May 26, 2011 New York
Knitting and futurism aren't easy bedfellows; still, there's much that's interesting about the label's push forward. The TSE store, you can be sure, will always have your basic (and essential) cashmere sweater. But soon it will also stock cardigans in gassed cotton, its nubby fibers burnt off to give it a subtle luster ("it reads almost as silk," Noble says). Alongside, there will be Fair Isle turtlenecks with the Fair Isle motif reversed for an abstract, sketchy pattern somewhere between a Wright drawing and a snatch of Morse code. For every push Noble administers, there's a pull lurking, too. His skirts and knit dresses are nipped in to emphasize the waist. That makes for a coquettish come-on—until an oversize, A-line poncho in cotton and nylon goes billowing over the top.