Tibi Pre-Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on December 22, 2011

You can’t tell it from the above picture, but Tibi continued its interest in spare, menswear-inspired minimalism with this collection. What you can tell from the above picture is that the collection is also punctuated with vivid, yet simple florals, which makes for a highly pleasing juxtaposition. The look is simple and elegant, with an emphasis on pairing classic separates. We don’t love the way the collection is styled here, but once you break it down to its components, you see one great interpretable piece after another. Effortless sophistication.

[Photo Credit: tibi.com]

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  • Jasmine Moten

    Blah.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610791985 Aniela Marie Perry

      agree

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

        That first dress brought to mind a phrase I haven’t heard in maybe 40 years, “She was a carpenter’s daughter: flat as a board.”

        When the boxy box pieces didn’t make her look like Hilda the Hippo, that is.

        And: is there supposed to be any difference between the two badly-fitted pink housedresses?

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, only one look has a defined waist.

  • Leslie Streeter

    No like. No like at all. That embroidered number looks like those barn paintings in Amish country with the roosters.

  • Sara__B

    Everyday clothing for people with big budgets to bring to life with their personal style. There’s lots of potential in these simple pieces.

    • http://twitter.com/lovefromgirl Cassie (C.M.W.)

      It is nice to see collections I’d wear if I had the money, yes. :)

    • Anonymous

      Would love to see on models from target demographic.  The JJill catalog and Coldwater Creek models probably would have loved the opportunity…

  • Anonymous

    Meh

  • Anonymous

    Those are some seriously ugly shoes.

    • Alloy Jane

      No kidding.  The rest?  Utter yawn.

  • Anonymous

    These all add like 50 pounds to the 2-pound model. She looks dowdy in every one of these looks.

    • Anonymous

      And the styling is taking the dowdiness to alarming levels. It’s hard to imagine any young, hip girls would want this stuff.

      • Anonymous

        No, but I can see 60-something attorneys, middle managers and CEOs wearing a lot of it.  With blunt-cut gray hair and artisan jewelry. And shoes from Clarks and JJill.

        • Anonymous

          True confessions:  I just got a haircut, and yup, it’s blunt-cut and left the gray alone.  Also (very big sigh) just bought my first pair of Clarks (bunions finally rule out the shoes of my youth).  Oh, I also treasure my honking big artisan jewelry bought in India. But, doubt that I’m the target demographic (due to age) for this stuff.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, how funny!  Do you like this collection, meowing? Would you wear some of these pieces to work? I envision this as my future work separates.

            True confessions:  I’m not totally gray yet, but plan to keep my one-length long hair when it is all gray.  Currently a Clarks-only girl (plus one pair of olive Noats).  Planning to dress more like this collection when slightly older (my sister won’t let me “age myself” now) and (hopefully) at a higher pay grade.  Currently a thrift-store mix of Ann Taylor and JJill and Calvin Klein.  I make my own jewelry, or alter the cheap jewelry that I buy. And I plan to be managing a nonprofit in my 60s.

    • mrspeel2

      Gives a whole new meaning to models being clothes hangers, doesn’t it?

    • mrspeel2

      Gives a whole new meaning to models being clothes hangers, doesn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    i like almost all of these pieces, especially the prints.  the pants do seem to, unfortunately, be cut to make the model look wide in the hips.  and the model does look a lot like wednesday adams.

  • Anonymous

    A few of the pieces are somewhat interesting, but the collection is juuust sooo FUUUG. :-(

  • Anonymous

    Shapeless! And with a line right across the widest part of most women’s hips. Ugh

  • Anonymous

    Eh.  I kind of like the pink dress, but I also think it looks like a swimsuit coverup.  Most of this is unflattering.  Those open toed heels with the ankle strap are hideous.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t even look at the shoes. I have seen sexier footwear from Easy Spirit.

      • Anonymous

        I’d say you have summed up the footwear masterfully.

  • Anonymous

    I like some of this, especially the prints. They are so pretty. The straight dresses would be a disaster on me. You have to be stick thin with a boyish figure to wear those well.

    • Anonymous

      And, looking at the stick-thin, boyish model in them, I’m not wowed.

  • Anonymous

    Look 2 looks like the outfit I wore to work at JCPenney in 1994.  Speaking of 1994, it called, and…

  • Anonymous

    Two of the photos are repeats, btw.  I think TLo are testing us.

  • Susana Reyes

    I would not wear any of these looks.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, the world needs more clothes designed to only look good on hangers, and women built like hangers. :sigh:

    • Anonymous

      But these models ARE built like hangers, and these clothes make them look large-hipped and shapeless.

      • Anonymous

        Dead right.

    • Anonymous

      I think these will look BETTER on women with curves than they do on the models.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    I like so much about these, but I don’t understand why they are all so shapeless.  A little bit of fitting would have made this an extraordinary collection.

  • Cathy S

    The only piece I like is the long embroidered skirt.

