Some designers opt to romanticize these frigid winter months, offering up blissfully arctic fantasies filled with woolen hot-shorts and midriff baring mohair sweaters. Not Tess Giberson: she knows what’s up. As we made our way across the icy-wet tundra —or, the Westside Highway…you pick— to take in her presentation at Pier 59, we couldn’t help but take note of how even the most pap-happy editor was on pure sartorial survival mode today; this was no time to put “wow factor” before “warm factor”.
Giberson is on the same page for fall 2013, as her presentation could have walked right out of the all-white loft space into today’s precipitous chill (and we had no choice to upon its completion). These were the real clothes that chic trend-conscious women are all about at the moment; lean pants with a jean attitude, top-tunic-tee-frock hybrids that layer seamlessly with knits, and beastly furs that add not only edge but elevation to one’s look. The models–a mixture of real people and pros–were staged upon reclaimed wood risers. In an experimental flight of art direction, they accompanied a DJ’s tunes with staccato rhythm sticks and the occasional bang of a gong (hopefully their convened worship-session will result in us all being spared the wrath of a this weekend’s impending Nor’easter?).
On refreshingly less practical notes, fractal-patchwork denim and sexy, cossack boots gave us compelling reasons to look forward–beyond spring and summer–to next fall.