It’s always so inspiring to see the influence of culture on fashion from the point of view of different fashion designers, and when it’s Tia Cibani you can always expect a super crafty and elaborate collection. Inspired by the colorful works of Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes and generally Brazilian women of the Bahia, the Tia Cibani spring/summer 2016 collection references the jazzy Brazilian style in quite a unique, kind of reserved manner. While a significant portion of the collection focused on the various “shades of white”, blacks and greys, bringing mostly monochrome looks, we certainly also witnessed vibrant brushstroke prints on the background of white embodying the lush landscapes of Brazil and the energizing Samba culture. No detail or color choice appeared in the collection by chance, including the dominance of white that symbolized Bahia’s tradition to wear all-white outfits at different festivals.
The collection opened with an array of head-to-toe white looks that centered around an interesting game of layering and creating subtle textures through the use of different fabrics in a single outfit. Fine silk, plain poplin and raw linen are the predominant fabrics of this array of looks and of the overall collection in general, while the silhouettes are mainly fluid and lightweight to capture the breezy days of spring. Most of the pieces are ground-skimming, be that a maxi dress, a skirt or an elegant monochrome jumpsuit made of raw linen and composed of a figure-embracing tight corset-like top and flowing wide-leg pants. Below-the-knee shirt-dresses and outerwear pieces appeared here and there as well to inject diversity into the 21-piece small line-up and target various preferences. Despite the general relaxed air dominating in the collection, the pieces looked surprisingly elegant and feminine being easily transferable from day to night.
After all the whites come the all-black looks, and while the color changes, the overall mood and style of the clothes is preserved. Throughout the line-up, tulip-shaped strapless designs and loose yoga-style clothes prevail and it’s here that we can notice Cibani’s lifestyle influence over the collection (she actually practiced yoga a lot during her pregnancy). Of the 21 looks showcased, only four feature bright accents of rainbow colors, including the simple color-blocked straight dress with an asymmetric hemline, the cheerful tea-length pleated skirt embellished with Milhazes-inspired brushstroke prints that is teamed with a loose black blouse with long sleeves, the same-style skirt that appears a little bit elongated coming matching with a simple monochrome blouse, and the draping crossover mini dress that feels so lightweight and summer-ready.
The artsy feel of the Tia Cibani spring 2016 collection was also present in the accessory choices, where we saw bold and big headscarves coming in the same color shades as the outfits they spiced up, but also interesting long ceramic necklaces created in collaboration with Mt. Washington Pottery. Simple black or white Birkenstock flats finished off each look, enhancing the summer-y relaxed feel of the overall collection.
Photos courtesy of Vogue