Rinko Kikuchi in Fausto Puglisi at the “Pacific Rim” Premiere

Posted on July 10, 2013

Sweetie, we’ll give you credit for picking – and working – the right dress for you, but allow us to make some suggestions for future reference. It’s just how we are around here. You’ll get used to it after a while.


Rinko Kikuchi attends the premiere of “Pacific Rim” in Hollywood, California in a Fausto Puglisi dress paired with Christian Louboutin shoes.

Fausto Puglisi Fall 2013 Collection

See, we don’t even much like this dress. We’re not fans of the double-slit to the thigh, and all the heavy metallic foofaraw stapled to the front of this thing looks like it’s weighing it down to much. But we can honestly see why she picked it. It’s dramatic as hell and it suits her. It’s perhaps a bit stereotypically “Asian-esque” in that way so many Asian actresses are expected to dress when they hit a Hollywood or European red carpet, but for all we know, she adored this dress over all others and picked it because she truly liked the way she looked in it. Which is fine, but we think the styling here really let her down.

That’s a high-impact dress and we don’t really think you can go low-impact with everything else because it tends to make all the other choices look like half-assed after thoughts. Case in point: those shoes. Come on now. That dress is positively SCREAMING for a metallic shoe. Without a platform, please. Maybe a sandal, since she’s already showing so much leg.

We also think she desperately needed some jewelry. Definitely nothing huge or showy, but maybe some subtle onyx pieces or something similar, just to punctuate and polish, without adding any more bling or sparkle to an outfit already heavy with it. And finally, we think the hair and makeup just aren’t serving her well here. She needed a much more dramatic eye (HELLO? Purple lining! Must we point out EVERYTHING?) than that for a dress like this. In fact, she can keep the slick hair so long as she does up her eyes and maybe puts on a pair of small earrings.

Wow, we were really precise on that one! Sometimes the opinions flow, darlings. It’s our time of the month.



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  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Perhaps too on point for an Asian actress in a film called Pacific Rim, but the dress looks good on her. I must be reading too much Fug Girls because my first thought was, “She needs a bracelet.”

    • Introspective

      i saw this and all i thought was here we go with the stereotypes. she’s a gorgeous woman, and i want stylists to have more imagination than this. period.

  • Soooooo right you are! The addition of some orchid toned shadow on her gorgeous eyes, plus a black cuff bracelet and some other shoes would have sent this to Gasplandia.

    • God is in the details.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Love that purple lining! I love finishing my clothing with exotic linings. Yes to the orchid eye shadow.

      • I do too! I have occasionally surprised a client with a rather outre’ lining. Of course I would only do that with someone who I knew would appreciate it.

        • Donna Tabor

          Shame on anyone who wouldn’t appreciate it, KnT!

        • anotherkate

          I have definitely bought articles of clothing or bags exclusively because of their surprising linings. I love secret pretties!

          • formerlyAnon


            And then I quietly gloat over it as I arrange the item so I can glimpse the lining.

          • maggiemaybe

            I’ve done that too! Secret pretties are the best…

    • MilaXX

      I would have loved the lower lash line tight lined in a color similar to the lining. it’s a great way to make the eye pop, without the bright color looking clownish.

    • gabbilevy

      Gasplandia sounds like a super fun, if exhausting place to live. But perhaps I’ll vacation there once in a while.

      • Visual over-stimulation is their most chronic problem.

        • gabbilevy

          I would have thought hyperventilation. Too literal?

          • That is one of the symptoms of the problem.

  • majorbedhead

    That dress needs to only have one slit for starters. God, that’s hideous. How do you walk and not get that all tangled up between your legs?

    Damn, I’m grouchy this morning.

    • RebeccaKW

      I think you sort of glide sideways. Sort of that “Price is Right” model walk, where you can’t turn your back or side to the audience.

    • Donna Tabor

      Well, to be fair she doesn’t have to walk very far. Onto red carpet. Step. Repeat. Off red carpet. Go change back to something sane.

      • marlie

        And there’s probably a minion just off side to re-arrange the dress for every time she takes a step.

    • Rhonda Shore

      One slit would most definitely suffice. I like her hair, agree on adding subtle onyx jewelry and dramatic eye make-up. Also like the model’s boots.

    • formerlyAnon

      Burlesque strut. Throw in a little shimmy if you’re not getting enough attention.

