Tuesday, September 17, 2013


the star of the show-the designer's adorbs baby girl!
Paul Kasmin Gallery/NYC

Tia Cibani's models' walking presentation usually takes place the day prior to the 'official' start of NYFW...and is always a wonderful kickstart reminder as to why some apparel deserve a runway debut vs. hanging on hangers at a tradeshow.

Negro asymmetrical hem chevron raffia dress w/ cummerbund---perfect
It's always a combo of things-the designs, the way a garment is made, the fabrics---how its cut/drapes.

And this former mastermind behind the women's label Ports 1961...has carved out a niche of sophisticated attire ---for women who travel (comfort factor---nothing restrains---as in drawstrings defining waists-not cinched in belts, for example)...

Women-who can appreciate the  "...the subtle sense of volume...balancing masculine and feminine...chic...understated...confident...assertive..."garments that Cibani offers.

One of our favorite looks are the above blue asymmetrical wrap dress...

Graceful, modern glamor---a great way to start the week....and a reminder of the unique textiles and elegant silhouettes -the designer always sources and creates.
Azul pixel Aztec jacquard bolero jacket, azul drawstring scoop neck top+azul floral tile jacquard shorts

Inspired by 40's noir film sirens with clearly a trip to Mexico-channeling the artist Frieda Kahlo (the hair, strong brows...) the ensembles ranged from wearable ethnic and patchwork prints on a sweet bolero jacket, cuffed shorts,  tunics and trousers--- to more glam waist accentuating full skirts and white embroidered lace dresses...to elegant evening wear = cocoon shaped, double faced duchess satin- in a luscious jacket with matching skirt.

love-tailored jute dot jacquard cinched waist jacket with matching pencil skirt

Bordelaise anglaise insert -nice touch

Jute dot jacquard material used on this fitted dress-with side pockets---ideal dress for just about everything

cut-out back with lace trim....

summer dress for hot weather---casual but not sloppy, never break a sweat cool chic in a print with bold color courtesy of rolled sleeves.

Eucalyptus duchesse satin cropped shell and up-turn full skirt

Bisque duchesse satin portrait neckline dress

sculpted jacket-full skirt in same bisque duchesse satin

Coherent effort why we like to see the final walk.

Other credits---Shiseido hair/makeup, Julia Lundsten shoes, Sophie Anderson bags (handmade in South America), jewelry-myi4d by Alexandra Koumba, crotchet accessories-London Vogue.

hair style impressive too!