With construction, fit and architectural forms in the Tibi DNA, for designer Amy Smilovic, Autumn/Winter 2018 was an opportunity to explore these pillars further, delving into the very concept of constituents and foundations, both in everyday life and in fashion. And, as many a Tibi woman can attest, sartorial building blocks are what Smilovic serves up best, with an emphasis on wearability and functionality paramount in her repertoire.
Looking to "the architectural majesty of metropolises, this collection studies the elements of city construction sites," explained Smilovic via her show notes. Taking cues from the bright color palettes of equipment and signage – opening with traffic cone oranges and high-vis yellows, mixed in with more natural hues (no doubt of concrete and cement) and taking a more utilitarian turn in navy and midnight blues – the palette was, at times, as electric as it was earthed. Firm on her foundation pieces, heritage silhouettes were key – think tailored suiting, tapered trousers, belted jackets and faux fur coats. And, while there was structure in the foundations, fluidity and litheness came in dresses, skirts, slouchy knit and pencil skirt combos, billowing silk balloon blouses, and sporty elements such as sneaker laces as fringing on skirts, zips and drawstrings on necklines, all added to the rich fabric of life in the Tibi world.