TAO is very much the Judith Chalmers of fashion. I don’t mean she’s ridiculously tanned and wears a wraparound skirt, I mean she travels a lot – for inspiration. The collection, you see, was a visit to eastern Europe where she melded traditional patterns and cuts with her very specific style. It was a success. After only a few seasons TAO has managed to make her name the third in the powerful Comme des Garcons triumvirate – the two others being Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe – that fashion analysts look towards for reinvention. And YET, she still retains femininity in her clothes, something they have in oodles.