>> Tao Kurihara
, who showed her first Tao Comme des Garcons collection in March 2005 for the Fall 2005 season, has decided to end the label; the last Tao collection will be the Spring 2011 collection, which was shown during Paris Fashion Week last October.

“Tao wants to have a change of lifestyle and prefers to concentrate her creative energies on the ever popular label Tricot Comme des Garcons, shown in Tokyo twice a year,” Comme des Garcons explained in a statement. Kurihara, who worked assisting Junya Watanabe at Tricot Comme des Garcons after graduating from Central St. Martins in 1997, took over creative direction of Tricot from Watanabe starting with the Fall 2002 collection.