“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.
“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.”