Her line of awesomely wearable separates and modern, minimalist dresses has already won over a style-setting fan base that includes Olivia Palermo and Hanneli Mustaparta — now the designer behind Tibi, Amy Smilovic, is giving us a little insight into her newest crop of chic wares for Resort 2013: "The collection celebrates a surrealist take on traditional resort motifs. Lobsters and coral are playfully reinterpreted and colors are boldly saturated. The collection remains true to the brand's recurring aesthetic of feminine, clean, and relaxed head-to-toe dressing." In fact, we're thinking Tibi's latest would also make a pretty perfect Summer wardrobe with its cheeky nods to New England and effortless pieces. If you've got the same idea, you're in luck — Moda Operandi has all the goodies to preorder right now. Just read on for Amy's Summer essentials, then click through for the pieces we're eyeing from the now shoppable Resort line.
FabSugar: What are your dressing tips for staying chic and polished throughout the Summer heat waves?
Amy Smilovic: I'm living in lightweight and airy fabrics. We've been designing a more relaxed and eased outfit that works well for this 90-plus-degree weather in NYC. Sleeveless silk or jersey tops, a very lightweight tencel denim or leather. Don't let the heat be an excuse for dressing down; you can still look polished no matter what the temp is.
FS: What's the one Summer piece every girl should have in her wardrobe?
AS: Summer flats. I'm stocking up. I'll never put away the heels but day to day in the office it helps keep me cool and I find a new pair every day that I covet.
FS: What are your Summer essentials?
AS: Bobbi Brown lip balm and tinted 15 SPF moisturizer, Carven Anastasie sunglasses, Carthusia perfume from Capri, loaded iPod and iPad, Anita Ko jewelry, straw fedora, and magazines.
FS: Favorite Summer beach read?
AS: Right now I'm reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It's more entertaining than I expected — I'm loving it.