Tribune Standard is a promising new line from designer Tawfik Mounayer. In this case, we don’t use the word promising lightly. Resort is only the designer’s second collection under his own label and the quality, attention to detail, and clear vision shown is at a level way beyond that of someone so new to the game. This is because Tawfik is somewhat of a veteran, having worked for Gap, Ann Taylor, Isaac Mizrahi for Target and, most recently, served as vice president of design at Liz Claiborne. Tawfik has successfully taken everything he’s learned at these mega-brands and channeled it into a focused contemporary label that’s getting lots of positive attention.
Resort is full of beautiful, interesting pieces that are super chic, easy and wearable. I was most impressed by the printed silks--which Tawfik painted himself—and the several macramé pieces, including a t-shirt, statement earrings, a purse and the final look, a dramatic cream dress that Tawfik sees as perfect for a beach wedding. He sounds excited and optimistic about upcoming seasons and even has some collaborations in the works. With such a strong second collection, for resort of all seasons, we will definitely be keeping our eye on this designer. Click through to see the collection.