June 03, 2012 New York
For Tibi's Amy Smilovic, the best part about creating a new collection is selecting fabrics. Flipping through the swatches she used for Resort, she pulled out a cornflower blue techy mesh she found at a vendor in Paris that was exclusively available to companies like Nike and Adidas until this season. Smilovic whipped it up into a structured T-shirt and pencil skirt set, a standout look that nicely illustrated how she likes to combine sporty materials with classic silhouettes. A structured taffeta ball skirt in an electric "kelp" shade achieved the same effect. Her bold surrealist prints were also carefully considered. There was a mercerized cotton sweater with a Schiaparelli-esque lobster (the timing of which Smilovic explained was "no small coincidence" with the Costume Institute's current exhibition) and a paint-drip coral that she said is "something Dalí would've come up with."
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