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The Split-Second Preview: Tess Giberson

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The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections kick off in New York today, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.

Tess Giberson

WHO: Tess Giberson

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Friday, February 7

WHAT: “I was inspired by the idea of transforming classic, rugged, American pieces—changing the right details and making something new and modern.”— Tess Giberson. The designer sent us a snap of her Fall ’14 Bird’s-eye vest, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Tess Giberson

In The Woods With Kim Gordon And Tess Giberson

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Tess Giberson has been riding high since she relaunched her eponymous collection (after a three-year hiatus during which she was design director of TSE) for Spring 2010. Earlier this year, she opened her first boutique on New York’s Crosby Street, and to launch her Fall ’11 collection, she nabbed Sonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon to star in a video directed by artist Alia Raza.

“Kim was the first person that came to mind,” Giberson says of the rocker. “I am a huge fan of hers, both as a musician and now as an artist. I chose her for her strength and great style. She embodies the characteristics of the woman I imagine when designing: strong, creative, beautiful, and cool.”

The video marks Giberson’s second collaboration with Raza, who also created a short for her Spring ’11 collection. (It was screened at the collection’s presentation.) For the new piece, Raza shot Gordon in the woods near her Northampton, Mass., home. Although she enjoys nature, Gordon admits, “I was never into goth; it’s far from my persona and music to play a forest, witchy person.”

There’s no plot, per se, but the mood is ominous; as Giberson puts it, “the attention to detail and tension that [Raza] builds up in her characters is really intriguing.” So, according to the designer, is the medium. “Video is a very exciting format to work with,” Giberson explains. “It’s a less seasonal format, and there is also a different type of emotional connection to the clothing itself by showing it through video, so I’m finding it is becoming one of my most valuable tools for reaching out to a wider audience.” She’ll broaden it still further when she screens the two-minute film at the Lexington W in New York tomorrow night. Before then, you can catch it above.

Welcome To Crosby Street, Tess Giberson

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Following a five-year break from her own label, Tess Giberson has re-entered the fashion scene and steadily ramped up her presence in New York. For Fall, she showed her collection on models, not mannequins, and tomorrow, her first-ever store bows on Soho’s Crosby Street. “It’s a street that I’ve always particularly liked,” Giberson says. “The pace of it is nice; it’s right on the edge of Soho, but it has a very calm feeling when you walk down the street.”

Calm is the word for the store’s airy, pared-down interiors, which nicely fit the label’s smart-minimal aesthetic. “I really wanted to maintain a lot of the natural characteristics of the space,” Giberson tells Style.com, pointing out the exposed brick and the original wooden ceiling. “It’s mixing together the rawness of the natural space with the new.”

Her clothes will share the floor with an installation by artist Carol Bove, whose sculptures were also featured in Giberson’s Spring ’10 presentation. Giberson will also carry pieces by jeweler Ninh Wysocan, with whom she has worked since launching her collection, as well as special items from her own label that won’t be sold elsewhere. “I’d like to do things more spontaneously,” she says. Calm spontaneity’s got a brand-new address.

Tess Giberson opens tomorrow at 97 Crosby St., NYC, www.tessgiberson.com.

Photos: Amy Troost

The Fall Campaign Countdown Begins, An Angel Heads For The Heavens, Koop Flies The Coop, And More…

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Fashionologie begins compiling the Fall ’11 ad campaign rumors and placements. Word from the fashion forums is that Kate Moss won’t be in Vuitton (a group of younger girls, possibly including Daphne Groeneveld, left, and Fei Fei Sun, may be instead), Mert & Marcus’ ads for Versace might star Saskia de Brauw, and Ralph Lauren will likely tap Sui He, the Chinese model who was the first Asian girl to open his show, for his label’s spots. [Fashionologie]

From the Department of Unexpected Announcements: Doutzen Kroes is scheduled to be on the first commercial Dutch flight to space in 2014. [Dance4Life via Racked]

Is the FLOTUS without her stylist? Designer Peter Soronen, who has designed some dresses for Michelle Obama, suggested at a recent panel that Meredith Koop, who took over First Lady styling duties from Ikram Goldman, may already be out the door. [The Cut]

And congrats to Tess Giberson—the downtown designer has just opened her first shop, on Soho’s Crosby Street. [WWD]

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

The W Hotels Scout Out The Next Big Things

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For any budding fashion line, finding funding is nothing short of a godsend. “It was the best Christmas gift,” Mara Hoffman raved about being selected for the W Hotels’ Fashion Next program. “I found out in December right before everybody headed off for the holidays.” Along with fellow colleagues Tess Giberson, Mandy Coon, Frank Tell, and Michael Angel, Hoffman toasted their selection in a penthouse last night at the W’s Times Square location. There was much to celebrate: The lucky few won a coveted sponsorship of their Fall 2011 show at the Box in Lincoln Center.

Going two seasons strong, W’s fashion director, Amanda Ross (above, with the designers), once again spearheaded the effort. “We wanted a group where each designer had their own sense of style—it’s a mix of sophisticated and bohemian—but were at similar points in their careers,” Ross explained. Young labels hoping to win Ross’ eye for the next installation will have to catch her hop-scotching around town for New York fashion week. Aside from styling for her friend of 20 years, Gregory Parkinson, she’ll be fitting in “as many shows as she can.” “I just hope there isn’t a snowstorm,” Ross said, half-jokingly. “Otherwise we’ll all have a tough time planning what to wear.”

A slushy winter or not, it appears New York is still the place to be. “I’ve been coming here off and on for the last 12 years,” said Texas native Mandy Coon. “As a young designer, it’s the most comfortable because the community here is open to new ideas.” Would she ever decamp to a designer-luring European city, like London or Paris? “I wouldn’t,” Coon declared. “For me, it’s all about this city. There’s a lot of momentum here.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com