TIBI AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR NEW YORK
Tibi’s Amy Smilovic may not have control over the weather, but the flurries and wind coming off the Hudson River fed into her Inuit and Arctic inspiration. And the collection she presented, full of minimalist knits in calm colors and forgiving proportions, would certainly feed into anyone’s desire to be warm, comfortable, and cozy.
This season, touch and feel was king. The clothes were soft. So many pieces included some kind of fur or fuzz detail. There were tufted patches on cream shearling coats and jackets, as well as intarsia and mohair sweaters—kind of like caribou when they shed, but elegantly executed. Those items were paired with bouclé culottes, fluid color-blocked skirts, sweatpants, wrap suede skirts, and a belled-shorts silhouette also seen in Pre-Fall. Of note were matching bouclé tops and culottes done in mint and lavender, and a gray fur worn with gray sweats that drove home Smilovic’s warmth message. It might also be one of the best takes on athleisure seen so far this week.
The color scheme was equally comforting: earthy neutrals, gray, navy, and pastel. “We wanted to do all shades-of,” said Smilovic backstage. “Things that are very contrasty feel dated to me. It’s about wearing 12 shades of navy or five shades of burgundy. It eases up your wardrobe choices if you can just mix it up.” And this is the kind of lineup that will give minimalist, fuss-free lovers many good options, whether they’re braving the elements or snuggled up at home.