StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Tibi

I borrowed this gorgeous Tibi dress from Rent the Runway to wear on my birthday weekend.  The blood red and cream colours combined with the baroque style print was such an unusual combination for me but I loved wearing it – I received some lovely compliments on the dress that night!  I wasn’t at all sure what to wear on my feet – my red suede pumps just felt “too much” and none of my black shoes would work…  In the end I settled on a)compiling a hefty a shoe/boot wish list for next year to cover all manner of clothing eventualities and b)wearing my nude pumps.  It was then off to the lovely Gottino in the West Village for wine and tapas and an unexpected birthday dessert on the house (I love Gottino, it’s one of my favourite places to eat and drink in West Village – go visit!)

Wearing Tibi of course had me recalling their spring 2012 collection.  I was a big fan of their streamlined silhouettes and sportswear inspired pieces and would love to invest in one of these next year.  A palette of monochrome was complimented beautifully by ice cream pastels and the odd jazzy print, with the soft layering of different colours preventing the collection as a whole from being viewed as overly minimalist.

Above and below: images from Tibi.  Middle: photos from the 2012 runway show I attended with Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou, who did a lovely write up here.

I remember thinking at the show in September this was a very laid back collection, with a hint of menswear, a hint of sports luxe.  My favourite pieces were the gowns, but I was impressed with the wide legged trousers (actually these looked like gowns at first glance because the pants were so very wide) and the tailored shorts.

There is an interesting quote from Amy Smilovic, designer and founder of the label, on their website:

“I always think a woman should dress in contradictions – youthful and sophisticated, masculine and feminine, bold and muted colours”

I think she has this down perfectly here with spring 2012.

Tibi was a perfect birthday choice this year – and again next year, it would seem! Do you like the style of the brand, Blog Reader?



  1. says

    I think you look lovely in this dress and i like the nude pumps with it. I really do love Tibi…not sure why I don’t have much of it in my own wardrobe; perhaps I need to remedy that!

  2. says

    Would you believe that this post is the first time I’ve heard of Rent the Runway? Let’s just say that I have a second tab open in my browser setting up my membership right now :) You look absolutely smashing in this Tibi dress- it’s really one of a kind, and the perfect choice for a birthday celebration. I think the choice of nude heels was quite perfect. But just in case, I hope you got a few of the pairs on your wishlist for your birthday ;)

  3. says

    I’ve been saying that Halifax needs a place like this FOREVER! when it comes to big events we really don’t wear the same dress twice, and case in point I have a girl friend coming over tonight to borrow one of my dresses. You look stunning as always!
    much love

  4. says

    you look beautiful in this tibi dress ~ i love the colors and pattern, very pretty! and wow! this quote by the designer couldn’t be any closer to what i believe! what i have always thought, she has put into words. i love the flowy and loose fitting fabrics of this collection too ;) ;)
    xoxo ~ kristina

  5. says

    That is a lovely cut on the dress and it fits you so well. – I love the flare on the skirt and the dart on the front – especially the way the red pattern is folded in the dart – cool
    I cant see many other colour shoes working with this dress as well as the nude shoes do.

    I love the quote – thats quite a cool design ethos !!


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