Paris: For S/S 11, Tao Kurihara presented simple (for Tao) looks that were straightforwardly pretty and romantic. Unlike her voluminous layered looks for F/W 10, the new creations were slim and uncomplicated. Kurihara used ruching to create texture and manipulate the shapes of column gowns, peasant tops and full skirts. Aside from a few pale pink and bold violet items, black and white defined the collection’s color palette. The collection still possessed the girly quirk that Comme des Garçons’ secondary line is known for: cute polka-dot prints were part of the mix, and raw-edged fabric flowers looked charming on a pair of T-shirt dresses. Sporty flat mary-janes completed each look. While maintaining the label’s avant-garde cred, Tao’s looks for spring were some of her most down-to-earth and wearable yet.

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