Backstage before her runway show, Amy Smilovic remarked on the increasing polarization of retail prices: "There's a gaping hole in the middle now. No one wants to buy a $298 floral silk dress when you can get one just like it at Zara," she said. "You have to offer them something more." So a voluminous hoop skirt worn in the finale had a mirrored, Rorschach-esque print that, when examined up close, revealed owls, bees, and flowers integrated subtly throughout. "Girls should discover new little details with each wear. That's what makes a piece special, worth it," the Tibi
designer explained. Daywear had a slight nineties edge—particularly when paired with hot pink beanies and arm warmers. There was a sharp, colorless mohair coat with zip-off arms, and a racerback tuxedo jumpsuit with just the right amount of movement to it. The highlights here were definitely evening looks: A high-neck "pouf" dress came with etched, laser-cut appliqués for an abstract mosaic look, and the gilt lace on a deep-V brocade number almost seemed to be melting.