Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’11.Tibi’s Headbanger’s Ball

February 15, 2011 • New York Fashion Week Fall '11, Yahoo

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Summary: It was refreshing to see on Tibi's program that their day wear lineup would be inspired by the "sleek and modern simplicity" of the 1990s. I immediately thought of boxy shapes, tailored pants and some sweet little dresses. What I wasn't expecting, was the bit of 90s grunge thrown into the mix in the form of hot pink skull caps and arm warmers, accenting the otherwise neutral palette like bright little exclamation points. Present were the boxy shapes and tailored pants, but displayed with a more modern edge since the soft blue, navy and olive green separates were mixed together, as opposed to the actual 90s versions when things were much more matchy-matchy. Another possible homage to the decade could be seen in the edgy black spider lace print, which called to mind the goth trend of the decade (and some looks from high school I would like to forget!)

The sweet little dresses I was hoping for came in wispy swaths of white, accented with a Rorschach-like print (very 2011) trailing the collar and hemline. Designer Amy Smilovic kept the flowy dresses and petal-pink separates from becoming too spring by pairing them with typical fall staples like a glossy shearling biker jacket (which I fell in love with) or a long mohair fencing coat.

As the sun slowly set on the collection and evening looks started to come out, the signature Tibi mix of playful and sophisticated could immediately be recognized. Goth and grunge were replaced my baroque jacquards and bold Rococo style prints. A standout set were dresses in navy and shimmering gold that paired the structure of jacquard with the gauzy movement of silk chiffon. The tuxedo trend showed up as well, which was a little on the "been done" side, but the final looks redeemed themselves with gowns boasting fluttering feather details and a gorgeous red and cream Rococo print emblazoned across a voluminous twill gazaar skirt. Overall, Tibi succeeded in the somewhat difficult task of inspiring us to look back while still getting excited about what lies ahead.

Color Palette: neon pink, petal pink, olive green, navy, aurora print, oatmeal, oatmeal melange, oak, spider lace print, nude, blush, ivory, mignonette, antique brass, teal, gold, metallic, black, swan feather print, red, cream, Rococo print

Fabrics and Textures: felted wool, meta, twill, knit, wood, shearling, leather, crepe de chine, wool flannel, silk crepe, tweed, merino wool, cable wool, mohair, lace, silk twill, faux fur, wool jersey, jacquard,web jacquard, chiffon, applique, silk chiffon, damask, liquified, sculptured, beaded, pleated, silk wool, chiffon crepe, origami pleated

Key Looks: Reversible shearling and leather coat, felted wool boy blazer, shearling biker jacket, knit hat in neon pink, mixed cable wool mid-calk sweater dress, spider lace shirt dress with clean front placket, silk tape applique dress with pleats and chiffon combo in teal, damask gold jacquard dress with silk chiffon combo in navy, swan feather print long dress with Deep V and fully gathered skirt, Rococo printed silk twill gazaar mid-calf poof skirt in red and cream

-Alia Rajput

Photo Source: NY Mag

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