Color, volume, angles. These three notions all came together to create Tibi’s spring collection. Designer Amy Smilovic, also played a great deal with an Asian theme, as nearly every model had an obi-style belt wrapped around their svelte waists. As you might detect, that annoyed me a great deal. In some ways the collection worked. It was fun to look at. It even looked fun to wear. With so many designers choosing muted color palette’s (beige and white) or typical floral prints and pastels for spring, Tibi was a bit refreshing. Lemon-yellows, tangerine-oranges, mint-greens. The color selection could make mouths salivate and surely it did for many fashion folk after days of back to back shows and no time for meals.
The low-point was definitely the over-saturation of the Asian theme in this collection (obi’s, mandarin collars, kimono-style jackets). It actually seemed passé as many of us are now programmed to associate this region with being modern and very architectural when it comes to design. It felt more “China-town” than well, China.