  • Anonymous

    guys, obviously you have to style these looks. I agree I would look terrible in most of this, but throw a belt and different top/bottom and I think it would look really cute! :)

  • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

    Really like these!

  • Anonymous

    I love the dress in the thumbnail. The floral chemise with the bright pink sash is stunning.The rest of the collection leaves me cold.

    • Anonymous

       Really?  Stunning?    Do you mean the fabric or do you really mean the dress?

      Kind of surprised since it is a rectangle with a high crew neck.  Normally considering the pretty pictures you’ve posted of your drawings I’d think your stuff is far more worthy of the word “stunning”  (I consider this collection worthy of the reaction “stunned”  :)

      • Anonymous

        Well thank you. I personally  do not wear chemise style dresses that fall straight from the shoulders, but I do think this one is lovely. I like the simplicity of the actual pattern of the dress mixed with the rather loud floral fabric and I am a sucker for that bright pink in the sash.

  • Anonymous

    I ignored shoes, makeup hair and zombie stances.
    Still blah and in many cases just ugly.  bordering on Sister Wive territory.
    The only individual piece that I could possibly see wearing is the snake print skirt  with a black sweater and tights. 
     

  • foodycat

    Some lovely pieces, but nothing that actually suits the model. And if it doesn’t suit the model, why would it suit me?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Chase/731391326 Julie Chase

    Ooh. No. I feel like I’m looking at 8th grade photos of myself from 1994.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh. Uncles, I love you, but no.

  • Anonymous

    I think my grandmother would like that sleeveless pink housedress.

    • Anonymous

      My grandmother HAD  that sleeveless pink housedress.

      • Anonymous

        LOL I wonder how much they want for this particular version. Probably more than one should ever pay for a sleeveless pink housedress.

  • Anonymous

    My grandma has a garment that looks exactly like that top right dress, only hers is blue instead of pink outfit, and I got an outfit very similar to the one with the grey shorts from my favourite thrift store about 2 years ago – I’m wearing it right now, which is kind of scary… Must be some some secret fashionista gene running in my family! :D

    That first dress confuses me – I honestly have no idea who could pull this off. The print and colour blocking are kind of cool, but the cut and proportions don’t look terribly flattering on the model imho, and I think most curvier ladies would object to the hot pink panel across the hips…

     - TLo, how do you feel about doing something like the pretend-stylist thing
    you do for accessories, where you assign each piece to a celebrity, only
    for the collections?

    • Anonymous

      Sorry for the double post, I’m new here and haven’t yet figured out how to delete things :D This comment’s not supposed to be here any more.

  • Anonymous

    My grandma has a garment that looks exactly like that top right dress, only hers is blue instead of pink outfit, and I got an outfit very similar to the one with the grey shorts from my favourite thrift store about 2 years ago – I’m wearing it right now, which is kind of scary… Must be some some secret fashionista gene running in my family! :D

    That first dress confuses me – I honestly have no idea who could pull this off. The print and colour blocking are kind of cool, but the cut and proportions don’t look terribly flattering on the model imho, and I think most curvier ladies would object to the hot pink panel across the hips…

     - TLo, how do you feel about doing something like the pretend-stylist thing
    you do for accessories, where you assign each piece to a celebrity, only
    for the collections?

  • Anonymous

    My grandma has a garment that looks exactly like that top right dress, only hers is blue instead of pink outfit, and I got an outfit very similar to the one with the grey shorts from my favourite thrift store about 2 years ago – in fact, I’m wearing it right now, which is kind of scary… Must be some some secret fashionista gene running in my family! :D

    That first dress confuses me – I honestly have no idea who could pull this off. The print and colour blocking are kind of cool, but the cut and proportions don’t look terribly flattering on the model imho, and I think most curvier ladies would object to the hot pink panel across the hips…
    Speaking of “who would wear this” – TLo, how do you guys feel about doing something like the pretend-stylist thing
    you do for accessories, where you assign each piece to a celebrity, only for the collections? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396777506 Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk

    meh.  crappy shoes. I do like the prints, but the rest is dreck.

    • Anonymous

      Meh was my first thought, too, but you beat me to it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

    The clothes are blah.

    The poor model, the way they have her styled she looks like a depressed Olive Oyl

  • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.stabler Chloe Stabler

    Ehh.  There are a few nice pieces here, but the rest is just blah.

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    Do not want. The styling probably doesn’t help, but these clothes look shapeless and unflattering.

    • Kate Pearce

      That’s exactly what I thought. There is no concession to the female form here at all. :(

  • Anonymous

    I’m too distracted by the lumpish way the model is standing to notice the clothes much.  However, TLo, I can see why you’d like them.  Some of the pieces look nice.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    I’m sure the model is a long tall drink of water under all those shapeless bags.

  • Anonymous

    I could never, ever wear these, but I love the collection. The white shoes with the cropped black pants make me so very happy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

    Whole lotta meh here, and the model isn’t doing it any favors.

