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On Site: Tibi Goes Russian Luxe

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In the program to her show, Tibi designer Amy Smilovic explained that her collection was "about a light-hearted moodiness influenced by the Russia fairytale 'The Tale of the Firebird.'" The Russian inspiration was hard to miss—several models were literally wearing fur hats—but we also saw traces of the firebird itself in some of Smilovic's giant, flame-shaped (or was that feathery?) paisleys. It can't have been a coincidence that so much of the collection was a fiery yellow, either, although we also saw some lovely navy blues, rich teals, and snow whites. If the overwhelming inspiration was folklore, though, the shapes were still worldly: The one-shouldered dresses, harem pants, and tuxedo skirts fell somewhere between disco and Dynasty.