Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NYFW Spring 2011: Tibi

Tibi was one of the last shows I caught this past NYFW. I found myself breezing through check in and quickly inside a space that had a completely different feel than any of the other shows I’d attended at Lincoln Center. The scene was set with a mysterious and fantasy inspired shrub backdrop.Down the middle of the runway benches were set up – breaking up the runway and creating an opportunity for front row A-listers to get an even more intimate view of the clothing. We caught reality tv star Olivia Palermo chatting with some gal pals and anxiously peering down the runway.

This season,designer Amy Smilovic’s inspiration was actually herself after receiving feedback from retailers that she should inject some of her personal style into the clothing. What we got were plenty of sweet, easy fitting frocks, relaxed separates, airy pointelle knits.

The color palette looked very fresh although it was fairly neutral in sand, ivory, tobacco and black – save for pops of dandelion, royal purple and pimento. Prints were limited to a dalmation/snow leopard dot and an oversized ethnic paisley. One interesting thing to note is that virtually every look in the collection was head-to-toe one color or one print.

Shoulders were squared, skirts swingy and hemlines a bit longer than we normally would associate with Tibi. Cut-out embroidery, crochet panels applique were the key details that added texture, polish and just the right amount of femininity to the collection.

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