Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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BEAUTY RESTS ON UTILITY
New York: Cashmere-focused label TSE’s latest collection was inspired by the Shakers, according to designers Jessica Groom and Dushane Noble. The historic religious sect (often associated with the Quakers) embraced a humble aesthetic that emphasized functionality, even declaring “beauty rests on utility” their credo. For TSE, this translated as simple, straightforward, well-made items that will continue to be relevant for countless seasons to come. Solid hues and clean lines allowed materials and workmanship to be primary focuses. In addition to knits, there were tailored cashmere garments constructed from cleanly pieced-together panels. Mink and beaver fur, as well as leather, upped the level of luxury. Though designs were timeless, styling was on-trend and of-the-moment. Solid-hued garments were styled against each other to create fresh color juxtapositions; palettes were essential to each ensemble’s story. Outerwear in particular stood out; with invisible or absent closures, contrasting linings, well-placed pockets, and severe silhouettes, coats were at once understated and dramatic.
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