Planet Tsumori Chisato must be an interesting place to live. Actually, scratch that: The people who live on Planet Tsumori must think that Earth is pretty madcap, based on the dispatches Chisato sends back in each of her collections. Last season, she wrote a memo from the Alps; this time out, her brethren received some hallucinatory reflections on the desert Southwest, replete with O'Keeffe skulls and stargazing.
This was an eclectic collection, to put it mildly. But there were a few key themes, in particular a green print of mountain peaks that Chisato abstracted into jagged ruffles and an intarsia pattern on her ultra-fine, Missoni-esque knits. Elsewhere in the collection, Chisato's gaze lifted beyond the horizon and took on the desert's endless sky: She introduced a childlike print of moons and stars, and sunset panoramas that she abstracted, again, into bold tie-dyes. Other motifs included painted portraits of the sunset watcher/stargazer herself, framed by piping, and an image of an antelope skull with a rose in its mouth. The latter was definitely odd and the kind of thing liable to put off visitors to Chisato's world. But there's a method to her seeming madness, and if you looked closely, this collection was well stocked with grounded, wearable pieces. Chisato's fine intarsia knits, for instance, were terribly chic. And the denizens of Planet Tsumori will have a lot of love for a sequined cocktail dress emblazoned with the image of a rearing white horse. Earth: It's magical, isn't it?