Tess Giberson’s strength is in her knits. We know it, she knows it; it’s common knowledge. This season that strength seemed to catch it’s stride in slouchy, long shawl collar cardigans, destined to become a warm, go-to piece in many a closet.
And that’s what she apparently was going for: the classics, American to be specific. “I was inspired by the idea of transforming classic, rugged, American pieces—changing the right details and making something new and modern,” she said about the collection. What’s more American than a hand-knit cardigan? Except for, of course, maybe a flannel which came rendered as a long, sheer, sleeveless button down, and a billowing skirt. Of course, yes there were a few quilted puffers, and even some shearling lined bombers, the latter a bit stronger than the former, but it was those cardigans, and most of the hand knits for that matter, that were the standouts.
And of course there was the print. Mimicking the treescape in the background of the runway, the small range of printed pieces included two pleated skirts, one long and one short, as well as a long dress and shirt dress. The print, a watercolor forest print conceived by Giberson’s husband as in seasons past, was a slight red herring leading into the rest of the collection, though not an unwelcome one.