Tibi Spring 2011

Where & When: Tuesday, September 14 at 7 p.m., the Stage, Lincoln Center
Runway Recap: Tibi shows are always one of my favorites of Fashion Week--it's a line I actually wear, especially when it comes to party dresses. Designer Amy Smilovic tends to be liberal with her colors and prints, with a strong inspiration each season from art or literature or theatre. Spring, according to the program notes was "about beauty and classics with a thoroughly modern twist," and my first impression was that it was a bit...neutral. For the most part, Smilovic favored solids with tonal details, crochet, or intricate laser-cut patterns; like many shows this week, there were a lot of little white dresses, but also some strong red, purple, and yellow looks. For the print lovers, there was a nice crinkled paisley dress, but with all the details, it was obvious Smilovic was trying something new for spring--maybe Tibi loyalists should too.
Standout Look: In looking through my film, I realized there were a lot of great spring coats in this collection, something we don't always see enough of on the runway. This one is a black-and-white leopard print, which hopefully we won't be sick of by spring (I don't think we will, as the color scheme makes it look fresh again).
Bonus Points: The soundtrack included the Pixies' "La La Love You" (an interesting choice), and my current favorite song of the moment, Robyn's "Dancing on My Own." Plus, everyone in the tent (even standing attendees) got a free tote bag--a nice democratic touch in these days of front-row-only swag.
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1 comment

Lady Bouvier said...

Amy Smilovic, the woman behind Tibi, knows women’s bodies. And, judging from her designs, loves the hell out of them. Her models had simple ponytails, a clean face and a berry lip. Nothing to distract from the clothes, which were wearable to the extreme: flattering for any body type, unique and the type of dress that will last a lifetime.