Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
September 10, 2011 New York
Tribune Standard designer Tawfik Mounayer is working on building up his fledgling brand. At today's Spring presentation, he proudly pointed out several tiny Tribune Standard signatures tucked discreetly into this season's carnation print ("floral is the new animal print," according to the designer). Original prints are quickly emerging as one of Tribune Standard's calling cards. For Spring, Mounayer bought armfuls of carnations at a flower market, cut the stems off, and arranged them in a bowl. Then he snapped pictures of the blooms and the saved stalks lined up side by side, and digitally altered the results. These prints added interest to a simple silk twill shirtdress and a neutral military wrap jacket. The carnation motif also played out on a raglan sweater, with clustered, flowerlike paillettes covering the sleeves. This season, Tribune Standard did its first shoe collaboration with Manolo Blahnik, which featured the collection's prints along with green stiletto heels that evoked plant stems. Taking note of the best-selling looks from Resort, Mounayer revisited color blocking with vibrant dresses pieced together from crepe de chine and sheer chiffon swaths of fabric. Those standout dresses will help establish Tribune Standard more than any well-placed logo.