The Tibi Spring 2015 Collection brings us back to a time when most materials in our lives were crafted by human hand. Amy Smilovic set about fusing these craft work traditions, from Japan to Peru, with the shapes and movement of modern life. The search for how authenticity and nature can be articulated into the art of modern dressing is never far from Smilovic’s mind.
A fusion of handcraft traditions comes into sharp focus: quilting, embroidery, pleating and a bevy of wraps and ties that feel louche but convey refined ease. The ornamental Koi fish and its pond define the season’s color palette, ranging from a base of earth tones in stone greys, whites and sand touched with shades of watery blue, fire oranges and dark green. A palette that is neutral but potent: it’s the way a woman who loves an all-black uniform wears color. The hat reappears this season. This time, Smilovic re-interprets the heritage of Peruvian millinery into hats that are dip-dyed by hand, with gently frayed edges. And shoes range from sporty interpretations of easy flats – from gladiator sandals with slight wedges and treading – to slides with raffia detailing.