She said backstage at the label’s New York Fashion Week show today, “It was just about focusing on not separating your life into these moments like I’ll relax on vacation and do the grind now. It was more about having that type of ease, color and beauty in a very urban environment. We wanted the footwear to also look put together and be something that would have purpose and also feel special in it but you can still walk around.”
Smilovic paired plaid, stripes and solid suiting, for instance, with leather flip-flops. “It brought it down a couple notches in a good way,” Smilovic said, explaining the look.
The rest of the shoes in the collection had that same comfort factor, featuring low-heeled wrap sandals, mules, Western-inspired booties, while also staying true to the brand’s clean and modern aesthetic. Texture was visible in mesh detailing and perforation throughout the shoe styles.
A tactic that is working for the company in both design and strategy is “less is more.” With the majority of its shoes made in Italy, the line remains refined for spring ’19.
As far as the color palette goes, which included blacks, browns, navy, yellow and pale pink, Smilovic said she wanted it to feel soft but also appropriate for the city.
Click through the gallery to see all the looks from Tibi’s spring ’19 line.
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