Tao Kurihara autumn/winter 2010/11 collection.
Hilary Alexander reviews the Tao Kurihara autumn/winter 2010/11 collection from Paris Fashion Week.
Tao Kurihara, another of Comme des Garçons' Rei Kawakubo's protégés, was in a rather dreamy mood, inspired by an imaginary journey in the mind to places without names. She dressed her young "travellers" in a poetic mix of fabrics and colours: pastels with black, lace with bright print, chambray cotton and leopard-print with velvet. But all pieces shared a detail in common - the use of elaborate drawstrings to tie-up loose pockets, billowing sleeves, and a rucksack-like addition to the back of the blouses and jackets.
There was a hint of "Alice in Wonderland" in some of the dresses in miniature florals or a combination of cream lace, crochet and broderie anglaise. Some jackets, had a Victoriana feel, featuring long, full sleeves, banded with lace, and pin tucked bodies. Cloaks, with oversized, ruffled hoods, in leopard-print and velvet, worn with black, ruffled scarves added to the mood of being dressed for a mysterious journey.
The leopard-print idea was repeated in cute, "cone" hats and slipper-shoes, embellished with ribbons. The silhouette became slimmer, more Eastern, perhaps, as Kurihara, moved into more exotic territory, mixing brightly-coloured silks in batiks, and native prints from Pakistan, but still with the rucksack effect over the shoulders. A piano tinkling "These Are a Few of My Favourite Things" as the models formed a circle for the finale, set just the right finishing touch.
I love this collection and the review describes the show really well. I think I would like to go down this road with my final major project for Bournville. This whole collection sums up my whole colourful state of mind, which is even reflected in the colourful nature of my blog these days. So it's time to write my statement of intent and get the final approval from my tutor. Ahh I'm really excited about this project.