Tibi

Renowned member of the minimalism pack, Amy Smilovic took androgyny to new levels with her latest collection for Tibi, giving us a new sense of direction for fall.Tibi_138_fw16And not androgyny in the way everyone else is doing it either. The founder’s take is less “borrowed from the boys” and more “gender fluid,” or as Smilovic put it: “the way a woman wears a guy’s jeans—a guy can wear a woman’s, too.” There’s a style in the ease Smilovic has perfected at the helm of Tibi, one that doesn’t rely on bold patterns and structure, but on simplicity and comfort. There’s never a sense that the clothing is trying too hard, but at the same time there’s nothing underrated about it. Languid silk slips and lace blouses, sans bras, layered under oversized blazers added sensuality to a predominantly male-influenced showcase. Carefully layered velvets, mohairs, furs and metallics all made an appearance in military greens, terracottas and oxbloods with touches of quartz, emerald green and blush.

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QUAD1Gimlet-eyed Kristin Yamada is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.new-york-fashion-week-street-style-fall-2016-Chriselle-LimChriselle Lim (The Chriselle Factor) is a veteran style star here on The Thread with good reason. She knows how to do Fashion Week right. Here she plays black and white anything but safe. The bold text of her conversational clutch creates the perfect optical mix against an über-cool graphic top. Equally superb contrast is found between her sexy, femme lace-up heels and the edge of a tough-girl moto jacket. Metal-detail sunnies and jewelry complete the look.

Shop similar styles:
print tunics | white pumps | graphic clutches

Shop our editors’ picks to re-create this look:

eskandar Shibori silk tunic | Givenchy Rooja pointy toe mule | Givenchy calfskin leather pouch

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This post first appeared on our Beauty Blog. 

Working with Tibi’s gender fluid soldier vibe, Bobbi Brown’s Cassandra Garcia worked to create the most basic of beauty looks, steering away from femininity and towards natural neutrals. 

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Amy Smilovic, founder of Tibi, in her office

Her composure, the pleasant lilt in her voice and her ambitious yet grounded perspective could lead one to assume that Amy Smilovic, the founder and designer of Tibi, has it all figured out. She might.

Tibi is a contemporary line of beautifully wearable clothes founded by a quintessentially modern woman. With 2017 marking the company’s 20th anniversary, we spoke with Smilovic about self-invention, reinvention and entrepreneurism.

Can you tell me a bit about the genesis of Tibi and your transformation to a fashion designer?

The company is just one and a half years away from its 20th anniversary—it began in Hong Kong in 1997. I had been in business before that, working for both Ogilvy and American Express. When I moved to Hong Kong I wanted to do my own thing. It was a really exciting time in Hong Kong, right at the handover from the British to the Chinese. There was this really entrepreneurial spirit.

In Hong Kong I found two Chinese men, Ben and Ivan, who were very young and entrepreneurial. They were game to do this with me. At the time I didn’t realize how special it was. I was the only contemporary brand producing in Asia. Theory, Rebecca Taylor and others were producing in the U.S. But to have all the resources in China, in Asia, the print designers and production houses there, was exciting.

Amy Smilovic's office at Tibi in Soho

I’d always loved, loved, loved clothing. And I always wanted my own business. My father and grandfather were artists. I was always creative and wanted to be artistic. That’s why I went into marketing; I wanted to be creative but fell into accounts. It was a great place to learn business, how companies run, how to crunch numbers, how to execute.

In college, I minored in art. Everyone always asks, “How do you do this without a design degree?” But I always wonder—how do people run a fashion label without a business background?

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Runway look at Tibi and Bobbi Brown (left)

Less is more—at least it was today when industry veteran Bobbi Brown created an au naturale look for Tibi’s earthy spring palette.

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Street Style: Elle at Carven

Elle’s feminine look has both modern edge and classic femininity. That pleated skirt with sequin panel is to die for and pairs perfectly with a sleek, cropped turtleneck. The soft pink coat is a great transitional piece. And of course, no look is complete without tall boots this season.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Coats for Spring | Pleated Skirts | Tall Boots

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Trina Turk Long Trench Coat | Tibi Eyelet Skirt | Jimmy Choo ‘Grand’ Tall Boot

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Maria’s graphic sweater caught my eye straight away. There’s something a little bit modernist–as well as nouveau southwestern–about the pattern that is really interesting. Culottes continue to dominate the street-style scene, and I love these menswear-inspired crops. The mirrored Dior sunnies are the most popular sunglasses style of the season and add some shine to this tonal look.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Dior Sunglasses | Ankle Strap Platform Sandals | Culottes

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Dior ‘So Real’ Sunglasses | Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Pearl’ Sandal | Tibi Pleated Culottes

 

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Street Style: Linda Tol at Tibi

Linda Tol is a style superstar. She’s fearless, creative and cutting-edge. I love how Linda plays with proportion in this look. While her lines are sleek and stark, her palette is soft. Edgy black leather accessories add some classic Linda quirkiness. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of this Dutch darling as Fashion Week goes on!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Platform Flats | Asymmetrical Tops | Fringe Handbags

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Opening Ceremony Platform Oxford | Stella McCartney Asymmetrical Sweater | Valentino Fringe Clutch

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Street Style: Ania Stalman at Tibi

Calgary-based blogger Ania Stalman (Ania.B) is no stranger to Nordstrom or The Thread. I actually ran into her on the Calgary streets years ago to snap her style, so it was a pleasure to cross paths again today! Ania looks fantastic in her retro-modern lady look. Baby pink is still going strong, especially in coats and accessories. Her wide-striped, full skirt is eye-catching and has vintage glamour. I can’t wait to see where we meet next!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Pink Handbags | Pink Clothing | Pink Hats

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Amorous’ Satchel | Lucy Paris Striped Midi Skirt | Tildon Fedora

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The makeup look at Tibi was “pretty but not overly done” to balance the Alaskan-Inuit inspired clothing. Fresh, clean skin and illuminated cheeks were paired with a soft wash of pink on eyes (including applying blush in Nude Pink on top of white eyeshadow!) and matte pink lips in Pink Martini Lip Color (launching fall 2015). Only a hint of Everything Mascara was used to finish the look.

backstage-beauty-nyfw-aw15-jinsoon-choi-tibiOn nails, Jin Soon Choi created a “snow-tipped neutral” inspired by the shape of snowy mountains to complement the icy palette throughout the clothing collection. After a base coat, nails were applied with two coats of Nostalgia. Once dry, she then painted a curved line across the middle of the nail to tips in a new color called Doux (launching this spring). According to Choi, “It’s okay if they’re all a little different – if it curves, just go with it!”

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