts: popstar Maluca Mala, fashion vlogger Marie Karlberg, and male model slash actor AJ English, and more. The premise: strap on a Go-Pro™, shotgun a Monster™, grab a branded microphone, and GO! (to fashion shows).”

But really you should just listen to me, grab a snack and cuddle up to your laptop.

Be sure to explore the VFILES Youtube Channel for more content.

Words by Rocky Li

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