February 27, 2007
Sporty knitting in neon pink and blackfor Fall, that┐s the nub of Tao, the mini-collection designed by Tao Kurihara in her own separate nook at the house of Comme des Garçons in Tokyo. The designer bent her mind to layering cropped crochet tank tops over fine-gauge knits, running shorts, and sweatpants, then working in a substrand of black-and-white stripes and tiny, asymmetric ruffles. As a piece of condensed thinking about gym wear, it carried a lot of Kurihara┐s signature charm and accessibility, making it a part of Comme┐s output that┐s less a commitment to high-concept dressing and more a line of quirky pieces for young women to break down and incorporate into everyday wear. That, especially, goes for the big, wedge sneakersnot exactly designed for the running track, but, then again, one of the season┐s rare footwear compromises between fashion and comfort. For a crowd suffering from four toe-crushing weeks in platforms, they were a sight for sore feet.