For the last three seasons, Amy Smilovic has embarked on an aesthetic overhaul of her Tibi brand. Her fondness for utilitarian sportswear has become the focal point of her collection that mixes functionality with polished dressing. For fall/winter 2013, the SoHo-based designer blends depth and texture to create an urban edginess with a ’90s refinement. Take a peek at the scene backstage before her runway show, held at Pier 59.
Before the show we had the chance to chat with Amy about her evolving design position.
The look of your collection has changed so much in the last three seasons. Tell us, what promoted the evolution of Tibi?
Amy Smilovic: A few years ago I asked myself, Do I do a merchandised brand that hits all these different components for so many different customers, or do I create a collection that really is from my heart and that I really believe in. There are so many influences in my life—I am a mom, I live in Greenwich, Connecticut, I work in SoHo, my husband is European, I’m from the South, we lived in Asia together—that making functional, beautiful clothes is really what I am about.
How does sportswear play a key role in the Tibi girl’s life?
Amy: I feel passionate about people looking great in the day and not overdressing. When you look great during the day, it’s because you’re wearing sportswear. The change you see in my designs is because I am bringing more of myself into the collection.
What inspired the look for fall ’13?
Amy: We go to Paris right after the show every year. I have a team of women that I work with to design the line, and for fall, we were doing what we want to wear, and I’m sure you’re going to see that come across on the runway.
Photos by Fernando Colón