February 25, 2008 Paris
Still, in the end, sweet won out. Kurihara wove candy colors into the picture, tying a fuzzy aqua cape over a turquoise jacket and coordinating plaid balloon shorts, and layering violet or shocking-pink cardigans over T-shirts and knit bloomers. And those black lips were matched by girl-power scribbles ("Be aware," "Be powerful") below the models' eyes. Together, it added up to a poetic and idiosyncratic take on the sweater-dressing trend, as well as on the season's artful, statement outerwear. That the designer could've gotten her messages across in fewer looks and at a less stately pace is but a quibble.