Opposites attracted at the Fall '10 Tibi show, which designer Amy Smilovic described as "Napoleon and Josephine." Steering far clear of anything rocker-grunge ("if the look has made it [to Palm Beach], you know it's time to do something new," she told Romney Leader), Smilovic mixed masculine and feminine to sellable appeal. Draped pieces contrasted garments of structure. Neutrals were paired with with brights. And most of it seemed perfect for one of the show's front-row guests, Olivia Palermo.
Arlenis Sosa strutted the runway in a cutesy floral strapless dress worn over a long-sleeved grey tee, and we also liked her in a a relaxed gold goddess dress worn only with tough black platform booties. An artsy print in friendly colours (raspberry, buttercream yellow, peach and blue) took on an appealingly ominous tone when overlain with a crawling black-branch design.
There was something for everyone in the latest Tibi collection, whether a customer in question is seeking mixable separates, versatile day dresses or something shinier for evening. And that, as we're sure Smilovic will find, makes the best contrast of all.