June 06, 2014 New York
One piece in no need of zhuzhing was a shell made of lacquered lattice lace that resembled leather. Paired with track pants in the same diagonal navy-and-white stripe, it had a one-of-a-kind feel. There was also a series of "self-lining" tops and dresses, done in a gauzy stripe. (This difficult-to-explain technique, which entails one piece of fabric being folded to create a two-layer piece, created dimension.)
Masai check was a big story, told best with a navy-and-red blazer and matching elastic-waist pencil skirt. The notch-collar dress in the same print, worn over matching pants, was more nomad than nautical.
Cibani collaborated with swimwear specialist Marianna G on one tank and one bikini, both done in a red-and-white color-block that complemented the season's knitwear offerings. To be sure, Cibani worked hard here to offer plenty of categories, which is crucial in this very commercial season. But her personal aesthetic was also on full display, which is just as important for an emerging label that's still finding its customer.