You can count on Tia Cibani to deliver a collection with a specific reference point and an artful influence. The Brazilian women of the Bahia and artist Beatriz Milhazes served as the designer’s latest muses. A large portion of the collection was shown in “shades of white,” as Bahia culture calls for all-white attire for festive occasions. Crisp poplins, raw linen with slubs and quilted raw silks all added texture to the monochromatic looks.
Relaxed ease, long a hallmark of Cibani, prevailed in tulip-shaped strapless dresses, karate pants paired with open jackets with flapping scarves or a “bomber T” with city shorts. This season, ease was even more important to the designer, who gave birth to her second child, Archibald, just five days earlier. Satisfying her artistic tendencies was a colorful group based on a bold brushstroke print — inspired by Milhazes and made by the designer herself — that looked great in a pleated skirt paired with a black poet’s blouse or as a drapy crossover dress that her young arty fans like Tali Lennox will surely dig.