Tia Cibani's first collection for her eponymous label made its New York Fashion Week debut today at Atlantic Stage 2 in Chelsea. The seemingly effortless collection, which marks a beautiful return to womenswear for the former Ports 1961 designer, encapsulates Cibani's cosmopolitan background — transforming urban eclecticism into silky silhouettes. After her 20 gorgeous looks, comprised primarily of charcoal wools, flowing blouses, and ethereal dresses in soft earth tones, floated by, Cibani took some time to chat with us about her new line.
After a two-year hiatus since leaving Ports 1961 in 2010, what’s it like to be back in the fashion world?
It’s great! I really missed working on womenswear. So I’m very happy to be back in it.
How does having your own name on the label (for the first time!) influence the collection?
I feel like I can really express myself. It’s more me, this collection. I think in the past there were a lot more layers, it [was] a bigger operation, and this is a tiny little team expressing ourselves. It’s much more personal.
What inspired you this season?
The collection is loosely based by the novel by Marguerite Duras, The Lover. The era in which it’s placed, the Orientalism, the key character — her caftans, and the tunics that she wears in the film version of the story — and finally bringing it all together with the drapes and the 1920s. It all kind of fell into place.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
Getting this done today! Then taking a little break, and then beginning again.