June 06, 2012 New York
Tess Giberson's first-ever Resort collection was a bit of a surprise. The designer favors black, personally and professionally, so where was all of this bright color coming from? In fact, the abstract brushstroke print that appeared on an asymmetrical sack dress was borrowed from a wall-hanging in her mother's house dating back to the 1970's. You could say it came from Giberson's childhood. That certainly jibes with the other sweetly unexpected element here: girlish Liberty prints, but given an edge by the way they were spliced and sewn back together in sharp panels on a sleeveless top and as racing stripes down a pair of cropped black pants. She employed the same graphic patchworking on a long black slip dress. Mixed in with these special pieces were the kind of basics that customers are looking for at her year-old store: cashmere knits, marled gray sweatshirting, and her first-ever jeans.
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