“Transformation through transference,” read Tess Giberson’s show notes. It’s an abstract idea that the designer translated by taking familiar American sportswear concepts and tweaking them in new ways. It worked best with the knits, such as the heavy-gauge white vest with a deconstructed short sleeve dangling from one shoulder. Shown with black leather shorts, the look felt modern. But it was Giberson’s last look that was the best — an oversize, chunky black-and-white bird’s-eye knit turtleneck and languid plaid skirt. It had a casual Americana elegance.

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