Tao Okamoto in Miharayasuhiro at “The Wolverine” Premiere

Posted on July 17, 2013

Bring it, girl! We can’t tell you how starved we are for celeb style in high summer. This was exactly the shot we needed:


Tao Okamoto attends the UK Premiere of “The Wolverine” at Empire Leicester Square in London in a Miharayasuhiro gown.

Miharayasuhiro Fall 2012 Collection

BAM. Day started.

We dig the way the print combines both camouflage elements, as well as the kind of metallic floral embroidery one tends to think of when one thinks of traditional Asian textiles generally. It very lightly touches on both without tipping too far into cliche with either. The colors and the shape look great on her, but we could have done without those things hanging off her hips. Still, she looks awesomely high-impact and head-turning.

And that’s an epic pony tail.



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  • Diego!

    Wow! This is a stunning dress! She looks amazing!

  • Kristin McNamara

    LOATHE the camo. (But that’s not specific to this dress, because I hate all types of camo… haha) And I wish that her hair wasn’t covering half of the bodice. But the shape is quite nice (I even like the hip flounces!) and her face looks divine.

    • kimmeister

      I love a good ring-neck, it should never be obscured by hair!

    • H2olovngrl

      Do we know if that is her real hair? It looks quite a bit darker than the hair on top of her head.

  • marlie

    Beautiful – the dress looks better on Tao than it does on the model! I wish the hair didn’t obscure so much of the dress, though.

    • Tao is the model! The more natural styling and the smile here really do instantly improve the look.

      • marlie

        Wait… that’s her on the runway?! She looks different! They must have tailored the dress a little, then, since it fits SO much better on the red carpet.

        • RedRaven617

          It is amazing what a smile can do for a person’s look. She looks so much prettier to me.

        • Yes! That’s her on the runway! It’s really refreshing to see her smile and with a softer look; she’s usually given the very cold and sleek styling treatment. I agree completely; the dress looks extraordinary on her this way.

  • Adriana

    This dress is somehow winning me over despite my general hatred of camo. Definitely helps that she got the hair, face, and jewelry just right.

  • But of course. The instant I proclaim my intense visceral loathing fro camo, someone has to show up in something that references it that shows me what an idiot I can be. DAMN this is one stunning garment on one stunning woman.
    I am rebuked.

    • Snailstsichr

      I’m pretending that it is a surreal lily pond pattern. Ommmmmmmmmmm. Seems to be working.

      • Well, the fact that the pattern also references traditional water imagery helps a whole big bunch.

    • StellaZafella

      Don’t back off too far, sweet thing, the only reason this reads camo to me is because there’s not enough of it to see it’s really “Clouds in my coffee”…
      I’m still with you on camo anything…but I love it when the design makes a non-miltaristic statement with it, like the florals of the other day or the “lilly pad” of today.

      • Fear not, M’dear. I haven’t lost my essential dislike of it. This is a short aberration in a lifelong path of camo-hate.

  • veleri

    amazing colours. amazing.

  • princessricky

    does it take a hip-less woman to make hip flounces look good?? cause i never thought they would be flattering. dress is so cute, camo is a bit distracting tho.

    • veleri

      I think so, otherwise you’d look huge, I guess. :/

    • Not really, no. it is ultimately about the placement and proportion of said flounces that makes it a win or a fail. These follow the natural line of her body, extending it outwards in a way that compliments, rather than fights her shape and size. Properly deployed hip extensions of this kind can cut one’s apparent waist size way down.

    • MoHub

      Yes, indeed. One has to have essentially no hips in order to deploy hip flounces without looking—well—hippy.

  • Scimommy

    Somehow this looks like drape fabric to me. More exactly, like a winning Project Runway design made out of drapes and lauded by the judges for being sophisticated, sleek, modern, glamorous, and red carpet ready. The guest judge fell in love with the gown and promised to wear it on the red carpet – and look, she did and she looks fabulous!

