>The Tibi s/s2011 Collection Show

18 Sep

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Pre-show, backstage, designer Amy Smilovic spoke about how she wants to get away from prints a bit and show fashion that looks like how she herself dresses. For fall in NYC, Amy’s in a pair of black silk dupioni trousers w/ self coverered buttons and an easy long sleeve orange silk shirt and heels.

She is most decidedly NOT one of those designers who’s backstage running around in gray sweats and pins in her mouth. This extends to workdays at her studio. Everyone needs to come in looking dressed, or you get sent home to change.
Amy put her models in loafers but they weren’t generic school girl penny loafers. These loafers boasted a fashionably trendy wedge heel. Even shorts looked “dressed” as in a crean pointelle knit long sleeve sweater worn with well-tailored khaki silk shorts and a super short black tunic dress with matching shorts.

The little zebra print coat was fun but a strong shoulder + black pipinhg trim detail gave it an uptown girl vibe – something ‘Serena’ might throw on in Gossip Girl.

Instead of pattern, there was an abundance of texture, that included smooth washed silks, basketweaves, crochet, and beaded chiffon. You can pull pieces from this collection, and wear them with others already in your closet or splurge and buy a whole new headto toe outfit for the newer more toned down Tibi look. Designer Amy Smilovic has met her criteria: “to render fashion in an accessible way”.

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