StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Tibi Fall 2012

Tibi is a label I adore for their sleek and minimalist aesthetic and this year I could not contain my excitement when I was fortunate to receive an invite to their Fall 2012 show.  Designer Amy Smilovic brings us a menswear inspired collection of slim cut, cropped trouser suits, tailored maxi skirts, double breasted jackets and simple shift dresses for fall; with a hint of the 60s filtered through Tibi’s modern, 21st century lens.  All so very wearable, there are some lovely details in the fall line – my favourites being the skirts with back welt pockets and shift dresses decorated with a breastplate of geometric shapes.

Unusual fabrics and textures give a cool flash of depth and colour to the collection.  Glossy varnished skirts and lurex sweaters are standout pieces, yet these remain faithful to Tibi’s simplistic, hint-of-androgyny silhouette.  This season I was reminded just how far the label has evolved since its inception – Smilovic continues to show us her love of crazy prints and colour used in unexpected combinations, but there is a lovely relaxed yet luxurious ease about her recent work, making her pieces highly attractive to me.

I could have taken these styles off the catwalk and worn them right away.  This winter you can find me wearing Tibi, Blog Reader!

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StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Milly by Michelle Smith Fall 2012

The first of my New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 reports focuses on Milly by Michelle.  Since I have been keen to experiment with colour this year, the Milly by Michelle Smith collection, known for its use of vibrant fabrics and prints, has completely sucked me in.  There is an obvious youthfulness to Michelle’s designs that I adore, but a luxe feel to them too which makes the collection very appealing to me.

The new Milly by Michelle collection is named “Future Perfect“.  Watching the catwalk unfold before me at Lincoln Center this month I found myself thinking about the different eras that might have influenced the designs – a little bit mod / 60s; a little bit 1940s with the architectural hats and a little bit 1980s with the emphasis on the hips in the skirt designs.  Put these themes together with a mix of high-tech fabrics (laminated tweeds, bonded wool and taffeta) and a palette of black and white, bold pinks, blue and Chartreuse however and the collection has an altogether futuristic feel.

I liked the way in which the dresses were layered with sweaters in the presentation and don’t get me started on the head wear – a kind of contemporary take on the beret and huge net bows had me ready to book a long weekend in Paris.

My favourite silhouettes at Milly were flirty and flouncy – Michelle Smith does fashion and fun and I love her for it!

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