Things haven't been the same at Ports 1961 since Tia Cibani's sister, Fiona, took over the creative reigns. Long known for timeless pieces that appeared simple on the surface, but boasted intricate underlying construction (I always thought of their ready-to-wear in the same way that I thought about Apple products!), things have shifted into a more sportswear and less refined direction.
Shown this season in Milan rather than in New York, there was a dowdiness to many of the looks with their layers of chantilly lace and sheer fabrics. Similarly, crystal embroidered separates, bra tops, and lace sleeve tops fell flat holding neither wearable appeal nor proving to be anything a fashion-forward woman would look particularly good wearing. More success was found in the clean-lined hot pink cocktail dresses and the outerwear, particularly a yellow lined white swing coat, but they didn't prove satisfying enough to not leave most Ports 1961 fans longing for Tia's return.