  • monharpo

    one of my favorite models! she looks amazing. as a japanese, i’m proud of her 🙂

  • MilaXX

    Love the entire look, hip pockets included.

    • Tess Danesi

      I never like hip wings but without them the dress would lose some of its impact. Most decidedly not a look for everyone (almost anyone really) but it works like gangbusters for her. She’s just stunning.

  • Simply striking.

  • SapphoPoet

    I love this dress. I’m not sure about the side pocket things, but I suspect that if they weren’t there, we’d be saying that the dress needed some other design element to it.

    Back in the spring, I was at a local park where all the local kids going to prom were having their pictures taken. There was one girl who had a camo prom dress, and it looked wonderful next to all the other dresses.

  • Monday1900

    Reading this I thought of “It’s a famine of beauty – a famine of beauty, honey!! My eyes are starving for beauty!” -Andre Leon Talley. I’m surprised that I like this look — she is so thin that she can carry off those hip pleats I think. Not wild about the pony tail pulled to the front.

    • decormaven

      “We have to see clothes! We have to see clothes!” Love “The September Issue” reference.

  • Jennifer Bober

    Funny, I don’t see it as camo, I see it as the traditional cloud shapes in oriental art. I do love the combo of traditional style textile with a contemporary cut gown. Fabulous.

    • alyce1213

      It’s not camo. It’s what you said.

    • Judy_S

      I agree–that’s what I saw immediately. I think the palette takes it into camo territory, though.

    • Kawena

      I agree! It took me a couple of seconds, but I recognized them as cloud shapes. Just goes to show you how we shape what we see based on our expectations and perceptions.

    • j_anson

      I think it’s actually a deliberate ambiguity, and it’s pretty cool. The shapes definitely reference camo shapes more than clouds, but it registers on the eye similarly enough (to classic kimono-clouds) to be cohesive but just different enough to make it interesting.

  • Miss WKS

    That fabric! That dress! That pony tail. F A B U L O U S.

    • Rhonda Shore

      It’s PERFECTION!

  • Introspective

    gorgeous. and yes, smartly referential without the cliche. love every bit of this.

    & it drives home just how hiddy and irritating to my racism radar that double slit mandarin collar number was on the pacific rim red carpet last week…

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like the dress, hip pockets and all, put I don’t like the ponytail.

    Her hair looks fake and, if it isn’t fake, it is too long. And the hair gel makes her scalp show. There are better ways to put your haur on a ponytail. That said, a ponytail is the right hairdo for this look.

    • Glam Dixie

      My thoughts exactly, that is one fake looking ponytail. I have a black mare with a tail that looks just like that.

      • Tatiana Luján

        jajajaja. Yes, this looks like a real PONY tail

      • kimmeister

        I was getting “broom” myself.

    • TLJezebel

      Yep, looks like cheap extensions.

      • Shawn EH

        Or bad split ends? I’m thinking a little curl would have soften her look; she needs some Garnier Fructis stylers, stat!

    • kimmeister

      The prominent scalp is sort of inevitable when you have black hair and light colored skin. I attempted doing cornrows once, and it just made me look bald.

      • Tatiana Luján

        If you don’t apply hair gel but hair spray, it isnt inevitable. A looser ponytail fixed in its place with hair pins instead of a super tight ponytail also avoids or lessens the scalf showing.

  • SugarSnap108

    J’adore this! I hate camo, but apparently I love a touch of subtle camo — Camouflaged Camo? And by god, the hip wings work — adding interest instead of … hips. (I do think the silhouette could work on a woman with more curves, too.)

    Not loving the ponytail, though. I’d rather see the bodice.

  • LadyCelia

    Wow. Need to see more from this designer!

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    Man oh man… she is gorgeous but I can’t get past the camo. I really don’t think anyone (designer or model) can make it look good.

    If this dress was in a solid color, or any other pattern for that matter, I’d be singing a different tune.

  • mjude

    i do like the dress but it looks so heavy especially since there are heat warnings every where.

  • MsOlympia

    I would LOVE to see more Japanese designers on the red carpet.

