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ayako
comte

la calling

The accomplished stylist and model is embracing a Los Angeles way of life.
 

Photography By GUY AROCH

Written By LAURA ANTONIA JORDAN

Makeup By MAI QUYNH

Hair By JOHN RUGGIERO

Nails By ASHLIE JOHNSON

Styled By WILLIAM GRAPER

The Modern Mod
BEAUTY CREDITS

FASHION CREDITS
  • (LEFT)
  • MODEL'S OWN TOP
  • (BELOW)
  • BRANDON MAXWELL TOP
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT PANTS COURTESY OF ALBRIGHT FASHION LIBRARY
  • DAVID WEBB RING

If long, flowing hair is the benchmark of a certain type of hippieish LA style, then Ayako Comte is settling into her adopted hometown just fine. An accomplished fashion editor, model, stylist, and film producer, the 33-year-old Hiroshima-born polymath moved to Bel Air in 2013 after years of dividing her time between LA and Europe. Partial to wearing jeans, strolling with her dogs, and perusing the city’s farmer’s markets, her laid-back attitude belies an impressive oeuvre. To wit: her credits include everything from modeling turns in Purple Magazine and Vogue Italia to creating the 3-D film The Girl from Nagasaki, a reimagining of Madame Butterfly.

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inquires

A conversation with stylist and model Ayako Comte.

Current neighborhood?

Bel Air. It’s a hideout in the city, surrounded by nature. We don’t hear much noise, but getting around town is still so quick.

How would you spend a perfect LA Sunday?

Hiking in Zuma Canyon.

Do you dress differently here than you do elsewhere?

I think so—LA is such a happy town filled with positive energy that I feel you should wear color and patterns here.

Beauty essential?

Sleep a lot and sweat a lot. I like hot springs and saunas.

Top beauty tip picked up on set?

Somebody told me I should drink lemon juice every morning, so I do that before anything else, even coffee.

What’s the last thing you do before bed?

I’m Buddhist, and I thank my guardian angels for having a good day.

What’s your LA hidden gem?

There are two restaurants I love. WoodSpoon, a restaurant downtown, is amazing. It’s very low key and casual, and you can always have a great conversation there. Also Wolvesmouth—they create art on a plate.

Beauty signature?

My hair. Sometimes I use an oil, but I don’t actually use much else on it. I don’t color or curl it.

How do you switch up your beauty look from day to night?

Because my hair is so long, if I wrap it around my head I have a completely different look.

Which hour of the day do you most look forward to?

Sunset. The sky is different every day.

What are the best and worst things about LA?

The worst thing is the heat, but the best thing is the sun.

the
modern mod

Makup artist Mai Quynh captures Comte’s rocker-chic vibe in a edgy, graphic eye look.

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