Tibi’s Amy Smilovic Talks Inspiration For Spring 2016 Shoes

Amy Smilovic Spring 2016 Shoes
Amy Smilovic.
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Amy Smilovic is embracing the sun for spring. The founder and designer turned to warm settings like Miami; Malibu, Calif.; and Cuba for the relaxed vibe of her 2016 collection.

“We tried to give the styles a feeling that is happy and optimistic and easy,” she said. “We took environments that are very laid-back and merged them with urban and refined.”

One example: Tibi crafted its interpretation of a thong flip-flop, with the same silhouette added to a high heel. “Our silhouettes are based on thongs and lots of 1990s styling in the shoes — thin straps, mules, slingbacks,” added Smilovic.

Amy Smilovic Spring 2016 Shoes A Tibi spring ’16 style. Courtesy of brand

“We played with the idea of how to put personality into things during such a normcore and minimalist moment.” The solution? The shoes have shine and glitter details, too, said the designer. “We were pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zone.”

Amy Smilovic Spring 2016 Shoes Tibi style for spring 2016. Courtesy of brand