Tina Lutz takes a personal approach to designing her collections for TSE. Whether she’s drawing inspiration from a nature documentary recently viewed with her son or an image pulled from a coffee table book published by her sister, Lutz ties each season back to a different meaningful memory. Spring ’15 paid tribute to mixed-media artist Simone Shubuck, who just happens to be Lutz’s next-door neighbor in Chelsea. “Simone has the nice garden backyard,” she joked at a showroom preview. Three of Shubuck’s vivid compositions informed the lineup’s upbeat color palette and spiraling prints, which appeared on featherweight cashmere pullovers and poplin wrap-front pants. Elsewhere, Lutz channeled her friend’s works with intricate stitching techniques and textured fabrics like a crisp, bristly cotton (composed of 22 percent Japanese paper), which looked cute cut into a pair of retro-inspired track shorts. As usual, the designer continued to evolve TSE’s signature knitwear staples with standout pieces, including a stretchy viscose bralet top and matching tap shorts as well as a fringy sweater vest that was hand-loomed from upcycled yarn. There was also an increased focus on functionality here, which was seen in more practical items such as updated utilitarian jackets and a red waterproof raincoat that would cheer anyone up on a dreary day.

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