I feel like she's started so many different looks here — glossy 1950s hair, Victorian lace, bold military, dangerous aviators, long decorated nails, and that very modern delicate trace of a necklace. I suppose the mix is a look in itself. I wonder what she's got on her nether half?
I'm fascinated by that tiny necklace. I'll bet it costs thousands of dollars!
Fiona Graham – Re your Starbucks comment. I agree, one should always support your local coffee joint. Only problem is that there really isn't a lot of other options for coffee in Japan except for Starucks. Every time I go to Japan I have no choice but to go to Starbucks for coffee.
Great. Hair. Can't get over great hair. She is very pretty in every aspect, not the least because of what she's wearing. I would love to wear each piece, though the aviators are in my opinion an added extra, that this time don't fit with the rest of the outfit..they seem a bit too heavy, sporty and plastic( like they are ;)) in comparison with the lightness of the lacy dress. But still, an outfit I really like!
Her hair-colour is perfection. So many asians get absolutely destroyed by colorists who don't understand how to avoid the atrocious, cheap-looking red tones that emerge when you lighten asian hair…this girl is lucky!
It's funny that talking about "coffee" a lot here … as Fionamcindoe.com said… there isn't too much choice for take away coffee in Tokyo. There are some Japanese coffee chain shops like Doutor though…which is much cheaper but good!
I agree with Caught the Light in his comment that Starbucks makes her a modern classic.
The hair style, the delicate lace top, and the necklace marries femininity with modernity inspired by the shades and Starbucks. The way she's wrapping her military jacket around her shoulders enriches this feminine look of hers and adds refinement.
You should look past and not honor what type of cup she is holding. She is "put together" nicely (hair, skin, nails,)I actually like the cup. It's as if she could be behind you in line, at said cafe' shop. That no one here like's ,yet can't stop talking about..
Unfortunately, for the most part Tokyo doesn't have independent coffee shops the way that, say, New York or other cities in the U.S. does. There are a series of Japanese chains that I would argue make worse coffee than Starbucks, at an equally high cost as Starbucks. (Starting price for anything in a Starbucks in Japan is over $3, including regular drip coffee). So the coffee lover is in a bit of jam in Japan where Starbucks often presents the least bad option when out on the town – disappointing but true.
Like a modern Audrey Hepburn. Love it. A side note, I am bothered by the comments about her looking like a "doll." I can't tell you how many times I get told I look like a "china doll," and it's demeaning. It perpetuates the idea that East Asian women are objects, not people, that they are delicate and child-like, therefore subservient, and that all East Asians look the same. This woman in no way is dressed in a lolita style, and if it weren't known that this shot was taken in Tokyo, her racial identity would likely not be recognized. If you think she has porcelain-like skin, say so, but please be aware of the connotations the word "doll" carries.
She's supremely glamorous without the high fashion threads? She manages to transform an ugly plastic straw into a very seductive prop?? She oozes Veronica Lake mystique without the slightest effort??? I bow to her.
She does look adorable but as an Asian woman who is constantly inundated (by friends, relatives and Asian media) with tips, news and gossip regarding the latest plastic surgery trends, I am 99.9% certain that her lips (ESP. the upper one), nose and her eyes were all altered. How can I tell about her eyes you ask? The glimpse of her right eye through the tiny space between her aviators. If you look carefully, you'll see how round and perfect her eye (and eyelid) is – 99.9% of the time, this is achieved through surgery. Second, her nose has no bumps and is perfectly straight. Although in her case, to achieve a more "natural" nose, she didn't get that extra lift on the bridge that many women get. And lastly, 99.9% of Asians do not have lips like those. And even if we did, do we know any people whose upper and lower lips are different sizes from one another? Now, I'm no plastic surgeon but I'm surrounded on a daily basis by women (many Asian) who have gotten work done on their faces. And in Japan (and Asia in general), plastic surgery is so common that even pre-teens get them and it's no longer as taboo as it once was. Not hating or anything. Just saying.
her style is quite refreshing – not like the stereotypical out-of-this-world styles that magazines like FRUIT publish, and not like the run-of-the-mill trends that most commercial Japanese magazines publish
-as for the Starbucks…I agree but there are very few to-go coffee places in Japan. Local coffee shops rarely offer the to-go option, unless you have your own coffee tumbler.
I came here to look at the pictures, but am finding another sight more interesting to consider: That of people dissecting the same photograph of a person and with two strong opposite opinions of its cultural representations & beauty. A question: Would we scrutinize the same people in the same way if we were to see them in real life?
Amazing hair and the pleating in the blouse. Everything.. gorgeous. @Fiona Graham Coffee Culture is pretty much defined by Starbucks in Japan. This isn't Western culture, but if it was I'd totally agree :)
If only my hair would stay that way for a day. Sigh… And those nails….longer sigh….
