Ravishing Rooms: Amy Smilovic of Tibi

Peek inside the designer's gorgeous suburban home.

SaksPOV is back with the next installment of Ravishing Rooms. Our next stop took us to the idyllic suburb of Greenwich, CT where Amy Smilovic, founder of Tibi, resides with her husband Frank and their two sons. We arrived early in the morning, where the entire household was already stirring. It’s an early-bird household to be sure. It had just rained the day before, so the estate was saturated in morning dew, the pasture of her vast backyard was a denser green than most city-folk are used to and the air was purity itself. It’s no wonder Amy moved her family to the burbs from her Soho loft over a decade ago.

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Smilovic for the Camera

Tibi: Cutout-Patterned Boxy Top  I  Hudson: Nico Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jeans

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SaksPOV is back with the next installment of Ravishing Rooms. Our next stop took us to the idyllic suburb of Greenwich, CT where Amy Smilovic, founder of Tibi, resides with her husband Frank and their two sons. We arrived early in the morning, where the entire household was already stirring. It’s an early-bird household to be sure. It had just rained the day before, so the estate was saturated in morning dew, the pasture of her vast backyard was a denser green than most city-folk are used to and the air was purity itself. It’s no wonder Amy moved her family to the burbs from her Soho loft over a decade ago.

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Smilovic for the Camera

Tibi: Cutout-Patterned Boxy Top  I  Hudson: Nico Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jeans

When it comes to home decor, Amy approaches it much like her collections – with every season comes a new mood. And its refreshing to find a designer who openly embraces the work of her peers. Her living room’s color scheme is based on a Marc Jacobs collection, while an upstairs bedroom was decorated to reflect a Chloe vibe. C’mon. That’s fabulous. Fashion tomes could be found spread throughout the home, including a gorgeous edition of Bob Richardson’s book spread out on her coffee table. All in all, her home is a gorgeous pastiche of amalgams that shouldn’t work, but somehow come together seamlessly. We never would’ve paired all the glass and metallic fixtures of her living room with the stunning antique armoire she picked up while living in Hong Kong in the 1990s. “I think it just comes from fashion,” Amy says. “Loving color and putting different textures together. It’s just like Tibi. It’s about putting things together that don’t seem like they would mesh. You know when you walk into someone’s house and you’re like ‘Oh, a decorator did this.’ It’s so one-note.” Nothing one-note about Amy’s gorgeous adobe. Take a look and see how all the notes blend together to make one chic, cozy and irresistible creative family home.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

“I work from home and wherever there is a computer. I’m constantly snagging images and working on a portfolio and I think that’s why I want to get some of the permanent colors out of the house because when I’m working it’s too distracting to see a pattern on the wall. There’s a reason why designers wear black and white and gray all day, because when you are wearing something too defining it ends up skewing your whole collection.”

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You Don’t Know Jack

“That’s Jack. He’s a year and a half now. He’s supposed to be number two smartest dog in the world. He’s a toy poodle, but he’s a very cool toy poodle.”

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My Own Private Marc Jacobs Room

Tibi: Brocade-Print Peplum Top  I  Floral-Patterned Track Pants

“This is kind of like our dressing room. It’s morning, day, night. It follows the times of day. Everything in this room was decorated the way that I approach a collection. I had worked with a designer to help me with the scale of the curtains and things that there was no chance I would be able to do on my own. When we met, I brought him the Marc Jacobs fall 2007 collection. It’s what I showed him for this room. It helped him. Every time we would talk about something it was like, ‘Would she be wearing that length skirt in this room?’ And he was just like, ‘I’m not used to thinking about design in this way.”

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Knowledge is Wealth

“I’ve always collected fashion books. It’s funny, all of the sudden they can look so dated, so you have to refresh them a lot. Collecting never gets old, though. Every now and then my kids are like, ‘Mom, what is this…?’ Right now it doesn’t really dawn on them to look through the books.”

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Spring 2015

“I can’t talk too much about spring 2015, but I would say that there is a touch of an ethnic element that hasn’t been in the collection for a while. It’s not ethnic, but more handwork. More arts and crafts has emerged in the line-up.”

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First Words

“This was my son. We used to work up here in my studio together and these were his first written words.”

