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PORTS 1961 F/W 2010


There is an intricacy and an originality to all of what Tia Cibani does that is rarely seen in today’s trend-driven, fast-fashion world. To complement her looks, Cibani turned to Lina Peterson for over-sized pop-art, Flintstone-esque jewelry that gave a number of subdued monochromatic looks and welcome bold pops of color. Also on hand was Anette Becker, who created the leather helmet hats worn by many of the models. The handmade hats were created using vintage racing and aviator caps as inspiration, and looked particularly good when the models’ hair free-flowingly peeked out from underneath them.

For her Fall/Winter 2010 collection, Cibani noted that she was looking to explore “the relationship between discovery and invention,” which translated into a classic-meets-futuristic collection (such as a backless mulberry jacquard cape coat) that combined both soft and structured fabrics done in a variety of colors. Monochromatic, as well as carefully contrasted looks, made their way down the runway with a few soft patterns in the mix as well.

Ports 1961 pieces are always sure-fire investments because they not only have the design aesthetic to transcend seasons, but they have the craftsmanship to back it up. In this collection, the outerwear shown was particularly bright, from a clover tweet coat with a belt and contrasting shoulder details and a peppered coat with a geometric stand-up collar, to wool capes and boleros.  The technical skills required to construct Ports 1961 pieces are rarely seen in ready to wear lines.


Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.