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Against a background of what looked like lasers and DNA strands, Toni Francesc sent down the runway his army of forward-thinking, progressive looks. Futurism might seem to have alraedy been exploited in the realm of fashion, but the designer’s vision of our stylish future was a little different; bleaker perhaps than what we’ve already seen and experienced. The collection was titled “Artificial Life” to invoke the combination of men and technology and the consequent human alienation. But in Toni’s new techno age, the factories are still emitting their toxic gases, hence the rusty tones and industrial elements. We also saw the new power shoulder – not padded, but complete with architectural flaps and splices. The new pockets do not conceal hands, but expose them, through an unzipped zipper. The new ‘It‘ bag of the show? A briefcase, adorned with what seems to be remnants of computer chips and metal gears.
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In a highly wearable collection, Amy Smilovic gave us a glimpse into what might become hot trends for fall. For one, sparkle: found on gowns, partly concealed under jackets, paired with print, tucked into tweed shorts. For another, draping: in bow ties on tweed pants, in gowns, in day dresses. Tibi also contributed its share of fall prints: a timely forest print, for instance, bewitching in a blend of darker tones.
For styling, Tibi also offered some valuable pointers — the belt that shaped many of the looks was a chicer version of the practical waist pouch. Smilovic might have put a lot on the table – sparkle, tweed, drapery, sheer, print – but she ties them together neatly with well-executed layering and impeccable cuts.
– Justina Lee