Before seeing the Tibi show, I had the pleasure of meeting Tibi Creative Director (and Founder and head designer...) Amy Smilovic backstage. There is a fabulous video coming soon of the fantastic interview with Amy by Stylewhipped's guest host Ronnie Kroell, and as we chatted with her just an hour and a half before the show, she was gracious, relaxed, and ready to put on what will become known as perhaps one of her best collections to date.
With Tibi's signature oversized and abstract flowers gracing many of the pieces, this collection also had so many beautiful, simple, and sleek bias-cut slip dresses, which we haven't seen from Tibi in quite some time. Spaghetti straps were everywhere, perfectly accentuating the nymph-like silhouettes. As balance, there were looks with one- or strong-shouldered shapes, as well as three-dimensional clusters of rosettes. Tibi also presented stripes, chevron patterns, black & white graphic prints, and all-over floral prints, along with pieces that were completely covered in sequins (in both solid colors and following the stripes in the fabric). The fluid silks and chiffons were done in an inspired color palette that mixed the muted with the bold, and the romantic with the graphic...white, black, royal blue, bright yellow, hot pink, red, lavander, pink, kelly green, purple and blush.
Some of the most glorious pieces (and really, they were exactly that...glorious...they invoked romanticism, a carefree life, a beautiful garden, and strong but serene women...) came in the form of dresses. There was also an incredible outfit of the skinniest pants paired with a black blouse embellishsed with a huge flower on its one shoulder, as well as an all-over sequined skirt in candy colors with a simple, ethereal white spaghetti strap tank. But it was the dresses that made me hold my breath...a floor-length, flowing, blush colored multi-layered slip with a cluster of rosettes that closed the show on a note of perfection, a sassy one-shouldered mini dress in swirling stripes of sequins, and those singular bursts of abstract flowers that appeared on a long dress in white, a short dress in red, and a long-sleeved mini dress in yellow. I would wear each one, three days in a row...