Tibi Spring 2010

Where & When: Tuesday, September 15th at 7 p.m., the Promenade, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: Going into a Tibi show, you always know there will be great prints; the question is from whence designer Amy Smilovic will draw her inspiration. For spring, she was thinking Great Expectations, set in the early '90s and starring the Supermodels, and if that sounds like a random mishmash, all you need to know is that it worked. Smilovic developed a garden motif throughout, from abstract floral prints in soft pastels to pailette floral details decorating a dress to a gorgeous silk chiffon skirt that looked like it was made out of lilac petals. Other than in the names of the garments (Tatiana slip top, Evangelista miniskirt), I didn't always see the Supermodel influence, except for the subtle early-'90s vibe that came across in strong shoulders and cutaway-back crop tops. Thankfully, you don't have to be a Supermodel to wear these looks--the great thing about Tibi is how wearable it is, and this collection was no exception.
Standout Look: Of all the pretty garden and floral prints, this pretty abstract one was my favorite, especially because the sweet, soft look of the print was an interesting, innovative choice for such a structured, sleek dress--with a strong shape like this, you're not in danger of looking too girly.
Bonus Points: The top models in this show--Arlenis Sosa, Behati Prinsloo, and Bruna Tenorio, among others--stomped down the runway at breakneck speed to Guns N Roses' "Sweet Child of Mine." It was the closest I've seen to models actually jogging in their five-inch heels; now we know how they stay in shape.
Where to Buy: Visit Tibi.com for locations.

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