Upon entering Tibi’s Spring 2017 presentation, I was immediately struck by the grand scale. Four tiers of seating peered over the open runway. The crowd was chic and sophisticated, not unlike Tibi’s pieces. We’ve come to love the line for it’s standout designs which layer just as easily with high end labels as relaxed staples. There’s an understated sexiness to designer Amy Smilovic’s designs and she seems to always have her finger on the pulse of upcoming trends. “She may not predict the coming waves based off of some far-off vibration but she catches the trend, or the itch, or the feel, right at the apex of the wave and carries all of us — literally all of us, because everyone at that show was either in Tibi or looked Tibi-like — to the shore,” Man Repeller’s Amelia Diamond. All sequined culottes? Better believe it. I see it as “mainstream couture”.
I will say that I was surprised by the rainbow of color Smilovic sent down the runway, it will be interesting to see how much of that makes it into production. We’ll just have to wait and see!