Friends, Lighting, Models

Tokyo Portraits: Accidental Icon (Lyn Slater)

A couple of months ago my amazingly talented friend and Tokyo-based kimono stylist Anji Salz messaged me excitedly and told me one of her fashion idols had agreed to do a collaboration with her. This fashion idol was one Accidental Icon aka Lyn Slater, professor at Fordham University who had – yes – accidentally become an extremely popular Instagram icon. One look at her feed was enough to convince me that I wanted to photograph her, and so it was that we all gathered on a freezing early February morning near Harajuku’s famous fashionista street, Takeshita Street to take some photos before the crowds rolled in.

Ms. Slater herself was warm and cooperative, bearing with my constant changes in settings and posing with the patience of a saint – and that’s saying something considering how cold it was on that day. We wrapped up just as the rain came in and retreated into a cafe for some well deserved hot coffee.

The haori jacket and demon mask obi (belt) are antiques provided by the very lovely Anji, and the python skin kimono is her original creation. If you are into kimono fashion her blog is an absolute must: http://www.salz-tokyo.com

Here are just a few shots from the very short shoot – hope you enjoy them!

Tokyo Photographer Irwin Wong - Accidental Icon (1)

Tokyo Photographer Irwin Wong - Accidental Icon (2)

Tokyo Photographer Irwin Wong - Accidental Icon (3)

Tokyo Photographer Irwin Wong - Accidental Icon (4)