For spring, the design team at Tse looked to Japanese culture, specifically 14th-century zen rock gardens in Kyoto, which were designed at the time to stimulate meditation. The references resulted in a lineup of calm, uncluttered looks that oozed effortless elegance.
The rock gardens typically featured large stones and sand that is raked to mimic ripples of water, which were emulated in creamy, neutral knits with graphic intarsia patterns and swirling wave embroideries. A white sleeveless jacquard tunic with soft black pinstripes with a large circular button stood out among the lineup’s simple shift dresses, culottes and wrap cardigans. Obi belts and highly textural stitchwork, such as an open-knit sweater weaved with silk rice paper, were the most obvious nods to Japanese zen.