"We already have enough cocktail dresses in our closets," said Amy Smilovic backstage before showing her Tibi
Fall collection, which focused on utilitarian sportswear and layering solutions for multiple seasons. The logistical question Smilovic asked herself was: "How do we make clothes that will take our customer from August to February?" Her answer was detachable hoods and turtleneck dickeys styled every which way. They heightened the urban edge of shearling-lined, quilted bomber jackets and sculpted neoprene sweatshirts, which have become best-sellers over the past few seasons. The signature pullover was also updated here in glossy ponyhair, which looked particularly fresh when paired with a matching bristly pencil skirt. Several looks were paired with thigh-high leather boots that injected a welcome shot of sexiness into the equation: They were also flat, so comfort was never compromised. Elsewhere, leather shorts, puffer capes, and matelassé-textured shifts further illustrated Smilovic's no-frills approach to everyday basics that are functional but elevated.