While some designers are pushing luxe basics to prudent shoppers this season, Tibi
designer Amy Smilovic is taking a different approach. "I'm pushing the envelope more," she said before the show. "Every print is crazier. I'm designing pieces my girl has to have." Splashy patterns inspired by the illustrations in Gennady Spirin's Russian fairy tale The Tale of the Firebird
adorned frocks of every hem length, which were accessorized, fittingly, with shapkas
and pashminalike fur wraps. Smilovic also carried over one of her stronger Spring looks, the sharp-shouldered blouse that is shaping up as a key Fall silhouette. By offering directional clothing at an attainable price point, Tibi should have no problem luring its customer.