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Tao Okamoto by John-Paul Pietrus for Numéro China December 2010

Tao Okamoto is a gown wearing diva for the December issue of Numéro China. Photographed by John-Paul Pietrus and styled by Tim Lim, the Japanese model is full of attitude and grace as she dons a wardrobe of Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior and more.

source | sobigsobig @ tfs


  1. Bingbing

    November 28, 2010 at 2:15 am

    what’s the point??

  2. Doen EnO

    November 28, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Kind of wish there was a little more going on in the makeup department, but Tao’s great modeling just saves the spread from looking like a bunch of photos someone took of their friend wearing some fancy dresses after buying a new DSLR.

  3. Jasmin

    November 28, 2010 at 3:21 am

    very eerie…Tao looks great in the red dress!

  4. Olya Nikol Pishcheva

    November 28, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Interesting shots. But I’m not a fan. ~

  5. Anika_cirtin

    November 28, 2010 at 5:59 am

    she’s such a great mover!! pity about the lack of perspective given from the photographer…

  6. Alex

    November 28, 2010 at 7:09 am

    woah! the fact that there aren’t heaps of positive comments caught me by surprise! I love this!! I think that the not too dominating/heavy handed photography meant I just really spend time looking at the detail of the clothing and the amazing modeling:)

    • Etitomanlio

      December 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      ABSOLUTELY! it is an amazing spread, and the fact that it is understated and doesn’t need things which are over the top and over emotional makes it all the more of an achievment. It is beautiful and strong in a very clean and uncomplicated way, it is full of soul and spirit. The colour palate is delectable! I think the negative comments beforehand are quite silly; this is a rare gem: the shoot and Tao!

  7. Kinulka

    November 28, 2010 at 7:14 am

    simply but really nice, I hate overstyled photoshooots where the makeup is crazy, hair is crazy, clothes r crazy and the setting is crazy…so I really like this. And the shoes on the last picture are sooo nice, but i’m not convinced to the shape of the heel yet.

  8. Kelly Jill

    November 28, 2010 at 7:20 am

    i love the simplicity yet powerful impact of these images!

  9. Simmy

    November 28, 2010 at 8:29 am

    i like her poses, nice movements

  10. Stephanie

    November 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

    :] I love,love,love the brocade dress!!! 😀 Great pictures
    Don’t forget to Live.Laugh.Love.

  11. Lauren Scruggs

    November 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Tao is always stunning!! Great shoot.

  12. Masha8008

    November 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    simple, quiet…but very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love! there is the soul of shooting….like it

  13. anonymous

    November 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I like how severe her hair looks here, saves everything from looking too pretty. The shot with her in the tuxedo jacket and light pink shirt- wow. Also, that Antonio Berardi dress has never looked better. I love Tao!

  14. NIVEK

    November 29, 2010 at 1:36 am

    TAO <3

  15. erica

    November 29, 2010 at 2:16 am

    her modeling elevates this editorial big time. tao is great.

  16. Dianasd

    November 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm


  17. Laurilyons

    December 1, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Every great photographer knows that simplicity can be extremely sophisticated. This shoot proves that theory. I love the choice of model, the tailoring of the clothes, and the way camera angles were used to direct the viewers attention. Good job!

  18. New Decent

    December 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    The hair is really annoying/obedient. I think that style for Asian hair started in the 1920’s in Paris. Can’t remember the tool’s name.

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