Back in March RinRin called me about a fun kimono collaboration in the cherry blossoms.
She just had her hair re-dyed in nice colours for the season and was looking to create a fun lookbook for her YouTube channel. (For those who may not know RinRin – she is an American-Japanese Model and YouTuber.)
Everything was a bit wild, trying to schedule all sorts of people together with the weather and forecast of the perfect bloom of the sakura aka. cherry blossom.
But in the End we managed to do a little picnic and had a great video and photo shoot in Tokyo.
As for the visuals I wanted to do something new and challenge myself as well as pick something fitting for RinRin.
Since she is being called “RinRin Doll” and because of her wonderful long hair, she reminded me of a beautiful princess. A princess from the Heian period (794 – 1185) which usually were draped in various layers of kimono and had their hair long and trailing in the back.
Since going for 100% authenticity would be difficult and also me thinking of this style as not super flattering I tried to approach the topic from a rather modern perspective.
Instead of layering many kimono I had the idea to layer many collars in rainbow colours and set a contrast with a black kimono. Ah, and let’s not forget the rainbow obi I finally could bring to great use.
I wanted to have the kimono trail and open up subtle in the front and show the red juban below but both strong wind at the location and lack of length made everything difficult haha. The juban (under-kimono) was also too short, but thats nothing new with antique items..
Even with heavy conditions like super crazy wind, we managed to get some great shots.
Hope you will enjoy them, even the cherry blossom season is already overdue.
And apart from these great pictures, we also had a videographer shoot and cut an amazing video which you should definitely check out!
Thank you again for having me, RinRin!
I had a great time and am very happy how everything turned out ♡
Thanks again to the whole team. 皆さん、お疲れ様でした！
Credits go to:
– Model RinRin: https://www.rinrindoll.com
– Cinematography Rescue the Princess: https://www.youtube.com/rescuetheprincess
– Photography Fabian Parkes: https://www.fabianparkes.com
– Styling/Dressing SALZ Tokyo