September 04, 2008 New York
Although the cashmere house is undeniably in the grips of an identity crisis, the models paraded with confidence in the light-filled showroom, with pieces from the collection suspended here and there. This created a bit of a ghostlike effectas if to say, "Where's the designer?"but it also emphasized the transparency that played throughout what was, against the odds, a very accessible collection. Monet prints added color and romance to a lineup that included chunky sweaters with subtle details (like squared collars), back-buttoning cardis, light layered tops paired with knee-length pants, and a chic "camping" ensemble that was both utilitarian and stylish. These were more than basics, but not so much so that they would scare those customers who still associate TSE with a great cashmere sweater.