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There was something about the hat that Amy Smilovic showed at Tibi that seemed a slight answer to Pharrell’s Vivienne Westwood headpiece that’s headed to a museum. Nothing direct of course, just a tip of the hat if you will, though we aren’t positive that fans of the brand like front row guest Olivia Palermo, she of the recent Aquazurra collection, will rock the headgear, with its dip-dyed colorizations and frayed edges, with quite the panache as Pharrell with his Westwood. But at least they have the option.

Very much in the way that they have options when it comes to shoes. Gladiator sandals, slides with raffia detailing and flatforms were all presented in a lineup that the notes said looked to craft work traditions. These traditions influenced a variety of textures: the aforementioned raffia and fraying, as well as daintily crocheted tops, leather sleeveless V-necks, pleated skirts and even a bit of quilting. Things got a little DIY with trousers that were tied at the ankle, but of course Smilovic elevated that sense of wrapping and tying for her final grouping of monochromatic dresses with fabrics wrapped, draped and tied around the bodices. It was a bit of a palate cleanser of a collection, subtle, refined and strong all at once.

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