Tibi’s Fall 2018 collection is one that excited many with its trenchcoats, scarves, blazers, and more specifically – shoes. The overarching theme of the collection was cities and their architecture. In other words, these pieces are ones that are meant to be lived in over time. With bright hues such as yellow, orange, and red, Amy Smilovic created a collection that took classic pieces and made them stellar. See below for our Q&A with the designer following the collection’s debut at NYFW.
Photos courtesy of Tibi.
Bergdorf Goodman: Who and what inspired you most when creating the Fall 2018 collection?
Amy Smilovic: We thought about luxury fabrics as building blocks and that when something is made well, with care and true artisanship, then it lasts through time – just like beautiful architecture. We focused on architecture because it’s not disposable and it’s meant to be truly lived in. Throughout the collection you’ll see nods to references of construction sites – from the graffiti sprayed on sidewalks to signify the location of electrical lines to the pulleys and hooks and cement greys and pylon cone orange. We were striving for the ease of our sportswear that we love but with an overt nod to the classics – traditional quilting, menswear tailoring, and prints that might seem equestrian but upon closer detail are quite industrial.
BG: Which pieces from the collection do you think your customers will be the most excited about?
AS: The Alpaca v-neck sweater in camel with orange coated ribbing; the georgette red dress with drawstring ruching; the yellow faux fur coat; and the dark purple cowboy boots. All favorites.
BG: The shoes from the Fall 2018 collection are beautiful. Can you elaborate a bit on the design process and how these specific styles came to life?
AS: Our shoes are designed with the full wardrobe in mind. A boot with a wider shaft and a cowboy point makes the most basic pencil skirt feel alive and new; and long boots in stretch leather scrunched down give interesting texture and creatively allows monochromatic outfitting to come off very interesting.
BG: Describe the Tibi woman this season in three words.
AS: Effortless, Classic, Strong.