Tibi’s Amy Smilovic has established herself as a stealth maestro in the fickle fashion game: For over a decade now, the designer has cultivated a unique style that blends the athletic with preppy vibes and girly shapes. Spring-boarding off her utilitarian sportswear from Fall '13, Smilovic offered a robust Spring lineup--but lithe and lightened, and kissed with Japonisme.
Tibi’s lightweight jackets--be they cropped blazers, contrast-lapelled leather blousons or cargo-pocketed anoraks--looked freshly uncomplicated. Another standout? Boyfriend-style jeans with a white-to-ash ombré fadeaway that chicly upheld Smilovic’s smartly steely mood.
There were, however, some oddities thrown in that tangled with the spruceness. Popsicle-stick caps, for one, were too crafty. A black-fringed dress and a green-laced twinset both felt too irregular, clashing with the otherwise airy collection. Yet those blips were ameliorated by show’s end, thanks to Smilovic’s kimono-esque, bat-winged tops (in black and orange), and an arctic white jumpsuit with tapered legs and a fuss-free drawstring. Again: sportive, but cool.