Tomomi Itano, Japan’s new it girl?

Tomomi Itano of AKB48 was recently spotted in downtown Soho, NYC, looking vibrant in pink while filming alongside former Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen for the luxury Japanese handbag Samantha Thavasa—proving fashion knows no bounds. The handbag company officially announced Tomomi as a “muse” for its brand in 2011. The singer announced she was excited and honored to represent the famous Japanese brand alongside the other famous muses, which include Beyonce and Ebihara Yuri. Muses promote, and often collaborate alongside designers, an exclusive handbag for the famous it retailer to market to their fan base.

Tomomi alongside then Gossip girl actress on set in NYC.
All eyes weren’t on our star, but it did not impede her job on set.

The Dear J singer let slip that she will be “graduating” from AKB48 this year during a promotional tour for the band’s documentary movie. Rumors, however, are a buzz that the songstress departure from the band is also due to her new relationship with EXILE’s Takahiro.


   The Shukan Bushun reported that the new couple are now living in the same building, setting twitter and social media ablaze with rumors of an impending announcement from the it couple.Heavy Rotation fans will surely mourn the stars departure, but are surely to see and hear more from the new muse in new movies, TV series, and music ventures.

Erika Sawajiri collaborating with Samantha Thavasa and Mercury Duo

Actress Erika Sawajiri is making her debut as a fashion producer. The project is a collaboration with the popular brands Samantha Thavasa and Mercury Duo, in connection with Sawajiri’s mobile phone drama “L et M: Watashi ga Anata wo Aisuru Riyuu, Sono Hoka no Monogatari.”

It was previously announced that fashion magazines sweet and GLAMOROUS are providing most of the outfits for the drama. However, Sawajiri used a special Samantha Thavasa bag in the 2nd episode, which she designed from scratch, from the materials to the stitching. The “L” version of the bag is already on sale starting today through websites such as Stylife, along with about 35 other accessories and dresses that appeared in the drama.

An “M” version of the bag is scheduled to go on sale on March 12.