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FLOWING JOURNEY

Paris: This season, Tao Kurihara presented a series of relaxed, highly conceptual looks made from ultra-casual textiles like brushed denim, faded woven cotton, and cozy pointelle knits. Kurihara labeled the collection “Flowing Journey,” which seemed an appropriate tag. The models looked nomadic in eclectic outfits, conjured from seemingly scavenged garments that could have been collected during far-flung travel. Layers of soft shapes were detailed with drawstrings and styled with chunky argyle socks, for get-ups that would suit young, soon-to-be fans of Commes de Garçons (of which Tao is a sub-label). These looks were less somber and more playful than Rei Kawakubo’s, but equally intriguing. How these pieces are worked into everyday wardrobes will be even more interesting, as young women become ever more comfortable with free-form ensembles that somehow make their own, idiosyncratic sense.

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