I simply have to respond to the comment re that she may had work done. I'm Asian with full lips and double eye lids. And last time I looked lots of people like me where I live. Women as well as men. 99.9% may be a gross over estimation. Besides, she could mixed race. Just saying…
Catastrophy: I agree with your comment about the over estimation, though that percentage sounded more like facetiousness to me than anything else, as well as that there are indeed Asians who are born with more Western features than others but this woman's face in the photo kind of looks too "constructed." (sorry, can't really think of another term right now.) It may just be the quality of the photograph or her makeup. Either way, she does look beautiful.
@anonymous 11.15. I think you are being quite presumptuous about this girl, particularly considering how little you can see in this picture. as a doctor, i coudn't possibly imagine being "99.9% sure" on anything regarding surgery from seeing a fashion shot, so your conclusions are ridiculous.
also, how do we know she is asian? she could even be mixed race? i think assuming such negative things about her based on her appearance is exactly the type of attitude that leads people to elective cosmetic surgery.
and to contradict your statement, many people do have fuller upper rather than lower lips, myself included and if she had had surgery, this would more than likely have been corrected.
whether or not she has is irrelevant, but i choose to belive she has not. she is a beaut.
Wow – Great photo! A sexist description to make of a woman but she truly does look like a doll.
I wonder if the subjects of these photos ever read these comments and if so, how they feel about the various assessments that are made of them? I suppose for this photo, the 2 subjects would be this young lady and Starbucks?
Scott – ever consider doing intereview sessions with your models and give a voice to their photos? I imagine it to be quite interesting.
Love her look and what I love most is the fact that she's drinking a full fat Frapp.. with whipped cream to boot!
Regarding the whole coffee and fake lip discussion, can't we just focus on the beauty of a picture and leave prejudice out of it?? Moreover, whether her lips are "done" or not, she's still a gorgeous girl.
The one thing I haven't noticed anyone comment on, and I didn't read all the comments, so someone might have mentioned it, is the necklace. It's soooooo delicate, just the perfect little accessory for the perfect modern doll.
I don't think anyone's really denied her beauty (Starbucks seems to be getting mixed reviews though). People are just stating what they are viewing, perhaps even offering their own interpretation of what the concept of "beauty" means now.
This is a fashion blog. Being judgmental is a prerequisite, sugar.
Sigh. There are plenty of asians with full lips and/or double eyelids. Please stop assuming that all asian girls with western-ish features (i.e. not the stereotypical asian perpetuated in western society), are the result of cosmetic surgery.
I'm Asian so other's asian relax with the surgery talk unless you can give me her full name and her medical surgery list please stop criticizing i know that how our parents raise us to constantly stare at each other to figure out our asian ethnicity, to see what our history wants us to believe about each other…also south east asians have full lips, bodies, are usually not light skin, also you never know if something mixed along her bloodline, also japanese people have the most interesting bridges i don't know if it's because of the war, mixing over time but look at any japanese street style book, crazy bridges left and right and koreans technically win in the plastic surgery race for asians since the US has alot of influence there by choice the japanese don't like our presence much and the japanese don't even care if your teeth aren't perfect which is a westernized idea of beauty
this is just a beautiful moment captures, skin, nails( and person who said these nails were gross, this is just how japanese culture is obsessed with long, overly decorated nails, it's like if someone makes fun of the popery in your mother's bathroom, it's a culture thing), who cares that it's a starbucks thing i just keep thinking the green straw adds color to the photo
I think she represents modern Japan quite well. She's mixed so many looks while still maintaining that delicacy that is so popular. She is stunning, and I think that the Starbucks just makes her seem real. Without it she would be too ethereal and almost editorial.
All in all, one of my favourite photos I've ever seen on here. What a beautiful moment.
i am not a fan of starbucks myself and avoid it at all costs. However this does make me crave some iced coffee stat! I know where I will be this afternoon! Great pic! xoxo KC http://www.letterstobetsy.com
Just as the comments suggesting cosmetic surgery are ridiculous, I think the comments rebutting them are equally outrageous. What is this underlying, unspoken negative air surrounding cosmetic surgery? Maybe she did and maybe she didn't. It's just an observation. Our society has become so receptive of it that we no longer feel the need to hide it if we get something done here or there. Some people are getting into an uproar that others are assuming that this lady got work done. Valid point but at the same time, how do we know that she didn't? And if she did, how do we know that it hasn't helped her become a more confident and beautiful woman? I've met people who love it when they get complimented on the work that's been done as much as being told that he/she is naturally gorgeous.
This woman is beautiful no matter what. And the photography is out of this world. Nice job!
WOW so many things on so many levels to comment on. Everything comes together really beautifully, the clothes, accessories and of course the nails – I normally dislike such..erm..artifice shall I say but on this young woman, it simply adds to her soignee look and they are very neutral in colour.
I love the contrasts, the dark military jacket against the delicate almost nude colour lace, her child like face, baby mouth, baby skin with the oversized shades and the perfect coiffure, her flat looking chest with her fragile yet obvious womanliness.
