WILD Profile: Tess Giberson, Contemporary Design

Tess Giberson’s designs are a refreshing retreat from the often excessively ornate collections of fashion’s elite. Her simple color palettes—Spring 2013 was stunning in all white—and easy silhouettes are modernized by complex knit detailing and unconventional cuts. Her models walk the runway with nearly bare faces. Giberson’s muse, she says, is the empowered woman.

Who: Tess Giberson
Where she was born:New Hampshire
Where she lives now:New York City

What she is currently working on:
The Fall 2013 collection, titled “Evolution.” This collection is especially personal to me as I drew inspiration from my childhood… Both my parents were artists who put an emphasis on making things with your hands. The collection was created through merging my old work with the new by mixing that traditional craft with a strong, modern aesthetic.

What good energy means to her:
The feeling that things are progressing smoothly.

What she thinks there is too much of, and too little of:
There is too much of everything, honestly . . . And too little time.

What she would be doing if she didn’t have her current profession:
An organic farmer. Growing up in New Hampshire, my parents had a huge garden that we ate from in the summer.

What she considers a fashion “faux-pas”:
Wearing a designer too literally — from head to toe — without incorporating your own sense of style.

What cracks her up:
My kids.

The WILDEST situation she’s ever experienced:
Having a baby!

Her next challenge:
The coming Spring 2014 collection — which I haven’t even started thinking about!

Her hero:
My grandmother.

Tess’ WILD Wish:
Have a house with a garden in TriBeCa, NYC.

text by: Bianca Ozeri










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