    • HM3

      Two was overkill. I can nearly see her Kikuchi.

    • Kikishua

      And her stance in the first few photos is just ALL WRONG for a double slit (and yuk to that in itself). You can’t pop your hip – it then looks mishapen.

  • Annarosa

    Am I the only one around here who thought, at a first glance, she is the queen of numismatics?

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      I had to look that word up… assuming it was the term for a type of Haiku variant…
      “Rin-KO KiKUchi in FAUsto Puglisi”

  • Re: The shoe, I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark, but possibly in keeping with the “Asian-esque” it’s a nod to Geisha and the unique subtleties and the meaningful flashes of red they incorporate in their dressing. (I’m thinking ofuku hairstyles). That was just my first impression, anyway.

    • Jessica Freeman

      …or she just got hooked up with a pair of Louboutins.

  • WittyCism

    It’s Pacific Rim, right? Not Street Fighter?

  • Judy_S

    It’s a horrible dress, as dress, but she looks like she is having so much fun wearing it.

  • MissMariRose

    Double slit to the thigh? More like double slit to the good china.

    She’s clearly trying to have a Liz Hurley moment. OK, sweetie. Now we know your name. What are you gonna do with all that attention?

    • gabbilevy

      Her name has ‘kuchi’ in it. *snickers*

      … I’m a 12 year old boy. Going to sit in a corner now.

  • In_Stitches

    I think the biggest problem is her awesome smile; it’s too warm and friendly for the serious, sexy dress. I mean, she shouldn’t go all Lea Michelle on us, but that smile, those slits…they just don’t match. With that much thigh on display, she needs to smoulder. Eye makeup would big a great first start.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t like the dress, but she is the first one to wear it on the RC and make it work. I agree it needs a better shoe and at least stud earring.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I’m honestly surprised she doesn’t have chopsticks in her hair. This is just too literal. Really hating the double slit/Jolie she is doing there.

  • filmcricket

    I actually like the minimalist hair and make-up, she’s giving me Joan-Chen-in-Twin-Peaks flashbacks. Agreed on the shoes though, those are awful. And a bracelet would not have gone amiss.

    • marlie

      Now THAT’s a blast from the past.

  • LipstickForPigs

    I will never understand the appeal of a sleeveless turtleneck. Ever.

  • SugarSnap108

    I think the dress looks like a well-ventilated costume. She, however, is beautiful — you’re so right about the eye makeup, though.

  • I think I can safely move that into my Top Ten Stupidest Dresses of All Time. You would get aufed on PR for that. It’s a hiddy, double slit dress with medals hanging on it. Medals that were props from HMS Pinafore.

  • decormaven

    If you’re going to bring it with a heavily-detailed dress with double slits, deliver it with some strong jewelry- a cuff, perhaps- and more pronouced make-up. Commit fully, or don’t even start.

  • formerlyAnon

    Double hip-high slit will never not read like “aging burlesque performer” to me. That said, your call on eye and earrings would have saved this even with no upgrade in footwear or anything else.

  • marlie

    Stereotypes aside (which is hard, because I saw them right off the bat), it’s a gorgeous dress, and she could have really killed this look with the right styling. As it, it’s nice, but it could have been “BAM.”

  • random_poster

    Mila Javovich (sp?) would have owned that dress and nailed it to the wall.

  • kimmeister

    Strangely enough, she looks like a young, Asian Sigourney Weaver here.

    I think the double thigh slit only works if you have stick thighs. They’re making her look hippy. I don’t mind seeing an Asian in an Asian-esque dress. We rock them better than everyone else! 😛

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Lose one of the slits, and turn everything else up to 11, and she’d be getting right up in Fan Bing Bing’s face. How awesome that walk-off would be to judge!

  • Gwyndall

    The hair reads a little too “Hitler” for my taste…

  • silaria

    Purple eye shadow would have been perfect. I disagree about the non-blingy jewelry, though. She needs something shiny in her hair. A clip or barrette, maybe.

  • Shawn EH

    She could have taken those two earrings right off the front of her dress!

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Yes to everything TLo said but I love her. She was the best thing in Babel. Going to see this movie for her, Idris and Charlie.

  • Reality TV Casting

    i think tlo is too rash on this one! she looks like a bond girl/princess!

  • Can’t do the double-slit thing either. Would’ve gone with open corset-style lacing to give that suggestion of naked to the thigh, though…