Photos by Beto Ramos
What I love the most about fashion is that it has the power to transform us. You can be anything you want to be, whenever you want to be. This summer I was feeling sultry and wanted to channel a dominatrix. For Halloween I wanted to play on both my feminine and masculine side, and speaking of masculine, sometimes I just want to be a boy. For today’s post I’m turning Japanese. The most amazing thing happened to me the other day. I got to wear a kimono thanks to the kimono company Kadae NY! Kawaii! The day started bright and early with makeup artist and stylist extraordinaire Masae doing my modern geisha-inspired makeup. Just when I thought I couldn’t look any better she gave me these giant fake lashes and I felt like a cute Japanese doll- or a fabulous drag queen. Masae then put my hair up in a high bun and gave me the best hair accessories I’ve ever worn in my head.
Next up it was Yukiko’s turn. Yukiko is a professional kimono dresser. This was also a surprise for me, that people who do this professionally, but after seeing all the work that goes into it I understood. I had never worn a kimono before in my life (I honestly never thought I was ever going to!), and let me tell you, there’s a lot of layers! It took her about a 20-30 minutes to get me ready. She’d fasten something on one side, hold it with one hand, clasp something else with the other hand, she’d tuck here, pull there – she was like a kimono ninja and I just couldn’t keep up! Finally dressed and ready to go I left with my little entourage- my cute kimono girls, Ruby and Si- to tour the streets of Midtown Manhattan. Click on “Read More” to see our adventures! (★^O^★)
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Hey look, I’m in a fire truck!
Bag by Yukiko Sato
Earrings by Ayaka Nishi
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