Around the World



Japanese-born Jessica Michibata sports a well-stamped passport and an enviable glamour-on-the-go style. Whether she’s attending her own book launch, heading to a magazine photo shoot or vacationing in Ibiza, the author, model and jet setter always looks oh-so chic.

Posing pretty on the streets in blooming looks from the Michael Kors Spring 2015 collection for Numéro Tokyo magazine, she revealed her pick of Tokyo hot spots, the silver-screen style icons she’s inspired by and the Instagram filters that have earned her a devoted fashion following.


Q: Tokyo is one of your favorite cities, what are your must-see local hot spots?
My favorite areas are Aoyama, Omotesando and Harajuku—they all have a great vibe. In the Aoyama area you can have a healthy lunch, go shopping and get a massage. I’ve also recently discovered Brown Rice Café and delicious smoothies at Sky High.
Q: How would you describe Japanese style?
Japan is a unique country in many ways, including its culture. The fashion here is very original and I think that lots of people see it as a way to express themselves. People often dress quite neatly and consider beauty as much a part of their style as their clothes.
Q: What are your go-to outfits for weekend wear and cocktail hour?
On weekends, I like to dress in a relaxed way—boyfriend jeans and a sweater. For footwear, I keep it casual with sneakers or flat shoes. For cocktail hour, I go for a black dress and heels.”


Q: Who are your style icons?
Brigitte Bardot for spring and summer, Jane Birkin for fall and Audrey Hepburn for winter.”
Q: What is your most-loved look from the Michael Kors Spring 2015 collection?
Look 16: the sky poplin French cuff shirt worn with the daffodil and suntan marigold embroidered tulle skirt.”
Q: Describe the Michael Kors brand in five words or less
Elegant, chic, real, cool, happy!
Q: What’s your dream vacation destination and what would you wear there?
My dream vacation is a deserted island, so it would be good enough if I only had a few pieces of swimwear (think: a cute white one-piece) and a hat.”


Q: The person whose wardrobe I’d love to steal…
Olivia Palermo.”
Q: Instagram filter of choice…
I used to love Sierra but my recent favorites are Amaro and Mayfair.”
Q: Top karaoke tune…
Give it Away by Red Hot Chili Peppers.”