Amy Smilovic invoked the '90s in her Fall 2013 collection — but not without her modern eye. That means Tibi's odes to nostalgia are mostly minimalist, giving way to a coolly crafted lineup that polished downtown girls like Olivia Palermo — who sat front row at the show — will be snapping up come Fall. See every look right here.
Trending toward a more utilitarian girl, Amy Smilovic's brand of American sportswear got a dose of the '90s for Fall 2013 — albeit with a polished update that's made Tibi a favorite among the style set like Olivia Palermo (who sat front row with beau Johannes Huebl). She played, as always, to function and fashion — never forgetting what girls actually want to wear and how they want to feel in clothes. She never sacrifices comfort for style, but doesn't have to — she blends them into sophisticated and impossibly cool pieces. Case in point: this season's thigh-high leather boot, which she crafted without a heel. The silhouettes and palette were both minimalist; Amy worked in predominately black and white, with brilliant shades of emerald green and cobalt blue, but only in small doses. While the Spring was rife with playful prints, this lineup was all about texture and proportion. Working in a stricter color scheme meant that we're drawn most to Amy's cool layers. Quilted vests, moto jackets, draped dresses, knit pullovers, neoprene sweatshirts, and slouchy tomboy shorts finished in leather were effortlessly combined throughout the collection, making it easy to imagine mixing and matching the pieces in your own closet.
- Trends: Leather, minimalism.
- Colors: White, black, emerald, olive, cobalt, and gray.
- Shoes: Cutout black booties, buckled ankle-strap heels, flat thigh-high leather boots.
- Key look: The olive and black moto jacket paired with white and black leather-inset trousers.
No surprise here — Tibi's Amy Smilovic delivered on the downtown-cool front, providing us ample wardrobe inspiration for our Spring 2013 uniform. Think boxy leather tops, slim-cut pencil skirts, cropped trousers, slick textural interest, and denim vests — it's all part of Tibi's signature approach to reinventing the classics. Needless to say, we're pretty sure you'll feel the same way once you get a good look. Click play to scope out the runway show in full.
Designer Amy Smilovic knows exactly what a girl wants: leather, a little bit of sheer, feminine fabrics, unique prints, with a subtly sporty flair. Key pieces in Tibi's Spring 2013 catwalk included leather peplum tops, cropped tuxedo pants, retro-printed dresses, and sheer-sleeve blouses. Clean lines dominated throughout the show and neutral hues like black, white, beige (with pops of pink and yellow here and there) were seriously refreshing. A few denim pieces, including boxy jean jackets, exuded casual flair, while streamlined black and white looks were perfect for evening.
A crisp white and black palette, lean silhouettes, and perforated details took the runway for Tibi's Spring lineup — in short, it's the skilled balance of street-chic and contemporary polish that Amy Smilovic does so well. Picking up where she left us for Fall, Smilovic continued to redefine the classics with cool, contemporary fits — lean pencil skirts, boxy tops, midriff-baring crop tops, and low-slung, cropped trousers. But where Fall gave us a more menswear-inspired riff, this collection gives way to more femininity with fit-and-flare silhouettes, waists cinched in with wide leather, corset-style belts, peplum, and a touch of pink. There's no trick in this kind of simplified dressing; but there are special details — geometric, kaleidoscope-inspired prints or subtle perforated effects that elevate clean shift dresses and tops.
- Trends: Leather, perforated details, peplum, colorblocking, kaleidoscope prints.
- Colors: Black, white, yellow, pink, and khaki.
- Key Piece: The black perforated pencil skirt and sleeveless top with wide leather belt.
- Accessories: Cutout heels, ankle-strap heels.
- Who Should Wear It: We'll see it on front-row fixture Olivia Palermo, but Miranda Kerr could easily wear any of these impeccably chic separates.
Effortless was the message at Tibi's Fall 2012 collection, delivered through two major trends — minimalism and menswear. Cropped menswear suits, oversized wool coats, and structured crewneck tops over slouchy pants dominated the runway for a collection that was understated and utterly wearable. Even the palette was understated, with an emphasis on black and cream. There was no fussiness in this collection, and next season rest assured girls like Olivia Palermo will be wearing Tibi's can't-go-wrong separates.
Delivering pretty bird prints and slick metallics with polish and restraint, Tibi's Amy Smilovic offered an understated, menswear-inspired take on Fall '12. Complete with cropped trousers and boxy boyfriend coats, Smilovic zeroed in on a borrowed-from-the-boys style with womanly wearability. Proportions were done just right, as were the designer's bird prints that felt more sophisticated than playful paired with a cool crop of flat ankle boots and perfectly fit knits. Suiting too was worked with easy sophistication — even her emerald green, bright cobalt, and metallic suit separates spoke to a more modern, minimalist sense, tempered in slim silhouettes. Smilovic tempers her femme offerings with the same style — dresses are cut from the same creamy fabrics and finished with the same accessibility.
- Trends: Menswear, metallics, leather, peplum.
- Colors: Black, white, emerald green, cobalt blue, burgundy.
- Key Piece: The creamy white v-neck sheath; the metallic pencil skirts and slouchy knit sweaters.
- Accessories: Flat white and black zip-up ankle boots; heeled calf-hair ankle boots.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls with an eye for modern classics; Olivia Palermo and Kate Bosworth would rock the ankle boots and cropped pants.