TAKING A BREATHER: As new brands crowd the Paris couture calendar, one designer will be absent this season.

Yiqing Yin, who became an official member of the elite club of couture designers last December, revealed in an e-mail she was skipping the fall shows “in order to focus on improving our structure, reshaping our team and be well prepared to answer future developments.”

Yin, who expects to be back next January, added that she would make a separate announcement very soon. The Paris-based designer was not immediately available to elaborate.

Yin last year parted ways with Leonard after two years as creative director of the French fashion house, as reported. The two parties said they had mutually agreed not to renew Yin’s two-year contract to allow her to concentrate on her own label, which she is seeking to grow in Asia.

“I needed more time to focus on my own brand,” she said, adding that she plans to dedicate more time to the kind of intricate couture designs that launched her career in 2011.

“I am going to concentrate more on going back to the experimental codes and the creative generosity there was at the beginning,” she said.

Yin won the ANDAM Prize for First Collections in June 2011 and presented her debut couture show the following month. Audrey Tautou famously chose one of her custom-made gowns to host the opening ceremony of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

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