The collection was heavily Asian-inspired – the models hair was austerely done-up, there were obi-belt details, pops of red, chopsticks peaking-out from the backs of garments, kimono-like silhouettes and the runway was patterned in such a way that it resembled a Japanese garden. The collection was, for the most part, done in a light color palette with a mix of amorphous, almost masculine like shapes minimally detailed and body-conscious ones with the most incredible sculptural and pleating details.
The collection felt wonderfully serene. Even the pieces that weren’t flowingly draped had an easy-to-wear quality to them (even though, given the amount of sculpted details on some of the pieces, that isn’t necessarily the case). I was, as in seasons past, struck the most by the back details in Cibani’s work – garments that appeared classic from the front could have elaborate rosette-like pleating in the back or simply a strand of red to provide some pop. The bold jewelry, which Ports 1961 always does flawlessly, was a nice complement to a number of the more bare pieces, as were touches of embelishments and high-gloss finishes.
While the Ports 1961 looks may be aimed at a mature demographic, with Ivanka Trump sitting front row at the show, one thing is clear – this collection will appeal just as much to the younger girls about town as it will to the ladies-who-lunch set.
Images courtesy of The Fashion Spot forums.