Texture served as orrnament at the TIBI Spring 2011 fashion show. Photos: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG


DESIGNER: Amy Smilovic of Tibi

INSPIRATION: "Spring is about beauty and classics with a thoroughly modern twist and styles that are simple with ease."

TOP LOOKS: "Basketweave" sleeveless dress with circle skirt; floral circle-skirt dress in "fennel"; open crochet sweater dress.

Flat shoes! Our feet are cheering. Photo: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

ACCESSORIES: Flat shoes! "Brogues" similar to jazz oxfords in basketweave and a black-and-white leopard print; leather loafers like I wore in eighth grade. On the high side, leather loafer wedges.

WHO WAS THERE: Olivia Palermo and enthusiastic customers wearing Tibi dresses.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: It's hard not to want just about everything on the Tibi runway because the clothes are so darn wearable.

Amy Smilovic gets modern women. Her smart tailoring and details flatter the wearer, but don't distract. In this collection, she uses texture as ornament in the form of macarame, laser cut-outs, appliques and flowing chiffons.

On the runway were swingy shorts and circle-skirts hitting at just the right length. They looked great on long-limbed models, but would become many body types.

Especially of note was the attention to detail in the backs of the dresses and tops. Many had pleats, seaming or an interesting cut. If you saw a woman from behind wearing one of these dresses at a cocktail party, you'd want to her to turn around so you could see the rest.