February 05, 2014 New York
This season, Lutz collaborated with four graduating seniors from RISD (where she teaches an apparel design course as an adjunct professor). Each was responsible for different aspects of the collection. Anne Wang, for example, developed the feathered print found on a silk shift dress and the overlay of a cashmere cardigan. Meanwhile, Austin Snyder fashioned two sweaters featuring manipulated, convertible sleeves; Genah Young Kim used upcycled yarn to hand-braid an armor-like gilet that added sculptural volume to several looks; and Caitrin Watson created a baroque intarsia motif. "I felt a sense of personal responsibility and altruism. This was my way of giving back," said Lutz of working with her students, whose pieces were some of the more directional ones in the lineup. Lutz rounded them out with refined sweatpants, ultrasoft pencil skirts, and sixteen-ply cashmere duster coats that epitomized the idea of "wearable luxury."