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Tibi touches all of the contemporary girl's fashion fantasies, but is practical enough to wear day in and day out. Saturday night's Fall 2013 collection stayed true to the functional-but-beautiful ethos of designer Amy Smilovic.
The collection was a graphic mix of sharp of black, pops of royal blue, and bright emerald green. A few looks came in head-to-toe white, which has been officially sanctioned for post-Labor Day use. Prints, a brand signature, looked like Keith Haring interpreting animal prints. Patchwork also came into play, in some cases in the form of multiple prints in one look, and in other cases are a hodgepodge of textures pre-mixed for your layering pleasure.
A number of looks were accented with dickies, those turtleneck cut offs, and some even came with hoods attached. The show notes explain that the dickie hat protects against the outdoor elements and also gives a sporty vibe layered with the collection's moto jackets and draped dresses. Click through to view the collection and to read our pre-show chat with Amy.Images via Tibi
Do you feel in tune with your customer?
I do. my team is made up of four women and we are just head-to-toe the customer. The girls in my office, they're constantly like, when we get something off the sewing machine, "do you love do you hate?" Everyone has a different point of view. As long as I get "loves" or, "I'm not sure i love it but I will eventually," I feel good.
The contemporary segment has exploded in the last few years—how do you stay competitive?
For us, it's been about having a razor-sharp idea on what the collection's about and not trying to be everything.
The Tibi girl has toughened up in the last few years, do you agree?
A few years ago we decided that we can play in mainstream contemporary and be a lot of things for a lot of people or we can get it really razor focused. I think it took me awhile to have the confidence to be like, "If i like it, it's in the line." Maybe before I was like, "Oh maybe I won't wear it but XYZ will wear it." Now it's really getting the line in more alignment with the way I dress and the way my team dresses.
Are there any designers whose collection you look forward to checking out?
I love checking out everyone's, but for sure the brands you sit next to on the floor you always want to check out. Like when I go on to Rag & Bone for instance, it's important that our line will look ok hanging next to it.
How are you going to celebrate after the show tonight?
We're actually going out for fondue!