  • MilaXX

    I like the prints, but many of the pieces are so minimalist that I have to wonder who could wear them. Even on the skinniest of women it looks boxy and drab.

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    You guys are right about the styling, those shoes are hideous. I do like some of the looks.

  • Anonymous

    The duplicates are freaking me out, man!

  • Anonymous

    Enh.  What passes for “effortless sophistication” on a size 0 teenager with mile-long legs interprets as “I Give Up” on a 5’6″ middle-aged professional woman with a few extra pounds on her curves.

    Some of the jackets are useful.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know Olivier was working for this brand. 

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    Oh goodness I didn’t scroll all the way down but am I the only one who is with TLo on this? Aside from the white shirt with black collar and patterned sleeves – and the b&w country club lady clamdiggers – I will take one of each please. They are styled very badly and shapelessly but I’d have an all together different take. I’ll pull those skirts straight into the ‘land o’chic’ if someone would be nice enough to send them along.  Please leave packages on the porch.

    • Anonymous

      If any packages arrive, will you share pictures of your revved up styling? ‘Cause I’d really like to see some of these shine. 

  • Anonymous

    um.  i know she’s a model and all, but all i can see are those nipples shining through the boring white shirt.  i do like the pretty flowered skirt thingie.  but i dunno – seems not very – interesting? creative? to me.

  • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

    I simply cannot get behind highwater pants. They look ridiculous on everybody, even models.  

    Odd model choice, aside from the shitty styling, since these clothes read much older and not very young or street to me. Kind of blah overall IMO, and not very flattering, but it is nice to see prints and colors. I like the minimalist vibe, just not a lot of the actual execution. It’s like the proportions are just off somehow.

  • Anonymous

    Hate the styling. Hate the shoes. Hate the pin-headed model effect.

    Jury has to stay out on the clothing. I *think* there are some vey nice pieces. But as shown, I am not sure if it would work on a more womanly figure or just make someone with hips look disproportionately broad. And as shown here, it is mostly doing Absolutely Nothing for the thin & lanky model.

  • Anonymous

    The first dress is pretty, but at the end of the day it’s a collection of gray pants, t-shirts, and the devil’s clothing, tent-like crap.  That yellow dress looks it was ripped out of a children’s sheet set.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmm, I don’t see much of this working for those of us with small waists and not so small hips.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-McIlrath/673340132 Heather McIlrath

    i love the black, pink, and floral dress. it’s beautifully sophisticated and i want it. please?

  • Anonymous

    I like most of this although I wonder (not for the first time looking at such pix) if it would truly be flattering on the 99% of women who don’t have the model’s build.

    Also, don’t those black and white floral pants look mighty familiar to PR fans? (Like a pair of pants that once belonged to Peach?  “Ivy you made pants out of pants.”)

  • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

    Nay.

  • Anonymous

    Cute stuff. TERRIBLE styling – but I do like the collection.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

    Wouldn’t they sell more in a collection like this if the model looked fresh and upbeat and not like Wednesday from the Addams Family??  I have such a hard time seeing the potential for clothes when models look this way.  My untrained eye just sees “She looks like she has had a lobotomy and is being used as a mannequin.  I wouldn’t want to feel this way or be this girl.”  Also I think the footwear is all really distracting.

  • Anonymous

    Seventh row down, on the left: Are those Peach’s pants?

  • Anonymous

    Booties WITH ankle straps?  Those just might be he shoe anti-christ.  As for the rest, I probably AM the target demographic (although I don’t wear Chicos or JJill) and I’d have to see these clothes in motion and in person.  They look shapeless and, despite the  bright colors and patterns, incredibly dull and shapeless.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen it all before over the last 40 years.

  • Laura Goulding

    Blech.  Do not like.  But the ‘awkward, bony, gangley, androgenous’ look is eons away from my personal taste.  This stuff has OLIVIER written all over it.

  • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

    Don’t like any of it. Don’t see the love…sorry :-/ It’s all drapey and androgynous. It doesn’t even recognize that women have a shape, let alone curves. Looks like colorful paper sacks…I feel like designers like this don’t even like women so why do they design for them?? Ick.

  • Anonymous

    She looks like Wednesday Addams all grown up!

  • Susan Crawford

    Kinda droopy and sad and angsty, despite the floral prints and the pinks. (HOW do you manage to make florals and hot pinks look so laden with misery?) I dunno – I really always want to love Tibi, and I always end up feeling like everybody in the company has gone off their meds.

  • Anonymous

    I love the prints and colors but the sweaters are a no go

  • Corazon Nunez

    Love the banana dress!

  • Anonymous

    I can see why the model looks so disinterested….

  • Anonymous

    I like, but do wonder if they would look good on anyone with hips and/or a bust? They are square-shaped pieces which often fit poorly over a curvier human body. But as a general idea for someone who is build more like Kate Moss, yes, pretty and simple and elegant.