Model and Actress Ms Mizuhara Twists and Jives to a Rockabilly Classic
Fresh-faced Kiko Mizuhara lets loose to the 50s doo-wop rock’n’roll of Danny & the Juniors' “At the Hop” in this playful short by George Harvey. “I had developed these crazy concepts for the shoot that went out the window as soon as I realized nothing could be more interesting than letting Kiko be herself,” says the London-based filmmaker and i-D contributor. A star of the recent film adaption of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, this year the American-born, Japanese-raised model, actress and muse has collaborated with Opening Ceremony, Olympia Le-Tan and 3.1 Phillip Lim.
What is your biggest fashion inspiration?
Kiko Mizuhara: I’m often inspired by kids, so I would say ‘street.’ They dress purely with their own instincts, which is always cool.
What is the story behind your recent Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears costumes?
KM: Britney was for my birthday party because I have loved her for a long time, and Miley was for Halloween! I dressed up like Madonna last year for Halloween, so maybe it will be another pop icon next year. I remember she performed and sang “Vogue” while dressed up as Marie Antoinette in the 90s, so that might be a good idea!
Who is the first person you would thank in your Oscar speech, and why?
KM: There are too many people to name!
East London Heartbreaker Dudley O'Shaughnessy Throws Punches in High Style
Photographer Sharif Hamza captures boxer-turned-model Dudley O'Shaughnessy demonstrating the finesse and intense concentration that training for the sport demands. The 22-year-old rogue beauty stepped into the ring at the respected West Ham Boxing Club at the age of nine, following in the footsteps of his father and brother, both boxers. "Their trophies were my Action Men," says the Canning Town-bred youngster. Armed with his trademark sleek style, O'Shaughnessy went on to become the senior Amateur Boxing Association welterweight champion last year and narrowly missed a place on Team GB for the 2012 Olympics. Scouted as a model aged 19, and currently represented by Next Model Management, the blue-eyed, six-foot-one stunner has recently added acting to his CV, starring in Rihanna's steamy music video for “We Found Love,” as well as in two short films. Here, the fighter answers a round of quick-fire questions.
Muhammad Ali or Joe Frazier?
Professional or amateur?
Swarmer or brawler?
Jab or hook?
Sway or duck?
Boxers or briefs?
Natural or bleached?
Sportswear or suit?
Football or rugby?
Modeling or boxing?
Crowd or alone?
The Photography Legend Turns a Sensual Lens to Tokyo’s Annual Floral Explosion
Known for his darkly erotic portraits of women and his suggestive shots of flowers, Japan’s prolific Nobuyoshi Araki set out to harness the stunning cherry blossom season in Tokyo for this exclusive series. An annual occurrence in the Japanese capital and the center of centuries of local tradition and literary inspiration, the sakura flower has very rarely featured in Araki’s oeuvre. This year, as the trees bloomed early in Tokyo, the celebrated lensman used vintage Polaroid film, framing the vibrant pink flowers’ silhouettes with a distinctive, pitch-dark corroded border. Shot amid the petals at Tokyo’s Hamarikyu Gardens and Aoyama Cemetery, the results seem to reflect the traditional Japanese interpretation of the cherry tree as an enduring metaphor for the cyclical nature of life itself. “The city’s skyscrapers appeared as gigantic tomb stones in the background,” Araki explains of his melancholic urban florals. “Then at the graveyard I photographed a beautiful woman with a baby in her arms and another child happily running around the trees. For the first time, I realized that cherry blossom brings happy memories too.”
Do you go to see the cherry trees in bloom every year?
Nobuyoshi Araki: I hardly ever go, but I’m still very attracted to it. The flowers only blossom for one to two weeks out of the whole year, which creates this ephemeral quality. People sympathize with that.
What attracts you to the cherry blossoms in particular?
Araki: Flowers are there for me to love, and cherry blossoms are the top of their kind. I can’t quite put my affection for them into words, and that’s why it continues to hold a special place in my photographs. When standing under the old trees, the layers of flower petals look like women’s underwear, transparent to the sky above.
How do you feel these Polaroids stand out from your previous work on the subject?
Araki: They are completely different. In recent years I have experienced the tragedy in Fukushima, the threat of the nuclear power station and the passing away of a very close friend. I believe that that emotional proximity to death brought a different dimension to my work this year. Photography has never been a method of documentation for me, but a reflection of raw feelings and sensations born out of my experiences. This is why I only trust my libido—instead of "thinking" about photography, which is something I completely gave up some time ago. I don't analyze the situation; I capture the moment.