She looks like she's standing under a bridge or underpass in the street but hard to tell as you've let her fill the picture almost entirely and this moment in time captured makes me wonder what she is thinking of: is she waiting for someone and looking out for them as she sips her coffee, or is she not supposed to me be where she is right now sipping her coffee, did she borrow those sunglasses from her big sister or mother or girlfriend, did you just pay her a compliment and she turned her head blushing not knowing how to respond but trying to be cool and sipping her coffee to regain her composure? This is even more intriguing than a shot of a beautiful woman.
picking out individual items, like her sunglasses, her starbucks, whatever, it's not what makes this image. they are parts of the picture, her outfit, but i think the real beauty lies in the casual way in which her jacket is so elegantly slung on her shoulders, or the distracted, daydreaming way she holds her straw near her lips. it's so unwittingly sexy and sumptuous. i don't think her ethnicity, stance on plastic surgery, and choice of coffee are really all that relevant.
style, clothes – all that pales in the presence of true physical beauty. she is beyond gorgeous, and would be so in a trash bag. also, anon @ 11.15 – probably no plastic surgery. sometimes, God just outdoes Himself, and this is one such time.
…lucky s/he whom this one loves. she likely inspires insane passion, and her only true pain will come with the ravages of age.
Great picture – but I agree with many others that the Starbucks drink is rather hideous (and Starbucks taste crap, too).
I have no hang-ups about cosmetic surgery. I don't think this is something that I would consider but on the other hand, I am not really model quality and it would be wasted on me (another way of looking at it is that I would never be able to afford all the work that I need). Cosmetic surgery is perfectly fine when tastefully done (& it is increasingly tastefully done: gone are the days when people wanted to show that they had cosmetic surgery as a status symbol). It is better than having an orange permatan, for example.
I recommend you people just come to Japan to see it with your own eyes. That cartoon/colorful fashion image is long gone and you see girls like this (clothing and facial) everyday. Surgery is more common in South Korea not Japan and let's not generalize Japan as Asia. As for the coffee shops, there are many alternatives (which I prefer) it's just Starbucks out numbers them like 10 to 1.
I was in Tokyo just last week and was surprised to see how very fashionable and sophisticated the Tokyoites are in the way they dress. This photo is the best representation of their fashion sense – mixing delicate, lacey dresses, blouses and skirts with fantastic coats and jackets.
Her hair is super drop dead gorgeous….her jacket …same….i hate the white shirt…… but i love how our eyes lead to somewhere else…her mouth…….thats sexy…..
talking about the coffee…. well….. cant u have mcdonalds? she is not the one to blame..mr scott thought the coffee should be part of the pic.. he coulda waited…. so dont tell japanese not to drink foreign brands…..they have a lot of sushi and rice everyday..dont you? are yall japanese? so if ur italian…go have some pasta and thats all?
fiona.. it was a very unhappy comment…stuff and nonsense….
1) She looks very Japanese to me. 2) Lots & lots & lots of Asians have very full lips. Who's commenting that she's 'fake' or 'mixed'? People who haven't been around a sufficient number and/or sample of Asians? 3) Sunglasses do it, kids. I know that I get about 500% more attention from strangers when I wear them, yes because half of your face is hidden, you look great even makeup-less, and all men see is lips. Add to that the 'parting' because of a sippy drink. There you go.
Well the nails are slightly off (no matter what culture) and maybe the jacket and coffee origin isn't perfect either. But the girl and the picture is so who cares? I mean the girl is by far amazing. And I have never asked this before. But do you have any more pictures of her???
The nails just seem harsh next to the soft waves of her hair and the delicate necklace and blouse. I would love to see what she's wearing on the bottom – skinny jeans and ballet flats, a loose skirt and kitten heels, trousers?
What a stunning image, great composition and stylish to boot! It needs no explanation on the style/beauty front, it speaks for itself. Yes its a shame she is drinking Starbucks but hey the seductive position of the straw against her mouth is perfect and what a mouth! But what intrigues me is the sunglasses, which of course look great. I've always had a thing about guys (and girls now) wearing sunglasses and how different we appear when our eyes are hidden from view. You can see a handsome guy, dressed well, wearing great shades, only to be dissapointed when the eyes are revealed or vice versa (if your lucky). Being the windows to the soul an all, I would have loved to have seen her full face. That said, this is a beautiful shot and evokes an image of a young woman, who is on the verge of discovering herself, the world and maybe experiencing a first love. This picture for me has both a quite and an exciting quality about it. On the one hand she appears to be enjoying a cool drink and watching the world go by, on the other her appearance projects a certain innocence, suggesting that she has a world of opportunity before her. I love that quality in your work, that not only you get to see great fashion, on interesting and beautiful people but I nearly always envisage a story for each subject. And the fact that they are so thought-provoking makes them all the more engaging and memorable. I appreciate this is an older image but I felt strangely compelled to comment on it, albeit a bit late. Plus this is my first comment! Thanks so much.