I had high–yet vaguely undefined–hopes for Tia Cibani’s Fall/Winter collection, only the second ever under the designer’s eponymous label. When I spoke to the recent winner of the Fashion Group International’s coveted Rising Star Award last week, the only hints she’d give me on what to expect from her new designs were “metallics–pleated skirts.”
But shiny skirts were just the beginning.
In 2010, Tia Cibani sent the fashion world into a mini state of mourning when she announced she was stepping down from Chinese-by-way-of-Canada label Ports 1961 to start a family, handing over the creative reigns to her sister Fiona. But just two years later (with a brand new baby in tow!) Cibani made a major comeback with the debut of her first eponymous fashion line this past September at New York Fashion Week.
And the industry has welcomed the designer back with open arms: Earlier this week, Cibani was awarded the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award for womenswear–an honor previously won by fashion heavy hitters like Joseph Altuzzara and Michelle Obama’s other go-to guy, Jason Wu. We were lucky enough to grab a few minutes to chat with the designer, who–between attending fittings for her fall ’13 presentation next week and being a full-time mom–is at an all time life and career high.
Read on for the designer’s insights on motherhood, manufacturing locally, and how her own naivety got her where she is today.