Tia Cibani described her Spring 2014 collection to me as a “fiesta,” and it most certainly was: The floor of her natural light-flooded show space was covered in an inch of fluorescent paper confetti–which kept her 14-month old daughter entertained for the majority of the presentation.
Initially based on 1940s film noir (a continuation from her dark and sultry Fall collection), the designer found her inspiration swayed by a trip to Tulum, Mexico for a wedding. What resulted was a collection of WWII-era silhouettes reimagined in jacquards and colors so bright and “courageous,” as per Cibani, many of the prints–many of which referenced traditional Aztec artwork, as well as a striking rasterized polka dot–took on an almost Magic Eye quality. Models wore hoop earrings and their hair in a high knot braided with ribbon–a modernized nod to Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo.
Pleated skirts, one of Cibani’s only carry-over looks from fall, were this season constructed from crisp organdy fabric that reminded us of crepe paper. Airy eyelet tops at the start of the show gave way to voluminous coats and dresses with contrast piping. Least appealing was a clingy, salmon-toned potato sack day dress that wouldn’t fly for any girl over an A-cup.