New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014: Tess Giberson

The fashion world, as I've likely written before, has a complicated relationship with wearability. On the one hand, you can really wear anything in the street, like a clear plastic miniskirt or a six-inch high snowboots. Fashion is, after all, an art form and its interpretations accordingly have a wide range. On the other, you have fashion that is a little more functional like, say, leather leggings, chunky knit sweaters, and cashmere wristwarmers. The latter items are all from Tess Giberson's Fall/Winter 2014 collection, "Each Touch," which, to me, is not only wearable and functional, but beautiful. In my mind, this is what the best collections are: if I leave thinking I could easily stack my closet with these items and feel wonderful wearing them, then I'm all about it. And, granted, everyone's lifestyle is different, but I found yesterday that my lifestyle matches the girl Giberson has in mind: she's stylish but she's on the move; she needs her comfort to be fabulous and functional. It's classic American sportswear, with a twist. Or, as hairstylist James Pecis quotes Giberson, "like L.L. Bean in a game of Telephone." Take a look at the entire collection here on

Hair, designed by James Pecis using Phyto products and T3 tools for, was an elegantly tousled, partly open chignon. Makeup, by Dick Page for Shiseido, was minimal, save for a softly smudgy eye and a soft pink lip. 

Inspired by Giberson's childhood in New England, the collection included leathers, winter coats, lush, chunky knits, plaids, and much more. Her color palette included ever-classic black and white, with touches of grey, burgundy, olive, and cadet blue. Favorite pieces included a white, tailored, knee-length shirtdress, a long, plaid button-down skirt, a burgundy reverse jacquard cardigan, and a hand-knit birdseye neck warmer. I imagined myself not only dashing through the city in pieces like these, but stylishly curling up in my cabin upstate next to my fireplace with my husband Daniel Craig. Giberson's collection was easily a new genre of "comfortable luxury." 

For some behind-the-scenes shots and snaps of my favorite ensembles during the show, click here. All photos by moi.