  • julnyes

    She looks lovely from the neck up, but… I don’t like the color palette on that dress and I would like the ponytail better if it was shorter (minus the extensions?)

  • jmorino08

    This might be the first time someone is actually making those giant hip pocket things work! They still seem unnecessary, but I don’t hate them on her.

    • stubbornthoughts

      Scrolled all the way down to write just that!

  • Glam Dixie

    The instant I saw this I thought, uh oh, camo! My second thought was for how amazing she looks, and my third was for how fake the hair in her pony tail looks.

  • Just Me

    Love it! I don’t even hate the side panels as they give her some hips and shape to the dress.

  • decormaven

    Thank goodness for this high fashion look on the RC. Someone put in the effort, and it shows. Congrats!

  • mmebam

    I dare say this is a WERQ!

  • Shawn EH

    Very hot outfit! I’m going to remember Miharayasuhiro now.

  • elemspbee

    Love, except for the pony tail. I’m torn–I like seeing her back but I hate that the hair gets in the way of the dress.

  • padma sallah

    Wow. This camo looks so classy. And that hair is epic.

  • bassfemme

    Everything is perfect here, and she really nails all her poses. Brava!!

  • quiltrx

    Wow. What a beautiful woman, and a beautiful textile, and a beautiful gown.
    It all comes together so nicely, doesn’t it? The fabric is really interesting (I would NEVER pick those colors, but they look great here)–I totally agree that it doesn’t get too literal with either influencing style. And I actually think those bits at the hips work–if you take them off, it’s a fairly standard silhouette.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Fabulous! Love the hip flounces. This doesn’t read camo to me at all; I only see abstract water and lily pad motifs. I only wish her hair weren’t covering so much of the dress.

  • Tracy_Flick

    The dress is amazing. The ponytail is so awful I almost can’t stand to look at the pictures.

  • d4divine

    Love it….but I have no idea who she is.

  • another_laura

    love Love LOVE!!

  • Monabel

    I saw stylised clouds/waves, not camo. And the panniers make the dress interesting. The pony tail makes all those mermaid tresses look pitiful. WERQ.

  • Betsy

    Dear Designer: Suddenly evening dresses need HUGE pockets? And right *there*?? Even on a hip-less asian woman?

    Regarding Her Hair: Asian women can grow hair like nobody’s business. Even my half-Asian daughter. We get our hair cut together, every 6-8 weeks. I get an inch cut, she gets 3-4 inches “trimmed”. No lie. If she doesn’t get that much trimmed, she says her ponytail/bun are “too heavy”. Wish I had that problem! Now, Tao could use a deep conditioner on her hair, and maybe a trim to even up the ends. But if (as some have said) she put the ponytail down her back, you’d all complain that you couldn’t see the *back* of the dress.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    What an interesting fabric pattern, and the colors are beautiful.

  • moohoop

    Ain’t it cute that she wore the dress from runway to real life? In my head I’m thinking the designer let her have it.

  • Anniebet

    Wowser… talk about making the most of your time in the limelight. This is maximum gorgeous.

  • I’m ok with the hip flaps. but wish the ponytail wasn’t obscuring the neckline. Still, she looks incredible and I love the dress.

  • janierainie

    That fabric is wonderful. She looks great.

  • Christiane Truelove

    Folks, it’s not camo. It’s a very traditional Japanese cloud pattern called “Genji gumo,” according to my Japanese textile expert friends. And when it’s rendered in green it does look alarmingly like modern camo. But it’s not camo. This really is kimono silk made into a modern dress.

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  • librarygrrl64

    Even with the hip weirdness I love this. That fabric is the tits! 🙂

  • DuBey2

    Love it! Would love to see more looks where red carpet wearer IS the runway model. Looks like the RW stylist made her look more Asian, as opposed to the RC look, w/more American looking eyebrows. But, as many have said here, the smile makes the biggest difference!

  • Stacy Feng

    HOLY SHIT, i had no idea that such magnificence as Japonaiserie-camo print existed until now.