For the Tibi pre-fall 2016 collection, designer Amy Smilovic, alongside her design team of all women, took on a muted color scheme while reconfiguring some of the latest runway trends. Smilovic has shown a leaning toward femininity and romance in recent seasons, so her choice of quirky ruffles and oversized basics was a bit of a shock to the senses. The decisions made were likely rooted in what the designers wanted to see more of in their own closets, and apparently “brown” and “ruffles” made a prominent placement on those lists.
When shoppers are on the hunt for revamped basics, black is generally the go-to option, but Tibi this season might just cause for reconsideration. Whether the desired garment is a sleek pair of leather pants, a classy suit, or a new sweater, Tibi is challenging shoppers to steer away from the commonly sought black, and instead to choose a shade of chestnut or sable.
Despite the recurring leather and basics theme, the Tibi woman will be staying true to herself with this new collection. The idea of leather pants often brings about thoughts of sex appeal, but Tibi created a pair for the woman dressing for herself, not others. Many pieces in this collection are on the eccentric side, with their asymmetry and kooky prints, which succeeds in promoting the idea that women of all styles should wear what they want to wear, because the outcome can be just as appealing.
Aside from the color and fabric choices, the designers of Tibi used ruffles as a recurring trend in this collection, but not in the romantic way it has been seen on other runways as of late. They were flatter, and used to add more subtle details and texture to simple garments, without overpowering the pieces.
When many designers use ruffles, they’re used to making a statement, but this collection goes to show how successful it can be when they take the backburner, and emphasize the shape and feeling of the garments they are featured on. Trends can be manipulated to fit anyone’s personal sense of style; this just goes to prove that theory.
There were a lot of details that went into the creation of the Tibi Pre-Fall 2016 Collection, but everything managed to stay cohesive in a classical way. The traditional Tibi quirk added enough spice to the mix to keep things interesting, while the reworking of common trends made for an intriguing touch, but it was the shoes in this collection that made a large statement.
“It was important to have the shoes speak a bit louder,” Smilovic told Vogue, referring to the eccentric shoes in the collection. “When you’ve got a clean, minimal top and pant, you need something more fun.” Feathers, black-and-white patterns, and straps contributed to the quirkiness, and served as the perfect final touch for the ensembles in the new line. Once it is released to the world in May, Tibi customers will likely be in a mad dash to pick up their own garments.
Photos courtesy of Vogue