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?