March 04, 2006 Paris
Part of the artily homespun magic is in the tie-dyed colorsdappled pinks, peaches, violets, and blues, eventually turning to cream and solid black. Another attraction is Kurihara's sensitivity to silhouette and romance. If you want volume and drama, her more avant-garde pieceslike her opera capes, cut in concentric circles of lace and velvethave a delicacy akin to something out of a Tissot painting of Parisienne jeune filles. What really makes Kurihara a designer to watch, though, is the way her feminine instinct makes her think out practical applications for her poetics. The designer's tulle-frilled neck-wraps compressed all the prettiness of the collection into a single accessory: a scarf a girl can realistically just shove into a coat, before getting goingwith a sense of delightfor the day.