Meet the Stylist: Yoshiko Tange
A cursory glance at tff personal stylist Yoshiko Tange's work reveals two things: 1) she is incredibly talented and 2) she seamlessly blends the style of her native Japan with the tastes and attitudes of Europe, where she has lived in Paris for over 20 years. "I think European style is based on natural beauty and effortlessness while the Japanese tend to prefer a more prim style," says Yoshiko. "I understand and appreciate both approaches." Having cut her teeth styling shots at Marie Claire France, Yoshiko's client list now includes celebrities like Academy Award-nominated actress Rinko Kikuchi and French favourite Melanie Thierry, fashion brands like Bulgari and countless international fashion magazines. Here, we get to know a little bit more about the extraordinary stylist...
What’s your New Year’s resolution, style-wise?
I'm avoiding buying black and instead adding more colour.
What woman living or dead encompasses your idea of perfect style?
Patti Smith. Her androgynous style reflects her personality perfectly. She dresses in simple clothes like a white shirt and a black jacket. But she always twists them in a rock-n-roll way. For me, she is a timeless fashion icon.
What handbag would you say best matches your personality?
The Valentino Rockstud spike chain bag because I am a rebel - I think it matches my mood.
How does style and tastes differ in Europe versus your native Japan?
I think European style is based on natural beauty and effortlessness while the Japanese tend to prefer a more prime style. I understand and appreciate both approaches.
What one piece should every woman add to her wardrobe this season?
A pair of bright ankle boots in camel, cream, red, even gold or silver. They'll brighten up your entire look.
How would you describe your styling aesthetic?
I like elegance but at the same time I like keeping it simple with a touch of extravagance.
What’s the one thing you’d never put a client in?
Something that would disguise them.
What is your first fashion memory?
80’s punkish style by Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gauthier - it was a sensational time.
Name a must-follow Instagram account.
@Kellymaker, the Australian photographer/visual artist. I love her visions of women. They are strong, sexy, and dynamic.
How did you get your start in styling?
Styling came to me by assisting fashion editor Mako Yamazaki at French Marie Claire. She used to work with top fashion photographers and top models. These experiences showed me the bars to exceed and motivated me to go further in my career.
What has been the most unexpected moment of your career so far?
Once when I styled a movie commercial, the hero’s outfit had to transform to another one, and we had to film naturally without any digital manipulation. I made the same outfit in many different steps until it became pieces of fabrics. It was an eternal job!
What is your no-fail styling trick?
I often dress women in more masculine styles, for example a men’s shirt or an oversized pullover with wide trousers. It brings out their femininity and gives them a sexiness that feels magical.
Who or what continues to excite you in the fashion world?
I am curious about the evolution of young talented designers like Marine Serre, Glenn Martens @ Y/Project and Gabriela Hearst.
Do you have style questions or need fashion advice from Yoshiko? Ask her here.