Let's paint a picture for a second and compare the Americana staples to American fashion. Apple pie is to America as I would say jeans and a t-shirt are to American fashion. Baseball is America's past-time just as the fashion show is American fashion's past-time. The 50 states, the national grid, is like classic sportswear, American Fashion's grid. We are a nation that has mastered the look of sportswear separates from our tees, jeans and khakis to our leisurewear, career separates and mommy twinsets. To be frank, I'm at the point where very little surprises me anymore unless some designer steps out of the box and offers not just a new trim or a jaunty print, but also a fresh way to think about and approach sportswear.
So last fashion week I was very intrigued to see what one of the First Lady's go-to boys would come up with for Tse Cashmere. I admit I was expecting knit gowns and tongue-in-'cheekiness', but what I beheld was a clean interpretation of American sportswear that hit many levels of the genre: clean tailoring, sophisticated textured knits and streamlined fluidity. Also, underlying it all was this bizarre arts-n-craft sensuality. 'Enter the 36 chambers' with Jason Wu for Tse Cashmere Spring/Summer 2011.