Thanks to innovative technology, Tse creative director Tina Lutz was able to shoot her lookbook in the English countryside while walking WWD through her spring 2016 collection via FaceTime. She was inspired by her favorite island, Jamaica, and more specifically by the books of photographers Beth Lesser (“The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture”) and Patrick Cariou (“Yes Rasta”). While this may sound like a major departure for the modern cashmere house, Lutz translated the energy, spirit and essence of island life in a luxuriously chic way.
The designer worked a graphic pattern on everything from a shrunken robe to a knit mesh tank. To play off the athletic vibe of Jamaican dancehalls, she showed plenty of athletic shorts as well as sweatpants; most noteworthy were a pair with a pointelle knit hem. A zig-zag motif reminiscent of the polo shirts the island’s men wore in the late Seventies and early Eighties was used on an assortment of knits. Lutz’s creativity really shone through this season, especially on the raffia embroidered striped top with a bubble back.