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Caffeine or Bust

Tibi: Silk Ruffled Tank  I  J Brand: 620 Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jeans

“I don’t do yoga. I hate it. I might do 80s aerobics. I’m not Zen at all. And I don’t like people who don’t drink coffee. Can’t trust them. Someone in my office told me once, ‘I’m not a morning person’ and I told them, ‘You don’t drink coffee. You have no idea if you’re a morning person or not.”

 

Make your closet a bit more ravishing with pieces from Amy Smilovic’s Tibi.

Photos by: Romer Padron


Marigay McKee Answers the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Our fearless president challenges the leaders of Bergdorfs, Barney's and Bloomingdales.

ALS-Ice-Bucket-Challenge-Marigay-McKee-Saks-Fifth-AvenueFifth Avenue came to a full stop as Marigay McKee, president of Saks Fifth Avenue, came out of the New York City flagship store to face the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in front of hundreds of onlookers. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has officially taken over the country, helping to bring Lou Gehrig’s Disease to the eyes and minds of the public at large. Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee challenged the president to step up to the plate and face Saks’ blue ice bucket.

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ALS-Ice-Bucket-Challenge-Marigay-McKee-Saks-Fifth-AvenueFifth Avenue came to a full stop as Marigay McKee, president of Saks Fifth Avenue, came out of the New York City flagship store to face the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in front of hundreds of onlookers. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has officially taken over the country, helping to bring Lou Gehrig’s Disease to the eyes and minds of the public at large. Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee challenged the president to step up to the plate and face Saks’ blue ice bucket.

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As is already the grand tradition of the weeks-old campaign, the president challenged Mark Lee, CEO of Barneys New York, Tony Spring, CEO of Bloomingdale’s and Josh Schulman, president of Bergdorf Goodman. Expect these three fashion powerhouses to step up like Saks’ brave president, who did so in Azzedine Alaia.

See the whole social experience in the video below and don’t forget to donate to the ALS Association.


Saks Unveils New Experience: The Fragrance Library

A new concept shop comprised of the world's best fragrances.

Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a breakfast on the fifth floor of its New York flagship store to celebrate the unveiling of its new concept shop centered around nothing but the very best fragrances in the world: The Fragrance Library. Comprised of new classics like Dior’s Miss Dior and brand new favorites, like Givenchy’s recent big hit Dahlia Divin, the new shop will serve as a go-to point for fragrance shoppers who want to find golden oldies they cherish, or to find a new favorite scent that they’ve yet to discover.

Welcome to the Fragrance Library

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Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a breakfast on the fifth floor of its New York flagship store to celebrate the unveiling of its new concept shop centered around nothing but the very best fragrances in the world: The Fragrance Library. Comprised of new classics like Dior’s Miss Dior and brand new favorites, like Givenchy’s recent big hit Dahlia Divin, the new shop will serve as a go-to point for fragrance shoppers who want to find golden oldies they cherish, or to find a new favorite scent that they’ve yet to discover.

Welcome to the Fragrance Library

Beauty editors and bloggers were invited to partake in the festivities. As guests arrived, they were met by a gorgeous wall display built to mirror a clean and modern library, this one, naturally, composed of the who’s who of scents in the beauty market. Luckily, shoppers are not left to their own defenses in matters of finding the perfect scent. Fragrance librarians will be on hand to help Saks shoppers through the olfactory challenge of finding the perfect scent.

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No Overdue Fees Here

The modern, clean look of the Fragrance Library concept store.

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Kate Oldham Strikes a Pose with Saks’ Fragrance Librarians

Kate Oldham, Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Beauty, Fragrance, Lingerie and Swimwear at Saks was on hand at the press breakfast to help introduce those in attendance to the exciting new experience. “The library is an exciting addition to the luxury beauty counters we offer on the main floor and we look forward to servicing more of our customer’s fragrance desires in a unique one-stop shop of designer fragrances,” she offered.

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New York Trio

In this section of the “library” wall – three New York City giants, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Narciso Rodriguez.

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The Personal Touch

Each guest in attendance was treated to a complimentary scent and were encouraged to take advantage of the engraving table, where they could have their new fragrance bottles personally monogrammed.

 A Dulcet Assortment

A small example of the vast treasures to be found at Saks New York’s new Fragrance Library shop.

 

Viktor & Rolf: BONBON Eau De Parfum  I  Prada: Candy L’Eau Eau de Toilette  &  Candy Eau de Parfum Spray

 

Find your signature scent among our hundreds of fragrances on Saks.com.